Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Keturah and the Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

Keturah and the Lord Death
Martine Leavitt

"I will tell you . . . a story of magic and love, of daring and death, and one to comfort your heart. It will be the truest story I have ever told. Now listen, and tell me if it is not so."

After following a hart into the woods bordering her town, Keturah is faced with Death. Lost and hungry after following a stately hart through the forest, Keturah encounters Lord Death, who is ready to take her. Like Scheherazade, Keturah spins a story that she leaves unfinished and extracts from Lord Death a promise that if she finds her true love in a day, she can go free. Thus begins Keturah's search for her one true love and the salvation of her beloved town. But Lord Death is falling in love with her, and as the villagers begin to sense her alliance with this horrifying figure, her life twists and turns on itself.

Martine Leavitt offers a spellbinding story, interweaving elements of classic fantasy and high romance. The romance is intense, the writing is startling, and the story is spellbinding--and it is as difficult to turn away from as the tales beautiful Keturah tells to the people of her village, Tide-by-Rood.

After years of waiting, Keturah and the Lord Death did not disappoint.
It's the fairytale you've never been told, yet you already seem to know it. And even though you already know it, you still yell at the characters "No, don't do that!" and "No, love him, wait...love HIM!" And the ending is a surprise every time.

 The writing was enchanting and musical, almost like a lullaby. I was totally hooked to the point where I stayed up until 1 am on a school night because I had to finish it.

 The characters were sometimes confusing, including Keturah. The way they acted just didn't seem right for the situation. But, they were all endearing, if predictable.

The love interests were hard to choose. There ARE more than 2, but not because Keturah's a slut. I really, really loved two of them, so it was a hard decision. 

I just genuinely loved and adored this book. So, so much. There's not much else I can say. So, I won't try.

--Julie

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