Los Refugios de Piedra comienza cuando Ayla y Jondalar terminan su pico viaje a trav s de Europa en compa a de sus amigos, los animales Lobo, Relinchona y Corredor, y son bienvenidos por los zelandones, la gente del pueblo de Jondalar Ayla se siente fascinada por la gente de la Novena Cueva de los zelandones Y en Zelandoni, la l der espiritual de la Novena Cueva, y quien inici a Jondalar en el Regalo del Placer, descubre a una compa era con poderes curativos con quien compartir sus conocimientos y habilidadesPero en tanto que Ayla y Jondalar se preparan para convertirse formalmente en pareja durante los Encuentros de Verano, se presentan dificultades No todos los zelandones los reciben con agrado Algunos temen la influencia de Ayla y detestan su relaci n con aquellos a quienes llaman cabezas chatas, y ella llama los del Clan Algunos hasta se oponen a que forme pareja con Jondalar y hacen evidente su disgusto Ayla tiene que recurrir a todas sus habilidades, inteligencia, conocimientos e instintos para poder hallar el camino en esta complicada sociedad, prepararse para el nacimiento de su hijo, y decidir si est dispuesta a aceptar nuevos desaf os y desempe ar un papel significativo en el destino de los zelandones


10 thoughts on “The Shelters of Stone

  1. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    Now in its fifth incarnation of The Clan of the Cave BearThe Shelters of Stone, the decline is quite noticeable here, there is no real plot just Jondalar taking Ayla back to his home after being away for half a decade Obviously missing the family , still his future mate is rather nervous understandably, her background raised by Flatheads as the Cro Magnon call their disdained rivals, the less developed Neanderthals They on the other handkindly referred, as the Others, the newcomer Now in its fifth incarnation of The Clan of the Cave BearThe Shelters of Stone, the decline is quite noticeable here, there is no real plot just Jondalar taking Ayla back to his home after being away for half a decade Obviously missing the family , still his future mate is rather nervous understandably, her background raised by Flatheads as the Cro Magnon call their disdained rivals, the less developed Neanderthals They on the other handkindly referred, as the Others, the newcomers, are taking over the territories of the long established Neanderthals who have inhabited the lands for 200,000 years And are not anxious to leave, nevertheless the static Flatheads are having trouble competing, haven t changed in those hundreds of thousands of years The newcomers numbers are increasing, the original inhabitants, the opposite survival of the fittest is the law of nature, their rivals strive to progress, always making better spears, knives, shelters, rafts etc., guess who will prevail Arriving in an area after many tough adventures, crossing frozen glaciers, wide rivers, high mountains, not to mention battling wild dangerous animals, and unfriendly people which someday will be the modern state of France He Jondalar, is greeted by his mother Marthona, brother Joharran and sister Folara, and lesser relatives However he needs to explain a missing close memberYet not all are happy he s return especially bringing a foreign woman, along with her strange horses, and even stranger ways Whinney, Racer and the lethal, giant wolf named improbablyWolf, she too seems dangerous maybe some kind of evil spirit..This group live under cliffs not large caves, rock shelters and very well indeed.The uneasy girl feels uncomfortable, they stare at the clothes, listen as she speaks with a weird accent and the unusual, living among her animals, this is not the Zelandonii custom, Jondalar s people, can she ever assimilate Morona the beautiful, spoiled former love of Jondalar hates her, does anything to embarrass the foreign girl Anyhow the couple needs to rest after the endless hardships of traveling together, Ayla wants to stay and belong, the teenager is desperate, having no people of her own, her man simplyreturn to live as before Still dark secrets are hidden , too painful to reveal , the past never forgotten, the memories constantly on her mind.The Clan raised the orphan, fed the little girl, gave a family to her, for a short time , taught her to be a healeruntil she was able to take care of herself The exile was involuntary, but Ayla somehow survived with the help, companionship of her animals in a lush valley, and later meeting Jondalar her lover,important a friend The novel has familiar characters and situations, that is a pleasure On to the sixth and last in the series, may it be good


