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Epiphany - THE GOLDING

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  29 reviews
This edition was previously published under the ASIN B00RF4A9YG

It is midnight, and you are sleeping.
I am here at the table with a candle at my elbow, penning the most difficult letter I have ever had to write.
They are coming for me. Samuel Withers saw them in the village…

Edward Lillibridge is writing a farewell letter to his son. The controversial reveren
Kindle Edition, 467 pages
Published December 24th 2014 by Sonya D Terry
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Elf Dreaming
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A clever page-turner sprinkled with wit and wisdom.
I was intrigued with the way the author effortlessly moved from a lyrical prologue in an 18th century writing style to a light and pacey modern style interspersed with an exquisitely magical inner story (which the modern characters are studying).
The characters are entirely believable, complete with virtues and flaws. The outer story’s heroine is Rosetta, an exuberant and lovable character who has begun a book club with close friends in order t
Marta Cox
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, my-reviews
Three and a half
It was the cover that caught my eye but if I'm brutal as much as I was intrigued by the synopsis and ideas here the execution didn't quite wow me. In fact I was quite tempted to just give up but I don't like to be a quitter although I do admit it was touch and go initially.
The author paints a picture of what I can only describe as an ancient world with Elves, Sprites and all manner of magical creatures but sadly their very existence is threatened by Body Kings, who seek less kin
Marta Tandori
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Part fairy tale, part fantasy and one hundred percent enjoyable...At the beginning of the book, Epiphany introduces a novel set in the eighteenth century by Edward Lillibridge which the main protagonist, Rosetta Melki, and her reading group happen to be reading. Some would describe Rosetta, depending on one’s slant, as an unusual combination of tawdry (according to a former boyfriend) and eclectic, with possibly some Romani blood running through her veins. She does tarot card readings and her de ...more
Sharon Anderson PhD
Review of EPIPHANY – The Golding: a story within a story by Sonya Deanna Terry

Sweet, whimsical and visionary, the Author has skillfully woven fantasy with reality, Dream State with the future and takes the reader on an odyssey of their own. Her characters move through the text smoothly, each carved expertly, so that the reader is transported into the worlds that are within the story. The reader will be engrossed from the first pages. Brilliantly done and recommended for anyone who wishes to do a
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just completed Epiphany - The Golding by Sonya Deanna Terry. How refreshing to read a novel that has an uplifting theme without the macabre content so common today in the fantasy genre.

The writer skilfully transports us back to another age where kindness is the currency in a devic kingdom. Just as adroitly she introduces both the writings of an 18th century vicar in England who records the unknown history of the world's monetary system under the guise of fiction; and modern day characters
Robyn Kelly
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Felt I was part of the storyline's book study group, taking in the ambience of the main character's Californian Bungalow: lamps, rugs, aromas drifting in from the kitchen, the coziness and comfort, then I was transported across time with an increasing desire to "know" as I travelled this descriptive, unique, unwinding path. For those who wish to experience thought-provoking possibilities in relation to a better world, interwoven with mysteries, romance and humor, this is the book.
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
`Where do you come from?' I asked. `How do you know of such magic?'

Sonya Deanna Terry makes her literary debut with EPIPHANY - THE GOLDING and trying to find how this obviously very gifted writer arrived at such an auspicious introduction we find only that she is `a former Canberra resident, a communications student and a rabid threatre-goer.' So we must assume that she is Australian, has a keen sense of history and magic, and will continue this novel with a series to follow.

What strikes this re
Mary Yarde
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

‘Where are you from?’ I asked. ‘How do you know of such…magic?’

Sometimes to understand the beginning, one must first reach the end. But if any semblance of such a thought flittered through Rosetta Melki's mind when she formed her book club, Friday Fortnight, she would never recall. All she knew was that she had become utterly mesmerised by the 17th Century book by Reverend Edward Lillibridge, titled Our True Ancient History. What she had initially thought was a work of fiction started to have a
Payal Sinha
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epiphany is a name well suited to this brilliant novel. Epiphany means a moment in which a person experiences a sudden and striking realization. The characters of the novel experience the same epiphany when they find themselves connected to an 18th century book. The novel is pretty unique in its storyline. It is something which I have never encountered before and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
Rosetta Melki is a part time tarot reader with a teenage daughter Izzie. She is the mistress of an art
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EPIPHANY - The Golding: A story within a story by Sonya Deanna Terry is a 498 page fantasy. It has a prologue and nineteen chapters. The story jumps from the 1770’s, when the book was written, to 2008 as the book was being read. I thought that was ingenious. I also love to read about legends, prophecies and lore, and this book did not disappoint me. The story is complex, layered and the different story lines intersect perfectly. I was never bored. It is nice to read a book with a fresh, unique p ...more
Sabrina Jacklin
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imaginative and Original!

**Presented with an ARC via HiddenGems in exchange for an honest review.**

This book truly is a rare find. Within the pages, the author has woven together the threads of a fictional book alongside the threads of the main character—Rosetta—her daughter, Izze, and the modern world within which they live. Izze is the perfect contrast to her mother’s free spirited nature and curious wonder.

This was a joy to read a book I know will be read again and again. Truly well done.

Marie Reed
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I will admit it took me a bit to get into this book. The time jumps and changing character viewpoints were a lot to take in as I was trying to understand what was going on. But soon I was able to connect the timelines and characters I couldnt get enough! By the end of the book, many of the characters are also aware that there are connections, but have yet to figure out how. Hopefully I can dive straight into the next book without the confusion I felt at the beginning of this one.
C. S.
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, netgalley
DNF at 5%. From a long, dense prologue with... questionable descriptions to a first chapter lacking any context with...questionable descriptions.

