Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Review of Transcendence by Shay Savage

A friend of mine on Goodreads suggested this book to me. I haven't read anything of Shay Savage before. But, as I read the blurb, I was intrigued. A real caveman? Bring it on! But what I got was not at all what I had expected. And in a total good way. Transcendence wasn't like anything I've read before. It cannot be classified as Historical as that will be pushing it. It could be said time travel, though it isn't a huge part of the story. But, we can definitely say it's a romance. It is one the most sweet romance I've ever read.

The Blurb:

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 give 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 cavehome. 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 becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

My Review:

After the fire that destroyed his entire tribe, prehistoric man Ehd is lively a solitary life in a cave. As he almost gives up his will to live, he finds a beautiful woman in strange clothing caught in a trap designed for an animal. When he sees that there is no one around he decides that the woman is to be his mate.

Elizabeth is caught in a nightmare. One in which she is transported back in time where a caveman is dragging her to his cave. At least he's not pulling her by the hair. Confused and Afraid Elizabeth or 'Beh' as Ehd calls her, doesn't know what to make of the ever quite and unusually sweet Ehd.

Ehd knows he has to provide for and protect Beh. But his mate is unique and makes lots of noises that gives him headache. Can a man who doesn't understand speech and a woman who is thrust into the most primitive existence find a middle ground. Can the love between them break all boundaries of time and speech?

One of the thing about this story that leaves me both in awe and baffled is it's lack of dialogue. Or I could say lack of verbal dialogue, because they communicate in many other ways.

I can't speak enough about Ehd. When I went into the novel expecting a prehistoric caveman, I had a completely different picture in my mind. Ehd defies every norm and yet carved a place in my heart for him. He is caring, kind, devoted, he even cowers from Beh at times. But his love for Beh and the way in which he expresses it, will just steal your heart.

Elizabeth was a mystery to me. I got to know her, fell in love with her, along with Ehd. The book simply belonged to Ehd. It's his view we get to see and Beh is more or less a shadow when compared to Ehd. As we don't even get any dialogues we really can't understand her POV. But since Ehd luffs Beh, I also love Beh.

The entire story in itself is simple. There are no major plotlines, unexpected twists, misunderstandings, angst etc etc. It almost like a memoir. 'They life of Ehd and Beh.' I, despite all this, really enjoyed it. They are hunters and gatherers, but no part of their daily routine bored me. The credit for this goes to the author. The narration was simple and supple.

I really loved this story a lot. Yet I did have a few complaints. There were a lot of lose ends that I found frustrating. I wanted many answers and they simply weren't given.

  • First and foremost it was Ehd's thoughts that gave me pause. I just couldn't understand how a man who can't comprehend a language would think. When I think, I usually think in Kannada, Hindi or English. But, how can a person think when he doesn't know a language. It was baffling. 
  • I also wanted to understand how the people in the tribe communicated. A scene form Beh's POV, about the tribal interaction would have helped me a lot to visualize the prehistoric people. 
  • The story after they reached the tribe just sped up. I would have liked to see more interaction. Also, see how Beh adjusts with the new people. Nothing was given in that space.  

But, despite all my complaints I really did enjoy the book. Probably the reason I am expecting more is because I loved the story a lot and want more of it. Ehd stole my heart. Beh stole his, ergo mine. Their children, life, tribe filled up the rest of the story.

My Rating:

I will definitely read Shay Savage's other works. She looks promising.
I will give this book 4 stars.

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