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The Shelters of Stone is a historical fiction novel by Jean M. Auel published in April It is the sequel to The Plains of Passage — published 12 years earlier — and fifth in the Earth’s Children series. It describes the return of Jondalar to his homeland along auep Ayla.

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Central shelterss this book is the tension created by Ayla’s healing art, her pregnancyand the acceptance of her by Jondalar’s people, the Zelandonii. Ayla was raised by Clan Neanderthalsknown as “flatheads” to the Zelandonii and viewed as no better than animals.

For the Zelandonii to accept Ayla they must first overcome their prejudice against the Neanderthals. Luckily for Ayla and Jondalar, some of the higher-ranking Zelandonii already have doubts of this misjudgment. Two of their number, Echozar and Brukeval, are of partial Neanderthal ancestry and are ashamed of it.

Echozar at least is pacified by Ayla’s own story and by his Echozar’s own marriage to Shelteds, Jondalar’s close-cousin half-sister. Brukeval, on the other hand, rejects his heritage utterly and refuses to listen to reason.


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Jondalar’s first romantic interest, Zelandoni, stpne known as Zolena, has now become the First among the spiritual leaders. She supports adopting Ayla into their society, if not least for the healing arts she jezn to the cave, although Ayla also must overcome the feeling that she is uncomfortable with a full connection with the spirit world.

After Ayla helps a mortally injured hunter live long enough to see his mate, the First senses that Ayla needs to be brought into the fold of the Zelandonia aeul, named after their culture so as to identify themselves with it so that she will be accepted as a healer by all the people of the cave. At one point, Ayla persuades the native mothers to nurse a neglected infant, on the pretext that even a “flathead” would have done so in their place.

This both shames them into agreeing as noted by Jondalar’s sister-in-law, Proleva and educates the Zelandonii in the ways of their ex-neighbors.

The Shelters of Stone (Earth’s Children, #5) by Jean M. Auel

Ayla is drawn ever closer to an as-yet-undetermined role in the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii. Her knowledge of the healing arts as well as hunting force her to accept a role in the spiritual leadership of the group. Through it all Jondalar is waiting for the summer meeting and matrimonial that will finally “tie the knot” for the two of them. This has been his ultimate goal since The Valley of Horses.


Ov daughter, Jonayla, named for her mother’s belief a shelteers “essence” creates babies, which leads to Jondalar and Ayla each being part of the baby, not just their spirits, is born sometime after this event. Not long after the birth, Ayla finally decides to become Zelandonii’s acolyte, if only so that the members of the Zelandonii will accept her as a healer. It was relatively densely populated in prehistoric times, with many open cliff-top dwellings that can still be seen, some of which have been turned into tourist attractions.

The national museum of prehistory is located in this od. Ayla also discovers the world-famous cave of Lascauxwhich her adopted people subsequently paint. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Auel ‘s Earth’s Children. The Clan of the Cave Bear.

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The Plains of Passage. The Land of Painted Caves.