The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two): Earth's Children (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two) This is the continuation of the story of Ayla from "The Clan of the Cave Bear." This trade paperback edition of the contemporary classic is available for the first time ever--and one woman's odyssey, beginning at the dawn of time, will once again capture the imagination of millions.
- Published: 25 June 2002
- Format: Paperback 544 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780553381665 ISBN 10: 0553381660
- Sales rank: 193,150
Full description for The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book Two)
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 woman. Cruelly 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 more; she discovers a way to make fire more 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.