Monday, April 4, 2011

The Mammoth Hunters (Earth's Children #3) by Jean M. Auel

    The Mammoth Hunters. Jean M. Auel (Earths Children 3)
  • Title: The Mammoth Hunters  (Earths Children 3) by Jean M. Auel  
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Classification:  Adult Fiction
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (December 2010)
  • Format:  Paperback, 736 pages
  • ISBN-10: 9781444704358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444704358
  • ASIN: 1444704354

Third book into the series and I am in awe of Ms. Auel. In her books she covers how various things could have come about - fire, pets, etc. She has an awesome imagination. In this book Jondalar and Ayla leave the Valley of the Horses and meet  the Mamutoi,  the Mammoth Hunters. It's Ayla's first dose of the "Others" and Ayla and Jondalar's relationship will be put to the test when Ranec starts pursuing her. Another bump in the road is Jondalar's fear of how people will react when Ayla tells them she lived with Flatheads and had a child of mixed spirits. Ayla not being ashamed of her upbringing tells them the truth. It will take a lot to gain acceptance, but you've got remember Ayla is not an ordinary woman. She will attempt to prove that Flatheads are not animals, but people with feelings and a language. She'll try to break down their preconceived notions. The key to her success will be a little boy named Rydag, a child of mixed spirits, who Ayla will teach the language of the Flatheads to, thereby providing him a means to communicate.

A truly wonderful and beautiful book. I HIGHLY recommend this series. I gave this one 5 out of 5 stars.

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