Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

June 17, 2011
This book is beautiful and strange and sad. It reads like a fairy tale, with a girl lost in the woods meeting a handsome, dangerous stranger. She convinces him to let her go for a day so she can find her true love, but what if her true love is nowhere to be found?

Keturah is sweet, somewhat naive, and occasionally downright foolish. She struggles for true love, not understanding that it is not something to be won but instead has to be given. Through the story, she grows in wisdom and eventually learns things she thought she already knew. Even as ­Keturah both prepares for and fights her death, she tries to protect those close to her. While looking for her true love, she helps others find each other. I love her selflessness.

As for the menfolk in the story, Lord Death is attractive in a mildly creepy way, and his son, John, is kind, caring, and likable. While Lord Death offers, well, death, John offers a life as lady of the manor. Ben, the village boy who thinks he must marry the Best Cook, is simply not too bright, but friendly enough. Since Keturah is the bravest, loveliest, and the best cook around, all vie for her affections.

This story is beautifully written, dramatic, and lyrical. I could see the dark forests and medieval villages as well as the many secondary characters. Though not funny, there were instances of dry wit and humor that made me smile.

Parts of the story were a little weird. Would choosing to go with Lord Death be a form of suicide even if you didn't technically kill yourself? That is only one of the odd philosophical questions you'll find.

Keturah and Lord Death was an interesting read, and I really enjoyed it, but I don't think it would be for everyone. It is frankly rather strange.

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BelleToBe said...
Jun. 23, 2013 at 2:38 am
I really love this book and  you wrote a great review! But, John is not the son of Lord Death, he is the son of Lord Temsland. 
LiederMadchen This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 8, 2013 at 6:04 am
You're right. I think it's a weird editing error that occurred after I submitted the review to TeenInk, because on other sites (Amazon, etc.) where I posted it that sentence is different. Here it seems to be missing a word or two...
Dunixi said...
Jun. 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm

This is one of my favorite books. :) I need to reread it, though, because I thought John was the son of the governor-like man of Keturah's town, not the son of Lord Death. Either way, death has always fascinated me. This book, as you said, is like a fairy tale. A dream of sorts with some unattainable meaning.


Dont-Tread-On-MeThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
May 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Wow I've never actually heard of this book before..awkward.  Anyway I'll check it out sometime if I can find it.  

Thanks for writing this review LiederMadchen!

thelittleghostgirl said...
May 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm
*splutterflaildie* OH MY GAWD I LOVED this book! I'm not a big novel reader, I prefer series, but Keturah and Lord Death changed my life. It's one of three novels that I read and can't imagine a life where I didn't hold their stories close to my heart. Thanks for writng this review, hopefully some more people will discover this amazing book through it. 
LiederMadchen This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
May 25, 2012 at 7:24 pm
Yay! Thanks. :) It was an amazing book and I hope that other people will read it after seeing my review, too. :)
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