Transcend by West Thornhill ~ Book Review by Beverley

A totally new author to me and including subject matter I enjoy e.g. Paranormal agencies and super powers! Who doesn’t enjoy a super power story every so often…

TRANSCEND Title: Transcend

Author: West Thornhill

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Christine Griffin

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars


2nd Edition

When Gael Astley is rescued from his life as a sadist’s sex slave, he enters a world he never knew existed and discovers he’s quite a different man than he thought. For instance, he has the powers of telepathy and telekinesis—but he doesn’t know what that means for his new life. With the help of the one person he knows he can trust, Gael embarks on an intense training regime that leads to a new career as an agent for Fillmore, a top-secret paranormal group.

Jason Phillips, a member of the Fillmore team, has secrets of his own. Though he tries to distance himself from Gael, both men feel a strong pull toward each other. Meanwhile, threats from Gael’s past put him and others at grave risk. If Gael can overcome his insecurities and trust his abilities, and if Jason can trust Gael with his secrets, they might find a way to keep everyone safe—and possibly grow their attraction into something more.

1st Edition published by Silver Publishing, January 2012

My View:

I’m not sure where to start with this review, which was the impression I got from the narrative in this novel. The narrative was very jumpy and roughly edited. There were numerous Points of View in the text, which rather than enlighten, confused me. It felt like the author kept having inspiration whilst writing. This left some passages dragging whilst others would speed along with exposition.

The jumpy narrative I’m afraid meant that it was difficult to become emotionally involved with the main characters. Gael is a twenty year old with powers he is only just becoming aware of or is he? This is my first problem with the plot. I’m assuming that he is only just aware of his powers although this is not clear. The problem I have is that this poor young man was kidnapped as a boy and then tortured and kept as a sex slave until present time. If he had these ‘off the scale’ powers why didn’t he use them to free himself? #spoiler# His twin has been able to use his own powers since a boy we are told. #spoiler#

My second plot problem is the relative ease that Gael falls into a sexual relationship with the other MC after half his life being sexually abused, tortured and given out as a sex toy. There is some angst but really not a believable amount. My problem here is that in all fantasy novels the reader is expected to suspend disbelief, however this places a requirement on the author that they help us to suspend disbelief. This means incredible levels of accuracy in the real life situations, so we can have faith in the fantasy elements. Sadly, West Thornhill does not achieve this for me. I also had so little empathy with the characters that I didn’t flinch at descriptions of abuse, which should have had me horrified.

There are too many overused tropes here for me, rescue from Rape and Torture, Shifters, Therapist as important figure and more fragile than the patient, pushy cute little women and Villains so villainous I could almost see moustaches being twirled. The crisis, which should have lead to the climax of the novel, did not do so as it just felt lacklustre.

Plus, there is a plot hole that really bothered me through the second half of the book. If you intend to read this novel please don’t read the next part of the review in case it spoils your enjoyment too…

Jason takes delivery of heavy packages, which he is hiding from Gael as some sort of surprise, but we never find out what they are. I waited through thanksgiving, christmas and twenty first birthday but the packages didn’t appear. It niggled me and spoiled my concentration on the story.

The premise of a paranormal agency is not new but can result in an exciting series, I look forward to seeing which way West Thornhill’s series goes.

Buy Links

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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