The Mammoth Hunters

The Mammoth Hunters

Book - 1985
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In this third and long-awaited novel in the acclaimed Earth's Children "TM" series, Ayla, the independent heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear and The Valley of Horses, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet the Mamutoi -- the Mammoth Hunters -- people like Ayla. But to Ayla, who was raised by the Clan of the Cave Bear, they are "the Others." She approaches them with mixed feelings of fear and curiosity. Talut, a powerful bear of a man with bright red hair, a booming laugh, and a gentle heart, and his tall, dark-haired sister, Tulie, are the leaders of the Lion Camp of the Mamutoi. It is here that Ayla finds her first women friends, but some among the Mamutoi dislike Ayla because she was raised by "flatheads," their name for the people of the Clan. Ayla is haunted by her memories of the Clan because Rydag, a child of mixed parentage living with the Mamutoi, bears so strong a resemblance to her own son, Durc. It is the Mamutoi master carver of ivory dark-skinned Ranec, flirtatious, artistic, magnetic -- who fascinates Ayla. She finds herself drawn to him. Because of her uncanny control over animals, her healing skills, and the magic firestone she discovered, Ayla is adopted into the Mammoth Hearth by Mamut, the ancient shaman of the Great Earth Mother. Ayla finds herself torn between her strong feelings for Ranec and her powerful love for the wildly jealous and unsure Jondalar. It is not until after the great mammoth hunt, when Ayla's life is threatened, that a fateful decision is made. Set in the challenging terrain of Ice Age Europe that millions of Jean M. Auel readers have come to treasure, The Mammoth Hunters is an epic novel of love, knowledge, jealousy, and hard choices -- a novel certain to garner Jean M. Auel even greater acclaim as a master storyteller of the dawn of humanity.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c1985
ISBN: 9780517556276
0517556278
Branch Call Number: FIC Auel
Characteristics: ix, 645 p. : map. --

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SaraLovesBooks Jan 09, 2017

I have to admit, I read the first four books completely out of order. "Mammoth Hunters" was the last book of the four that I read. While it is still an enjoyable read, it is my least favorite of the first four books. For me, the book read like a prehistoric soap opera, with constant misunderstandings between Ayla and Jondalar. I hate when writers hinge problems that could be fixed with a single honest conversation between characters. It happens all the time in bad romance novels, and happens a lot in daytime soap operas. It is an example of bad writing, and it is in this book that the future issues I have with the last two books in the series are introduced. I still enjoyed a lot of the book, mostly to do with the social aspects that were continued between Cro-Magnons and Neaderthals, and the richness of the primal world. I still recommend this book, but I do not think it is as good as "Clan of the Cave Bear," "Valley of Horses," or "Plains of Passage," though it is much better than "Shelters of Stone" or "Land of Painted Caves."

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angelstr2188
Jul 14, 2012

By far this is my favorite book out of the entire series. It shows real emotions and misunderstandings which may happen especially in a love triangle. I would have been happy if they stayed with the Mammoth hunters but obviously the story must go on. A very exciting read.

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jvanderg
Feb 27, 2012

There are certain scenes, which really are overdone in this novel. However overall, it was very interesting and brings the reader along for the ride.

crystal_dark Oct 08, 2011

I really enjoyed this book and feel it is my favorite book of the series so far. The characters and plot were all really well put together.

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librarychik
Jun 01, 2008

Great insight into herbal lore and what life may have been like in pre-history

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ladytigressa
Jun 10, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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librarychik
Jun 01, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Feb 27, 2012

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SqueeGirl Oct 14, 2009

Ayla and Jondalar leave her isolated valley with the horses they have tamed and meet the Mamutoi people. They are invited to stay and Ayla learns for the first time what it is to live with a tribe of people like herself.

Earth's Children Book #3

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