  2. Crystal Starr Light Crystal Starr Light says:

    A Prehistoric Clip ShowOkay, guys, that was really funny Switching the novel with this fan fiction Brilliant joke You got me Now, where s the real novel UhTHIS is the novel Summary Ayla and Jondalar return to his home Everyone loves Ayla Ayla and Jondalar tie the knot Ayla gives birth to the hellspawn and somehow her name sounds better than Twilight s Renesmee but only just barely.Oh, yeah, and EVERY SINGLE STORY FROM THE LAST BOOK IS REPRINTED So don t bother even READING the pr A Prehistoric Clip ShowOkay, guys, that was really funny Switching the novel with this fan fiction Brilliant joke You got me Now, where s the real novel UhTHIS is the novel Summary Ayla and Jondalar return to his home Everyone loves Ayla Ayla and Jondalar tie the knot Ayla gives birth to the hellspawn and somehow her name sounds better than Twilight s Renesmee but only just barely.Oh, yeah, and EVERY SINGLE STORY FROM THE LAST BOOK IS REPRINTED So don t bother even READING the previous four books at some point in this book, Ayla or Jondalar will tell you it.I don t know whether I should be p ssed that I spent all this time listening to the book equivalent of a 90 s clip show or I should laugh my ss off at the ridiculous joke of this being published Or cry thinking about how many trees this piece of sh t destroyed on its route to the bookstore Or rage about the number of books that were rejected to make room on the bookseller list for THIS.I ve done my raging about this series it s been a ridiculous, over the top, barely concealed Mary Sue fanfiction y ride But I almost want to go back to all the previous books and bump up the ratings by a star or two YES, a star or TWO With ALL the complaints I ve had for the last three books and if you ve read my reviews, you know THAT is a laundry list , those books look like literary GOLD next to this piece of Mammoth defecation.Gone are any attempts at making Ayla a realistic character Gone are any attempts to take this story to the next level, to have ANYTHING to do with ANYTHING that was foreshadowed in the previous books Gone are any attempts to treat the reader with intelligence.I am SHOCKED that this book took 12 years to write I would have given 12 days that would be PLENTY to pick through the last four books, copy all the stories from there and paste them into this waste of paper, sprinkling a bunch of senseless research, bad sex, and Ayla Sue prancing around, telling someone off for their bad behavior.Ayla is the biggest Mary Sue I ve ever read She is such a flagrant Mary Sue, I had to check to make sure that this wasn t fanfiction I wouldn t be surprised to see this characterization from a thirteen year old girl on the internet, but from a 60 woman You coulda fooled me Ayla is the sexiest, most attractive, most intelligent, most competent woman that the world has ever seen She could heal cancer with willow bark tea she can wear boy s underwear a big Zelandani no no and a top with her boobs hanging out, and no one will mutter a peep about her indiscretion in fact, women will imitate her and every man will get a huge boner for her and yes, this does happen Everyone gasps in admiration about her ability to tame animals, produce fire, use a sewing needle, use stitches to heal wounds everything she says is as if from the Mother s lips She rushes into the town drunk s home to rescue his starving family, and the crowds cheer She heals a stupid boy that was hunting rhino, and the Zelandani roar Ayla could blaspheme the Mother, destroy their religion, and burn the entire shelter to the ground, and STILL the ENTIRE Zelandani race would cheer her on.Oh, but POOR AYLA is humiliated when Marona dresses her in boy s underwear image error Oh, but Ayla can t sing Uh, last I checked, those two things don t make a character any less of a Mary Sue In fact, I took the Mary Sue test for Ayla Wanna know what she got 161 Know what that corresponds to 50 Kill it dead Jondalar is still a whining baby All he wants is for Ayla to remain flat on her back so he could pound into her all day with his massive dong The only reason he turns down performing First Rites is because his massive dong would scare off the young virgins and NO ONE could take him all WOW HOW F ING ROMANTIC I wished so many times that he would fall off a cliff or chop off his hand or break his dong on Ayla s petals of perfection.It is an insult to call the other characters characters The only ones who act even REMOTELY human are Marona, who is p ssed because her f ing fiance ran off and she was left with NO COMPENSATION and Jondalar is back, thrusting his new, boobalicious fiancee, the Woman Who Can Do No Wrong, Ayla, in her face , Brukaval, who wants Ayla to f ing mind her own business for once, and the dude that Jondalar punched in the face, thus ruining the dude s livelihood Marthona, Jondalar s mother, accepts Ayla with barely a second thought Same with Joharran, the leader of the 9th clan Zelandani aka Zolena, the Dani woman that Jondalar loved SO MUCH and couldn t be with, is morbidly