July 1, 2003
July 1, 2003
The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar’s people: the Zelandonii. The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their clothes, customs, artifacts, even their homes—formed in great cliffs of vertical limestone—are a source of wonder to her. And in the woman Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of the Ninth Cave (and the one who initiated Jondalar into the Gift of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to share her knowledge and skills.
But as Ayla and Jondalar prepare for the formal mating at the Summer Meeting, there are difficulties. Not all the Zelandonii are welcoming. Some fear Ayla’s unfamiliar ways and abhor her relationship with those they call flatheads and she calls Clan. Some even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure known. Ayla has to call on all her skills, intelligence, knowledge, and instincts to find her way in this complicated society, to prepare for the birth of her child, and to decide whether she will accept new challenges and play a significant role in the destiny of the Zelandonii.
Jean Auel is at her very best in this superbly textured creation of a prehistoric society. The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping story of love and danger, with all the wonderful detail—based on meticulous research— that makes her novels unique. It is a triumphant continuation of the Earth’s Children® saga that began with The Clan of the Cave Bear. And it includes an amazing rhythmic poem that describes the birth of Earth’s Children and plays its own role in the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.
Prehistoric couple Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal entourage, abandon their isolated life and rejoin Jondalar's tribe, the Zelandonii. Ayla has trouble adjusting to Zelandonii ways, and some of Jondalar's people resent her. Tensions mount as the Summer Meeting approaches.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
- Publisher: Bantam Books
- Pages: 753
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: July 1, 2003
- Author: Jean M. Auel
- Online Item #: 11821276
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-2007
- ISBN: 9780553289428
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported