Jean Auel is best known for her Earth’s Children series. She conducted extensive research for the books, even joining a survival class to learn how to build an ice cave and tan leather. Auel later traveled to prehistoric ruins and sites, which earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists, and was named an Officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and Communication in 2008. Her most recent book in the Earth’s Children series, The Land of Painted Caves, received a starred review from Kirkus. Photo credit: John Emerling
Auel, of Clan of the Cave Bear fame, adds a sixth volume to her Earth's Children series, just over 30 years after the first appeared.
Having delivered thousands of pages before these, the author finds need to backtrack a little at the very beginning of this installment; if it were a film, it would be voiceover, and it would be annoying, but here it's mostly a gentle reminder of who's who and who bears what credentials. Read full book review >