Author: Shay Savage
Publication Date: February 13, 2014
Publisher: 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 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.
This was the very first book I read by Shay Savage and I've been hooked on her writing ever since. Transcendence is unlike any other book I had ever read when I first picked it up. When I first read the blurb I was a little curious about how Savage would make this story work and work well. But she did. And it was amazing! The entire book is told from the POV of Edh, which gives the reader an entirely different view of the world. It would have been so easy for Savage to write the book from Beth’s POV- the reader would connect and understand her immediately. But she didn’t- she gave us Edh's POV- making the reader try and understand him and his thinking. The book is hilarious, imagine being thrown back in time to the caveman era and have some guy decide that you are going to be his mate. I mean that is crazy and a wee bit overwhelming! Beth handled it way better than I ever would have!
Eventually, Beth and Edh find their way together and find romance with each other. It’s a beautiful story. There are so many tender and sweet moments between Edh and Beth- it makes your heart clench. It takes a while to get used to the lack of dialogue between the characters and get a feel for the imagery and details. However, after a while you don’t even notice.
This book is so unique and so different than any other book I have read. It is till a favorite of mine to this day. I’ve reread it multiple times because I just can’t let go of Beth and Edh! Their characters are truly beautiful and so is their story. If you need a fresh read, this is definitely the book for you. Savage is one of those authors that can just suck you into a story so unique and different. She writes stories that are completely out of the box but you can't help but LOVE them!
If you feel like you wouldn’t be into this, I can guarantee you- you are wrong. Take a chance on a different type of romance novel and plot. This book actually made me discover the Outlander series! Trust me- it’s amazing!