Review: Transcendence by Shay Savage

Posted February 3, 2021 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 12 Comments

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Review: Transcendence by Shay Savage

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Series: Transcendence #1
Genres: Historical Romance, Time Travel Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on February 13, 2014
Pages: 312
Format: eBook
Source: Gift
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The Delight

Some say love is an action and is expressed through actions and not just words.  This is proven especially true when a forlorn cave dweller who lost his whole tribe finds a strange woman in his pit trap and he as no ability to understand or express thoughts in verbal language.  I have seen so many recommendations for this book and finally took it off the shelf.  What a beautiful, transcending story!  Glad I spotted it on Brandee’s TBR so I could read it for the COYER Friends TBR Readathon.


Ehd lost his whole tribe in a fire and has been living for a few years on his own.  He hasn’t seen another human in so long and suspects he will die alone.  Even now, he’s let his winter supplies grow dangerously low and must go out and set a pit trap for a large kill if he is to have the fur and meat to keep going.  His kill is a success and he is content with the extra meat and fur, but then his pit trap captures something else.  Ehd can’t get over the surprise to see a young, pretty and healthy female in his trap.  His head aches from the loud sounds she makes.  No one he has ever known makes such sounds or keeps up the noise that will attract predators and drive off prey.  But, the annoying female is his mate, he decides.

Her vocalizations make sense when she points to herself ‘Elizabeth’ which he can only mimic as ‘Beh’ and she points to him and he understands so he vocalizes ‘Ehd’.  She keeps pestering him with the sounds which he ignores and she also pushes away his need to put a baby inside her.  At first she is angry and cries often.  Ehd knows he is no catch after all his cave doesn’t have a winter supply built up or stacks of new furs or clean new grass mats.  He will do better if Beh would stay with him.  What are the strange coverings and her odd ignorance about simple things like weaving a grass basket or curing hide and making clothes?  He slowly teaches his odd mate, but then over time, she has a thing or two to teach him.  If he makes her something lovely and useful like a carved wooden fork that will pull through her hair and keep it smooth like she likes, then will she let him put a baby inside her and willingly accept him as her mate?  His loneliness is gone and he needs Beh so he is determined to keep winning his mate and even be rejected as her bed mate if she will but stay.  “Ehd luffs Beh” he vocalizes because it makes her smile.

The author set out to write a caveman romance and makes no apologies that she stepped away from actual prehistoric findings and perhaps speech pathology to create a charming sexy romance.  She gave Ehd’s brain a condition in that it lacks a specific function- an important one where language and speech are concerned.  To Ehd, words are mere noise beyond the necessity of one syllable called names or the occasional startled sound.  And, it is not a matter of learning words and language because spoken concepts cannot be retained.  His intellect is fine and he is homo sapien just minus language.

That is the premise of this story involving a cave man who narrates the whole story all as mental monologue.  I thought it was amazingly well done because he is observant and takes in what he doesn’t ever fully understand.  See, as the reader, I was easily able to see that Beh was a time traveler somehow.  She’s wearing a t-shirt and jeans with tennis shoes and she is terrified when she lands so far back in the past and must rely on a caveman to help her survive.  The reader must piece together things from the way she responds to Ehd and the environment.  She eventually looses her homesickness and fear and sets out to better their circumstances with her greater knowledge of even basic inventions like rudimentary clay pots or travois to haul their goods.

There are some hilarious moments when this pair really do not get each other- remember they can’t communicate through words.  Beh annoys Ehd with her constant need to wash- wash herself and their bedding and clothes- fine, but it is full on mutiny when she wants him to stay washed.  Then there is the first time she tries to teach him the joys of oral sex.  His eyes must have popped out of his head as he stared at himself in her mouth and thought, “I can’t put a baby in there!”

It was a sexy, but very beautiful and tender love affair.  They had so much to overcome- the least of which was thousands of years between their times, but also the very danger of life in those times.  Wild beasts, the cold, starvation, a fire going out, food supplies depleting, sickness, accidents, others who might see a lone man and woman as weak without a tribe, and even child birth.  The author brought out the world as well as the characters and romance.

I’d actually lost my curiosity about where Beh came from and how she got there when the book does go there.  It was never the focal point and I”m glad.  Ehd was such a beautiful man and for all his lack of words and language concepts, he loved with his whole soul.  I thought it no wonder that Beh falls for him- primitive ways and all.

In summary, Transcendence transcended my expectations and proved why so many friends recommend it it.  I don’t think it will appeal to everyone and it’s not a typical historical romance about savages.  It will be for those who can enjoy a romance that is a little something different and gets plenty spicy- Ehd does like his babymaking practices. “Hoh!”

Challenges Met

Mt. TBR #10
COYER Seasons #10
COYER Community #3 Off a Friends TBR pile RAT
Romance BINGO #7 One-word title

About the Book

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.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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9 months ago

I heard a lot about that one when it was released and I must say I was tempted then to read it because of the originality : I don’t think I ever read a romance with a caveman ! I’m glad you enjoyed it as much as you expected 🙂

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Iza

Yes, that was exactly the same for me. I got it during that first wave of excitement and then it just sat on my Kindle. It sure hit the spot after all this time. 🙂

Carole Rae
9 months ago

Transcendence transcended my expectations” clever 😉 I love what you did there!

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

Oh man, I couldn’t help myself Carole. I was still on a book high after reading it. 🙂

9 months ago

It’s great that it was better than you thought!

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

Oh yes, I’m all for that kind of surprise. 🙂

9 months ago

This sounds fun. I will definitely have to look into this one.

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Nadene

Yes, it was great for something different. 🙂

9 months ago

Oh, so thrilled you ended up loving this too, Sophia! It’s such a unique story! Wonderful review! 🙂

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

I can’t believe I waited so long. It was super, Rachel.

9 months ago

I read this one awhile ago and enjoyed it too. Hoh!

Sophia Rose
9 months ago
Reply to  vvb

It is very possible you were one of the reviewers that helped influence me to pick this up- though it took me years to get around to reading it. Haha!

LOL, “Hoh!”