"Sophisticated and thought-provoking
... an urban fairy tale for grown-ups."
***GOLD MEDAL Winner
Global Ebook Awards, USA 2016
***SILVER MEDAL Winner
Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest, USA 2017
***GOLD AWARD Winner
Literary Titan Book Awards, USA 2017
***RED RIBBON Winner
The Wishing Shelf Awards, UK 2015
***BEST BOOK WE'VE READ ALL YEAR Finalist
Read Freely, UK 2018
History, mystery, contemporary romance and magic ...
A whimsical tale about money and its unknown otherworldly origins.
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 reverend faces trial for heresy after revealing, in a book, the true beginnings of money.
FAST FORWARD TO 2008
...six months before the Global Financial Crisis rocks the economy. Lillibridge’s Our True Ancient History—published under the guise of fiction—is out of print, available only at antiquarian bookshops and largely overlooked. Until now.
Rosetta Melki, an idealist whose dream of starting a worldwide charity has been all but crushed by her sole-parent struggles, is enchanted by Our True Ancient History. Lillibridge’s tale about a gold-obsessed empire (and the sprites they oppress: elfin clan dwellers whose currency of choice is kindness) has evoked a memory Rosetta cannot explain.
Rosetta’s website surrounding the reading group she’s begun with friends has inspired the emergence of other Lillibridge book clubs. Her own Sydney group meets fortnightly at a vintage bungalow, the rental home she secured to escape a gruesome intruder.
In a more affluent part of Sydney, finance executive Matthew Weissler (polished, successful, admired) has been questioning his slave-to-the-dollar existence and his marriage to a tantrum-throwing shopaholic. And now he's questioning his sanity after finding he's been followed by an elf.
But who is the creepy intruder? A prowler from the suburb Rosetta and her teenaged daughter fled...or a traveller from the past, determined to suppress an ancient memory that will change the world forever?
****Includes detailed Character List
... Like a delicate piece of lace ... masterfully looped and twisted into intricate patterns ...
Marta Tandori - Mystery/Suspense author
... The characterisation is very convincing; the scenes atmospheric; and unexpected twists kept me guessing outcomes. A romance element adds another dimension to this absorbing novel. The book has a depth that appealed to me on so many levels. What surprised me as much as anything was to discover that this was the author's debut novel ...
A deep, gripping and wildly creative plot.
Brilliantly enchanting ... I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
The first thing that struck me about Terry’s debut novel was her seemingly effortless ability to entwine the contemporary and historical aspects of the story. At times the writing is nothing short of spellbinding, something that is rare these days, and even rarer at the beginning of a literary career.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite Epiphany: The Golding, the debut novel by author Sonya Deanna Terry, is truly unique, both in format and in storyline. The book starts with our protagonist, Rosetta Melki, free spirit, single mom and part time tarot card reader, and the reading group she starts in order to delve into a novel written in the 1700s by Edward Lillibridge. Lillibridge’s work concerns the hidden history of a lost civilization obsessed with gold who oppress the sprites who only want to live in kindness. What starts as a fun hobby turns into much more when Rosetta starts to wonder if the words they are studying are truly just a work of fiction from a fanciful author from the past, or much more. And when the time traveling sprites from the lands described by Lillibridge decide that contact with Rosetta is exactly what they need in their quest for freedom and kindness, and Rosetta starts to see things in Lillibridge’s work that are suspiciously similar to herself and Izzie, her daughter, the ‘fictional’ past and the present begin to meld into one. This book was a true delight. Sonya Deanna Terry was able to tell two very different stories simultaneously, and in such a way that I did not become confused at all. I loved that she was able to interconnect these stories so seamlessly and to such great effect. This book would appeal to any lover of fantasy, as there are certainly fairies and elves (the sprites), goblins and dragons and all other creatures you would expect to find in a fantastical work, but it would also appeal to any lover of fiction, as the unique dual storyline is such an interesting slant in story telling that it is very much worth the read. Epiphany: The Golding is the first of two books in this series, and I for one am looking forward to reading the second installment with great excitement!
Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite Epiphany - The Golding by Sonya Deanna Terry is a brilliantly written story that begins with Rosetta forming a book club that surrounds the work of an 18th-century author named Edward Lillibridge, whose work is entitled Our True Ancient History. After forming the group, she finds that other groups are forming around the globe. A world of elves, faeries, and gold-skins happens when its denizens’ entities enter the Dream Sphere while their hosts are in slumber, however brief. When they awaken, their memories have faded from the fey world, unless they are able to drink a remembrance potion after leaving the Dream Sphere. As the story progresses, Pieter the elf gets captured by a gold-skin princess in her castle chamber. Maleika sets out to try to find her missing clansman. Epiphany is the perfect name for this work, especially when the faerie counterparts seem to be drawn together by chance in the human world; even though they are unaware of their counterparts' faerie connection. The reader is drawn into the story as the characters from the faerie world’s names are pronounced slowly. The more this happened, the more intriguing the story became for me. Ms. Terry’s writing style is creative, highly descriptive, and powerful. She is able to slowly intertwine the story within a story in a way that gives her readers epiphanies as the two worlds begin to mesh. Sonya has a talent that literary agents refer to as the ability to “Spin some yarn.” As the pages began turning faster and faster, I was left wanting more. I cannot wait for her next book. Brava, Sonya!