obese, conveniently unattractive to the vapid Jondalar Everyone else that would have made a shred of conflict for this piece of sh t is painted so painfully villainous, it would have beensubtle to have them dress in black, twirl their mustaches, and cackle about their evil plans to rule the world.And all the stupid poor widdle kids that Ayla has to rescue GAH For once, I would like this woman to do something selfish, for her own personal gain, instead of rushing over to the town drunk who hates her to rescue his POOR FAMILY, to shame all the rest of the clan women into giving the baby their birth milk because, THAT S WHAT THE CLAN WOULD DO AND YOU THINK THEY ARE ANIMALS In fact, I think Auel wrote half the book by just tossing in a new character that Ayla has to fix whenever she ran out of stories from previous books to tell.There is so much repetition in this book, it s borderline plagiarism We are reminded TWENTY TWO TIMES that Ayla has an unusual, exotic accent I THINK I GOT IT AFTER THE FIRST TEN TIMES I was going to post each one of the 22 quotes where it is mentioned, but I didn t want to get repetitive Other conversations that Auel has tortured us with in the past every f ing story from the last four books, where babies come from, how Iza told Ayla to wash up after having sex, how many times Ayla goes to take a p ss or crap and how muchoften it is now that she is preggers is repeated over and over and over and over again And then the introductions GAH Here is just ONE introduction I am Folara of the 9th cave of the Zelandani, blessed of Dani, daughter of Marthona, former leader of the 9th cave of the Zelandani, daughter of the hearth of Willamar, master trader of the Zelandani, sister of Joharran, leader of the 9th cave of the Zelandani, sister of Jondalar of the 9th cave of the Zelandani, master flintknapper and returned traveler who is soon to be mated to Ayla of the 9th cave of the Zelandani She has a bunch of names and ties of her own, but the one I like best is friend of horses and Wolf Imagine this for nearly EVERY character and multiply that by infinity That is how many times I had to read this If I didn t know better, I would have thought that twenty different writers wrote this book, threw together their portions in one big pot and sent it to publish.And if you thought the previous books were in any way misogynist, you haven t even SEEN this book Here are some WONDERFUL quotes from this supposedly equal rights culture She had become Ayla of the Zelandani and Jondalar s mate, and that came first Though a stigma of shame was placed on those who did not wait until they had their First Rites, some girls inevitably did succumb to the persistent blandishments But no matter how relentless the pressure, by yielding to it, the girls became ultimately less desirable as mates because it indicated a lack of sufficient self control It is true that your mate will not be as tempted to look with pleasure upon other women if you satisfy his desires Maybe Jondalar should have asked Ayla before he started all this so Ayla could become Zelandani Wow, HOW FAIR Girls who have sex before First Rites are looked down upon because they can t wait But boys NOTHING If your man leaves, it is YOUR FAULT because you didn t have sex enough with him Sounds great, doesn t it Oddly enough, there are only 3 sex scenes in this book Not surprisingly, they are pretty much the EXACT SAME sex scene we ve read since Valley of the Horses Jondalar goes for Ayla s boobs He even asks, at one point, if a baby nursing feels like when he does it I AM SERIOUS, HE ASKS THIS Jondalar moves to Ayla s petals.Ayla moans and can t believe how ready she is.Jondalar wants to take her right now and can barely hold back.Insert Tab J into Slot A Fireworks, explosions, flowers fall from the sky, angels sing, deer dance in the field.And then we have the Mother s Song I have a great aunt that used to write poetry about what happened to the family in the past year and force rhyme to death out of it and put it into her Christmas cards The poetry would be something like this And Johnny did run to the store one dayTo say hello to his Aunt MayAnd what do you think should happen there He found a cute, adorable, cuddly bear THAT is better poetry that this horrible mess And the absolute LAST THING I wanted was Ayla commenting on how moving and wonderful this piece of sh t poem was.Sandra Burr has been doing an amazing job narrating these books and somehow managing to not burst into giggles during the sex scenes HOWEVER, the Transylvania accent that she suddenly gives Ayla in this book is TOO MUCH Somehow, it made her even MORE annoying, MORE Mary Sue ish, AND MORE vampy.I just have one question HOW THE F DID THIS GET PUBLISHED This is, without a doubt, the WORST book of the series so far It is pointless, it totally negates all the tension of the last four books, wondering and worrying if Ayla would be accepted into the Zelandani I ve read fan fiction better written than this.So my advice AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE P.S Only one book to go Can I make it


