For All That Is In The World

Christian - Fiction
159 Pages
Reviewed on 12/10/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

For All That Is In The World is a work of fiction in the dramatic, Christian and family-oriented fiction sub-genres, and was penned by author December Knight. In this truly intriguing story with a high concept structure and emotive background story, we meet the young man dubbed the Dragon’s Heart, who is loved by all who come to visit him in Pleasure City. But this boy, Gabriel, works there as a Bound entertainer against his will and seeks nothing more than to keep his sister Priscilla from ever discovering the ways of Pleasure City. As their little family starts to fall apart, Gabriel must gather all his strength for what lies ahead.

Author December Knight has crafted a highly unique and unusual story that has to be read to be fully appreciated. Without wishing to give too much away about the disastrous events that rock Gabriel’s world in this twisting plot, I can say that the emotional journey and narration around his life events is sensitively portrayed, often raw and powerfully emotive. I loved his bond with Priscilla and where it took them, as well as the underlying themes of good versus evil and inner strength that come from the construct of Pleasure City itself. This made for some really inspiring final messages as the plot reached a very satisfying conclusion. Overall, I would certainly recommend For All That Is In The World to readers seeking a truly unique new work of fiction that blends many genres in its clever conception.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Gabriel was only eleven when Pleasure City took him, harnessed him with a collar, and made him do unspeakable things. All to pay off family debts. All to keep his little sister, Priscilla, safe. Only, Priscilla’s no longer safe. Pleasure City wants to collar her as well. Where can Gabriel go? Where can he take her that she will be safe? Before the collar that brutalizes him every time he moves too far away from his allotted space, before the collar becomes her life too, and she has to do unspeakable things? It’s not Gabriel’s fault he’s had to do these things, but he did it for the love of his sister. Now he must do more. In the process of escaping, of facing unimaginable pain, Gabriel must accept a higher love, one more powerful and all-forgiving than the love he has for his sister. And, Gabriel must learn to forgive himself, even if he can’t forget. But will it be enough? Will he find the means to save his sister? To save himself?

December Knight’s Christian novel, For All That Is In The World, is a troubling story about greed and abuse and all that is unspeakable. The plot follows Gabriel’s journey to find a better life for his sister, to keep her safe. The journey is both inner and outer, as Gabriel struggles with his thoughts and emotions to understand why he has been dealt such a difficult and disgusting life. What he and his sister find, though, is peace through a group of Christians who help people like Gabriel, who help them escape the bondage they endure. It’s a steady, complex plot that reaches a climax of acceptance followed by a disturbingly all too real resolution. The characters are realistic, the conflict between good and evil intense. A compelling story towards finding and accepting God’s love and forgiveness through the simple act of loving and forgiving ourselves.

Susan Sewell

Trying to save his sister from a life of slavery, a young man risks his life to escape a sinister entertainment conglomerate in this heart-wrenching Christian novel, For All That Is In The World by December Knight. When he was ten years old, Gabriel's mom left him and his newborn sister in the hands of an evil corporation. Held in bondage to pay his mother's debts, Gabriel becomes the most prominent entertainer the company has. For seven years, Gabriel protects and hides his sister Priscilla behind a lie, while he works to earn her freedom. When Priscilla turns seven, his overseers take her away to enslave her as well. Now they have gone too far. Manipulating one of the girls working for the group, Gabriel gets Priscilla back and immediately goes on the run. But Gabriel is a high profile entertainer and his picture is plastered everywhere. Where can he and Priscilla go? Is there anyone out there who can help them?

For All That is In The World by December Knight is a dramatic and heartrending novel portraying Christian missionaries actively putting their lives at risk to rescue slaves bound to an adult entertainment corporation. The main character Gabriel's dilemma captured my heart from the very beginning, and I had to find out if he escaped his bonds. Although Gabriel's background story is tragic, his love for his sister trumped his own life, making him a hero. The entire plot is so devastatingly sad I could hardly read the book through my tears. As the story progresses, the steps to salvation are explained and clearly depicted. Even though the conclusion is heartbreaking, it demonstrates the peace that passes understanding when someone gives their life to God.

Tammy Ruggles

For All That Is In The World by December Knight is a Christian-based coming-of-age fantasy novel about a young, world-renowned entertainer named Gabriel Heart, who has the world at his fingertips but is owned by Dragon Entertainment in Pleasure City (where all dreams come true), and his will is not his own. Any fan, any person, anyone at all can buy time to be with him, but the price is becoming too high for Gabriel to pay. He is miserable in his slave-like existence. If it weren't for his sister Priscilla, he would end it all, but he loves her and wants to protect her from the same devastating forces Dragon Entertainment used to control him, including a collar that shocks the wearer into submission. The question is, how far will he go, and what will he do to protect her?

This is an interesting story about breaking free of chains--chains of all kinds. What strikes me first is the character of Gabriel. His personality and situation are strong enough to carry the story alone but add his sister and parental issues in the mix, and you have a compelling faith-based page-turner. Knight has created a tale that takes you deep into the powers-that-be of this fantasy industry, and the battle Gabriel has to undertake in order to survive, break free, and help his sister. The symbolism and first-person POV work marvels here. You really get inside Gabriel's head, motivations, and life. Things look abysmal for him until he finds a pamphlet containing a quote from Jesus Christ. This is a great message that can be interpreted in different ways, as it has many layers, and works as an allegory on multiple levels. However you interpret it, For All That Is In The World by December Knight is one of the most entertaining Christian novels to come along in recent years.

Lesley Jones

In For All That Is In The World by December Knight, welcome to Pleasure City, the only place where nothing is off-limits if you have the money to pay for it. A place where your every need will be served without question. Gabriel has been a citizen of Pleasure City since he was eleven years old, sacrificed to the sadistic boss of Dragon Entertainment by his mother. Gabriel is repulsed by what he has become and dreams of one day escaping the city with his younger sister Priscilla who, up until now, has been saved from the same dark, gruesome life he has to endure. Gabriel is in high demand and has become somewhat of a celebrity to those who descend upon Pleasure City. When someone uncovers Gabriel's deceit, he is forced to risk his life to save Priscila. The series of events that follow throw Gabriel's life into turmoil and he has to face the possibility that the life he dreamed of may never be possible.

December Knight has blown me away with this compelling, dark, and thrilling novel. Their storytelling ability is absolute perfection. From the outset, we are drawn into the terrifying bleak world of Gabriel. He is such a loving character towards his sister despite being deceived, used, and abused by everyone in his short life. What I loved most about For All That Is In The World was how the author gave you just a hint of what Gabriel had to endure, then allowed the reader's imagination to take over. The action and suspense were superb and interspersed perfectly with thrilling obstacles to overcome. The plot moved quickly and kept my attention throughout. There are some heartbreaking moments too and some situations are hard to read because Gabriel and his sister are such wonderful characters. The scene between Gabriel and his mother was an exceptional piece of writing, with extremely powerful and realistic dialogue. The Beast character is one of the cruelest, cold-hearted personalities I have ever come across in a novel. The ending was shocking and not what I was expecting. I hope there is a sequel to this novel. Highly recommended.