Rated of 5
I was a little disappointed with this volume of Jean Auel's wonderful epic series. There is little action and suspense. Most of the new characters are shallowly portrayed, and, at times, childishly simplistic. Also, Auel's detailed descriptions of the environment are a bit more tedious in this volume.
HOWEVER... That being said, fans of the series know the established characters so well, that they will slog through this book just like I did because they just have to. The four previous books in the series have made us care so much about Ayla, Jondalar and their animal friends that they are like family. And you will always love your family, even when they are not at their best.