Book Reviews

Book Review: Valley of the Horses, by Jean M. Auel (1982).

The Valley of Horses is the second book of the Earth’s Children series written by Jean, M. Auel. I originally could not believe that the second could be any better than the first. But I was wrong. The second book Is as wonderful as the first and even more compelling. Glued to each word, I couldn’t have been any more obsessed with this story. The story of how Ayla survives the Clans Death Curse is just amazing, and the adventures after are Incredible.

The horse Whinney is the first of Ayla’s beloved animal friends and begins the most amazing tale of something that is taken for granted in this day and age. However seen through the eyes of Ayla, brings the entire tale a fresh view, and adds new light to the whole topic of domestic animals. The way the author describes each event and each hurdle the woman overcomes, is so rich that when readers close their eyes the scenes of woman and horse become almost alive. The inclusion of the lion cub did not completely come as a surprise, but I did wonder how the animal could remain with her once it became fully grown.

But it isn’t until Ayla finds Jondalar that things become even more intriguing. Almost every other chapter told the story of brothers on a journey, and the adventures they shared along the way. it isn’t too long before the stories cross paths and Ayla finds the brothers, although not as they had first set out. Thonalan no longer breathed and Jondalar was close to death. How Ayla deals with this is a fascinating story as what happens next!

I thoroughly enjoyed the second book to the Earth’s Children’s series by Jean M. Auel. I was immersed In an ancient world void of all the complications of today’s society and enjoyment found in the simplest of things.

I would recommend this novel to anyone interested In a bit of history mixed In with their fantasy. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.


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