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by Jean M Auel




Ayla shares a lonely valley with a herd of steppe ponies, harnesses their power, and discovers speech and love with Jondalar, a member of her own race
Download The Valley of the Horses (Book 2, Earth's Children) epub
ISBN: 0553234811
ISBN13: 978-0553234817
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Jean M Auel
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell (June 1, 1983)
Pages: 576 pages
ePUB size: 1801 kb
FB2 size: 1276 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 358
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Opimath
I loved Clan of the Cave Bear and was happy to see that it had many reviews and was rated four and a half stars overall. When I saw that 'Valley' got a measly three and a half stars, (!) I was compelled to write a review.

Auel's wonderfully lucid descriptions and rhythmic prose are a sumptuous delight that continue in 'Valley of Horses'. The flora and fauna pop out of the book and I can almost smell the grassy herbaceousness of the meadows where Ayla lives and hunts. When I am reading valley of the horses, everything else seems to melt away and I become a part of the landscape, and a 'fly on the wall' in an ancient clan.

Her musings on plant life and animal behavior will delight anyone who has read Thoreau or Emerson and you will recognize in her book some of the same childish wonder you often find in Thoreau's diaries or Emerson's poetry.

The structure of the novel is well plotted and executed. The story flows at a pleasant pace and has a good amount of action and excitement. We are introduced to a few new characters and Ayla invents spectacular new instruments for hunting and survival. The heart of the book, in my opinion, is her relationships with the animals who are her neighbors in the valley. Even though the real climax of the book occurs when Ayla and Jondalur finally meet, the biggest part of the book deals with her isolation and her relationship with the horse who comes to mean everything to her.

Highly, highly recommend.
Thohelm
I loved every moment. I had to take my time with this, because it was quite thought-provoking. Ms. Auel's series made you feel like you were there - with the characters. I was cheering them on through all of their adventures, and every time they ran into danger, I was holding my breath. I loved every one of the books, and she remained true to the story, all the way from the first page of the first book to the last page of the last book. I would read them again, and I am sure I will through the years. It is a set of books that I have every intention of keeping, just so I can have that opportunity, in fact. Well done, Jean Auel, well done.
Arabella V.
I've read the whole series before, and enjoy the first four books very much. (The final two books of the series were both a MAJOR disappointment!) The stories are good, moving along smoothly, and in places quite exciting and suspenseful. And the information about stone age living is voluminous, apparently almost entirely accurate, and fascinating. The writing is clear and smooth, and pretty good on the whole. Most of the characters are well-developed and believable, although the character of Jondalar (Ayla's love interest) has always irritated me -- the author tries to develop the character, but to my mind, she never quite succeeds, so he winds up seeming a bit shallow, and Ayla's strong love for him a bit of a mystery.
Ndav
"The Valley of Horses" is book two, of a six book series written by Jean Auel. I loved every one of them, without exception, until the last one: "The Land of Painted Caves". Started reading this series in print, long before Kindle made it's appearance; the first books came out in a timely manner, but the last one took YEARS, and when it finally did come to be, I felt like the author had been pressured to finish, rather than leaving everyone hanging. That being said: if you enjoy some education with your reading, you'll love these. Mrs. Auel is obviously a very intelligent person who was diligent in her research, I just wish I hadn't been so disappointed in the last one.
Kazigrel
Love the story line. I have read this series several times. I love the detail of flora and fauna as well as culture and climate. I don't agree with some of her ideas of how early people understood the world (like where babies come from) but if you tell yourself it's just a story you can go along with it. Now that I've read it several times I know I can now skip the light porn between the main characters without missing important story lines.
Ffleg
I loved the first one and loved this one just as much. This book was a roller coaster of emotions and ended so perfectly. I could barely put it down. Learning about how people lived so long ago is s fascinating, but you're also drawn in on a personal level and feel connected to the main character, Ayla. I immediately got the third book as soon as I finished this one.
ndup
I enjoyed this book with reservation. It focuses on the transition that Ayla makes when she leaves the clan. There's a lot of fluff in the chapter, but perhaps it is because I prefer to get on with the story. Ayla becomes friends with a horse and we see it develop into a friendship and it's all good. Then there's the development of new characters who are introduced; however they really do not interact with Ayla until the closing of the chapter. There's a feeling throughout the book that the men will round a corner at any minute and meet up with Ayla, though it doesn't happen as quickly as you expect. By the end of the book, I understood more about the author's intent. You do get the feeling of much time that has passed since Ayla lived with the clan and she appears to be about sixteen years of age in this book. And of course, it is no surprise that a romantic relationship quickly emerges with one of the new characters and Ayla, which primes us for the next book.
This, and the previous book of the series, The Clan of the Cave Bear, are good stories and bring to life, in a plausible way, early periods of humanity that we can only speculate on from fossils and bones. It's enlightening to consider that "cavemen" may have had complex and nuanced social systems and ways of communicating. What I wanted to comment on, however, was the quality of the printing. I got the "mass market" paperback and there were dozens of pages where the print was so light (obviously a printing error) that it was difficult to read. For the third book (The Mammoth Hunters), I sprang for the regular paperback which, while a few dollars more expensive, provides an easier reading experience.