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.
This report 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.
This report prepared by Annabelle Stephens