“This is my second read of the series due to the recent release of the long await [over a decade] of the sixth book in the series, "The Land of Painted Caves". This has long been one of my absolute favorites. The books are a long, you won't finish in a night or two. The details are so well written you feel the pain, joy, anguish and sense of accomplishment Ayla feels as she treks out on her own and establishes her own 'cave' with her animal family; you see the beauty in her surroundings as if you are there yourself. In this second book of the series Ayla struggles with the excitement of her new found freedom from the ways of the Clan and release from the torture of Broud, but also experiences deep lonliness without human companionship, as years pass she struggles to move on in her search for the Others or remain in the Valley she has made her home.
Parallel to Ayla's struggles we are introduced to Jondalar and his brother Thonolon as they Journey on an Adventure to the end of the 'Great Mother River'. While Thonolon seems to find what his is looking for in a new home he and Jondalar have come to by fate of the journey. Jondalar can't quite seem to be rid of an undefined want, something missing in his life and struggles to decide whether to return the year long trek back home or stay.”
Mrs SillyA wrote this review Saturday, May 21, 2011.