By Jean M. Auel
This unforgettable odyssey into the far away prior includes us again to the extraordinary mysteries of the unique, primeval global of The extended family of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown right into a appealing and brave younger lady.
Cruelly solid out by means of the recent chief of the traditional extended family that followed her as a toddler, Ayla leaves these she loves in the back of and travels on my own via a stark, open land packed with harmful animals yet few humans, looking for the Others, tall and reasonable like herself. the quick summer season offers her little time to seem, and while she unearths a sheltered valley with a herd of hardy steppe horses, she makes a decision to stick and get ready for the lengthy glacial wintry weather forward. residing with the extended family has taught Ayla many talents yet no longer genuine looking. She ultimately is familiar with she will live on while she traps a horse, which provides her meat and a hot pelt for the iciness, yet destiny has bestowed a better reward, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a distinct kinship.
One iciness extends to extra; she discovers a fashion to make fireplace extra speedy and a wounded cave lion cub joins her strange family members, yet her liked animals don’t satisfy her stressed want for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a guy screaming in ache. She saves tall, good-looking Jondalar, who brings her a language to talk and an awakening of affection and wish, yet Ayla is torn among her worry of leaving her valley and her desire of residing together with her personal sort.
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Although she didn’t understand how she may use them, she all started taking her spears alongside on her rides. The lengthy poles have been unwieldy until eventually she devised safe holders for them, one in every one basket carried on both sides of the pony. It wasn’t until eventually she spotted a herd of lady reindeer that an concept started to take form. while she used to be a woman, and surreptitiously instructing herself to seek, she frequently chanced on an excuse to paintings close to the lads once they have been discussing hunting—their favourite subject of dialog. on the time she have been extra drawn to the searching lore linked to the sling—her weapon—but used to be intrigued it doesn't matter what type of searching they mentioned. at the beginning sight, she suggestion the herd of small-antlered reindeer have been men. Then she spotted the calves and recalled that between all of the different types of deer, in simple terms reindeer women had antlers. The recollection caused a complete set of linked memories—including the style of reindeer meat. extra very important, she remembered the lads announcing that after reindeer migrate north within the spring, they trip an identical path, as if following a direction purely they can see, they usually migrate in separate teams. First the adult females and the younger start the trek, through a herd of younger men. Later within the season, the outdated dollars come stringing alongside in small teams. Ayla rode at a leisurely velocity in the back of a herd of antlered does and their younger. The summer time horde of gnats and flies that enjoyed to nest in reindeer fur, specially close to eyes and ears, riding the reindeer to hunt cooler climates the place the bugs have been much less plentiful, have been simply showing. Ayla absently brushed away the few that have been humming round her head. while she had began, a morning mist nonetheless clung to low-lying hollows and dips. The emerging sunlight steamed out the deep wallet, lending an unaccustomed moisture to the steppes. The deer have been used to different ungulates, they usually overlooked Whinney, and her human passenger, so long as they didn’t get too shut. whereas looking at them, Ayla was once deliberating looking. If the dollars keep on with the does, they need to be coming this manner quickly. probably i'll hunt a tender reindeer dollar; I’ll comprehend what direction they are going to be taking. yet understanding the trail won’t support if I can’t get shut sufficient to take advantage of my spears. probably i may dig a gap back. They’d simply movement out of how and stay away from it, and there’s now not sufficient brush to construct a fence they couldn’t bounce. possibly if i am getting them operating, one will fall in. If it does, how will i am getting it out? I don’t are looking to butcher an animal within the backside of a muddy gap back. I’ll need to dry the beef out right here, too, until i will get it again to the cave. the girl and the pony the herd all day, preventing sometimes to consume and relaxation, until eventually the clouds grew to become red in a deepening blue sky. She was once farther north than she have been ahead of, in an unexpected sector. From a distance she’d obvious a line of crops, and, within the fading gentle because the sky became vermilion, she observed the colour mirrored past a stand of thick brush. The reindeer shaped themselves into unmarried documents to go through slender openings to arrive the water of a big move, they usually ranged alongside the shallow part to drink sooner than crossing.