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 womanCruelly 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 she discovers a way to make fire quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don t 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


10 thoughts on “The Valley of Horses

  1. Corbin Corbin says:

    Dad Sohow s the book Me Hmn Well, I like the first two thirds or so, that s all survivalist nerd stuff But after that, it kind of turns into caveman porn Later that week Dad SoI borrowed your book Me Oh Uncomfortable silence Me Sowhat did you think of it Dad Well, you were right, the first two thirds is for survival nerds After that, though Uncomfortable silence Me Caveman porn Dad Not just that Bad caveman porn


  2. Crystal Starr Light Crystal Starr Light says:

    I ve never seen a series take such a downturn so fast When we last saw Ayla in


  3. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I loved this book soooooo much Ayla is my hero There were some things but didn t keep it from my favorites list I love Whinney and Baby, my heart soared so much And when Ayla and Jondalar met I was so happy I loved going on their journey of learning about one another while he healed It was just awesome and I m glad I got to read it Happy Reading Peeps Mel


  4. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    She walks away alone a figure in the vast, savage, uncaring, desolate almost empty region of what is now the Ukraine, expelled by her adopted Neanderthal cave dwelling band Ayla at 14, is forced to leaves her small beloved child Durc, behind cursed by the only people the Cro Magnon girl can remember into the unknown, what the young fearful woman, believes will be a final, fatal, fleeting journey With a few belongings the prehistoric teenager has, told by the female who raised her to find her o She walks away alone a figure in the vast, savage, uncaring, desolate almost empty region of what is now the Ukraine, expelled by her adopted Neanderthal cave dwelling band Ayla at 14, is forced to leaves her small beloved child Durc, behind cursed by the only people the Cro Magnon girl can remember into the unknown, what the young fearful woman, believes will be a final, fatal, fleeting journey With a few belongings the prehistoric teenager has, told by the female who raised her to find her own kind the Others , and advised to go north but the scattered tribes are so rare that it is almost impossible to encounter them An unseen spot in the steppes, the object slowly travels in the glacial cold for weeks, then a blizzard strikes hard the despairing human almost welcomes the freezing endYet somehow Ayla survives, but it doesn t matter her destruction is near predators roam by looking for a kill until finding salvation, a beautiful hidden valley that protects the wanderer from most of the deadly elements and feeds the girl, plants, trees, fruit, game, fish, the experienced, able hunter will not starve and a herd of gentle magnificent horses, already live there, their running about is thrilling in this paradise, a river meanders by its sparkling waters beckons and a safe place discovered, a small cozy cave above the stream a hole in the wall, that a warm fire will make habitable, reached by climbing a steep slopeSurvival is not living though, the abandoned girl has many dreams and nightmares, she needs human companionship but her only friends are a mare she raised from a foal Whinney, how she got her name is obvious and a Cave Lion cub Baby, why that alias is easy also to understand the animal eventually will grow to be a gigantic male 800 lbs Years pass, Ayla, prospers all the tools, clothes, shelter and food she wants are available, still not quite happy, the now woman will have to leave her safe, comfortable home to meet her own species if the sad girl can ever get out into the hostile world, and take a big chance but her pet friends have grown, left to follow their new mates, seldom come back to visit Two devoted brothers with the same mother, but not father, unexpectedly arrive in the area from a faraway cave to the west, the adventurous men, went in a primitive boat down to the sea, on The Great Mother River, the Danube a hazardous lengthy trip, just to see where it concludes Jondalar 21, at six feet, six inches tall towers over everyone, blond hair blue eyes, handsome face women are always looking up to and falling in love with, and a few inches shorter Thonolan, 18, different color eyes and hair, still almost equal to his sibling in charm and features, the now morose man has suffered a devastating lossAyla and Jondalar , have great feelings for each other when they meet yet hide them, showing little apparent emotion, not trusting, both recently acquainted, strangers really.The second in the very popular, Earth s Children series, is almost as good as the first The Clan of the Cave Bear, while the magic cannot quite duplicate the level of the original, because of its unique aspects, this one does deliver what fans of these books want, entertainment in an exotic setting a place and time that no one today will ever experience, or maybe even wish to either


