After leaving the home of the Mammoth Hunters, the adventures of Ayla and Jondalar continue as they journey toward his home. The way is filled with opportunity to enrich the lives of others with their superior nature. They encounter other tribes of humans with different customs. Once again our heroes are smarter and more beautiful than anyone they encounter as they right social wrongs and bring order out of chaos. With their guidance, the other poor tribes have the ability to learn and grow and become better humans.
Some of this is said with my tongue firmly implanted in my cheek.The roles of the lead characters are becoming entrenched. Through the first three books, Ayla grows tremendously and experiences so many changes, in this book, it just seems like more of the same but on the road.
Auel's writing is quality, the novel reads well. She paints a vivid visual image with the descriptions of people and events. I enjoy her well-researched efforts on many levels, but I am tiring of Ayla who is surely responsible for at least 10,000 years worth of inventions and innovations.
The descriptions of sex between Ayla and Jondalar are becoming rather boring. It would be less painful to say 'they did it again.' Ayla is certainly a force for Women's Rights in prehistoric times, but she is SO predictable. This book was a disappointment after the previous works, but perhaps is a necessary transition to.....WHERE'S THE FIFTH BOOK JEAN??????
I've heard substantial rumors about the alleged fifth book, from Auel getting clear of a nasty divorce and not wanting to share the wealth to "she's working on it, really she is." Who knows what the truth really is, but it has been almost ten years since this book was published and I know that there is still strong readership for the series. As disappointed as I was in this book, I will no doubt fork over the cash for the next one...SHOULD it appear!