Book Review : Transcendence by Shay Savage
It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?
Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that gives him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.
Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cave home. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.
With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs become a love story that transcends language and time.
A Sneak Peek Into The Story :
Ehd no longer remembers how long it has been since his last meal. All he knows is that he is hungry, tired, and cold. For a moment, he looks around his cave, wondering for the umpteenth time if staying alive is even still worth it when he feels so lonely every day. Many winters has come and gone, and he goes through it alone in his cave. At the first few months after the fire that destroyed his tribe and killed his family, Ehd had walked miles and miles, trying to look for any resemblance to a tribe or human contact, but he never finds anyone.
Looking up at the ceiling of his cave now, he contemplates how easy it will be to just lie in his cot and sleep, this time forever. He is tired of being alone, he has been alone for so long that he fears he no longer knows what it is to have the comfort of another person’s presence. However, when he hears pays attention to the sound of bird chirping and wonders how much longer it will be before he can collect their eggs from their nests, he knows he still has fight in him.
Ehd is dizzy with exhaustion, but he is determined and he knows he needs to hunt. He can no longer let this condition go on if he wants to survive. With an effort, he starts his trek from his home to the hill where he will hunt for antelopes. The efforts takes up most of the day, and by the time he drags an antelope home with him, Ehd has nearly passed out from hunger and fatigue. Just as he finishes skinning the animal and plans to air it, Ehd realizes that in his haste to get back to the cave he has forgotten his spear in the field where he dug a pit trap in the hopes to catch food.
Drained and bleary, Ehd forces himself to stand up and walk back to the pit trap to retrieve his spear. He hates his clumsiness. He hates that he has let himself to be so tired that he forgets his spear. The whole way to the pit trap, Ehd prays that the spear will still be there when he gets there. He cannot lose his spear.With his energy depleted, he can barely keep himself upright let alone having to make another spear. He knows if he loses the spear, then he will be as good as dead with no means of sharp objects to protect himself.
That is when he hears the sound. Not quite like an animal, however it is not a sound that he is familiar with. He then sees a movement inside the pit trap. A flash of pale skin. Slender fingers poking out of the hole only to disappear again. Ehd chances to lean closer to the pit, and that is when he sees her. Shining brown hair that flows of her shoulders and back like river. Blue, blue eyes that immediately captures his breath when their eyes meet. The moment their gaze lock on each other, Ehd knows. This young woman, albeit her weird clothing and constant noise, is his mate. He has finally found a mate.
“I want her; I know I do. It is far beyond not wanting to be alone anymore.
I want her—only her. I will do anything to make Beh mine.”
This. Book. Is. Everything.
It is beautiful, real, simple. It is everything that I didn’t know I have been looking for.
This book was told totally from Ehd’s POV, which I am actually grateful for. I think by writing this totally from Ehd’s POV, readers are able to get to know Ehd better despite the lack of verbal communication between the two. Not to mention, sometimes his thoughts consist of the funniest and most adorable things I have ever read.
“She sighs and settles back down against the fur she has tucked under her head.
I don’t know why she likes it like that, but she rolls up a few scraps of
fur into a small ball and places it under her head when she sleeps.
My mate is strange.
But she is mine, and she can shove a fur under her head if she likes.”
What makes him to be such a wonderful and easily lovable character to me is in how he treats Beh. Even from the start, when Beh would annoy him with her constant noises that he doesn’t understand and confuse him with her constant crying, he is nothing but gentle to her. Not to be mistaken, his male urges and instincts are very much present, but the fact that he always puts Beth’s wellbeing and needs before is own just warms me in the best possible way.
His thoughts, his personality and his mannerism is half the beauty of this book. He has moments when he is fierce and ruthless, but when it comes to Beh, he is nothing but gentle and loving. I think what makes him leave such an impression on me is the way he lives so simply and honestly according to his instincts and emotions. He has no ulterior motives. From the first time he laid his eyes on Beh, he already knows that he wants her. He wants to be with her, provide for her and make a family together with her, and that is what he proceeds to do.
“ I still feel like I’m melting, but this time I am melting into her—
into her face, her eyes, her touch. ”
And while Ehd is the impulsive and reckless one, Beh is the one who grounds him. Her actions and words, even when he has no idea what it means, always seems to have an effect on him. Beh was a girl not of the time she was stuck in and it is clear that she is stressed as much as distraught from the sudden change of lifestyle, and those thoughts have me thinking of all the scenarios where she would do stupid things such as trying to run away from Ehd, or worse yet, try to harm him. Thankfully she did none of those things, and actually appear to be pretty level headed and mature about the whole situation which I really appreciate.
As for the plot, it is fairly simple and there are no sudden shocking plot twists. And yes, I must admit, because of the genre of books that I read – which consist of a lot of deranged characters and crazy plot twists that seems to just come out of nowhere – half of the time while I was reading this book, I was always looking out to have something awful to pounce out of nowhere to ruin their happiness, but I am glad that was not the case.
Would I Recommend :
I think Ms. Savage deserves a big round of applause. Just thinking about the fact that Shay Savage managed to pull off a whole book based on almost no verbal communication at all shows just how great of an author she really is. Even though with them only speaking 4 words this whole entire book, I can still feel deeply their connection and love for each other. That is definitely not an easy feat for an author to pull off. This is my first book that I have read from her, and it is safe to say I will be checking out more of her works because this author has utterly blown my mind away with “Transcendence”.
Altogether, this book was definitely a very sweet and heart-warming read. If you are looking for something unique and different that will leave you breathless and wanting for more, definitely try this book out. I promise you won’t regret it.
“For a long time, I just look at her eyes. They are different with her age but still the same.
They still hold me captive, wanting to spend every moment of every day looking into them.”