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The most excitement teacher Shannon Parker expected on her summer vacation was a little shopping. But then her latest purchase--a vase with the Celtic goddess Epona on it--somehow switches her into the world of Partholon, where she's treated like a goddess. A very temperamental goddess... It seems that Shannon has stepped into another's role as the Goddess Incarnate of ...more
Paperback, 698 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Luna Books (first published August 28th 2001)
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Carrie
Aug 26, 2016 Carrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shannon Parker is a high school teacher who in her excitement for her summer vacation has decided to treat herself and try to pick up something nice at the local auction house. Immediately Shannon is drawn to a vase with the Celtic goddess Epona on it and decides to make a bid. When Shannon finds herself the new owner of the vase though things go a bit weird from there.

Waking up in the world of Partholon Shannon finds that she has switched places with the Goddess Incarnate of Epona who was not
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Bridge
Dec 03, 2013 Bridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: a pararomance liker
I enjoyed this book a lot! It was funny, sexy, action-packed. I have to admit the beginning bored me a little with the whole antique sale stuff but apart from that bit I warmed to the book.
I couldn't help like Shannon Parker, the only con I have with her is the name. I don't like it. I much prefer Rhea/Rhiannon.
I really started to fall in love with ClanFintan. He seemed a little different to your average guy, but maybe thats because I'm a total romantic!
I loved all the horsey bits in it as I
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Lori Whitwam
Jan 06, 2008 Lori Whitwam rated it really liked it
Looking at the cover, I anticipated the "usual" fantasy, lots of antiquated (but charming) language, the epic battle of good and evil, goddesses and demons, and things of that nature. This would have been a good thing... but it actually turned out to be better and more unique.

Shannon is a 35 year old high school English teacher in Oklahoma. At an estate sale, she buys an ancient Celtic pot because she's drawn to the image on it... a goddess who looks like her. On the way home, she's in a car acc
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Jen
Apr 26, 2013 Jen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, crap
I picked this up for a bit of a light 'fluff' read. I was right on the 'fluff'. It was amusing for the first 100 pages (though the author could not seem to stop conversing with her audience rather than telling an actual story), then it became increasingly irritating for it's lack of substance. It served its purpose, I suppose.

nb. The author's note at the beginning was purile and somewhat... embarrassing in it's self serving attitude. I neither connected with the 'realness' of her herione nor did
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Adriana
I could not put this book down! Be warned that the second you pick it up you will be committed to a marathon read. The writing is witty, funny, and exiting with an awesome dash of geeky thrown in. The characters are likeable and relatable, and the author does an excellent job of giving even the smallest side character a chance to shine.
The story sounds pretty straightforward: Shannon, an Oklahoma teacher, gets sent to an alternate world where she takes the place of Rihannon, the goddess Epona's
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Cinnamon
Apr 07, 2010 Cinnamon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having been a fan of P.C. and Kristen Cast’s House of Night series, I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive about trying out any of P.C. Cast’s other books. For the most part, I love the House of Night series – would I feel the same way about her other books? While I do try to read many of my books in an objective format that allows me to see the good parts in each individual piece, I was afraid that if I became disenchanted with Cast’s adult books, it might ruin her young adult ones fo ...more
Vanessa
Ooooohemgee, wat ben ik lang bezig geweest aan Godin bij Vergissing! Ik ben erin begonnen op 21 december en gisteren pas was 'ie dan ein-de-lijk uit. Het boek telt ook wel 600 pagina's en met opnieuw elke dag te gaan werken, was er voor lezen opeens veel minder tijd in mijn dagelijkse routine. En tussendoor heb ik ook wel enkele andere boek(jes) gelezen ... Dusja. Hoe dan ook, ondanks al die excuses ben ik heel erg blij dat ik er nu officieel van af ben en dat ik zodadelijk in iets nieuws kan ...more
♥ ᔕαmi
WELL! Oh my gosh. Just came back from a bit of a book break and i've had this volume on my shelf for a while. Just finished and im pleased to say just 'wow'! I havent read a book such as this before and this has just gotten me hooked!

Shannon ... aka 'Rhea', was such a wonderful character. She was exciting and fresh, bubbling over with personality. She was so well written i could have known her in real life.

The story was brought alive by the wonderful descriptions of Partholon and you truely fol
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Snarktastic Sonja
Mar 02, 2013 Snarktastic Sonja rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
I am *so* not sure what to rate this book. While the world wasn't amazing, I absolutely loved the main character. I wanted to spend every waking minute with Shannon/Rhea. She is snarky. She is realistic. She is passionate. She is lovable. She has a heart of gold. Make no mistake: this is a chick book. Males should probably pass on by.

