I have to admit, I read the first four books completely out of order. "Mammoth Hunters" was the last book of the four that I read. While it is still an enjoyable read, it is my least favorite of the first four books. For me, the book read like a prehistoric soap opera, with constant misunderstandings between Ayla and Jondalar. I hate when writers hinge problems that could be fixed with a single honest conversation between characters. It happens all the time in bad romance novels, and happens a lot in daytime soap operas. It is an example of bad writing, and it is in this book that the future issues I have with the last two books in the series are introduced. I still enjoyed a lot of the book, mostly to do with the social aspects that were continued between Cro-Magnons and Neaderthals, and the richness of the primal world. I still recommend this book, but I do not think it is as good as "Clan of the Cave Bear," "Valley of Horses," or "Plains of Passage," though it is much better than "Shelters of Stone" or "Land of Painted Caves."