I was grossly let down with this book. I loved this series, I started reading it when I was 12 years old back in '75. But not only was it repetitive and boring and projects unexpected character flaws in Ayla, but long-hanging questions were left unanswered! What about her dreams of her son and The Clan? Does Ayla meet them again? Why don't we get to know Jonayla better? Do the two peoples learn to respect each other and trade? If Ms. Auel was burnt out on the series she should have left it hanging ... She could have written a separate book about her endless painted caves - if you've read one cave description you've read them all! What a waste.