As the synopsis clearly states, Shannon finds herself transferred to another world where she is the "chosen" of the warrior goddess. She also finds that her counter
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Liz Green
Feb 22, 2014 Liz Green rated it it was amazing
Star rating- 4.8

After reading 'The House of Night' series, I was already a big fan of PC Cast.
I was intrigued to see how PC Cast's novels would appear without her daughter writing alongside her and after reading the synopsis of this noel I was very interested in what was going to take place in this book.
This novel, is about a thirty five year old English teacher that has been taken out of Tulsa and replaced with the identical queen of a fantasy universe.
Though the plot may sound childish that i
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Iris
Deze recensie is als eerste geplaatst op Carpe Libra

Een paar jaar geleden heb ik de gehele Partholonserie in het Engels gelezen en ik was er dol op. P.C. Cast had een hilarisch personage, een spannend verhaal en een op zijn zachtst gezegd interessante wereld gecreëerd, waar centaurs ook tot de bevolking hoorden. Toen ik dit boek enige tijd geleden op de boekenbeurs in Antwerpen tegen kwam, in het Nederlands, had ik dan ook meteen zin om alle boeken opnieuw te lezen.

Ergens was ik ook nieuwsgierig

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Bree T
Aug 16, 2010 Bree T rated it it was ok
I thought the idea of this book sounded quite good – I’m all for medieval type worlds and centaurs and enemies and castles and so I was pretty sold on the blurb on the back of the book. But I found the main character fairly annoying, and given she was the one telling the story, it was quite a drawback.

She was supposed to be 35, but rarely ever seemed it throughout the book. The narrative was definitely more teenage-esque. She was also incredibly laid back about being switched into another world
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Kandy
Feb 16, 2012 Kandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
I absolutely LOVED this book! At first I was a bit hesistant because I don't frequently read books where the main character is over 25, but in this case I was glad I did. I had this book sitting on my shelf for almost 2 years without reading it. I'm glad that I picked it up, the blurb at the back caught my attention and my spark to read it was once again ignighted.

I really loved Shannon/Rhea's character in the book. Her humour and love for whine was brilliant, and in general her kindness was as
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Leanne Bell
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Darlene
Apr 16, 2012 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yvensong, Cher-lynn Maynard, Cheryl in CC NV, S. Michele, Tom, Chris maybe even Ralph!
Recommended to Darlene by: An accidental loan from the library of one of the next in the series
Oh. My. God(dess). WOW!

This was a fun adventure. It isn't a YA rather the adventure is for a thirty something adult. It is reality meets mythology/fantasy. It is Now crashing into Celtic times. I mention vampires in my tags/shelves but they are really Formorians. They are bat-like humanoids that are just evil. And our heroine fights them to the death in her Goddess-incarnate form. But that is what I would expect from a former English teacher!

Got your attention? This is a great book and I can har
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LiteraryObsession
Sep 03, 2010 LiteraryObsession rated it it was ok
I was utterly disappointed with this series of books. The synopsis on the back of the book, with its promise of high fantasy and centaurs and Epona, a world with a somewhat medieval feel – why, that’s right up my alley and really had me hooked. The book’s protagonist, Shannon, is meant to be a thirty-five year old woman. However, the majority of the time she acts like a spoiled, whiny teenager. Now imagine having to sit and listen to said spoiled, whiny teenager through 500+ pages. Yes, folks, ...more
Sarah
I liked Divine by Mistake for the most part, but any time Shannon/Rhea spoke and started dreaming I got a little cranky. Shannon/Rhea has word vomit and never makes an effort, even before her identity is revealed to fit it. For a 35 year old woman, she speaks a lot like a 17 year old did in the late nineties. Kudos to ClanFintan for putting up with her incessant chatter.

I will say that the actual story arc is good and really kept me invested. I loved Alanna and ClanFintan, Dougal and Victoria a
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Ann
Nov 23, 2009 Ann rated it it was ok
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Mariusky Spínola
Adorei!!!!!

Gosto imenso da Shannon/Rhea... Do seu discurso descontraído (parece mesmo que está a falar connosco), da informalidade da escrita da história... As personagens são maravilhosas e nunca tinha pensado ficar "apaixonada" por um centauro... Os cenários são lindos com descrições que não cansam e os pormenores como personagens espelho e afins foram salpico de originalidade e fantasia que enriqueceram muito este romance.. Não é meloso, não é hardcore, não é chato/aborrecido... Não sendo o m
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Allie Penn
My brain is screaming, "YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE LIKED THIS" but my heart is yelling, "BUT I REALLY DID LIKE IT!"

