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The series is fiction, and has multiple books. The cover I had of the third book has fire and an animal along with the protagonist, I think. The protagonist is a person so it cancels out any books with animal protags. (Mammoth Trilogy, etc..)

The first book's cover is impossible to remember, but there was probably a scene involving winter, ice and maybe a river? Someone saves the protag.

The protagonist leaves his home, along with leaving the tribe that cared for him. Along the way, he seems to fall into an icy river? Another human saves him? The characters use "summers" instead of years, and the MCs are most likely teenagers.

I last read this book somewhere around 2017-2019, and can't remember any names at all. Winter is a conflict in the first book (freezing to death is bad apparently), so it's set around the ice age.

It was probably made after 2000, perhaps after 2010. If I were to give it an age rating, it would probably be PG? On-par with Wings of Fire and Warriors.

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  • Do you remember any of the plot at all?
    – Mithical
    Jul 19 at 12:51
  • @Mithical My apologies, here's what I can muster up: The protagonist leaves his home, along with leaving the tribe that cared for him. Along the way, he seems to fall into an icy river? Another human saves him? The characters use "summers" instead of years, and the mcs are most likely teenagers. I'm sorry for the lack of help.
    – Phoenix
    Jul 19 at 13:00
  • I've not read the series, but could it be Earth's Children? The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone, The Land of Painted Caves. I know too little about any of those books to make it an actual answer.
    – SQB
    Jul 19 at 13:14
  • @SQB Those are all made by the same author, and I'm very sure this isn't it. Thank you for your help, nonetheless! The books also do have rather pretty / aesthetically pleasing covers, but that's just personal taste and shouldn't be used to help.
    – Phoenix
    Jul 19 at 13:33
  • Okay, I was underway turning it into an answer anyway, just to be sure.
    – SQB
    Jul 19 at 13:34
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The tidbit about the characters using "summers" instead of years leads me to believe it is indeed the Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel you're looking for.

The series chronicles the life of Ayla, a young Cro-Magnon girl, who gets adopted into a Neanderthal tribe, the titular Clan of the Cave Bear. It is set in prehistorical Europe, around the time of the last Ice Age. She is cast out of the clan and treks around Europe, looking for "The Others": Cro-Magnon like herself. She travels with her lover Jolandar, looking for Jolandar's tribe.

A cover for the fourth book in the series, The Plains of Passage, looks a bit like what you've described (thanks to DavidW for the information):

The cover of The Plains of Passage, showing two people with a dog near a fire, overlooking a plain with horses

Although the UK covers may come closer to what you described in a comment as "rather pretty / aesthetically pleasing":

The UK cover of Clan of the Cave Bears, showing a cave painting of a bear with a red background

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    Just to note, the UK covers might fit more into the "pretty" aesthetic described by the OP? eg. this? Have added to an edit of the post in case it helps.
    – Serenthia
    Jul 26 at 22:35

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