The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book Six
by Jean M. Auel
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Release Date2011-11-22 (added to CC 15 Nov 2014)
Amazon Sales Rank19,846

In this, the extraordinary conclusion of the ice-age epic series, Earth’s Children®, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks.
Whatever obstacles she faces, Ayla finds inventive ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life, searching for wild edibles to make meals and experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandonii must take while honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla’s mentor takes her to see. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla.
But all the time Ayla has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death, but through them Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change her world.
Sixth in the acclaimed Earth’s Children® series

Member Reviews
(4 Oct 2017)
This is the last book in the series. It's interesting, and I'm glad I read it. It has the same sorts of flaws the fifth book has. It's just so much harder to find adventure and wonder inside a large society than when you're wandering through unexplored wilderness, constantly meeting new tribes and inventing new devices for survival, which is mostly what went on in the first four stories. If you didn't like the fifth book in the series, you probably won't like this either for the same reasons. It's still Jean's book though. She still has the same skill at making it feel like you're meeting up with an old friend and listening to her stories. The obese matriarchal shaman is still as neat as she was in the fifth book. It's also still as neat as it ever was watching Ayla come into new areas with her horses, and her wolf, and her bizarre history and inventiveness and watching her surprise the living hell out of everyone.
(15 Nov 2014)
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