I know. I'm surprised too!? But I enjoyed this way more than I anticipated. Wow.
Andrea
Apr 16, 2008 Andrea rated it really liked it
Too funny!!
Danielles Boekenhoek
Oct 13, 2016 Danielles Boekenhoek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adults
Godin bij vergissing – Deel 1 – Partholon Trilogie – P.C. Cast

Beschrijving
Al heeft Shannon Parker als lerares Engels voor heel wat hete vuren gestaan, zelfs voor haar is het wat bizar om eerst op mysterieuze wijze te worden aangetrokken door een Keltische pot, dan met haar auto in een heftige storm verzeild te raken en door haar spiegelbeeld een vuurbal in gelokt te worden, om uiteindelijk geradbraakt wakker te worden in een andere wereld.

Een mythische wereld zonder auto's, computers of opstandi
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Laura Summers
Reviewed for www.BookChickCity.com

This is a paranormal romance with a real difference, in fact it has quite a fantasy feel about it. School teacher Shannon Parker gets much more than she bargained for when she buys a vase at an antiques sale. Suddenly she finds herself transported to another universe where she is a goddess. A goddess that also happens to be a bit of a b*tch too.

I loved the originality of this book, the new world with goddesses, magical powers and mythical creatures. But also th
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Mel
Dec 30, 2009 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult
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Waverley
This book would've been good if I WAS LIKE 38 years old...like they could've told me or something, the worst part was that they put this book in the teen-fiction category(totally mislabeled) I never actually finished this book but I got as far as I needed to.I stopped at the lake part;for all of you that have read the book you know what I'm talking about! this book is strictly mushy gushy love each page! I found it kinda strange that the author would even come up with how the centar can morph ...more
Deska
Sep 12, 2016 Deska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite of how thick this book is (571 pages), it is a really fast-paced story.

I really enjoyed and like this book a lot!

Things that are really standing out for me are the story line. I think it has a very great story plot, world-building, and setting. And the writing is flowing easily and successfully made me not wanting to put it down. And I don't know how much reliable the myth about Celtic God(or Goddess), but I found it is really a great story to take on. Makes me want to know a bit more ab
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Stacy
Feb 18, 2010 Stacy rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
Crazy me, I picked this book up the other day thinking it was a YA book. I quickly, quickly learned that this is definitely not a YA book.

The premise of this book is really good. A twenty-eight year old teacher from Oklahoma, Shannon Parker, gets sucked into the world of Partholon, as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. Wait, it gets better. You see the real Goddess Incarnate is now, because of her own desire is now the twenty-eight year old teacher in Oklahoma (bet she regrets that decision). These
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Luna
Aug 02, 2016 Luna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favourites
After I discovered the House of Night series I went off in search of more books by PC Cast and stumbled across the Partholon series. It sounded good but I wasn't really sure what to expect from it.

This book is fabulous. There's so much I love about it, the humour, the setting, the pagan inspirations and the characters.

The story follows Shannon, an English teacher with a humdrum lifestlye, into a new world, an alternate universe where she is a High Priestess in service to the Goddess Epona. As
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Sarah
Aug 21, 2013 Sarah rated it it was ok
What gets me about this book is the idea of it has the potential to be a really good story. The whole concept of it, what with the switching between modern day woman and Celtic goddess, is pretty good.

However, I found this book incredibly boring. The writing style was alright, don't get me wrong, I thought the main protagonists voice was very witty and pacy although P.C Cast's stereotyping annoyed me somewhat like it had in her House of Night novels- not all Brits have bad teeth, okay? Also, th
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Kristin
Aug 31, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit that it started a little slow for me but once Shannon was sucked into another world the story quickly picked up pace. She was thrown into Parthalon where she switches places with their Goddess incarnate, Rhiannon, who was a total bitch and a complete slut. Poor Shannon has a lot of making up to do in the beginning on the book, starting with her new husband.

At first, I was skeptical about the whole centaur/human relations with the two of them being married but you find out that Clan
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PC was born in the Midwest, and grew up being shuttled back-and-forth between Illinois and Oklahoma, which is where she fell in love with Quarter Horses and mythology (at about the same time). After high school, she joined the United States Air Force and began public speaking and writing. After her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a #1 ...more
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