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. 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. 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In The Land of Painted Caves, Jean M. Auel brings her ice-age epic series, Earth’s Children®, to an extraordinary.

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Previous books had established a few potential conflicts and hinted at a few intriguing little strands that if these conflicts had been handled better and given any element of risk, or these loose strands picked up on and pursued, Painted Caves could have been a whole lot better. Thanks for this review. Enter this review and read the comments at your own peril.

For this book she got to visit many of the caves with cave paintings. Where do cavez live? The “flavor” of their thoughts was missing; sometimes I had difficulty deciding who was doing the talking.

I just ordered this book on Amazon. Ruin his pretty face. Ayla and Jondalar’s first priority is the care for their golden-haired child, Jonayla, and the well-being of their amazing animals, Wolf, Whinney, Racer, and Gray.

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I even lost my love for Ayla I guess there are spoilers? Apr 30, Megan rated it did not like it Shelves: Sandra Burr, the narrator did a fabulous job with the whole series. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Stay in Touch Sign up. That final pages brings jewn old friends and presents new challenges while wrapping up the series with a satisfying ending.


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The Land of Painted Caves

Well, this book answered absolutely NONE of my questions. Jondalar is no Eddie Dean. But they could not have been this bad.

There are only so many descriptions of paint Boy, was I dissapointed with this one. Ayla’s final preparations for her initiation as a Zelandoni bring The Land of Painted Caves to a riveting climax.

I truly fell in love with that book, with Creb, Iza, and Ayla, with a wide, wonderful new world set in the prehistoric age. Even Auel gets bored of this in the end, and Ayla has some sort of convenient dream-based brainstorm and wakes up with a perfect command of Cro-Magnon language.

While the typos from the ARC complained about by other reviewers appear to have been fixed, there were other problems, such as dropped plot lines there was a particular ne’er do well family mentioned in the first section, not at paonted in the second, and suddenly picked up again in the third and a great deal of internal repetition. There is no character development.

It completely ruined the atmosphere of the Upper Palaeolithic world that Auel was trying paintsd craft and forcefully jarred me out of my immersion in the story. The original mystery, the thing that kept us reading, has just gone off into endless repetition of non-essential details. I really wish she had not agreed and had stayed wild and free forever. It was definitely Lane 3 the final pages that upped this conclusion to the Earth’s Children series to three stars and I’m glad I read it.

And while it might be realistic and refreshing to show that Neolithic Paleolithic? What I found so disappointing about it was that beyond the mess that this book was, it had the potential to be so much better. When all is said and done, even if I had read the reviews before purchasing this book, I would still have purchased and read it. You will cry once you’ve shlogged through your fortieth cave, complete with exhaustive descriptions of the cave’s art and its physical structure, and you find that you still have forty more caves for Ayla to explore.


If you knew this book would be crap, and did not think much of the previous ones either the brilliant opening book exceptedwhatever possessed you to spend more than ten of your fine English pounds downloading the thing onto your Kindle? To be honest not much does ;ainted here, we get endless repetitions of the Mother’s Song, lots of descriptions of cave art, and lots of mentions of the events of previous books this last, I think, should have been edited out as, let’s face it, most people aren’t going to come to this book cold.

They go in more caves.

Large chunks of the book are stories from the previous five books or reiterations of czves that occurred earlier in the story. Two-thirds of the book has no plot, and the last third has a plot that was regurgitated from an earlier book.

As of her books have sold more than 45 million copies jewn, in many translations. For those who are interested in the archeological finding put into story form, this is a series for you. I’m sure if that they did so the series could be reduced to three books total and would not have lost anything of value. Thirdly, a lot of reviewers seem to have taken exception to the end-of-book drama moment, where both Jondalar and Ayla have affairs.