Martine Leavitt offers a spellbinding story, interweaving elements of classic fantasy and high romance in this National Book Award Finalist. 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 this all until Keturah confronts him one last time in the harrowing climax.
Oh, Keturah, I would have loved you. Although you got off to a bit of a slow start for me, you quickly warmed my heart. You were lovely, well-written, and engaging. You kept me turning the pages, eager for news of your beloved village and friends. Storyteller you are, indeed. But your final choice made no sense to me. I’ve read other reviews, and other reviewers seem to love the ending, so maybe it’s just me who felt your choice was a little… convenient. This is a lovely book and I’m not hesitant to recommend it. I’d actually love to hear what you think of the ending. Does it work for you? Or did it leave you a little unsatisfied like me?