  3. Ani Ani says:

    I can t believe we had to wait 12 years for this book It is a far cry from The Clan of the Cave Bear, which was captivating in its detail and character development This book is in sore need of an editor There is too much detailed description, and the pace moves incredibly slowly Ayla is too perfect of a character, and the characters who don t like her are inevitably drunks or jealous bitches I feel really committed to this series, since I really loved the first two books, and liked books 3 I can t believe we had to wait 12 years for this book It is a far cry from The Clan of the Cave Bear, which was captivating in its detail and character development This book is in sore need of an editor There is too much detailed description, and the pace moves incredibly slowly Ayla is too perfect of a character, and the characters who don t like her are inevitably drunks or jealous bitches I feel really committed to this series, since I really loved the first two books, and liked books 3 4 just fine, but I was so disappointed in this book I am not sure what happened my guess is that Jean Auel doesn t really want to write these any, so procrastinates by doing incredibly detailed research is this really necessary at this point She has done probably 20 years of research when all is said and done , and phones in the actual manuscript If book 6 ever comes out since it s already been 6 years since this book was released , I will read it too, although my expectations have been greatly lowered after reading Shelters of Stone


  4. Beth Beth says:

    Total Crap Enough of Pleasures and discriptive scenes of ice age Europe Some new information and a plot would have been great The series has gone from one of my favorite books Clan of the Cave Bear to something I almost didn t finish The series started crashing with Plains of Passage where Jondalar and Ayla Pleasured themselves across the continent while righing wrongs, curing injustice and improving life styles in their spare time Shelter just bombed Can t remember a single scen Total Crap Enough of Pleasures and discriptive scenes of ice age Europe Some new information and a plot would have been great The series has gone from one of my favorite books Clan of the Cave Bear to something I almost didn t finish The series started crashing with Plains of Passage where Jondalar and Ayla Pleasured themselves across the continent while righing wrongs, curing injustice and improving life styles in their spare time Shelter just bombed Can t remember a single scene from the book, nothing happened I think Ayla got drunk once, puked, and swore never to do that again it could hurt the baby whatever , snore


  5. Kara Kara says:

    Utter crap Pretend the series ended with Plains of Passage and Ayla and Jondalar had a baby and lived happily ever after.


  6. Danielle Danielle says:

    I couldn t wait for this book to end Repetitive repetitive repetitive Auel uses the same phrases and descriptions so many times throughout all five books that it drove me batty How many formal introductions of the same characters do there have to be How many times do you have to tell the story of how Ayla acquired her animals, found Jondalar, was raised by flatheads, etc etc etc Did Auel really need to write out the really long mother song multiple times And the thing that drove me ins I couldn t wait for this book to end Repetitive repetitive repetitive Auel uses the same phrases and descriptions so many times throughout all five books that it drove me batty How many formal introductions of the same characters do there have to be How many times do you have to tell the story of how Ayla acquired her animals, found Jondalar, was raised by flatheads, etc etc etc Did Auel really need to write out the really long mother song multiple times And the thing that drove me insane the most were the sex scenes The same sex scenes have been described repeatedly in the last four books and every time one came up it disturbed me and grossed me out I am not a prude by any means but these books are supposed to be historical fiction not creepy ice age erotica I do not need to hear about Ayla s folds and hard nodule or Jondalar s tumescent manhood Telling me once how Ayla learned to cleanse herself after pleasures is enough, you don t have to tell me every freakin time I could go on and on but I think you get the picture that this series of books really annoys me I don t know if I will read the next one if when it gets published If I do it will only be because I don t like to leave a series unfinished


