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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Devil of Gilding (Blake Duology) by December Knight is a Christian thriller that is compelling in both characters and plot, written at an undated time in a small British territory when lords reigned their lands and their favor is sought. Lord James takes steps to find a governess from his deceased wife’s family, namely her cousin Adelaide. His young son, Toby, is susceptible to illness and it is best to educate him at home. James' younger brother, Clemit, is often on hand to guide and nurture Toby. Clemit’s connections through his job become vital when this family is threatened with a bitterness that plagues their freedom, happiness, and even life. One evil act to cover a jealous deed leads to an even more horrific event. The snowball effect is magnified as lie builds upon lie and malicious exploits persist.
December Knight draws a vivid picture of how bitterness can consume a person and those it touches. Devil of Gilding (Blake Duology) has multiple layers of applications woven within the plot. Mainly, no matter the trials or tribulation that come your way you must continue to trust and believe. Even if the answers to Toby’s prayers took time, his faith was inspiring. The pace and intensity picked up as the drama increased. Each character had their own unique voice and vice, written with issues we all face; jealousy, bitterness, love, and insecurities. This novel is both heartfelt and significant. The author’s ability to capture and lure the reader into her fictional world is mesmerizing. I was both in awe and disappointed when this novel ended. I am looking forward to getting the next book in this set, Fallen Angel.