Sometimes it feels as though entire hominid species have evolved in less time than it takes to read “The Land of Painted Caves,” the sixth and. Map of the travels of Ayla of the Mamutoi and Zelandonii in the book ‘The Land of Painted Caves’ by Jean Auel. This is the right way up to look. Thirty thousand years in the making and 31 years in the writing, Auel’s overlong and underplotted sixth and final volume in the Earth’s Children.

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Return to Book Page. Auel brings the ice-age epic Earth’s Children series to an extraordinary conclusion. Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and above all, courage.

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As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla are welcomed by the Zelandonii, but problems arise.

They are faced with new challenges, not just the ordinary trials of sheer survival, painnted the complications posed by many groups of people who need to live and work together. The wisdom that Paijted gained from her struggles as an orphaned child, alone in a hostile environment, strengthens her as she moves closer to leadership of the Zelandonia.

Ayla and Jondalar’s first priority is the care for their golden-haired child, Jonayla, and the well-being of paimted amazing animals, Wolf, Whinney, Racer, and Gray. The two participate in hunts to provide food, in travels to Summer Meetings for decision making, and in social caevs. Whatever the obstacles, Ayla’s inventive spirit produces new ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life: And then, there are the Sacred Caves, the caves that Ayla’s mentor–the Donier, the First of the Zelandonia–takes her to see.

These caves are filled with remarkable art–paintings of mammoths, lions, aurochs, rhinoceros, reindeer, bison, bear.

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

The powerful, mystical aura within these caves sometimes overwhelms Ayla. Ayla’s final preparations for her initiation as a Zelandoni bring The Land of Painted Caves to a riveting climax. So much time apart from Jondalar has caused him to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death. But through those rituals, Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change the world.

Spellbinding drama, meticulous research, fascinating detail, and superb narrative skill combine to make The Land of Painted Caves a captivating, utterly believable creation of a civilization that resonates long after the reader has turned the last page, and serves as an astonishing end to this beloved saga.

HardcoverFirst Editionpages. Cavee see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Land of Painted Cavesplease sign up. Have not read this book yet, but was very disappointed with The Shelters of Stone. Tara This was worse than shelters of stone. I adored this whole series up until the last two.


Utterly repetitive and boring. Have read audl all, more than once to tell the truth! Elizabeth Pearce If by judging the ending of this one, although rather disappointing for me as I like a sense of finality to the ending of the books I read, it has …more If by judging the ending of this one, although rather disappointing for me as Panted like a sense of finality to the ending of the books I read, it has been left that if Jean M.

Auel decided cavrs write another book, she could easily pick up where she left off. It would be nice if she did write more in the series. See all 5 questions about The Land of Painted Caves….

Lists with This Book. Excuse me, I cages some paint I need to watch dry Ayla trains to be a Zelandani. Ayla goes to many caves. Ayla unveils the Big Secret that readers have known about since Book 1. Ye Have Been Warned. If I thought the last book was fan fiction, I have no idea what to call this piece of sh!

But no words cwves describe how absolutely horrib Excuse me, I have some paint I need to watch dry Ayla trains to be a Zelandani. But no words can describe how absolutely horrible this book is.

Characters act largely out of character or like idiots.

Two-thirds of the book has no plot, and the last third has a plot that was regurgitated from an earlier book. The writing is horrible. The dialogue is terrible.

Whole conversations are dedicated to one character telling another about events the other character should already be aware of. The pacing is all over the place. More time is spent on detailing every cave Ayla visits, but important events are sloppily skimmed over.

Large chunks of the book are stories from the previous five books or reiterations of events that occurred earlier in the story. There is no cohesion in the book; it is separated into three parts that have very little to bind them into one work.

The sex, though greatly reduced only two explicit sex scenes and two instances of being interrupted while having sexare still hilariously over the top and monotonous. The conclusion is mournful and an insult to fans. About the only laudable quality is the research. It is obvious that Auel has put a lot of effort into the research, which is commendable. But regurgitating research pell-mell into a novel without good characters, a plot, and decent writing does NOT make a story.

It is inexcusable how horrible this book is. Auel has had many years to plan her ending to this once great series. In the five previous books, she introduced many interesting plotlines, which she could have explored.

What happened to Durc. Real marital strife—maybe Ayla wanting to be with Brukeval or Ranec or one of the many men who drools over her, or Jondalar struggling with wanting to perform First Rites and maybe wanting to be with Joplaya. Ayla is basically unrecognizable. Ayla, too, had extraordinarily sharp vision. She could also pick up sounds above the range of normal hearing and feel the deep tones of those that were below.


She was born with heightened acuity in all her senses. In every other book, Ayla had plausible reasons for her abilities. She had greater strength to be able to keep up with the Clan. Ayla remains the Mary Sue she has been since the beginning. The woman can do pretty much anything and everyone will applaud her. I can understand Jondalar’s attraction to her. If I were a man, I would be too. Probably the most amusing part is when Ayla suddenly becomes a vengeful person.

While I appreciate having Ayla actually behave like a normal human being for once, where the hell did this come from? Why the frak did she choose Laramar of all people? Why not Brukaval or Danug or Echozar? Jondalar, besides being said jealous pr! He has his own out-of-character moments.

He shows little signs of being upset with the decreasing amount of time that Ayla is spending with him, but suddenly, Marona is sucking on his massive dong.

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Where did this come from? You dirty, filthy, scumbag, vaves are just guilty because Ayla found out, not because you did something wrong, betrayed her trust, paintrd acted like a two-faced d-bag, just like how you behaved 6 years ago in The Mammoth Hunters. You truly haven’t grown up, have you, Jondalar?

Has no one heard of control? Why the frak are they even so exclusive to begin with? This is supposedly a polyamorous society! There is no reason that either of them should have their cave panties in such a knot. But what about Jonayla, the child that Ayla wanted so past the last five books?

I would hardly have noticed she was even here; every time she could, Ayla dumped Jonayla on someone else so Ayla could do something more interesting. Jonayla is probably the only baby only a few months old that can wait to urinate until her mother removes her from her carrying basket. I hate to keep saying it, because I sound like a broken record, but every other character is a cardboard cutout.

No one has any personality, no identifying attribute to make them stand out of the rest of this crowd. All the good guys love Ayla and Jondalar. There really is no plot to this book. The first two parts are so boring, I thought I would poke my eye out with a blunt instrument, just to have something exciting to do.

And it’s not like the first two parts have any real importance to the last part. In fact, the first two parts are so insignificant to the last part, you could just skip them and move directly to part three. I’ll do you a favor: Ayla begins to train as Zelandani. Welcome to marriage, Jondalar.