I was drawn to this book because I have a student with a lovely spirit named Keturah. Her name comes from the Old Testament. She wanted me to find a book about her biblical character which I was unable to locate. This story’s heroine is a young story teller living with her grandmother in a backwater village in medieval England. The Lord was “relocated” there after displeasing the King. The place has fallen into ruin.
Keturah follows a magical hart into the forest one day and is lost. There she meets Death. She bargains for her life somewhat like Scheherazade in the 1001 Arabian Nights. She tells him a story and withholds the ending until she promises to return the next night. She learns things from Death which allows her to plan ways to save her village and its inhabitants from the plague.
Quite a well told tale and with an interesting twist at the end.