26. Keturah & Lord Death

Keturah & Lord Death by Martine Leavitt

Pages: 200
Finished: Feb. 6, 2008
Reason for Reading: YA Challenge, Canadian Challenge
First Published: 2006
Genre: YA, fantasy
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

"Keturah, tell us a story," said Naomi, "one of your tales of faerie or magic."

Keturah follows a hart into the woods and gets lost. Three days later Lord Death comes for her but Keturah is given a day of reprieve by telling Death a story. Each evening she returns and tells more of the story but a deadline does loom ahead of her, she may only escape Death if she finds her own true love.

This is a wonderful, original fairy tale. It has a dreamlike quality to it, almost ethereal. A beautifully written, dark romance, the plot slowly unfolds and comes to a shocking conclusion. This is a book that is going to keep me thinking about it for quite some time. I really enjoyed this. Highly recommended to those who enjoy dark fairy tales.


  1. Congrats on #13 for the Canadian Challenge! I'm going to read Kanada and maybe some others based on your recommendation.

  2. Thanks 3m! I hope you enjoy them. Kanada seems to be a winner for everyone.

  3. I had no idea this was a Canadian! My daughter read it this summer for her middle school reading group, I wonder if it's still around here?

    I guess I'm the lone voice that didn't care so much for Kanada. Maybe I was expecting something different.

  4. dorothy, Yep, Martine Leavitt is 100% Canadian.

  5. Congrats! You did a great service representing YA Novels in the challenge. Hope you continue to check the updates, and that you partcipate in the 2nd Challenge later this year...

  6. Thanks John. You can count on it, I will be there for #2.


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