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

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  43,860 ratings  ·  1,373 reviews
Second book in the Earth's Children Series by Jean M. Auel
Paperback, 544 pages
Published November 1st 1984 by Bantam (first published 1982)
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Dad: "'s the book?"
Me: "Hmn. Well, I like the first two thirds or so, that's all survivalist nerd stuff. But after that, it kind of turns into caveman porn."

(Later that week...)

Dad: "So...I borrowed your book."
Me: "...Oh."
(Uncomfortable silence)
Me: "So...what did you think of it?"
Dad: "Well, you were right, the first two thirds is for survival nerds. After that, though..."
(Uncomfortable silence)
Me: "Caveman porn?"
Dad: "Not just that. *Bad* caveman porn!"
Crystal Starr Light
I've never seen a series take such a downturn so fast!

When we last saw Ayla in The Clan of the Cave Bear, she had been banished, sentenced to death by the clan leader, Broud, who hated her. The Valley of the Horses takes place immediately after, as Ayla begins to wander the steppes in pursuit of her people. Eventually, she settles in a valley populated with horses. While she is there, she befriends a horse and ekes out a living.




I don't think I've ever seen a series shoot itself in the...more
Aug 21, 2007 Renee rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Woman who need a lil' strength
Shelves: topshelf
This one goes down as my all time, #1, best read. I learned SO many things and gained more strength and independence than I though possible. The story is this, Ayla is cast out from her family, leaving behind her only son, to survive in the ice age and the wilderness alone. She has the knowledge of a medicine woman, and the skills of a sling to assist her survival. But the greatest challenge is the loneliness. She teaches herself to hunt with spears, to make knives, baskets, and implements for c...more

I didn’t mind that it devolved (devolved, get it? hehehe) anyway, I didn't mind that the book turned out to be porn-for-women-who-pretend-they-don’t-like-that-sort-of-thing-because-its-soooo-low-brow, but what I DID mind was that it became CLICHÉ porn.

Oooo he’s a man whose been with tons of women but never felt True Love!

Oooo she’s a woman who’s been raped in a way sanctioned by her culture and never had an orgasm!

Ahhhhh he’s a man who yearns to love a woman who is his equal!

Ahhh she’s a woman...more
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Jan 18, 2014 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of fiction set in prehistoric times; fans of strong heroines
This second installment of Auel's massive prehistoric saga has many of the same strengths and weaknesses, IMO, as the series opener The Clan of the Cave Bear; my review of that one ( ), similarly, has content that's relevant here, and might be worth reading first. The books are definitely intended to be read in order; I'm assuming that most people reading this review have read the first book, and both this review and the pretty accurate Goodreads description...more
I liked this book for the story of a girl surviving on her own and her learning experiences but I thought the sex was a bit over the top. I guess I just wasn't expecting that much sex and that much detail. I mean, I really don't need to know that Ayla was turned on by watching horses mate or that Jondalar's "woman maker" was too large for most females. I was under the impression that this series of books was for the "young adult" audience, mostly because I knew lots of people who read The Clan o...more
I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but this was only partially it. Clan of the Cave Bearcertainly didn't set the bar high, literarily speaking. However, I was taken aback by the shift in tone and emphasis. Whereas Cave Bear seemed genuinely interested in being taken seriously, Valley of the Horses is more interested in titillating housewives whose macrame plant holders still boast spider plants and ferns galore. The whole book smacks of repressed seventies feminism; politics and speculat...more
Unfortunately this was not as good as it's predecessor, The Clan of the Cave Bear, there was a lot less showing and a lot more telling. I still liked Ayla, even though she was perfect in almost every way (and I don't mean that in a good sense), her emotions where very real. I am totally fascinated by this era, and I'm so glad I was introduced to it by Jean M. Auel. Even though I probably won't read more of this series, I have already added some similar titles to my to read list.
The Story: Ayla...more
Tim "The Enchanter"
Thank God it is over - 2 stars

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I cannot recall the last time I was so happy to finish a book. I felt as if I had gone up against a ferocious beast and emerged as the winner. Having recently read, REVIEWED and loved The Clan of the Cave Bear, I fully expected another magical story set it the distant past, long before recorded history. I liked The Clan of the Cave Bear so much, it was my 7th favorite read of 2013. Unfortunately, the Valley of Horses turned into a prehistoric...more
I kind of cringe to admit I bought this book with my babysitting money and read it when I was 14 thinking it was about a young woman and a horse. The salesclerk valiantly did try to discreetly inform my mom that it wasn't really YA reading, but failed to stress that it was because of the sex. Fortunately my mom was right in that I was mature enough to realize that while I was mature enough for the G-rated portions of the book, the intimate scenes were for adults. Granted when I read the series a...more
Ayla’s adventures volume two.
The writing is as bad as it was in volume one (I detailed all the problems I had with it here : with the addition of hackneyed sex scenes. It makes me almost sad that generations of young girls had their introduction to porn literature through this crap. It’s enough to put you off of both, sex and reading.

You might wonder why I read the second volume when the first volume was so bad. It’s a good question and I’m not sure mys...more
I wanted to read this, the second book in the Earth Children series, because I enjoyed the first book in the series. Unfortunately, this book has quite a bit of pornish/explicit stuff in it that I ended up just skipping over to get to the end...

However, there were a couple of passages that I loved:

p. 459: "You beautiful, wild, wonderful woman!"
p. 501: "You are strong, self-reliant, entirely able to take care of yourself and of me... You are fearless, courageous; you saved my life, nursed me back...more
Sarah Finley
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Christopher H.
I am reading this series for the second time now. It has been something like 8-9 years since I last read The Valley of Horses, and I still love it. I am an earth scientist by education (geologist) and profession (water resources/environmental), and I just love Ms. Auel's attention to detail when it comes to botany, animals, and the ecology of the environments that she writes about. Additionally, she is very well versed in the latest advances in anthropology, archaeology, human evolution, paleo-c...more
Jondalar is a boring, annoying Gary Stu. Reading about him and Thonolan bored me to tears.

