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Joan Wolf, Queen of the Regency romances, tries to dabble in the Cro-Magnon era, of all things! The results are underwhelming. For one, her characters act and sound way too contemporary. I did not feel the setting or the era at all. Add to that a pretty annoying heroine, and a story that dragged on waaayyy too long, and after a good faith try (I made it to 84%!), this ended in a DNF.
If you read this book as a romance rather than as a historical, I think it is a great read. This series has more romance than some of the others in this genre (The Clan of the Cave Bear series, for example), but I didn't find that it had as much historical accuracy as some of the others. It was a pleasant read and likely one I will enjoy again in a few years, but this is not a series I would recommend for those who like to see what life was really like for people in prehistoric times. There were...
OK, I tried really hard with this novel but, wow, talk about a ripoff of Jean M. Auel's Earth's Children series! Can't even understand how this got published and not sued for blatant copy!?! Never again!
If you want to read prehistory, read Jean M Auel. This book seems like Joan Wolf read the Earth's Children series and tried to use them as the entire basis for her book. The people in the Daughter of the Red Deer are not believable, they would fit better in today's society than in prehistory. I know we as readers are supposed to know things like they don't speak English, but it seems like Joan wrote a story of people today with some wierd traditions and just made the setting prehistory. If you a...
Unfortunately l found this book was just another Clan Of The Cave Bear clone.And just when you were starting to get into the era,the author would drop a clanger using modern language that threw me right off."she used marjoram,thyme and bay leaves in her stew"Really?Called them that did they?And we are told there are even "ladies of the night"-ahem-"cave".....!aw,come on!Maybe l should have been 15 when l read this.
Clan of the Cave Bear lite. This novel is enjoyable and not quite as "sexy" as the Clan books, although there's still a lot of sexual tension in the plot. One thing I particularly liked about the novel was the exploration of gender roles and the need to recognize and celebrate both the god and goddess aspects of our lives.
I bought this book many, many years ago. I have the Dutch version of it and during the years I have reread this story many times. It’s an easy and light read. I just love it.
Awesome This is one of my favorite books that I love to re-read. It is such a page turner. It is a truly a must read book.
An interesting setting for this book, but the romance itself was lacking.I was interested by the book because of the prehistoric setting. I find that a lot of modern romances stick with the same handful of settings (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I like a lot of those settings myself), but older ones are sometimes more creative. So, the combo of unique setting and the captive storyline appealed to me. The setting was definitely my favorite part of the book. Some of the worldbuilding Wolf d...
Though this book is not a religious book there is mention of Sky God and Earth Mother and the differences in the Horse Tribe and the Red Deer Tribe based on their beliefs and worship of each god. The author does a great job of portraying the cultural differences based on the way(s) the characters were raised not only in their culture, but in their beliefs as well. This book was a good reminder that regardless of what position we hold in society or in our families and what belief system we are ar...
Good book; however, ending of the book could have been longer, more detailer, and more elaboratedwriting quality 8.00/10scenario 6.00/10originality 8.00/10continuity in chapters 7.00/10pure subjective liking 8.50/10 average 7.50/10rounded 4.00/5
This book is a hybrid cross between "Clan of the Cave Bear" and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers": a prehistoric bodice ripper! What could be better? (just kidding!)
Better than futuristic science fiction. This is an imaginary story of early people and how women and men may have related to each other in leadership roles.
Why is this not as popular as Clan of the Cave Bear? I thought it was as good.
There were actually some fascinating things in this book, even if it was a little boring and dry at times--the clash of cultures between the matriarchal Tribe of the Red Deer and the patriarchal Tribe of the Horse, the goddess religion, the cave painting, the prehistoric animals, etc. (I'm always a sucker for anything prehistoric, since I grew up with lots of documentaries like Walking with Dinosaurs and Walking with Prehistoric Beasts. But, alas. Another book ruined by the male love interest. L...
Not terrific. A little too much of a romance for my tastes, and not enough detail on the prehistoric aspect.
