Keturah and Lord Death

Keturah and Lord Death

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Keturah, renowned for her storytelling, follows a legendary hart deep into the forest, where she becomes hopelessly lost. Her strength diminishes until, finally, she realizes that death is near—and learns then that death is a young lord, melancholy and stern. She is able to charm Lord Death with a story and gain a reprieve, but he grants her only a day, and within that day she must find true love. A mesmerizing love story, interweaving elements of classic fantasy and high romance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781428146440
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 04/26/2007
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Martine Leavitt's young-adult novels have won many awards and honors in the United States and Canada. Most notable are two Canadian honors: Tom Finder won a Mr. Christie's Book Award, and Heck Superhero was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. Martine Leavitt earned an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College. She lives in High River, Alberta, Canada.

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Keturah and Lord Death 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my most loved books because how Original! How lovely it was, I definitely recommend this to any romance lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good and entertaining read. However, there are other supernatural romance books out there. But if you have nothing better to read than go for it! Check out the recommendations to read some more exciting better written books. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really quite good! I had a hard time putting it down! However, it does end quite abruptly in my opinion, I just with that they would have further expanded on what happens with Keturah.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-A tale that expresses the true meaning of love. -The ending is very satisfying and it left me with happy buzzy feelings even after its end. -A book you cant put down because the story flows so nicely and you have to know what happens next. -Lastsly, an untold, original and yet fairy tale like story that gives realization that this book is a unique hidden gem. Hope this helps! Happy reading!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story! Yes, parts are slow, there are bits that are somewhat transparent literary devices, but hey, it's a debut novel. It's all forgiven for the amazing story, the depth and heart and heart ache wrapped up between the covers. Five stars, without question.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keturah and Lord Death... how did I just now come by your existence? Excellent story, it was so fast to read but I loved the characters and Keturahs descriptions of Lord Death. There was indeed a story in this MFA exercise...and I'm so glad the author shared it! I only wished for a more fleshed out ending;it ended so fast. Look forward to more.
Readinista More than 1 year ago
¿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 read 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a haunting, beautiful tale, and what an awesome (literally, awe-inspiring) concept of Death! Leavitt writes masterfully and fills her main character, Keturah, with wisdom and strength. This book is truly incredible.
Ophelia777 More than 1 year ago
I checked this book out on a whim, and I have to say that I was rather doubtful when I started. But what I thought was going to be a slightly bland, stormy-day kind of book ended up being a wonderful romance and a delightful twist on fairy tales. Martine Leavitt is a brilliant writer, and you find yourself being drawn in and your heart pounding with Keturah's. I fell in love with Lord Death with her. I Loved this book, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fairytales and paranormal romance.
LiederMadchen More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful and strange and sad. It reads like a fairytale with a young girl lost in the woods, meeting a handsome, dangerous stranger. She convinces him to let her go for a day so she can find her true love, but what if her true love is nowhere to be found? Keturah is sweet and somewhat naive and occasionally downright foolish. She struggles for true love, not understanding that it is not something that can be won but has to be given. Through the story, she grows in wisdom and eventually learns things she thought she already knew and realizing things about the people around her that she never noticed before. Even as Keturah both prepares for and fights her death, she endeavors to protect those close to her. While looking for her own true love, she finds other's and helps them find each other. I love her selflessness. As for the menfolk in the story, Lord Death is entirely attractive in a mildly creepy sort of way and the lord's son John is kind, caring and likable. While Lord Death offers, well, death, John offers a life as lady of the manor. Ben, the village boy who thinks he must marry the Best Cook, is simply not too bright, but friendly enough. Since Keturah is the bravest, loveliest, best cook around, all of them vying for her affections. This story was beautifully written, dramatic and lyrical. I could see the dark forests and medieval villages as well as the multitude of diverse secondary characters who lived there. Though not a funny book, there were instances of dry wit and humor that made me smile. There were some parts of the story that were a little weird to me. Would choosing to go with Lord Death be a form of suicide even if you didn't technically kill yourself? That is only one of the strange philosophical questions that came to mind while reading this book. Keturah and Lord Death was an interesting read and I really enjoyed it, but I don't think it would be for everyone. It is frankly rather strange.
Liz0807Sanders More than 1 year ago
Omg, best book have ever read... I am a freshman in high school and I love lovelove this book,,!!!!!!!!
Julie-YAAuthor More than 1 year ago
This book is short and easy to read--but it flows like poetry. Martine Leavitt's words are filled with grace and beauty and speak directly to the heart. The story is compelling, as Keturah tries to outwit Lord Death while quietly falling in love with him. The choices she makes and her acts of selflessness are a lesson to us all. A wonderful step up from popular commercial fiction--everyone should read this book.
