Keturah And Lord Death
by Leavitt, Martine






Using her charm to convince Lord Death to give her a day reprieve, Keturah now must find her one true love in order to live, but as the village prepares for a visit from the king, Keturah must deal with unexpected events as she goes on her desperate search-with no time to spare.





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





/*Starred Review*/ 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. But one day Keturah must use her storytelling skills with quite a different audience. 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. 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. This novel gets so many things just right. Leavitt brings together a large cast of characters, but she personalizes them and weaves their stories into Keturah's, making it richer, denser, and more intricate. The plotting moves in and out of the everyday and the supernatural, but it's so finely tuned that the worlds seem one. Readers will be carried away on the wind of Leavitt's words, and few will be able to guess how she finally ends her story. ((Reviewed September 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews





This lyrical tale adds surprises to the search for true love. Sixteen-year-old Keturah has never known love. When she's lost in the forest, the beautiful but severe Lord Death comes for her and decides to carry her off as his consort. Keturah strikes a bargain: If she can find true love in one day, thus proving to Death that there is more to love than dreams, he will spare her life. Scheherazade-like, Keturah draws out her single day into three, each night telling Death more of a story. Meanwhile, she examines the young men of her village as potential husbands, though without considering handsome John Temsland, the smitten son of her liege lord. As her deadline approaches, Keturah sees her village, her family and her friends as more beloved each day-her impending death adds spice to the mundane. Keturah's quest is lovely if (given its folktale style) not so original, but her unexpected solution to the puzzle leads to a thought-provoking and unabashedly sentimental conclusion. (Fantasy. 12-15) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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