Keturah and Lord Death

  • by Martine Leavitt
  • Narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan
  • 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sixteen-year-old Keturah tells vibrant stories of her own imagining to the folk of her small village. Her talent for painting beautiful pictures with words is impressive indeed, but will it be enough to save her life when she becomes lost in the deep, dark forest?


What the Critics Say

"Leavitt crafts a darkly gorgeous medieval fairy tale....[It] conjures the sunny, brimming village at fair time, but also the volatility of a vulnerable peasantry and the encroaching forest's secrets. A fine achievement. Ages 12-up." (Publishers Weekly)


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Spirit of a Classic Tale

“That’s a strange title,” were my first thoughts when I came across Keturah and Lord Death. Despite the title, I felt myself being drawn to read this unique book by some unseen force. The beautiful cover was different and the description was unlike any other book I’ve ever read. So of course, I had to listen to it.

Keturah is the town’s story teller. One day, she follows the prized hart into the woods hoping to collect more details for her stories. The hart eludes her as she follows him deeper and deeper into the forest, until she eventually realizes she is lost. After being lost in the forest for three days, Lord Death comes to her in the form of a man. He asked her to be his bride and Keturah refuses. To escape death temporarily, Keturah tells Lord Death a story but does not tell him the ending. She promises to tell him the ending if he gives her another day to live. In this day, she must find her true love in order to be free.

Keturah and Lord Death is a stunningly rich tale with the feel of a classic fairy tale. Set in a small town in Europe during the Middle Ages, the characters speak with an Old English tone yet the writing is still very modern. In addition, it is a well written and crafted story.

Keturah is the soul of this book and she is truly an inspiring character. She is humble, honest, sincere, courageous, unselfish, romantic, independent and I could go on. While delaying death, Keturah’s journey transforms from a journey to find her true love into one where she helps her friends find their true love and saves her village from the plague. In a satisfyingly sweet end, she realizes who her true love is and has been all along.

I recommend Keturah and Lord Death to anyone who loves a classic tale while in the mood for something different.
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- Staaj

Very enjoyable

I've never read this author, but I was very pleased with the story development and the narration. A very good use of a credit. I highly recommend this story if you are in the mood for a well-written fairy tale (without fairies).
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- Jared Miller

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-24-2007
  • Publisher: Recorded Books