The Valley of Horses - Earth's Children 2 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jean M. Auel introduced Ayla in "Clan of the Cave Bear", forming a brave, courageous woman who captured our hearts. In "The Valley of Horses", Ayla now travels alone, searching for her own kind and a place to call home. She discovers inside of herself a strength she never knew she had, and survives against all odds. Paralleling her journey, Jondalar is making one of his own, from city to village, as he draws ever nearer to her solitary life. Each has their own adventures, and their own losses. Each finds their own joys and triumphes. Finally, they are brought together, finally to find the love they were both destined for.
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The review of this Book prepared by Pamela Piarowski

This is the second book of a series of six, (four of which are published), and deals with the woman Ayla, who, after being cursed with death by the clan of neanderthals who raised her, finds her way to a cave and lives for three years, during which Jondalar, the male main character, travels with his brother until they are attacked by the cave lion Ayla raised, and is rescued by her. They fall in love, but have a problem overcoming differences.
The review of this Book prepared by Annabelle Stephens

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Forbidden/mismatched love?    -   Yes How mismatched?    -   loving someone from historic enemy Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes How seduced/forced?    -   seduction with money/position/power Making a living subplot    -   Yes Making a living:    -   pioneering in countryside Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate Who seduces whom?    -   man seducing woman Family focus?    -   Yes Family, sick/caring for    -   Yes

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   explorer Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   sensitive

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a teen Profession/status:    -   explorer    -   doctor/medical Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   obedient    -   a better lover    -   blissful Unusual characteristics:    -   Very shy    -   Frigid - would not even feel a jackhammer down there


Europe    -   Yes Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What % of story is romance related?    -   10%    -   50% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   little dialog

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