Keturah and Lord Death, by Martine Leavitt
Reviewed by Candace, age 19, California
Keturah is a peasant girl who lives in a village. Although she enjoys her life, she's always felt like there was something missing. She's more beautiful than any of the other village girls, but what is beauty worth when she can't even have the wish she most desires - true love?
One day out of curiosity she follows the male deer that lives in the forest and has evaded hunters for centuries. After being lost for three days, she knows she is going to die. She comes face to face with Lord Death, who is surprisingly quite handsome and courteous. Keturah tells him she must live, because there is so much she has not accomplished in life that she wants to do. Since she is a storyteller, she decides to tell him a story. Before she finishes, she tells him he must wait another day for the ending. If she finds her true love by then, she must be allowed to go free and have her life. The bargain is done, and now Keturah must find out how to make her impossible plan work.
Meanwhile, Keturah's friends are desperate to play matchmaker and set her up with any of the village men so Lord Death cannot claim her. But most of the village men are wary of her. A woman who evades death must have been seduced by fairies. Will Keturah ever find her true love?
Keturah and Lord Death had many plot twists and read like a fairytale. I couldn't tell what was going to happen next, including the ending, which was a big surprise. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. The romance satisfied me immensely, and reminded me of Beauty and the Beast or Phantom of the Opera, but in a completely original setting.
Keturah and Lord Death deserves five out of five stars.