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Epiphany: The Golding – A Story Within a Story by Sonya Deanna Terry is a mythical, magical novel. Rosetta and Matthew have not met yet and, in all truthfulness, they don’t have a great deal in common. However, there is something that will bring them together, something that is truly convinced that they hold the key to fulfilling an ancient prophecy. A sprite clan. A group of time travelling sprites to be exact. Throughout the whole of history though, the influence of Body-kings has stopped the sprites from saving humanity. But they don’t really exist, do they? They are nothing but mythical creatures of fairy tales; they live only in the book that Rosetta is studying with her book club. Don’t they? Rosetta soon starts to question whether the book is real or fiction. The book was written by an 18th century author who should never have known of the secret that shouldn’t be true. This is the first part of a two-book series – a story within a story – a story that flits between the past and the present. Is any of it real? There’s only one way to find out... Epiphany: The Golding – A Story Within a Story by Sonya Deanna Terry is a great debut novel. It is original and full of the wonder that great fairy tales are made of. It might even make you question your belief - or not – in those fairy tales! This is, as the title suggests, two books in one. An ancient book and a modern one. And I have to say that Ms. Terry has done an amazing job of keeping these two stories quite separate while neatly bringing them together. The story is well written and is clearly the subject of a great deal of thought and work. Every page has you wanting to turn to the next one to see what’s going to happen and the whole story has been brought together very nicely. It is a highly entertaining book and I really look forward to the next installment.
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Epiphany: The Golding is a deft combining of several genres to create an epic novel. There are a lot of likable characters, both male, female, and other than human. The protagonist is a spunky, independent single mom whom many will instantly identify with. At the start of Epiphany, Rosetta thinks she's a little past the age for romance. She is in for quite a surprise as she embarks on the romantic ride of a lifetime. Matthew works in the high flying world of money and finance. He is good at what he does and on the surface appears to be an ill fit for someone like Rosetta, but sometimes opposites do attract. But romance is not all that Epiphany: The Golding is about. As you might guess from a novel that has "A story within a story" as part of its subtitle, there is a lot more going on behind the scenes and in other realms. Sonya Deanna Terry writes with a sure hand. She artistically weaves a huge amount of history, spiritualism, philosophy, and romance into a powerful tale of good and evil. Epiphany will appeal to anyone interested in arcane and esoteric subjects such as the tarot, dragons, ancient civilizations, lost histories, and reincarnation. These are very big subjects and many readers will learn a lot. But what was most important for me as a reader was that these things were presented in an organized, well written, manner that just let me sit back and enjoy.
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite Life is tough for Rosetta Melki as she does the best she can to raise her 15-year-old daughter, Izzie, in Epiphany: The Golding by new author Sonya Deanna Terry. As a free spirit trying to make ends meet in a tough world, Rosetta faces challenges like the rest of us, but with a positive attitude and the help of her friends. The ‘Friday Fortnight’ book club is reviewing an old text written by a reverend in 1770 and comes to suspect that there’s more to it than fantasy. Odd things begin to take place, seemingly combining elements of the story with everyday life so that Rosetta and a few of her closest friends feel as though the old text is coming alive through them. While the sprites are facing their own struggles in an ancient time and place, hope shines through in a complicated relationship between Pieter, a sprite, and Eidred, a princess of the greed-driven Grudellan royal family. Just as Pieter and Eidred create a bond, Izzie develops a friendship with an enigmatic Dutch boy with surprising abilities, and Rosetta thinks more and more about a man she recently met. How will the future play out as the story that reflects ancient times comes to life in the modern world? Epiphany: The Golding is a story within a story about a mystical forest, an ancient prophecy, and a love that spans lifetimes. Sonya Deanna Terry has deftly and creatively combined two story lines, bringing them closer together as the book progresses until they actually overlap. While both are fiction, the two plots are taken from real life – greed, oppression, a struggle to survive and, as a balance, hope, love, faith and friendship. Epiphany has everything you want in a fantasy story – great characters, vivid descriptions of another place and time, believable present day action, and clear cut villains and heroes with a few surprises. Well worth reading for fun and for a subtle yet critical look at the future of the real world.
--- 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 to study a novel set in ancient times. The hero of the modern story is Matthew, unassuming and engaging, who questions the substance of his life as a banking executive and “slave to the dollar.” At the height of his confusion and discontent, Pieter of the Brumlynds (a sprite from an ancient timeline) intrudes into an uneasy and unexpected dream. Matthew’s life begins to change as each question he asks leads to transformative decisions. There’s much to love about this book. The underlying theme of both its ancient and modern storylines -- an explanation for humanity’s suffering throughout the ages -- was far-fetched, yet strangely believable. Beginning with an excerpt of a letter written in the autumn of 1760 and ending with a gripping final scene, the novel had me enchanted throughout. From the warmth and vibrancy of the book study evenings, to the pre-dawn campfires of a sprite clan in a Scandinavian forest, Epiphany - THE GOLDING truly glows.