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Epiphany - THE GOLDING

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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  22 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
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 o
Marta Cox
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 le
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 wi
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 da
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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 li
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 i
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 re
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
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)