Meg88 More than 1 year ago
A few people say that this book was predictuable and boring while others say the writing itself is what captivated them. Personally I liked the sad, wistful notes. With her prolonging her own death it did remind me of Arabian Nights, although its been years since I read it, am almost posative the woman had to keep telling stories to keep her life. Anyway, I do recomend this book! I really liked Keturah and was instantly drawn to Lord Death.
2chances on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am currently reading Thomas Cahill's "Mysteries of the Middle Ages," and I wanted a medieval sort of novel to read; Martine Leavitt's "Keturah and Lord Death" fit the bill exactly precisely. Keturah, the 16-year-old storyteller of her village, wanders into the forest and meets Death, who asks her to be his bride. But when Keturah learns that her whole village is doomed from the coming plague, she turns Scheherazade and bargains with Death: she will tell him a story, and save the ending for the next day - or the next - as she struggles to save her family and friends.Keturah is a resourceful and endearing heroine, and Leavitt truly understands the grand and ancient art of storytelling. She is brilliant at concocting seemingly disconnected subplots and gathering them up into an elegant bouquet at the end - a bittersweet ending that felt both completely unforced and completely satisfying. And personally, I loved how Leavitt wrote Keturah's female friends with generosity and goodness - so many authors succumb to the tedious presumption that teenage girls are selfish and catty, when my experience has been of their amazing goodness and generous goodwill. (I bet she has teenage daughters.)
sexy_librarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One would think that this was written in the early part of the 20th century, as this old fashioned story captures the tone of an early fairytale. In a kingdom succumbing to the plague, one girl makes a deal with Death that she can find her true love, to save herself and her village. Very sweet, compelling, and with a classic romantic tone, this would be a good book for middle and high school students with a penchant for historical fiction.
alana_leigh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My stumbled-upon recommendation of Keturah and Lord Death is a prime example of why I appreciate online sites like Goodreads and LibraryThing. Without the suggestion that somehow worked its way into my line of sight, I might never have heard of this gem... and given its title, I certainly wouldn't have picked it up. The first thing you need to do is get over the title, which is dreadful, but once you get to the story itself, you'll be enchanted. Keturah and Lord Death is, essentially, a fairy tale. Written by Martine Leavitt, it opens with a narrator being begged to tell a fireside story that meets all manner of requirements... and so she tells them this, the truest story she's ever told. Keturah is sixteen years old when she wanders into the woods near her town, following the white hart that the lord of the manor has hunted for many years. It was only curiosity the drove her on, until she realized she was hopelessly lost. After three days without food, water, or sleep, Keturah waits for Lord Death to come to her. He offers her the chance to trade another's life for her own, but she refuses, even when he insists it will hardly matter, as plague will soon decimate her town. Knowing she must somehow save her people, Keturah tells Lord Death a story... a story of a love so pure that it conquers even death. She refuses to tell him the ending unless he lets her live for another day. He agrees and goes one step further -- if during the course of the following day she can discover her true love, a love like that in the story, then he will not claim her life.The story feels as though it was conjured directly from Grimm's Fairy Tales, where everything has a slightly spooky and yet fascinating air. The added romance element tugs at your heart-strings, yet Leavitt still manages to make this a story about true love where there is still an element of choice. There's also the acknowledgment that one person's happy ending might leave some very broken hearts in its wake. Keturah is a strong heroine, struggling to learn her own desires and help decipher the wishes of those around her while she still has time to help them with their own futures and dreams. Her focus might be on saving the town from the potential plague, but she occasionally trips up in her desire to save herself... terribly human qualities that show she is not some infallible creature, but only one who means well and perhaps has a greater perception of what it means to have life. The thing that keeps me from giving this book five stars is the fact that I wish Keturah had been able to do a little more on her own when it came to dealing with Lord Death, whether that was manifested in wit beyond her one trick of delaying a story's end, or determining a way to trick Death out of giving up one more thing through a bet or chance. Keturah relied heavily on asking Death for things to add in to their bargains and it would have been nice for there to be a bit more agency on her behalf. She managed to speak up and revitalize the town, but in the end, everything had to bow to Death. The story was suffused with a light eerie quality (so those who dislike spooky stories need not fear this one) and I appreciated the ending, which doesn't tie things with a neat ribbon and yet still leaves one quite satisfied. Keturah and Lord Death is an incredibly fast read, and yet I am immensely grateful that this lovely tale crossed my path.
