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?

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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

Haunting Fairy Tale

What a special little audiobook. This book is told in a fairy tale fashion that reminds me of some of my favorite Juliet Marillier and Robin McKinley books. So many of the sentences resonate so deep and so true.

This is not pop-ish or immature and I can't agree less with the reviews that compare this book to pop-paranormal-romance books. Honestly it reminded me more of The Alchemist than a "ya romance" (not that I have anything against ya romance;); while the main focus of the book is "love" I think the pursuit and ultimate choice runs much deeper than that---but the interpretation is in the heart of the reader.

The only complaint I had was it's length, while it was perfectly complete I wish I had more to listen to. I guess that this will just have to go into my to-be-re-listened-to asap pile.

Similar books:
The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle
The Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier
Beauty by Robin McKinley

(ALL RECOMMENDED!!!!)
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- Rita

Book Details

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