  7. Ally Ally says:

    Auel has written a beautiful saga about prehistoric man, and if I weren t so attached to her characters and their fate, I would have chucked this book long ago Sadly, this is the worst of the five mainly because it lacks plot and interest Auel spends 200 pages on their first day with the Zelandoni, about 600 on the first month or so, then suddenly the last months whizz by in, maybe, 100 pages She is redundant not only from her previous books, but within the book itself She makes the same de Auel has written a beautiful saga about prehistoric man, and if I weren t so attached to her characters and their fate, I would have chucked this book long ago Sadly, this is the worst of the five mainly because it lacks plot and interest Auel spends 200 pages on their first day with the Zelandoni, about 600 on the first month or so, then suddenly the last months whizz by in, maybe, 100 pages She is redundant not only from her previous books, but within the book itself She makes the same detailed statement 4 or 5 or 6 times How many times can she tell us, in great detail, of Ayla s special language for the horses Too many times I love the premise of this book I love the first 4 books tho they are also quite detailed and redundant to a lesser extreme This book just annoyed me greatly Yet, I still like it in a way because it sets up the conclusion of her series I still want to know what happens to my favorite prehistoric family Auel leaves you wanting to know Ayla and Jondalar s future, and that s even with an obnoxiously boring book I look forward to book 6, and I will remain optimistic that she can give us another page turner


  8. Hannah Hannah says:

    hindsight being 20 20, I would have wished that Auel had spent an ADDITIONAL 12 years revising this book and gotten a better editor instead of dumping this horrible parody of our beloved Ayla on her fan kingdom Not even a brief thank you for your patience on her dedication page to all of us who put her financial portfolio in the stratosphere these 20 years It apprears she took her loyal readers for granted in a big way It s obvious from the writing that she doesn t care about her charac hindsight being 20 20, I would have wished that Auel had spent an ADDITIONAL 12 years revising this book and gotten a better editor instead of dumping this horrible parody of our beloved Ayla on her fan kingdom Not even a brief thank you for your patience on her dedication page to all of us who put her financial portfolio in the stratosphere these 20 years It apprears she took her loyal readers for granted in a big way It s obvious from the writing that she doesn t care about her characters or fans any That s her right It s also my right not to buy anybooks from her not that she needs the bucks.This book was an insult to her fan s intelligence She wrote it like we had complete amnesia about Ayla s previous exploits It was like she wasconcerned with making the last 4 books understandable to a brand new reader as if any new reader to Auel would pick up book 5 from her series on purpose My biggest gripe and they are legion is the spooky feeling that Auel didn t really write this book It s hard to put a finger on, but the writing just doesn t have the same punch as the last 4 I think she simply lost her momentum and interest for the story in 12 years It s obvious that her interests liewith the archaeology anthropology aspect than with the creative writing aspect and it shows.I still give Auel kudos on her prior masterpieces she deserves them, but I ll be very cautious about anything else she writes from this point forward, and I won t buy her books sight unseen I ll read them from the library first Jean, I hope you read all these reviews and take them to heart We love Ayla s story, but are real disappointed in this offering Fire your editor, and spendtime with your character s lives Use your prodigious research to enhance the story, not detract from it Comment Permalink


  9. Malcolm Malcolm says:

    This book took me longer to read that the previous four books not because it wasn t interesting to read Rather, I didn t want the book to end Certainly, this book has some fill that could have be cut but it doesn t distract from what is overall, a great read Ayla and Jondalar cross a great glacier dividing northern Europe to return to Jondalars people who live in natural spacious stone caves Ayla is accepted by his people, well most of them Of course, there are a few flies in the ointm This book took me longer to read that the previous four books not because it wasn t interesting to read Rather, I didn t want the book to end Certainly, this book has some fill that could have be cut but it doesn t distract from what is overall, a great read Ayla and Jondalar cross a great glacier dividing northern Europe to return to Jondalars people who live in natural spacious stone caves Ayla is accepted by his people, well most of them Of course, there are a few flies in the ointment in this regard, but it adds to the story Ayla has become preganant during their trek from the plains and over the glacier We anxiously await the sixth, and final book in the Earths Children Series Apparently, Jean Auel is close to completing the book she has been working on for several years now Despite people telling me the first book was the best and later ones were not as good, I could not disagreeI found each of the books entertaining, informative, and capable of bringing tears to my eyes as Ayla faces this or that challenge I will surely miss her when the final book is out and I have read This is a wonderful series of books Malcolm


  10. ♥ Rebecca ♥ ♥ Rebecca ♥ says:

    1 The Clan of the Cave Bear 2 The Valley of Horses 3 The Mammoth Hunters 4 The Plains of Passage 5 The Shelters of Stone I was worried that this book would haveconflict After reading the blurb I was scared it was gonna belike