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By Jean M. Auel

The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, besides their animal neighbors, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, entire their epic trip throughout Europe and are greeted by way of Jondalar’s humans: the Zelandonii. the folks of the 9th Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their outfits, customs, artifacts, even their homes—formed in nice cliffs of vertical limestone—are a resource of ask yourself to her. And within the girl Zelandoni, the religious chief of the 9th Cave (and the person who initiated Jondalar into the present of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to proportion her wisdom and skills.

But as Ayla and Jondalar arrange for the formal mating on the summer season assembly, there are problems. now not all of the Zelandonii are welcoming. a few worry Ayla’s surprising methods and abhor her courting with these they name flatheads and he or she calls extended family. a few even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure recognized. Ayla has to name on all her abilities, intelligence, wisdom, and instincts to discover her method during this complex society, to arrange for the start of her baby, and to make your mind up no matter if she's going to settle for new demanding situations and play an important function within the future of the Zelandonii.

Jean Auel is at her best possible during this beautifully textured production of a prehistoric society. The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping tale of affection and hazard, with the entire great detail—based on meticulous examine— that makes her novels specific. it's a positive continuation of the Earth’s young children® saga that begun with The extended family of the Cave Bear. And it comprises an awesome rhythmic poem that describes the beginning of Earth’s young ones and performs its personal function within the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.

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How did you do this? ” Willamar requested. “Can you do it back? ” “I did it with my flint knife and a firestone,” Ayla acknowledged, and struck the 2 jointly to teach that she may, certainly, do it back. The long-lived spark allowed her to take a couple of steps towards the fireside. She struck it back and moved a bit toward it. while she reached the cooking fireplace, she observed that Marthona had chanced on her approach there, too. “I continue my tinder the following, in this side,” Marthona acknowledged. “Where do you need it? ” “Near the sting this is fine,” Ayla stated. She felt Marthona’s hand in the dead of night, and the tender, dry bits of a few form of fibrous substance it held. Ayla placed the tinder at the floor, bent over shut, and struck the firestone back. This time the spark jumped to the small pile of quick-burning fabric and made a faint crimson glow. Ayla blew at it lightly and used to be rewarded with a bit flame. She piled a piece extra tinder on it. Marthona used to be prepared with a few small bits of wooden, after which larger kindling, and in what appeared not often greater than a heartbeat, a hot fireplace lit the interior of the residing. “Now, i would like to determine this firestone,” Willamar acknowledged after lighting fixtures a number of lamps. Ayla gave him the small nodule of iron pyrite. Willamar studied the grayish-gold stone, turning it over to work out both sides. “It simply seems like a stone, with an attractive colour. How do you are making hearth with it? ” he requested. “Can an individual do it? ” “Yes, a person can,” Jondalar stated. “I’ll express you. am i able to have a few of that tinder, mom? ” whereas Marthona obtained extra tinder, Jondalar went to his touring pack for his fire-making package and got rid of the flint striker and firestone. Then he made a small pile of the smooth fibers—probably cattail or fireweed fibers combined with somewhat pitch and crumbled dry rotted wooden from a useless tree, he inspiration. It used to be the tinder his mom had constantly most well-liked. Bending just about the quick-catching tinder, Jondalar struck the flint and iron pyrite jointly. The spark, now not as effortless to work out subsequent to the burning fireplace, nonetheless landed at the pile of beginning fabric, singed it brown, and despatched up a whiff of smoke. Jondalar blew up a small flame and further extra gasoline. quickly a moment hearth used to be burning within the ash-darkened circle surrounded by means of stones that was once the fireplace of the living. “Can I test it? ” Marthona acknowledged. “It does take a bit perform to attract off a spark and make it land the place you will want, yet it’s no longer demanding to do,” Jondalar stated, giving her the stone and the striker. “I’d prefer to attempt, too, whilst you’re done,” Willamar stated. “You don’t need to wait,” Ayla acknowledged. “I’ll get the flint striker from my fire-starting equipment and convey you. I’ve been utilizing the again of my knife, yet I’ve already chipped it and I’d fairly now not holiday the blade. ” Their first makes an attempt have been tentative and awkward, yet with Ayla and Jondalar exhibiting them the method, either Marthona and Willamar started to get a suppose for it. Willamar used to be the 1st to get a hearth going, yet then had difficulty doing it a moment time. as soon as Marthona made a fireplace, she had mastered the method, yet with perform and suggestion from the 2 specialists, combined with a lot laughter, it wasn’t lengthy sooner than either one of them have been drawing sparks from the stone and making fires conveniently.

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