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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.