Also, I know there is still a lot of ongoing discussion about the use of the word "Gypsy," but can we at least agree that Romani is a culture, not an aesthetic?
Fun Tasy
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was lovely to escape into this and the rest of the trilogy.
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Golding is the first book in the Epiphany series. It tells the story of Rosetta, a mother of a teenager and an idealist who is fascinated by a book of the author Lillibridge. She has a reading group about this particular author. And Matthew, a successful finance executive who is suddenly followed by an elf. This story is definitely "something different", in a really good and interesting way! It combines the modern day world with an old world and with magic. I also really liked the characters ...more
Veritas Vincit
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I haven't come across a fantasy book like this in quite a while, one that was so far from the madding crowd of the genre. It was unique and intriguing, and unpredictable in a way that I miss after reading so much fantasy. This premise was complex and deep, winding the past with the present, reality with fantasy, and fiction with fact. The characters were fully fleshed out and a joy to read, with Rosetta (whose name was suspiciously symbolic) being the most interesting of the pack. The realizatio ...more
Billy Buttons
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was entered and was a Red Ribbon Winner in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:

Title: Epiphany The Golding
Author: Sonya Deanna Terry
Star Rating: 4 stars
Number of Readers: 16

Readers’ Comments
‘A very enjoyable read. The characterisation was excellent and the author has superb descriptive skills. I liked the cover too.’ Male reader, aged 52
‘I loved the way the author mixed the Lillibridge’s novel with the life of the characters. A little slow in parts but very
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wished that the stories you read would be true? Well, that is exactly what happens to Rosetta when she starts reading a book for the local book club. The historical tale it weaves turns out to be true in all sense of the word even if it appears to be too fantastical. Complete with Ancients, and time-traveling Elves that sound more like they have taken a clue from Cupid and his matchmaking, this book turned out to be a fun filled fantasy with intrigue, mystery and a sprinkling of ro ...more
Avid Ashley
A thought-provoking urban fairy tale for grown ups

It's not often a book will inspire me to re-read paragraphs, but Epiphany - THE GOLDING's insights were well worth savouring. Both the inner and outer stories were equally compelling, and made for an easy transition from one timeframe to another.

Sophisticated and thought-provoking, this novel is an urban fairy tale for grown ups. It's hard to say whether it would appeal to teens too but it might appeal to older teenagers looking for something wit
Emily Auger
I enjoyed the fairy tale elements and the time and world shifting. The new age romance aspects started to get a bit much after a while and really detracted from the sequel The Silvering. I'm not a fan of romance, however, and read the pair mainly because they had a tarot reader as a main character.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I love books that are uniquely unique and this fits that category! The book goes back and forth between present day and an 18th century author in which is being read. There isn't much to say other than this is a great summer read and a great read for someone looking for something new, fresh and different!
Lorraine Champ
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sonya paints wonderful pictures with words, especially when describing light and colour. Her characters are interesting and I loved the flashes of humour.
A truly imaginative and beautiful book. I'm looking forward to reading The Silvering.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, couldn't get enough!
Irkalla Ethrinkah
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Dnf at 19%. The premise sounded so interesting, I was hoping that I could finish this and rate it higher. I just couldn't connect with any of the characters. No one seemed to have any sort of personality at all. I was forcing myself to try to read it, but it was so boring that I just had to give up.
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 14%
This book was kind of weird, I didn't feel connected to any of the characters and the worldbuilding was lacking. I felt like I was listening to a 10-year-old describe a dream they had. The magic system didn't make sense. It's like it was too whimsical. Too little background, too little character development, too little connection between the 3 wildly different storylines.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not often that a new author can manage to construct such a complex plot without losing his or her readers halfway through, but Terry somehow pulled off a temporally shifting, character-driven, paranormal romance that never left me confused or flipping back pages, but rather eagerly racing forward to see what would happen next. Initially, it was all a bit much to take in -- the premise of magic and body-kings and wee sprites guiding the fate of humankind -- but once you get your mind into a ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ephiphany - THE GOLDING, by Sonya Deanna Terry, is a well written page turner. This is a unique kind of story, one that would be difficult to tell. Terry does an excellent job creating a story within a story, and it captured my attention almost from the beginning. I loved the plot, the characters, and the overall feel of the novel.

Main character Rosetta Melki is a part time tarot card reader. She has a teenage daughter named Izzie, who also plays a big part in the story. Things get interesting w
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
EPIPHANY - The Golding: A story within a story, by Sonya Deanna Terry, truly blew my mind. It's such a unique novel that is not only brilliant, but also captivating. This truly is a story within a story, which is a concept that I have not seen many other authors master. This is a bit supernatural, with a bit of mystery and fantasy thrown in as well.

What I enjoyed the most about this novel is that it combines two different stories together. The main focus is on the modern day Tarot reader, who is
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried to like it. I really did. And the reviews were so positive. But I found it laborious and heavy going which is a bit odd considering the storyline is so promising. Oh well - you win some, you lose some.
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Sonya Deanna Terry is the author of three award-winning titles in the Contemporary Fantasy genre:
- Epiphany - THE GOLDING
- Epiphany - THE SILVERING
and EPIPHANY -- a compilation of the complete series published in December 2016.

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Epiphany (2 books)
  • Epiphany - THE SILVERING (Epiphany, #2)

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