A young woman makes a bargain with Death himself—and only true love can set her free—in this spellbinding YA fantasy romance for fans of Robin McKinley.
For most of her sixteen years, beautiful Keturah Reeves has mesmerized the villagers with her gift for storytelling. But when she becomes hopelessly lost in the king’s forest, her strength all but diminished, she must spin the most important of tale of life. With her fate hanging in the balance, she charms Death himself—a handsome, melancholy, and stern lord—with a story of a love so true that he agrees to give her a one-day reprieve. Now, she must find her true love in the next twenty-four hours, or else all will be lost.
Keturah searches desperately while her village prepares for an unexpected visit from the king. But Lord Death’s presence is never far, hovering over all as mysterious happenings start to alarm her friends and neighbors. If she is to save her soul and the souls of the people she adores, Keturah must confront Lord Death one last time . . .
About the Author
Martine Leavitt's young-adult novels have won many awards and honors in the United States and Canada. Most notable are two Canadian honors: Tom Finder won a Mr. Christie's Book Award, and Heck Superhero was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. Martine Leavitt earned an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College. She lives in High River, Alberta, Canada.
★ "A darkly gorgeous medieval fairy tale... Leavitt renders in Lord Death a character rivaling the finest gothic depictions... a fine achievement." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "A dark, but uplifting story combining elements of fantasy as well as romance." —School Library Journal, starred review
★ "The romance is intense, the writing is startling, and the story is spellbinding. Readers will be carried away on the wind of Leavitt's words, and few will be able to guess how she finally ends her story." —Booklist, starred review
"Lord Death, mysterious and gorgeous, and Keturah, brilliant and beautiful, will be irresistible to romance fans as well as those who like a bit of passion woven into their fantasy." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books