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Keturah and Lord Death | [Martine Leavitt]

Keturah and Lord Death

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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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?

©2006 Martine Leavitt; (P)2007 Recorded Books

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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    Staaj Ballwin, MO, United States 04-22-12
    Staaj Ballwin, MO, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2008
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, United States 03-06-12
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2002

    A voracious reader with little time to read actual print books, I adore Audible and have been listening to audiobooks regularly for years.

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    "Well Told Yarn"
    If you could sum up Keturah and Lord Death in three words, what would they be?

    Bittersweet, fireside fairy-tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Alyssa Bresnahan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end scene, of course!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Orange, CA, United States 04-18-08
    Victoria Orange, CA, United States 04-18-08 Member Since 2006
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    "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).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rita Mckinleyville, CA, USA 04-18-14
    Rita Mckinleyville, CA, USA 04-18-14
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    "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!!!!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Norcross, GA, United States 03-07-12
    Elizabeth Norcross, GA, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    no idea, would love to know


    What was most disappointing about Martine Leavitt’s story?

    the confusion about the love inerests


    What didn’t you like about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance?

    Choppy, I felt like someone was reading a story they didnt like, It shold be read as if your telling a story


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Most of the problem came from Alyssa's performance tainted the book for me


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't all bad I loved that Lord death would do anything for Keturah, helped the villlage, it justed seemed all of a sudden Keturah loved Lord Death when her heart seemed to belong to the other guy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alcairha White Plains, NY United States 12-13-09
    Alcairha White Plains, NY United States 12-13-09 Member Since 2004
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    "An allegory of untreated depression"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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