In the long-awaited conclusion to Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series, Ayla, her mate, Jondalar, and their daughter, Jonayla, bring readers back to the Ice Age in The Land of Painted Caves. (Out tomorrow and available in eBook format from OverDrive.) The European family takes readers on an adventurous journey as Ayla struggles to find an appropriate balance between being a mother and reaching her potential as a Zelandoni, a spiritual leader and healer.
The characters illustrate what life was like thousands of years ago, battling wild animals, earthquakes, and dangerous hunters (not to mention a potential cave-wrecker named Marona), all while figuring out their own beliefs and longings.
The pair stumbles upon a few revelations throughout the novel. While studying a beautiful cave painting, thought to be in the Lascaux caverns in France, Ayla invents the concept of art appreciation. And after overdosing on a hallucinogenic root, Ayla nearly loses her life, and she and Jondalar find out how much they truly mean to one another. They develop a new idea for showing their love—monogamy.
Take a look at the official trailer:
Then continue the journey set before recorded history. Or catch up on the series first with The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, and The Shelters of Stone, all of which are available for purchase in Content Reserve.
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Brianne Carlon is a marketing associate at OverDrive.