  5. Charlotte May Charlotte May says:

    Ouch I ve never known a series to go so downhill in the second book When I read The Clan of the Cave Bear I was swept up into a prehistoric world filled with spirits, survival and a wonderfully intricate belief system After the end of that book Ayla is out on her own, battling the elements, wild animals and her own loneliness It sounded so promising But parallel to following Ayla, we also follow two men Jondalar and his brother Thonolan, unsure of how they will fit in to Ayla s tale What Ouch I ve never known a series to go so downhill in the second book When I read The Clan of the Cave Bear I was swept up into a prehistoric world filled with spirits, survival and a wonderfully intricate belief system After the end of that book Ayla is out on her own, battling the elements, wild animals and her own loneliness It sounded so promising But parallel to following Ayla, we also follow two men Jondalar and his brother Thonolan, unsure of how they will fit in to Ayla s tale What disappointed me with this sequel were two main things 1 Nothing happens Seriously It s over 500 pages and all we really see is Ayla s preparation for season after season alone in her cave, and her adoption of a couple of wild animals Alongside this Jondalar and Thonolan are travelling coming across tribe after tribe, once again with no real purpose or anything to add to the overall plot 2 So many sex scenes Now I m not a prude, and I can enjoy a good sex scene when it is relevant to the story But they are everywhere in this book Jondalar sleeps with numerous women on his travels with his brother and then at least 5 times when he meets Ayla I mean this is fine have as much sex as you want but I don t need an in depth description every time the characters are feeling a bit horny I ll also briefly mention the part when Ayla actually gets turned on while watching 2 horses mate and also has a flashback to these horses while she is getting jiggy with Jondalar I know right No further comment I was so disappointed in this sequel though I d love to see how Ayla s story pans out there s no way I could battle through 4books like this


  6. Kara Kara says:

    I didn t mind that it devolved devolved, get it hehehe anyway, I didn t mind that the book turned out to be porn for women who pretend they don t like that sort of thing because its soooo low brow, but what I DID mind was that it became CLICH porn Oooo he s a man whose been with tons of women but never felt True Love Oooo she s a woman who s been raped in a way sanctioned by her culture and never had an orgasm Ahhhhh he s a man who yearns to love a woman who is his equal Ahhh she s a woman I didn t mind that it devolved devolved, get it hehehe anyway, I didn t mind that the book turned out to be porn for women who pretend they don t like that sort of thing because its soooo low brow, but what I DID mind was that it became CLICH porn Oooo he s a man whose been with tons of women but never felt True Love Oooo she s a woman who s been raped in a way sanctioned by her culture and never had an orgasm Ahhhhh he s a man who yearns to love a woman who is his equal Ahhh she s a woman who is good at everything but good sex Oooooh he teaches her what real sex feels like and gets her off on the first round Oooooh they have simultaneous orgasms the first time they Make Love Ahhhh he s so big He hurts women with his hugeness and always has to hold back Ahhhh she s the only woman who can totally fit his huge manhood Oooohh Aaahhhhh Oooooohh Aahhhhhhh YES YES YES YEEEEEEEeeeeEEEEEEEEeeeeeeEEEES Christ, someone get me a cigarette.I had way too much fun writing this


  7. Karina Karina says:

    What in the __ was I thinking reading this series First book was boring and now this was doubly worse Julie Grippo you warned me I did skimthan 60% of the book.The whole book was porn Good porn Nope Bad caveman porn Just lots of wetness between the slit barf There are so many things wrong with this book I d have the longest review ever Horrible plot Didn t get to the point Who were the cavemen Who wasn t a caveman So confused.Burn it for firewood, throw it at s What in the __ was I thinking reading this series First book was boring and now this was doubly worse Julie Grippo you warned me I did skimthan 60% of the book.The whole book was porn Good porn Nope Bad caveman porn Just lots of wetness between the slit barf There are so many things wrong with this book I d have the longest review ever Horrible plot Didn t get to the point Who were the cavemen Who wasn t a caveman So confused.Burn it for firewood, throw it at someone you hate, use it for self defense, use it as a step stool, use it as a life preserver Just forget about using it to actually read


  8. Penny Penny says:

    This book will forever be in my heart.I wish I could read it again for the first time.UNFORGETABLE This book will forever be in my heart.I wish I could read it again for the first time.UNFORGETABLE


