This is a review of “The Plains of Passage” by Jean M. Auel. It is the 4th book in the Earth’s Children Series. It follows on from “The Mammoth Hunters“.
In this novel, Ayla and Jondalar journey along the Great Mother River from the home of the Mamutoi to Jondalar’s people, The Zelandoni. With them, are their animal companions: horses Whinny and Racer and Wolf, the well… wolf. During their journey, Ayla and Jondalar meet various groups of people.
People that Jondalar and Thonalan met on their journey are revisited, and we get to see how Ayla interacts with all of the different people she meets. Ayla finds it particularly difficult to leave the River People.
Ayla soon discovers that not everyone views the Neanderthals as people as she does, but that most of the Cro-Magnon view them as little more than animals. Ayla shows them that they communicate with one another, just as they do, but with signs in place of words and sounds.
Before their journey has ended, Ayla and Jondalar find themselves imprisoned by a dangerous people. Can they escape and continue on to Jondalar’s people? Or will they be trapped?
An interesting and thought-provoking book.