Saturday, December 20, 2008

Keturah and Lord Death

Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Read by Alyssa Bresnahan

Martine Leavitt offers a spellbinding story, interweaving elements of classic fantasy and high romance. Keturah follows a legendary hart into the king's forest, where she becomes hopelessly lost. Her strength diminishes until, finally, she realizes that death is near. Little does she know that he is a young, handsome lord, melancholy and stern. Renowned for her storytelling, Keturah is able to charm Lord Death with a story and thereby gain a reprieve — but only for twenty-four hours. She must find her one true love within that time, or all is lost. Keturah searches desperately while the village prepares for an unexpected visit from the king, and Keturah is thrust into a prominent role as mysterious happenings alarm her friends and neighbors. Lord Death's presence hovers over all until Keturah confronts him one last time in the harrowing climax.

I've been listening to the audio version of this book that I received from a BookCrossing friend. I enjoyed the story and Alyssa Bresnahan's reading, but I'd definitely encourage people to read the book themselves before giving or suggesting it to a teen. The ending may make the book quite inappropriate for certain teens. I can't really say more without giving too much away about the plot.

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