Author(s): Jean M. Auel
The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar's people: the Zelandonii. The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their clothes, customs, artifacts, even their homes--formed in great cliffs of vertical limestone--are a source of wonder to her. And in the woman Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of the Ninth Cave (and the one who initiated Jondalar into the Gift of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to share her knowledge and skills.
But as Ayla and Jondalar prepare for the formal mating at the Summer Meeting, there are difficulties. Not all the Zelandonii are welcoming. Some fear Ayla's unfamiliar ways and abhor her relationship with those they call flatheads and she calls Clan. Some even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure known. Ayla has to call on all her skills, intelligence, knowledge, and instincts to find her way in this complicated society, to prepare for the birth of her child, and to decide whether she will accept new challenges and play a significant role in the destiny of the Zelandonii.
Jean Auel is at her very best in this superbly textured creation of a prehistoric society. The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping story of love and danger, with all the wonderful detail--based on meticulous research-- that makes her novels unique. It is a triumphant continuation of the Earth's Children® saga that began with The Clan of the Cave Bear. And it includes an amazing rhythmic poem that describes the birth of Earth's Children and plays its own role in the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.
This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
* An Earth's Children® series sampler including free chapters from the other books in Jean M. Auel's bestselling series
* A Q&A with the author about the Earth's Children® series
The prequel to what will be the publishing event of the year: the final volume of Jean M. Auel's six-book series, The Land of Painted Caves
'Jean Auel's greatest achievement is to have created a plausible primeval community where men and women love and sometimes hate, and learn to survive in a harsh environment that demands rules and co-operation.' -- Daily Express 'Meticulously researched ... fascinating ... course-by-course menus for Upper Paleolithic blow-outs ... that Joanne Harris might envy. Jean Auel is as remarkable a figure as J R R Tolkien.' -- Independent Magazine 'Jean M. Auel has meticulously researched her subject and this latest book should continue the huge success of the series.' -- Hello 'As always, Auel has meticulously researched her prehistoric subject and this latest offering is a triumphant continuation of the saga.' -- Irish News (Belfast) 20020429 'Massive in scope' -- Daily Mirror 20020429 'Impeccable research makes this much more than a fantasy reconstruction of prehistoric life.' -- Daily Express 20021208 'Bursting with hard information about ancient days and awash in steamy sex ... Auel's latest will not only please her legions of fans but will hit the top of the list, pronto.' -- Publishers Weekly 20021208 'Enthralling, exciting and impossible to put down.' -- York Evening Press 20021208 'A rewarding read. A brilliant work of imagination' -- Good Book Guide 20021208
Jean M. Auel is one of the world's most esteemed and beloved authors. Her extensive factual research has earned her the respect of renowned scientists, archaeologists and anthropologists around the globe, culminating in her being made an Officer of the Order of Arts & Letters by the French Minister of Culture and Communication in 2008.