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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In The Land of Painted Caves, Jean M. Auel brings her ice-age epic series, Earth's Children, to an extraordinary conclusion. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks. Whatever obstacles she faces, Ayla finds inventive ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life, searching for wild edibles to make meals and experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandonii must take while honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla's mentor takes her to see. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla. But all the time Ayala has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death, but through them Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change her world.
The highly anticipated sixth book of Jean Auel's Earth's Children series, The Land of Painted Caves, is the culmination fans have been waiting for. Continuing the story of Ayla and Jondalar, Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived more than 25,000 years ago.The Land of Painted Caves is an exquisite achievement by one of the world's most beloved authors.
Number of Pages: 768
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: General, Conflicts + Dualities, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Medicine + Health, Family + Friendship
Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group
Author: AUEL, JEAN M.
Street Date: November 22, 2011
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-0225