The Mammoth Hunters by Jean M. Auel – Book Review

mammoth-hunters-jean-m-auel-paperback-cover-artThe Mammoth Hunters, by Jean M. Auel continues the story of Ayla and Jondalar as they travel to the Zeladonnii people,  the home of Jondalar. The journey leads them to the Mamutoi people- the Mammoth Hunters. Here among the Mamutoi people Ayla and Jondalar’s love is tested.  Readers will enjoy sections of this book but for the most part Auel repeats herself both in description and reflection. I personally found Jondalar’s insistent jealousy tiring. Additionally, Jondalar is fearful that Ayla will be rejected by the Mamutoi people when they discover she had a son with the Flatheads, thereby making her an abomination. This fear consumes him and instead of standing by her and praising her differences, he hovers in the shadows watching her struggle to find her place. Consequently, though I knew I was to root for Ayla and Jondalar’s relationship, I found myself thinking Ayla should just move on to a more secure, considerate and attentive man. Nevertheless, there are many passages that are exciting and thoroughly researched and for readers who want to continue on this journey with Ayla and Jondalar then you will excuse the story’s weakness for the pleasure of the ongoing narrative of the series.

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