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Transcendence Paperback – February 14, 2014
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I almost never seen romantic books told entirely from the perspective of the male protagonist, which I found very different, but also quite engaging. If this book had been told from Elizabeth/Beh's perspective it would have lost out on a lot, I think, because he modern-day thoughts would have clashed so much and taken away from the setting and denied the reader such a refreshing change. Edh offers a very unique first-perspective. He's smart, but also prehistoric, and lacks the ability to comprehend or use verbal or written language. His way of existing is simple, yet he's presented as a mentally and emotionally complex being that feels rejection, sadness, happiness, selflessness, anger, confusion, affection, and love, who tries to think of ways to convey his thoughts and feelings to another person and also to understand hers when language is basically completely out of the question. It's interesting to sort of cut down a being into the very simple, basic things all people need and have that play out. Ehd's goals and means are simple, but he's not pragmatic or coldly logical. He fears for his mate and children, tries to do things that'll make his mate happy, mourns his losses, decides it's alright if he never has children with Beh as long as they stay together, and even shows a willingness to forsake his own life if he is without his mate. It's quite an emotional experience looking through Ehd's eyes. I was so gripped that I read this book in a single sitting. I commend the author for taking this route and choosing to cast things through Ehd's eyes and not Beh's or put it in the third person.
Another aspect of this book that makes it so different is its setting. I almost never see books set so far back in history; granted, the author took the luxury of sort of playing around with human evolution to make her own species that fit the bill of what she wanted to create, but otherwise the setting and the character's actions seemed realistic and believable. The latest time period in a book I've read was somewhere in late 3000 BCE in the deserts of Mesopotamia after civilization and language have already developed into the first cities and kingdoms of the world. This was very interesting; now, of course, being prehistoric, the setting boiled down to a lot of hunting and gathering, but what I mean is that this is so different that even these sort of events were interesting to read about as Ehd and Beh interacted with one another. I think the author was bold and brave for taking this route when she sat down to write a new book; I've not read or seen anything quite like this and I'm happy to say I'd like to see more. It's like that film, 10,000 BC, but formatted in a way that's easier to understand and connect.
This book is also very well edited; I don't think I noticed a single error in the whole thing. Yes, the language is much simpler, but you'd be surprised how frequently I find minor typos on kindle books of any caliber, so whenever I find a book that isn't from a major publishing house that has had an excellent editing and proofreading job, I'm very impressed and feel much better about giving money towards it.
Overall, I actually really liked this book and I'm happy I bought it. It was different, it was emotional, it was entertaining, it was something that has definitely left an impression and is a story I won't soon be forgetting.
The title for this book soooo completely fitting. It's romance but with so many barriers. Language being the most prevalent. He's a freaking caveman he can't speak other then grunts !!! Here's the thing though and what stood out for me when it comes to love, compassion, protectiveness basic human instincts barriers don't mean squat. Barriers can be overcome and this book makes you think.
My heart I don't even know what I feel so many things at this point. I truly fell for Edh, he made my heart ache, he made my heart swoon. All with his actions. Gah I can't even think of what else to say here because I am still processing this book. I am not sure I will ever forget this book and I am certain that I will reread it.
If you are willing to try something different yet still want a romance that is really told in its purest form. Then I definitely recommend this book. It will make you think long after you have finished it. When I finished I put the book down and the first word I could think of was HOH !!! You will understand why when you read the book.
We are first introduced to Ehd, a lonely caveman who's tribe has been tragically decimated. He's been trying to survive on his own for awhile but loneliness is slowly eating away at his resolve to live. One day everything changes when a mysterious and beautiful woman enters his life most unexpectedly.
Its obvious to the reader that this woman is from the future, but because the story is entirely written from Ehd's point of view we don't know how she got there or anything about her past.
Now let's discuss Ehd. He is a strong and devoted protector but there is an innocence about him that is so refreshing. Let's just say he doesn't stay 'innocent' for long. The relationship between him and 'Beh' develops in such a beautiful way. It is even more poignant to hear how their love grows from his point of view. Truly this was a wonderful love story.
This read was unexpected, sweet and funny. It made me laugh and cry and concluded with a very satisfying ending that left me smiling.
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