As soon as I held this book in my heads, I remembered the plot.I had greatly enjoyed this book when I first read it back in thenineties.After having lost their young women, the young men of the tribe of The Horse steal young women from the tribe of the Red Deer. Alin, daughter of the Red Deer priestess tries to prevent the women from likingtheir kidnappers. Reaching home, the young men of the Horse find themselvesin conflict with the older men who apparently want first dibs on the youngwomen.Mar...
Review Snippet: "The language of this book and research it must have taken to create this prehistoric world is amazing.Set back during the last ice age, in prehistoric France, Wolf has given light to an era often forgotten in literature. An era which is more commonly than not used for comedy. Who hasn't seen images of women with cartoon-like bones in their hair, being dragged into a cave by their 'unga-bunga' speaking husband.I loved all the small details. The way their tunics are sewn, the way
I first read this book when I was around 12 or so, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Wolf has a wonderful way of making the past come alive, with interesting characters and customs. While it may not be absolutely accurate (what pre-history is?), it is enthralling and realistic in many ways. The romance is a central part of the story, but doesn't overshadow the other plot elements either. Wolf's heroine is a strong woman who doesn't turn into a weak-willed idiot just because she's fallen in love
Really excellent world building and character development. As far as plausibility of the time period itself - it does seem to be a more modernized version of prehistoric life but I honestly had no complaints. Strong characters and an interesting plot made for a great read. The book itself was long - or at least seemed long on my Kindle but was worth the read, especially for just $3. The plot does begin to drag during the last couple of chapters but this doesn't take away from the story as a whol...
Read this years ago and really enjoyed it. In fact, I've read it a few times. Might be due for another time. It does have the typical fiery, independent young woman who is inextricably drawn to the lusty, muscular man, but the story has an interesting twist in the prehistoric setting and the dueling religions and sexes. Take Men are From Mars and Women are from Venus to the extreme. If you enjoy romances and/or prehistoric novels, this is a good one.
What a book- And historically the store is fantastic- fit right in with that period of time. But truly any work by Joan Wolf shouldn't surprise anyone. The story of Mar & Alin is well told & I enjoyed the book like I did any of her work - of which I read most. She has been compared with Jean Auel of Clan of The Cave Man fame but while I enjoyed Auel's books I find Joan Wolf has a more romantic style when dealing with Mar & Alin story. More books of this kind need from Joan Wolf.
I read this during my "romance" phase and subsequently read it 3 more times in the few years following. At the time I really liked the portrayal of strong women. Though I'm not sure if it would have the same impact were I to read it again now, with more life experience on my side. As it stands, I still have my original beat up paperback copy and think of it fondly.
I tracked down a copy of Daughter of the Red Deer after remembering reading and enjoying it many years ago. Though it's a touch more melodramatic than I recall, with language unabashedly stilted, it's still steered by the same strong characters I remember. It's very much a romance, but full of well-researched historical detail that sets it apart.
I LOVE this book! Wolf paints a beautiful and exciting picture of prehistoric times, while at the same time developing characters and not making the book too "romancy," which is really nice. There is love, yet it is by no means your typical "bodice-ripper." I highly recommend it!
I really enjoyed this book. It's not as detailed about the daily life of pre-historic man as Jean Auel's books but it was still a fun, enjoyable story with what seems to be a realistic idea of what the lives of pre-historic men and women would be like.
It's been a while, and I don't remember this much at all, but I held on to it, which probably means it was good but not good enough to stick with me like some others of its genre (Reindeer Moon, the Auel books). On to Goodwill with it.
If you are a fan of the Clan of the Cave Bear series, you will love reading Joan Wolf's Daughter of the Red Deer! Full of adventure, ancient cultures, and the challenge of traditional ideas, this book is a gripping journey. Worth the read!
I only read this because I thought the cover was so ridiculous...but it was a quick and of course, easy read.
It's been forever since I read this - totally want to again... :))