Overall I enjoyed this, but there were some weak points. I primarily have the same complaint that I brought up with the fourth book. The pace can be extremely plodding and repetitive. Auel feels the need to explain things in such minute repetitive detail that it gets old. Also I felt there were several unresolved conflicts and plot-points at the end of this book, but as far as I know it is the last in the series. I guess that can be nice because we can resolve them in our own imaginary way. I felt a rather big disappointment in the end in general, but won't mention the specifics, to avoid spoilers. The Zelondonii were my least favorite of the cultures Auel creates, and rather wish that Ayla and Jondalar wouldn't have journeyed there.