  9. Calista Calista says:

    Earth s Children is a unique and wonderful series about pre historic man The people s who created the famous cave paintings Spoilers The story starts out with 2 different people in 2 locations We start out seeing that Ayla was kicked out of the clan These are another species of people that died out the Neanderthals She goes looking for her people and has to find a place to shelter for the winter She finds a cave and sets up her stores to make it through the long winter on her own She tr Earth s Children is a unique and wonderful series about pre historic man The people s who created the famous cave paintings Spoilers The story starts out with 2 different people in 2 locations We start out seeing that Ayla was kicked out of the clan These are another species of people that died out the Neanderthals She goes looking for her people and has to find a place to shelter for the winter She finds a cave and sets up her stores to make it through the long winter on her own She traps a horse and her foal The mother dies She raises the young horse and it helps her She also tames Wolf, a baby wolf pup she finds They find living in the valley lovely Eventually she finds a lion cub and she then raises that and they make for one unusual family The lion is a cave lion so Baby gets huge, as big as the horse.Mixed in with this, we see a village,advanced of humans over in the region of France Jondalar and his brother are making a trip across the continent on foot, over to the Ukraine area The cross glaciers and meet many different tribes.One day, they run into a cave lion and it s family Ayla is around and it s Baby, who she let go to make a family She stops Baby from killing Jondalar, but his brother is killed She takes the big man home with her and heals his wounds.Jondalar falls in love with this strange woman who can talk with animals it seems Everything about her is amazing to him He can t stay here, so at the end they decide to head back to his village.There is so muchto this story I gave the bare bones There is so much history and how they lived I love Ayla There is a lot of sex too, but it s very repetitive and it s okay in this book, but by the time you get to book 4, you never want to read another sex story again It s all the same I mean, it feels like the same scene on repeat It s a masterful story, but the Mammoth Hunters is my favorite I love how Ayla deals with life She is strong and smart and just does what she has too There is no choice I would love to belike her


  10. Kinga Kinga says:

    Ayla s adventures volume two The writing is as bad as it was in volume one I detailed all the problems I had with it here with the addition of hackneyed sex scenes It makes me almost sad that generations of young girls had their introduction to porn literature through this crap It s enough to put you off of both, sex and reading.You might wonder why I read the second volume when the first volume was so bad It s a good question and I m not sure mys Ayla s adventures volume two The writing is as bad as it was in volume one I detailed all the problems I had with it here with the addition of hackneyed sex scenes It makes me almost sad that generations of young girls had their introduction to porn literature through this crap It s enough to put you off of both, sex and reading.You might wonder why I read the second volume when the first volume was so bad It s a good question and I m not sure myself I ordered it onbefore I had the time to really think about it I guess, my favourite parts in the first volume were the survival bits I liked when Ayla was all alone and had to learn to manage on her own And since the first volume ends with Ayla being kicked out of the Clan I knew there would be a lot of that there Also I needed some closure, I needed Ayla to get some good caveman loving at last and I was told there would quite enough of that whether it was good, however, remains debatable.In the Valley Of Horses we have two parallel stories In one we have Ayla who finds a cave, tames a horse, learns horse riding, tames a cave lion, invents a laptop, basically kills time while waiting for some 350 pages for LL Cool Jondalar to arrive and give it her good.In the other story we learn about Jondalar, who while on some unspecified self discovery journey is sexing his way through the prehistorical world All the ladies love him, which is why it is taking him so long to run into Ayla He needs to teach a couple of cavewomen the pleasures of the Mother s Gift This is all to show us that Ayla is in for a treat when LL Cool Jondalar finally finds his way to her There are some crutch secondary characters that need to die after serving their purpose in moving the plot along so that the main two can finally meet Initially Ayla and Jondalar can t communicate properly due to Ayla only speaking Neanderthal which isof a sign language really She eventually picks up a few words and they have very basic troglodyte like conversations but eventually the author tires of writing it so she makes Ayla have a dream in which she suddenly remembers her original language and from then on she and Jondalar can conversely freely which is pivotal to all the romantic complications they are about to have, like who wanted to have sex with who Ayla acts so cluelessly it s baffling I d really expected a littlefrom someone who invented a calendar and tamed a freaking Cave Lion, you know But all is well that ends well and finally, Jonalar can show Ayla the one skill he truly mastered, and it is not tool making, but foreplay They all live happily ever after, or that is until Volume 3 which I started reading and read about 30 pages before I realised what I was doing and stopped myself before I caused some serious damage to my mental health