The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children Series)

The Clan of the Cave Bear

by Jean M. Auel
The Clan of the Cave Bear is a saga that starts with a Cro-Magnon child who is orphaned during an earthquake.  The child is then adopted and raised by Neanderthals.
This child is Ayla, who turns out to be a remarkable young woman.  She learns the ways of “the Clan”, her adopted people, and is trained as a medicine woman by her adoptive mother, Iza. Along the way, Ayla realizes how different she is, and eventually sets out on her own.  
I’m currently reading book 4, The Plains of Passage.  So far, books 1-2 were my favorites, and it was only in book 4 that I started to get bored.  Ayla and her companions are making a long journey in this book, and there are often pages and pages where nothing significant seems to happen.
Apart from this, the series has been interesting and very compelling.  I am looking forward to finishing book 4 and reading book 5, so that I can be ready to read book 6 when it comes out later this month!

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