“It seems like each successive book in the Earth's Children series is more ponderous and contains less meaningful action than the one before. This particular volume is basically a Stone Age travelogue. If you're interested in ornately detailed descriptions of Ice Age scenery, flora, fauna, weather conditions, and want to learn handy tips for traversing glaciers, you should like this. If you're looking for a dynamic, action-packed story however, you're probably going to be disappointed.
The only notable action that occurs in this book features a female villain who has all the cardboard cut-out gaudiness of the bad guy in a dime Western. Instead of taking her seriously, I found her annoying and actually somewhat insulting to my intelligence as a reader.