The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grade 7n/a6.6n/a

This odyssey into the distant past carries us back to the awesome mysteries of the exotic, primeval world of The Clan of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown into a beautiful and courageous young woman.

Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself. Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship.

One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don’t fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.

Second in the acclaimed Earth’s Children® series

Hardcover, 576 pages
ISBN-10: 0340281340
ISBN-13: 9780340281345
1 Book Review
  • xxfyrxx
    xxfyrxxover 6 years44 stars
    The valley of the horses is nothing short of amazing. But I will have you know that after finishing the first few chapters I had zero inclination to read any further. It was just plain sad. The most beloved heroine that ever lived was all alone, and her strong, honourable people who we learned to love along with Ayla the entire series so far were being continually badmouthed by this seemingly terrible new society. To be more specific Jondalar. But as the book progressed we learned Ayla was not alone she had her animal companions Whinney the horse, ,and Baby the cave lion, but that she is the tie that will fix the miscommunication between the two civilizations