Ayla is still sometimes interesting, but her feats are becoming absolutely ridiculous. Honestly, being the first person to tame a horse, create a cart (without wheels, but still), create fire with stone sparks, tame a cave lion (sure, he was a baby, and close to death, but why wouldn't he have eaten her when he got a little older? Don't believe it), and use stitches on a wound? Her sudden grasp of Jondalar'...more
Feb 16, 2010 ~M~ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People Who Like Archaeology, People Who Like Survival Stories
Recommended to ~M~ by: My mom
This is the 2nd book in the Earth's Children Series, a series I began reading in high school. As I wrote in my review of The Clan of the Cave Bear, this book and other early exposure to archaeology thanks to my mom led to my getting a BA in anthropology and working in anthropology museums for several years.

Out of the entire series, this is the book I reread most often. I keep it on my bedside table and read bits and pieces of it every few days or weeks. When I do so I always skip over all the Jo...more
I thought that this was a really interesting and thought provoking book. Watching Ayla discover the nature of the world around her was genuinely exciting.
This book really made me think about the way things are. Although Ayla's world is different from ours, she too has to deal with learning new things. I've always wondered why things are the way they are- why do we speak different languages? Why do we speak at all?
Ayla does consider the first question. When Jondalar tells her that only his people...more
If you skip every page that mentions Jondalar, this is the best book ever!

Minus one star for Jondalar's existence.
ugh-so lame especially after the first was so good!
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So, when last we saw Ayla, she'd been given the Death Curse and was off on her own. The Valley of Horses picks up immediately after leaving Brun's Broud's clan and starts Ayla's hunt for the mysterious Others.

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[5/10] If any book can define the term "guilty pleasure" for me it would probably be this one. I am most probably not the target audience for this series, and I could easily pick apart the cheesy writing, so bad it becomes humorous, the bloated infodumps about vegetation and toolmaking, the purple prose towards the end that belong more to a Hustler magazine than to a general public bestseller. Ayla and Jondalar feel like Harper's Bazaar or Vogue supermodels slumming it in the Ice Age 30000 year...more
Sonja Arlow
2 1/2 stars

After thoroughly enjoying the first book in the Earth's Children series, The Clan of the Cave Bear , I was really excited to get my hands on the second book. This book is quite different from the first one, as Ayla is alone and we are introduced to the ways of the "Others" (the Cro-Magnons) through the experiences of traveling brothers Thonalan and Jondalar.

While the first book gave lots of insight into the prehistoric world and Clan culture, this one focused on survival in the harsh...more
Monika Meilutė
I was SO SO SO much waiting for this book, because the first one was simply amazing! But.. this wasn't half of what I expected.. I thought my too high expectations were to blame, but reading other people's reviews, I see that everyone is saying the same..
It's really strange, how author can take such a big turn.. Writing an amazing first book and ruining most of the story in second (already! :O) part (what's going to be in next 4?? I trully hope they are not going worse..)
My rating is 4 stars jus...more
Mel Campbell
Reading about the ancient mummies of the Eurasian steppes in In Search of the Immortals reignited my anthropological hunger, so I picked this up; late last year I bought the rest of the entire 'Earth's Children' series in an op-shop after having finally succumbed to my shameful desire to discover this famous cave-blockbuster for myself.

I now realise I didn't get around to writing a proper review of The Clan of the Cave Bear , apart from describing it as a "weird mix of palaeoanthropology, evolu...more
Feb 24, 2011 Isis rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the series
Recommended to Isis by: No one - read this sequel because I liked the first book
"Clan of the Cave Bear" was a decent book that kept me turning the pages and one that I truly enjoyed. The ending definitely made me want to go out and buy this sequel, "The Valley of Horses". Sadly the sequel was not up to the standards of the first book, although there are plenty of aspects to recommend it.

The richly created environments and vivid descriptions, particularly the environment of the amazing valley of horses where Ayla makes her home, are amazing and definitely one of the stronges...more
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
Second book on the saga of the Children of the Earth. Full of detail and interesting trivia of a long time ago era, this ice age story speaks of a time when humans discovered and invented tools for their survival. It mainly focuses on our already established Heroine Ayla and her three years living alone in a cave by a valley with horses, where she rescues and nurtures a horse and a lion and learns to hunt with both. A second strand is brought into this story when two brothers of the "Others" go...more
This is my favorite book of the series. I'm actually not quite sure why, it has tons of flaws and problems, but be it rational or not, its always been my favorite of the series. It is the 2nd book in the Earth's Children series and while you could probably read it as a stand-alone, I recommend reading the series in order for better understanding of background information.

When we last left Ayla, she had been cursed with death by her Clan and leaving her son behind, set out to find "others" like h...more
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Ayla has been cursed by The Clan, she has been forced to leave the only family she has ever known to go out on her own. She is a young Cro-Magnon woman who was raised by Neanderthals but is now searching for her birth people. All alone, she survives through the use of her wits and her hunting abilities. She finds a sheltered valley which she calls home and where she plans to stay through the winter. Meanwhile Jondalar and his brother, two new Cro-Magnon characters, h...more
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Jean M. Auel, née Jean Marie Untinen is an American writer. She is best known for her Earth's Children books, a series of historical fiction novels set in prehistoric Europe that explores interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals. Her books have sold 34 million copies world-wide in many translations.

Author Jean Marie Auel (surname pronounced like "owl") is the second of five children of...more
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