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By Jean M. Auel

The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, besides their animal associates, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, entire their epic trip throughout Europe and are greeted through Jondalar’s humans: the Zelandonii. the folk of the 9th Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their outfits, customs, artifacts, even their homes—formed in nice cliffs of vertical limestone—are a resource of ask yourself to her. And within the lady Zelandoni, the religious chief of the 9th Cave (and the one that initiated Jondalar into the present of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to proportion her wisdom and skills.

But as Ayla and Jondalar organize for the formal mating on the summer time assembly, there are problems. now not all of the Zelandonii are welcoming. a few worry Ayla’s surprising methods and abhor her courting with these they name flatheads and he or she calls extended family. a few even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure recognized. Ayla has to name on all her talents, intelligence, wisdom, and instincts to discover her means during this complex society, to organize for the start of her baby, and to make your mind up no matter if she's going to settle for new demanding situations and play an important position within the future of the Zelandonii.

Jean Auel is at her absolute best during this fantastically textured production of a prehistoric society. The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping tale of affection and risk, with the entire impressive detail—based on meticulous examine— that makes her novels specific. it's a effective continuation of the Earth’s kids® saga that started with The extended family of the Cave Bear. And it comprises an awesome rhythmic poem that describes the beginning of Earth’s young children and performs its personal function within the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.

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It used to be now not in step with the habit she had already come to count on from the Zelandonii. “Grrreetings, Wylopa,” Ayla acknowledged. “This living, is it yourrrs? ” Wylopa used to be stunned at Ayla’s strange enunciation and used to be so unused to listening to any language except her personal, she had a few difficulty figuring out the stranger. “No,” Marona interjected. “This is the house of my brother and his mate, and their 3 teenagers. Wylopa and that i stay right here with them. We proportion this room. ” Ayla glanced speedy round on the house trigger via panels, just like the way in which Marthona’s residing was once divided. “We have been going to mend our hair and faces for the occasion tonight,” Portula stated. She glanced at Marona with an ingratiating smile, which turned a smirk whilst she regarded again at Ayla. “We notion chances are you'll prefer to prepare with us. ” “Thank you for asking me. i want to work out what you do,” Ayla stated. “I don’t recognize Zelandonii methods. My pal Deegie used to mend my hair occasionally, yet she is Mamutoi, and lives very distant. i do know i'll by no means see her back, and that i omit her. It’s great to have ladies pals. ” Portula was once shocked and touched by way of the newcomer’s sincere and pleasant reaction; her smirk warmed to a true smile. “Since it’s a dinner party to welcome you,” Marona stated, “we idea we might provide you with anything to put on, too. I requested my cousin to assemble a few outfits so you might attempt on, Ayla. ” Marona checked out garments that were positioned round. “You’ve came across a sensible choice, Wylopa. ” Lorava giggled. Portula regarded away. Ayla spotted numerous clothes opened up at the mattress and ground, basically leggings and long-sleeved shirts or tunics. Then she checked out the garments the 4 ladies have been donning. Wylopa, who appeared older than Marona, was once donning an outfit just like those laid out, worn really free, Ayla spotted. Lorava, who used to be quite younger, had on a quick sleeveless leather-based tunic, belted round the hips, lower just a little otherwise from those unfolded. Portula, who used to be relatively plump, wore a whole skirt made from a few form of fibrous fabric and a loose-fitting most sensible with a protracted fringe that hung over the skirt. Marona, who used to be skinny yet shapely, had on a really brief sleeveless best, open in entrance, profusely adorned with beads and feathers, with a reddish fringe round the backside that stopped slightly under her waist, and a loincloth skirt, just like the type Ayla had worn on sizzling days on her trip. Jondalar had proven her tips to take an oblong strip of soppy leather-based, pull it up among her legs, and tie it on with a thong round her waist. Letting the lengthy ends cling down either back and front, and pulling them jointly on the aspects, made the loincloth resemble a quick skirt. Marona’s, she spotted, used to be fringed on either back and front ends. She had left an open house on either side, displaying a protracted, naked, shapely leg, and tied the thong low, slightly over her hips, inflicting the perimeter in back and front to sway whilst she walked. Ayla proposal Marona’s clothes—the very brief most sensible that didn't meet in entrance and will by no means be closed, and the skimpy loincloth skirt—looked small for her, as if that they had been made for a kid, now not a girl.

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