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"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)
“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.
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.
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I listened to this really wanting to dig deep for meaning, I searched for lessons, truth, and metaphor. I was not disappointed. There are still things I haven't totally processed, but I loved every minute, and found such great value in the story. I'll likely listen again.
Alyssa's voice is very lovely, and I like the way she spoke for Lord Death
Lord Death. Yum~~~
When John crashes their love party lol
Love in death
it's a great "listen". I very much enjoyed it
The story is interesting and clever. This is my second time listening and I loved it even more than the first time.
A voracious reader with little time to read actual print books, I adore Audible and have been listening to audiobooks regularly for years.
Bittersweet, fireside fairy-tale.
Hmmm... that is a toss-up between Keturah and Lord Death. I liked both characters, and I guess I will have to go with Keturah because we get to know her better than Lord Death. Keturah is a really sweet girl, generous, loving, and she is clever, too.
Since this book is in story form (told around the Common Fire), I think it is best read aloud. The narrator did a great job, and I think her voice really fits the story.
The end scene, of course!
I actually bought this audiobook in 2008 but I don't remember listening to it. As I went through My Library a few weeks ago, I came across the title and decided to listen again to refresh my memory. Well, this story is definitely not something I would forget, so I don't think I ever listened to begin with. I highly recommend the story for anyone who loves fairy-tales, whimsical stories, and love stories that are safe for even pre-teens.
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).
Whenever I find myself without anything to listen to on audible, this is my go to book. A wonderful story, a good narrator, and a mystical tale that follows me for days after listening. I would recommend this to basically anyone who's looking for a light hearted and quick listen.
WARNING - SPOILER ALERT - A beautiful, unusual fairy tale, but the heroine's fate made me very sad, it seemed so unnecessary. Here is someone who had everything one could ask for and still chose death. You couldn't get a more resounding advocacy for the use of antidepressants than this story.
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