MsFarrisLewis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Loved the idea of this story and numerous metaphors within.
redg18 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was really enjoyable and akin to reading one of the classic fables with a twist. It had a lesson to be learned and a moral that makes me think about life and death. The best part of the story was that as Keturah was telling her story, I was really enthralled and wanted to know what would happen next. The only flaw would be that some of the characters could have been better developed.
lifeafterjane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Life, for Keturah, began with a death, the death of her mother as she brought her into the world. Raised by her grandparents and fostered with great love and affection, in a village she adored, Keturah evaded death until the passing of her grandfather. When she was old enough, it was her grandmother's wish that she join her in her work as a midwife. Their art made possible the welcoming of new life, while bringing Keturah ever closer to what bearing a child can mean- death.The lord of the land has long hunted the elusive white hart, famed for his ability to always thwart the lord's attempts to catch him. When he appears before Keturah at the edge of the forest, she is compelled to follow the fabled creature deep into the woods, so deep that she becomes lost. After several days, when she can no longer summon the strength to keep going, Keturah sits down and waits for the death she knows is imminent. And death does come for Keturah. Lord Death himself comes to bear her away from her life to what lies beyond. Faced with the realization that she must leave her home and friends and an aged grandmother who needs her assistance, Keturah attempts to bargain with death, a ploy used by countless before her. For him she weaves a story, just as she would were she telling it around the fire. She tells a story of true love that so intrigues Lord Death that he must know its ending. Keturah tempts him with the promise of the story's ending but vows she will not tell him until tomorrow. Lord Death is forced to grant her wish, and vows that if in that one day, she can find the true love she speaks of in her tale, he will spare her life.In one day Keturah must find true love, or submit to that which has shadowed her life from the very first. With death so much a part of her past and present, could the very lord of death be her future?This story was amazing and heartwrenchingly beautiful. I wasn't able to put it down. Leavitt might have written this book yesterday, a hundred years ago, or a hundred years from now and her mastery of the art of true fairy tale story telling would make this a classic anywhere or anytime. It could appear bound amidst all the famous fairy tales and you would never know it didn't start out there.It wouldn't mean much if I said that this is the best book I've read this year, since it's only the second, but I can go ahead and predict that it'll be one of the best I read all year long. It's a beautiful little story that I promise you will never forget and I'm grateful to be able to consider it now one of my favorites.If the book wasn't already haunting enough, when it was over I read the acknowledgments, only to learn that Ms. Leavitt had a sister that died from cystic fibrosis at the age of eleven. The concept of death being something to embrace rather than fear becomes even more poetic when you think about what she's been through and why she wrote it. Keturah's journey and the villagers acceptance of her bond with death must have been very similar to the trials of the author and her family. I hope writing this book was healing for her.
ankhet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Keturah is her village's best storyteller. One day when she wanders into the woods to follow the great hart, she meets with Lord Death and makes a bargain: she will tell him the end of her story if she gets one more day (and then another, and another) to find her true love. Death agrees, and Keturah is launched on a desperate mission to find the one man who will be her love.Keturah and Lord Death is beautifully told. It also surprised me. I was sure until the end that her true love was one person - and it wasn't. I was sure until the end that one thing was going to happen - and it didn't. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of young adult books, especially young adult historical fiction (as it does take place in medieval England).
cablesclasses on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Keturah's adventure begins with Death awaiting her final breaths and then tricked into a bargain. Keturah's talent of storytelling brings life to many of her town's inhabitants. Though, for her, her life is determined by her journey to find true love. Compassion finds those in need, but will Keturah find her true need? Will Lord Death show her compassion as she does to others? An enlightening tale that brings life to the concept of death. A very good read!
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An unusual, sensitively written story about an innocent young farm girl, Keturah, who makes a bargain with the Lord Death. He tells her that if she can find her own true love in three days, he will allow her to live. However, Keturah finds herself falling in love with Death instead, despite the impossibility of their match.I thought that this creative book was very good. The writing style is simple and concise, sweet and rustic. There were some elements of the story that seemed to not add up; at times I got the impression that the author did not bother to edit very thoroughly. Also, the character of Keturah is portrayed as the ultimate goody-two-shoes, fickle, silly young girl - yet the book repeatedly describes her as "wise" or, "mature beyond her years." If this is the impression she was supposed to have made upon the reader, it was not very successful.However, despite some very noticeable errors, they are all quite minor, and Keturah is bearable despite her stupidity. I absolutely loved the supporting character of Lord Death.The author certainly took on an immensely difficult task in shaping the element of death and dying into love and romance.This book is romantic without being lewd, and I would completely recommend it to middle school children and up.A very good, highly unusual and beautiful book.
SandiParhar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had me completely entranced from the first page! It¿s the story of a poor, beautiful, 16 year old storyteller named Keturah. Keturah has known about death since her parents died and when she gets lost in the woods, he comes for her as well. With her gift for storytelling Keturah manages to strike a deal with the beautiful but severe Lord Death, and has one day to find her true love. The plot flows along very well and readers get to know many other characters in the village. I found this ¿darkly gorgeous medieval fairy tale¿ to be really original and haunting. It¿s very thought provoking as it really makes the reader think about themes like love and death. It¿s also an award winner that has won the Booklist Editors' Choice - Books for Youth - Older Readers Category: 2006, and the YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: Death and Dying (2009). Definitely a must-read for people who love paranormal romances.
awarns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Keturah is known for her storytelling abilities...
brightestdarkness on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the most amazing, touching, lovable books I have ever read. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me care about the characters. I think EVERYONE should read it.