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 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.


I don’t read fantasy or science fiction as a rule – it’s just not my jam – but I’ve been curious about TRANSCENDENCE by Shay Savage for a couple of years now. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. I whizzed through it in a day. The writing is descriptive and well-paced, the characters are sympathetic and the ending is uncertain until you reach the last few pages.

The book is told entirely from Ehd’s point of view. Ehd’s a fictitious type of caveman created by the author. He is intelligent and feeling but his internal make up means he simply does not have the capacity to learn to speak. And with a book told entirely from his point of view, the author certainly created a mountain for herself to scale in order to bring justice to this story. She certainly passed my expectations.

I loved the characters. Beh, as Ehd calls her, lands herself in his path. Having lost his family and tribe, Ehd sees her as a potential mate and companion. His desire to look after her and provide for her is genuine. His feelings towards her are touching and his happiness at no longer being alone brought tears to my eyes. We only get to know Beh through Ehd’s eyes. We feel her fear and confusion, but we also witness over time her acceptance and growing feelings for him. And I do mean time – the story takes place over many years – there’s no instant love here.

The book is funny! So often Beh confuses Ehd; from her clothes to the sounds she makes to some of her actions, often Ehd really is in the same boat as the modern day male with his lack of understanding of women. He gets things wrong repeatedly but his desire to do better makes him worthy of the title of hero.

It’s a wonderful romance. The courtship, the companionship, the building of a life together, the love that blossoms and the sacrifices that are made all combine into making this couple a unit for life.  

And then there’s the mystery. From her clothing, we learn that Beh is from our time but how on earth did she come to find herself thousands of years in the past? There are enough clues for us readers to put it all together.  

My one hiccup with this book, particularly towards the end, is in failing to understand some of the things that happen and that Ehd sees when Beh’s old life and new life collide. I don’t want to get more specific and spoil the story, but even after reading passages several times I found my lack of understanding frustrating.

I am so glad I set the time aside to read this book. I highly recommend it.


Shay Savage is an independent author from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. Her hobbies include off-roading in her big, yellow Jeep, science fiction in all forms, and soccer. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.