The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children, Book 2)

By Jean M. Auel

This unforgettable odyssey into the far-off previous includes us again to the amazing mysteries of the unique, primeval global of The extended family of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown right into a attractive and brave younger girl.

Cruelly solid out by way of the hot chief of the traditional extended family that followed her as a toddler, Ayla leaves these she loves at the back of and travels by myself via a stark, open land packed with harmful animals yet few humans, trying to find the Others, tall and reasonable like herself. the quick summer season supplies her little time to seem, and whilst she reveals a sheltered valley with a herd of hardy steppe horses, she makes a decision to stick and get ready for the lengthy glacial iciness forward. dwelling with the extended family has taught Ayla many talents yet no longer genuine looking. She ultimately is aware she will continue to exist while she traps a horse, which provides her meat and a hot pelt for the wintry weather, yet destiny has bestowed a better present, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a different kinship.

One iciness extends to extra; she discovers a manner to make fireplace extra quick and a wounded cave lion cub joins her strange kin, yet her cherished animals don’t satisfy her stressed desire for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a guy screaming in ache. She saves tall, good-looking Jondalar, who brings her a language to talk and an awakening of affection and wish, yet Ayla is torn among her worry of leaving her valley and her wish of residing along with her personal type.

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The earliest birds had begun their warbling greeting and the sky used to be lightening whilst she stood again and appeared over her handiwork. The pit was once approximately oblong, a little longer than it used to be extensive, and muddy round the edges the place the final rainy a lot were hauled out. free piles of dust, spilled from the cover, have been strewn at the trampled grass in the triangular quarter outlined through the 2 partitions of brush corning jointly on the muddy gap. via a niche the place the pit separated the 2 fences, the river may be noticeable, reflecting the gleaming jap sky. at the different part of the rippling water, the steep southern wall of the valley loomed darkly; in simple terms close to the pinnacle have been its contours distinguishable. Ayla circled to envision the placement of the horses. the opposite facet of the valley had a extra sluggish slope, growing to be steeper towards the west because it rose to shape the jutting wall in entrance of her cave, and leveling out to rolling grassy hills a ways down the valley at the east. It used to be nonetheless darkish there, yet she might see the horses starting to circulate. She grabbed the disguise and the flat bone shovel and raced again to the seashore. the fireplace was once down. She extra wooden, then fished out a sizzling coal with a stick and placed it within the aurochs horn, grabbed the torches, the spears, and the membership, and ran again to the pit. She laid a spear down on both sides of the opening, the membership beside one, then loped round in a large circle to get in the back of the horses sooner than they started to stream. after which, she waited. The ready used to be tougher than the lengthy evening of operating. She was once keyed up, nervous, puzzling over if her plan might paintings. She checked her coal, and waited; seemed over the torches, and waited. She considered numerous issues she hadn’t considered earlier than, that she must have performed, or performed in a different way, and waited. She puzzled whilst the horses have been going to start their meandering stream towards the move, thought of prodding them on, concept best of it, and he or she waited. The horses started to mill round. Ayla idea they appeared extra anxious than traditional, yet she had by no means been this as regards to them, and he or she wasn’t convinced. ultimately, the lead mare began towards the river and the remainder in the back of, preventing to graze alongside the best way. They certainly grew to become worried as they drew closer the river and collected Ayla’s smell and the odor of disturbed earth. while the lead mare looked to be veering off, Ayla made up our minds it used to be time. She lit a torch with the coal, then a moment from the 1st. once they have been burning good, she all started after the herd, leaving the aurochs horn at the back of. She ran, whooping and hollering and waving the torches, yet she was once too faraway from the herd. The odor of smoke introduced an instinctive worry of prairie fires. The horses picked up pace and fast outdistanced her. They have been heading towards their watering position and the comb fence, yet, sensing threat, a few made a holiday towards the east. Ayla angled within the similar path, operating as speedy as she may perhaps, hoping to go them off. As she drew nearer, she observed extra of the herd swerving to prevent the seize, and she or he bumped into their midst yelling.

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