#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 conclusion. As the story opens, 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 Ayala 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.
About the Author
In 1980, Jean M. Auel became a literary legend with The Clan of the Cave Bear, the first book in her Earth s Children(r) series. Now a mother, grandmother, and author who has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide, Auel is a heroine of history and prehistory alike, changing the world one enthralling page at a time.
“Among modern epic spinners, [Jean M.] Auel has few peers. . . . She deftly creates a whole world, giving a sense of the origins of class, ethnic, and cultural differences that alternately divide and fascinate us today.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[Ayla] remains plucky, inquisitive, inventive, brave, loyal. . . . There is real sweetness in the saga’s finale, when Ayla’s legacy to the world—both hers and ours—is made clear.”—The Washington Post
“[Auel builds] her characters up to legendary proportions throughout The Land of Painted Caves. . . . [Ayla’s] journey has engrossed fans and turned the series into a bestselling phenomenon.”—Los Angeles Times
“Prehistory comes to astounding life. . . . [Jean M.] Auel’s descriptive powers are top-notch.”—USA Today