Keturah and Lord Death

Keturah and Lord Death

Book - 2006
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When Lord Death comes to claim sixteen-year-old Keturah while she is lost in the King's Forest, she charms him with her story and is granted a twenty-four hour reprieve in which to seek her one true love.
Publisher: Asheville, N.C. : Front Street, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781932425291
1932425292
Call Number: LEAVITT
Characteristics: 216 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Love stories.
Grandmothers -- Fiction.
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Alternative Title: Keturah & Lord Death

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writermala
Aug 30, 2017

In a story reminiscent of mythological tales, Keturah Reeve runs into the Lord of Death. She staves of death by telling stories that keep him enthralled. The author Martine Leavitt manages to convey several important messages for her young adult readers; for example of love being greater than death. Likewise Keturah's grandmother advises that talent defeats beauty any day. Lord Death and Keturah have some interesting conversations but we are all rooting for Keturah to find true love and stave death. All indications lead us to believe somebody will be her true love and right till the end that's what it seems like. Will she really find and marry this true love you must indeed read this book to find out.

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nidofito
Sep 30, 2015

I love having Death as a character. I love the whole conflict with loving a supposedly evil character that causes deaths of people. And although the story was neither as dark as I had hoped nor the scenes with Keturah and Lord Death as lengthy as I wanted, their conversations were really enjoyable to read. The setting has a timeless feel to it, nothing too modern and appropriate for a high fantasy, so the story seems like something written a long time ago despite its recent publication.

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julia_sedai
Sep 06, 2014

This book is great! I didn't want to put it down. The author has a natural storytelling flair, and uses it through her character, Keturah, who is also a storyteller. The ending wasn't a total surprise, but it was good. I recommend it for teenagers and adults. It's a quick read and it's like a fairytale.

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robe0358
Oct 17, 2013

Combination of fairytale charm and some life themes. Not too captivating but still a nice little read.

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aboyter
Dec 18, 2012

This is such a lovely book. It is short and to the point but reveals how ingrained death is in our lives. This is not a depressing book but a love story. Lord death comes to collect the young Keturah and admires her spunk when she tries to trick him into letting her live. She manages to play "A Thousand and One Nights" with him to live another day. The story she tells is her own story. The love story she'd wish to have. Lord death, so enraptured by her silver tongue, declares he will let her live one more day but when he comes for her in the evening he will take her as his bride. I just love a Persephone themed story. Leavitt makes you sympathize with Lord death and sigh in relief when Keturah sincerely falls in love with him. The message is that life is painful but death is rest and we shouldn't fear it. When I learned that Leavitt wrote this for his terminal little sister I cried. The words from Keturah's epiphany were much more deep and comforting when I realized they were Leavitt's words to his dying sister. The writing was just lovely. A true English major.

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Mitharu
Oct 13, 2012

A short and sweet read with a charming and atypical romance. I absolutely adored the ending as well, though it did have me in tears. Definitely recommended.

WGTaylor Aug 23, 2012

Winner of the Ontario Library Association White PIne aware in 2008.

Personally, I thought it was good, but not great - engaging in terms of the atmosphere, but stilted in terms of plot.

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Beth1603
Jun 07, 2012

A must-read for all romance lovers! I couldn't put it down.

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LEL
Dec 20, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. The author's treatment of the storyline and the characters is classic - and classy!

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goofy
Dec 19, 2011

This book reminded of a folk tale with a mix of Greek mythology.

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bcpaul
Dec 08, 2013

It is about a girl who is about to die. A guy named "Death" came to take her to the underworld because she was going to die. She didnt want to die so she told Death a story. Death loved the stories she told him. They fell in love and lived...

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