This is, I believe, the fifth of the novels recreating the beginnings of Man. Here Woman has been thrust from her exalted position, and exists only to serve Man. The tribes live and have their being at the behest of the Priest and the Prophet- even the richest and most powerful among them, Adom, yielded before Rabi, even, though reluctantly, before Yescha. Between those two there was rivalry of sorts. But chiefly, this is the story of the women, struggling each in her way to win some measure of power over her lord and master -- or the one she coveted. And, too, there is the beginning of thought of aggressive war. A scout is sent to see what the rumored people to the south have that his tribe lacks. He comes back, exalted by his importance, and spins foundationless tales which lead Adom to believe that conquest is easy. And so he goes forth to his death, he and sixty of his men. And at home, the people wrangle over the supremacy of Priest or Prophet....The series spins thin; this, while better organized than some of the others, seems to labor long over material one can find in The Golden Bough.