The Mammoth Hunters

The Mammoth Hunters

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Random House, Inc.
Once again Jean M. Auel opens the door of a time long past to reveal an age of wonder and danger at the dawn of the modern human race. With all the consummate storytelling artistry and vivid authenticity she brought to The Clan of the Cave Bear and its sequel, The Valley of Horses, Jean M. Auel continues the breathtaking epic journey of the woman called Ayla.

Riding Whinney with Jondalar, the man she loves, and followed by the mare’s colt, Ayla ventures into the land of the Mamutoi--the Mammoth Hunters. She has finally found the Others she has been seeking. Though Ayla must learn their different customs and language, she is adopted because of her remarkable hunting ability, singular healing skills, and uncanny fire-making technique. Bringing back the single pup of a lone wolf she has killed, Ayla shows the way she tames animals. She finds women friends and painful memories of the Clan she left behind, and meets Ranec, the dark-skinned, magnetic master carver of ivory, whom she cannot refuse--inciting Jondalar to a fierce jealousy that he tries to control by avoiding her. Unfamiliar with the ways of the Others, Ayla misunderstands, and thinking Jondalar no longer loves her, she turns more to Ranec. Throughout the icy winter the tension mounts, but warming weather will bring the great mammoth hunt and the mating rituals of the Summer Meeting, when Ayla must choose to remain with Ranec and the Mamutoi, or to follow Jondalar on a long journey into an unknown future.

Baker & Taylor
Ayla and Jondalar embark on a journey that takes them to the Mamutoi, the Mammoth Hunters, and Ayla must make a fateful choice between two men--Jondalar and Ranec, the Mamutoi's master carver--in a story of Ice Age Europe. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2002, c1985
Edition: Bantam trade ed
ISBN: 9780553381641
Characteristics: ix, 624 p. : map ; 24 cm

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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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Jun 10, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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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.

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