The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel

Book Review : The Plains of Passage

By Jean M. Auel

  • Publication Date: 1990-09-24
  • Genre: Historical
4 Score: 4 (From 77 Ratings)

Book Review

This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An exclusive preview chapter from Jean M. Auel’s The Land of Painted Caves, on sale in hardcover March 29, 2011
• An Earth’s Children® series sampler including free chapters from the other books in Jean M. Auel’s bestselling series
• A Q&A with the author about the Earth’s Children® series

Ayla, the heroine first introduced in The Clan of the Cave Bear, is known and loved by millions of readers. Now, in The Plains of Passage, Ayla’s story continues.

Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback across the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe. To the hunter-gatherers of their world--who have never seen tame animals--Ayla and Jondalar appear enigmatic and frightening. The mystery surrounding the woman, who speaks with a strange accent and talks to animals with their own sounds, is heightened by her uncanny control of a large, powerful wolf. The tall, yellow-haired man who rides by her side is also held in awe, not only for the magnificent stallion he commands, but also for his skill as a crafter of stone tools, and for the new weapon he devises, the spear-thrower.

In the course of their cross-continental odyssey, Ayla and Jondalar encounter both savage enemies and brave friends. Together they learn that the vast and unknown world can be difficult and treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful and enlightening as well. All the pain and pleasure bring them closer to their ultimate destination, for the orphaned Ayla and the wandering Jondalar must reach that place on earth they can call home.

As sweeping and spectacular as the land she creates, Jean M. Auel’s The Plains of Passage is an astonishing novel of discovery, danger, and love, a triumph for one of the world’s most original and popular authors.

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User Reviews

  • Good story, typos throughout

    By russellhess
    Echoing the other reviewer, I think there are a couple pages missing between page 835-836. Either that, or I am missing something. It jumps from a matrimonial promise ceremony to the middle of a conversation about people riding mammoths. Kind of a big part of the story...
  • Filled with typos

    By Terisu
    I'm about halfway through the book, and I find the abundance of typos to be quite distracting. It seems like it was rushed into the format and not properly edited. Half the time, Brun is Bran. Funny is fanny, and I just read "die" where I'm pretty sure it should have been "the". The story itself is okay, but seems to have too much needless filler, like the author was getting lazy and just milking the old cash cow. And yet I will keep reading, and probably buy the rest of the series anyway.