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Part One Of Two Parts In this second novel of the Earth's Children saga, Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, sets out solo into a world far from friendly. She is in search of others like herself...and in search of love. Driven by energies she scarcely understands, she explores where the clan never dared to travel. In a hidden valley, she finds not Part One Of Two Parts In this second novel of the Earth's Children saga, Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, sets out solo into a world far from friendly. She is in search of others like herself...and in search of love. Driven by energies she scarcely understands, she explores where the clan never dared to travel. In a hidden valley, she finds not only a herd of steppe horses, but also a unique kinship with animals as vulnerable as herself. Still, nothing prepares her for the emotional turmoil she feels when she rescues a young man, Jondalar -- the first of the Others she has seen -- from almost certain death.


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Part One Of Two Parts In this second novel of the Earth's Children saga, Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, sets out solo into a world far from friendly. She is in search of others like herself...and in search of love. Driven by energies she scarcely understands, she explores where the clan never dared to travel. In a hidden valley, she finds not Part One Of Two Parts In this second novel of the Earth's Children saga, Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR, sets out solo into a world far from friendly. She is in search of others like herself...and in search of love. Driven by energies she scarcely understands, she explores where the clan never dared to travel. In a hidden valley, she finds not only a herd of steppe horses, but also a unique kinship with animals as vulnerable as herself. Still, nothing prepares her for the emotional turmoil she feels when she rescues a young man, Jondalar -- the first of the Others she has seen -- from almost certain death.

30 review for The Valley of Horses, Part 1 of 2

  1. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Hare

    This is a great example of historical fiction that draws you in and keeps you engaged. The characters are so alive with great personalities complete with strengths and foibles. The narrative provides information on the time period, scenery, insights into the two main character’s emotions, insecurities, and motivations. The storyline flows smoothly and quickly filled with twists and turns, action, romance and emotional drama. This is a wonderful series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Annabel Yablonsky

    Loved it

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    A little too much flint knapping—my eyes glazed over at those parts, but I can tell the author researched and enjoyed describing it—and a little too romance-novelish toward the end, but a captivating read. Auel holds out so long before letting Ayla and Jondalar meet. But a valley with horses: yes! Rearing a colt AND a lion cub: yes yes! The foreshadowing, started in Clan of the Cave Bear and repeated here, of how Ayla will be the bridge between two very different types of humans, is appreciated A little too much flint knapping—my eyes glazed over at those parts, but I can tell the author researched and enjoyed describing it—and a little too romance-novelish toward the end, but a captivating read. Auel holds out so long before letting Ayla and Jondalar meet. But a valley with horses: yes! Rearing a colt AND a lion cub: yes yes! The foreshadowing, started in Clan of the Cave Bear and repeated here, of how Ayla will be the bridge between two very different types of humans, is appreciated and will keep me reading through this series. The Mammoth Hunters is waiting at the library for me! (And I had planned on reading only the first book in the series!)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kitty Sutton

    I have found that Jean Auel has been instrumental in helping me to appreciate the pre-history that pre dated our Native American tribes. In fact this book takes place, I believe, on the European continent. His fiction based on archaeological findings is presented in such a way that you never know you are learning something very important. All of Jean's books are that way and I value every one. I have tried to read every one of Jean's books and have come away with a better knowledge of history an I have found that Jean Auel has been instrumental in helping me to appreciate the pre-history that pre dated our Native American tribes. In fact this book takes place, I believe, on the European continent. His fiction based on archaeological findings is presented in such a way that you never know you are learning something very important. All of Jean's books are that way and I value every one. I have tried to read every one of Jean's books and have come away with a better knowledge of history and pre history than I ever learned in school with little or no pain of boredom whatsoever. I only wish to emulate Jean's excellent style in my own books. Kitty Sutton

  5. 5 out of 5

    Louis Bouchard

    This book was decent, but not a good as "Clan of Cave Bear" I found the first half of the book kinda slow, and a couple of things implausible for historic fiction. The second half is a lot better, but too much of a romance novel for my taste. Again, it's not "Clan of Cave Bear", but I liked the book well enough to continue the series. This book was decent, but not a good as "Clan of Cave Bear" I found the first half of the book kinda slow, and a couple of things implausible for historic fiction. The second half is a lot better, but too much of a romance novel for my taste. Again, it's not "Clan of Cave Bear", but I liked the book well enough to continue the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ann Panah

    I loved the imagination the author used to come up with this story. To imagine how a caveman (or cave woman) would act and why is very wonderful and enjoyable to read. I can tell she did a lot of research into the tools that used and then projected that to how they would act. I loved the 'love story' in this book of the series. I loved the imagination the author used to come up with this story. To imagine how a caveman (or cave woman) would act and why is very wonderful and enjoyable to read. I can tell she did a lot of research into the tools that used and then projected that to how they would act. I loved the 'love story' in this book of the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    The book is cheesy & tends to drag on but I did enjoy it. It has some fun, silly & entertaining moments as well as, some interesting, thought provoking moments. Some of the dialogue is really outrageous considering that it's supposed be from cave people. I loved reading about life & characters in the cave people time period. It was nice to see Ayla get a boyfriend. The book is cheesy & tends to drag on but I did enjoy it. It has some fun, silly & entertaining moments as well as, some interesting, thought provoking moments. Some of the dialogue is really outrageous considering that it's supposed be from cave people. I loved reading about life & characters in the cave people time period. It was nice to see Ayla get a boyfriend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nathaly Henriquez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A little long but really good. Love Ayla and the way she understands nature. The only thing that make suffer are the parts where they hun animals to eat since I'm a vegetarian. Silly, I know... But excellent book! A little long but really good. Love Ayla and the way she understands nature. The only thing that make suffer are the parts where they hun animals to eat since I'm a vegetarian. Silly, I know... But excellent book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rubab Mirza

    A wonderful wonderful book. I can sing its praises till Kingdom come. I fell in love with Ayla and Jondalar. The book ,it's description of the life in Stone Age is beyond comparison . How Ayla strives to survive and manages to stay human is amazing. A wonderful wonderful book. I can sing its praises till Kingdom come. I fell in love with Ayla and Jondalar. The book ,it's description of the life in Stone Age is beyond comparison . How Ayla strives to survive and manages to stay human is amazing.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Although this book was like a fairy tale, I was captivated! Like the first in the series, there is no real ending; it is like a tv season end cliff hanger and I am hooked again, will go on to book three.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Olga Ryparová

    Má nejoblíbenější sága z dětství, četla jsem ji celkově 2x.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wanda Schultz

    A little long, but there were no lulls in it. It kept you wanting to read more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Astrid

    I read this when I was younger, so it is really nostalgic to reread this series. Ayla is my heroine! :-)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Salyer

    3rd time re reading this great series

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Love this book! I love Ayla independence and her meeting Jondalar. re-reading the series so it is fresh in my mind when book 6 comes outs

  16. 4 out of 5

    Irene Valdez

    I did not expect to or even want to like this book. But I did. Good story and interesting characters. I will read the rest of the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Eschweiler

    was a rather good book but only for the second half did it truly captivate me

  18. 4 out of 5

    Diane

  19. 4 out of 5

    Anka

  20. 4 out of 5

    Erin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lori

  22. 4 out of 5

    Fiona McDonald

  23. 5 out of 5

    C

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Soroka

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ana Moya Villalobos

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mónica Salviat Krögh

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aneta Marková

  29. 5 out of 5

    Raquel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbora Vosmikova

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