700+ pages of crap. The only thing this book was good for was putting me to sleep at night, and I fell aWasn't sure these books could get any worse...
700+ pages of crap. The only thing this book was good for was putting me to sleep at night, and I fell asleep many times as I grew tired of the repetitious descriptions of each cave painting in each cave.
I loved the first book and it was all downhill from there. I only continued because I was invested in finishing the series.
There are so many inconsistencies throughout the books, and within the books that others have already touched upon.
I put spoilers in quotations as really nothing happened in these books to be upset about learning.
For the first 3/4 of the book, I was extremely bored and had to force myself to keep reading. The last 1/4 pissed me off to no end.
Ayla finds Jondalar screwing arch-enemy cave-whore Marona. Although the people have open relationships, this has never been true of Ayla and Jondalar, and he has always been extremely jealous of any guy who even LOOKS at her, yet he went ahead and snuck around for more than a year with the person who most hated Ayla? Smooth move. And in the openness of the culture, typically it is an agreed upon openness, not kept in secret, as the Zelandoni are not supposed to do anything that might provoke jealousy.
OH BUT DON'T WORRY, IT WAS ALL AYLA'S FAULT IT HAPPENED!!! If only she had made herself available. If only she hadn't caught Jondalar and Marona doing the nasty. If only she understood his insatiable NEED for constant sex.
Then, Ayla screws the guy Jondalar hates most... and what do you know, the blame for Jondalar's actions are again put on Ayla!!!!! Why would she choose Laramar of all people?? She KNOWS Jondalar hates him.. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHH Sexist double-standard BULLSHIT.
Ayla's character completely changed from strong, independent woman, to love-struck Jondalar-obsessed idiot. Oh and their lack of communication after the whole screwing around incidents was exactly the same shit from the last books re: Ayla and Ranec. Enough already!!!
Don't worry, Ayla of course goes back to Jondalar because HOW COULD YOU NOT HE'S JUST SO AMAZING AND HANDSOME AND HAS A HUGE PENIS.
Jondalar's punishment for beating the shit out of Laramar makes no sense, either. He is to provide for Laramar's children, yet previously in the book it says that his children moved to another cave with the eldest daughter and brother caring for the younger children with her mate. WTF.
Some characters just appear, disappear, reappear without explanation. Anything exciting was wrapped up in a sentence and everything insanely boring took up CHAPTERS of the book.
So glad to be finished. I can now move on with my life!
PS-> In case you thought they would finally meet up with the Clan, since this has been a running theme throughout the books that Clan were getting angry, they feared retaliation, etc. They wanted to trade with the Clan, etc etc... NOPE. They NEVER come across the Clan!!! Another giant plot-hole to add to the rest....more
At this point, I am just reading to finish the series. I should have stopped at book #1 and I would have been satisfied. I don't know how a series couAt this point, I am just reading to finish the series. I should have stopped at book #1 and I would have been satisfied. I don't know how a series could take such a downward turn so fast.
Book #4?? For one, boring as ever. When something exciting happens, it's described in one or two lines... but rocks, ground, grass, etc? You can expect pages of detail!!!
Not to mention the continuation of the awful sex scenes... Thankful to be able to skip those sections.
I can't understand how Ayla went from such a strong, independent woman, to a push-over boy-obsessed idiot. To make matters worse, the boy she loves has NO endearing qualities! And yes, I say "boy" because there is NOTHING "man" about Jondalar, despite the author's insistence on describing his large "manhood" and how every woman wants him. He is whiny, selfish, and ignorant...not to mention possessive and jealous in a ridiculous way. He has so many double-standards.
This is like a caveman version of 50 shades of grey, where I ask myself over and over, why is this woman with this boy? And why the awful sex scenes??? WHY??!!!!
Anyone considering this series, do yourself a favour and pretend there is only one book- the first book. It has been the only one worth reading....more
Loved the first book, but if I had read this one first? I would never read any of the others...
It took away everything I loved about Ayla- the strong,Loved the first book, but if I had read this one first? I would never read any of the others...
It took away everything I loved about Ayla- the strong, independent woman who wanted to learn and grow and do things in her own way. Couldn't stand Jondalar's character at all- full of himself, made out to be this perfect man that everyone desired? Ughhh
The first half was "okay"- I would have preferred the focus on Ayla instead of the back and forth. I find the tool-making and living on her own in the wild to be interesting... the second half? Bigger "ugh"!
If I wanted to read smut, I'd buy smut... this was just bad. I read the first book and thought my husband would enjoy the hunting, tool-making, plant identification and uses, etc. So of course he has been reading along with me. We both were extremely disappointed with this book. I'm fine with sex in a book, but I don't need chapter after chapter describing the details of it all. I'd rather read about the interesting parts like hunting, trapping, tool-making, uses for plants, etc.
Ayla's character changed so much and made no sense in comparison to the last book or even first half of this book. She went from strong, independent, not understanding or wanting to cater to men and wanting to do things her own way, to a childish girl head over heels with a boy that she would do anything to please. It got old really fast..
Gave 3 stars only because I have hope for the next book....more