The Valley of Horses

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Paperback, Bantam Books, 2002, ISBN # 0553381660

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This unforgettable odyssey into the distant past carries us back to the awesome mysteries of the exotic, primeval world of The Clan of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown into a beautiful and courageous young woman.

Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself. The short summer gives her little time to look, and when she finds a sheltered valley with a herd of hardy steppe horses, she decides to stay and prepare for the long glacial winter ahead. Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship. One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals dont fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.

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Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publish Date: Jun 25, 2002
ISBN-13: 9780553381665
ISBN-10: 0553381660
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 544
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.2 x 6.1 x 1.1
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An excellent continuation of Ayla's journey. New characters are introduced, though it took me a few chapters to develop a connection with them. You will want to buy the whole series, as each one leaves off at a turning point in Ayla's life. This book will make you think about how you would survive if you were truly on your own, devoid of human contact.

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