The Life of Death
One soul. One pact with the Devil. One chance at love.
Elizabeth Murray has been condemned to burn at the stake. As she awaits her fate, a strange, handsome man visits her cell. He offers her a deal: her soul in return for immortality, but what he offers is not a normal life. To survive Elizabeth must become Death itself.
Elizabeth must ease the passing of all th...more
When you have only one soul. When all hope is gone. When you are asked to choose, would you make a pact with the devil? What if you wanted love?
In the late 1500's Elizabeth "Lizzy" Murray was sentenced to burn at the stake for being a witch. While she listens to other women being burned, a man visits her in her cell. He has a proposal, her soul in exchange for a painless death and immortality. But immortality comes with a small price - she will be death itself. She will ease the passing ...more
Scotland, 1567. People have gathered in the market square to watch the witches burn. Young Elizabeth is waiting for her turn, chained in the dungeon when a strange visitor arrives with promises of a painless death and a rebirth in ...more
“I am the woman you most want to see in those final seconds you live on this earth. I have been wives, daughters, best friends. I have been a beloved nurse, a primary school teacher. Your first love. I am the ultimate mother.
I am Death.”
Death is not the hooded figure you've heard about in stories. Death does not lurk in the shadows with a sadistic twinkle in it's hollow skull, awaiting bl ...more
The Life of Death by Lucy Booth is a fiction novel.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Unbound Books, and of course the author’s family, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Elizabeth Murray was born in 1567. She is only a young woman, but she has been condemned to burn at the stake, along with her mother and aunts. She doesn’t want to die, and there seems ...more
I found the whole concept of The Life Of Death really unique and interesting. We have the idea of death being portrayed by an ominous dark figure, in this book that preconception is turned on its head.
A thought provoking and heart-breaking story of love and loss, with a unique take on death.
See my full review here - http://darkreads.blog/2019/05/02/blog...
The main character in this book is Lizzy. The opening scenes ta ...more
So, let's go back several hundred years to when witchcraft was unknown, scary stuff and witches were s ...more
1590, Scotland, and 23 year old Lizzy awaits her fate in a prison cell. H ...more
The story opens up in the 1400’s with a woman accused of being a witch and the pack she makes for eternal life which brings us to the meat of the story. We then follow ‘D’ with her new mission in life or death that she is to help people pass to the next when coming to death. She then falls in love and wants to go back to being mortal but ...more
It's the 1500's and Elizabeth is to be burnt at the stake as a witch. Always a very intuitive child with a talent for healing and a close connection to Lucifer himself (if gossip is to be believed). On the day of her impending death, The Devil visits her and gives her a w ...more
Being from the 16th century, Lizzy expresses herself lyrically, and has some outdated notions of propriety and human conduct (stalking is romantic!!) - which is expected. Death is capricious, dramatic, and quite captivating. The plot flows, dealing with some quite uncomfortable themes. Only thing that bothered me was some idiotic, out ...more
Its 1567 and Scottish beauty Lizzy (or ‘Little D’ as she will later be known) has just been accused of witchcraft. She has two choices: suffer the conse ...more
Wow, wh ...more
The premise is good: death is a woman who falls in love. But, can you really 'fall in love' in an instant? Love hard enough, passionately enough - unrequited, by the way - to try to get out of your deal with the devil? It's a risk, and one I question whether a person would chance. Wanting to quit her day job, I be ...more
'For I am there to carry you through those last moments, through the screaming and the seeping, through the fog, and deposit you softly, gently on the other side.'
The story begins in 1590, twenty-three year old Elizabeth “Lizzie” Murphy of Scotland is condemned to burn at the stake for witchcraft. A woman who has ‘a talent for poultice’, along with her sisters, aunts, mothers and women from the village took care of their people, who desperately ...more
The Life Of Death is an unique story that had me intrigued the moment I read the blurb. I was completely engrossed and refused to sleep till I had finished. I was transfixed. I could smell the burning of hair and skin off the page. It pushed my senses ou ...more
It's so hard to find a good scary book that will intrigue me and keep me interested. I don't have to be scared, but I do have to be invested in the story and/or characters.
I'm glad to say that The Life of Death kept me reading and thinking long after I finished the last page.
** Minor spoilers ahead **
Lizzy made a deal with the Devil over 400 years ago to spare her life from a horrific death. In return, she is Deat ...more
The author’s voice comes through loud and clear in this novel and you can sense Lucy’s own inner turmoil as you’re reading, something that turns The Life of Death into a book e ...more
We meet Lizzy in the 1500’s, accused of witch craft and awaiting her sentence. To be burnt at the stake. She sells her soul to the devil in order to die painlessly and in doing so becomes Death. She gets pulled from one death to the next appearing as the woman the dying person most wishes to see. ...more
Even more, it does not take long for the story to unleash the plot when Dea ...more
I wasn’t disappointed.
We join our MC in the times of witchcraft and witch trials, where anyone who tried to help oth ...more
"One soul. One pact with the Devil. One chance at love. Elizabeth Murray has been condemned to burn at the stake. As she awaits her fate, a strange, handsome man visits her cell. He offers her a deal: her soul in return for immortality, but what he offers is not a normal life. To survive Elizabeth must become Death itself. Elizabeth must ease the passing of all those who die, appearing at the point of death and using her compassion to ...more
I saw the ending to this one coming, but it didn't make it suck any less. (I mean the ending, not the book itself. It was rather good).
Our main character, Lizzie, trades her soul to the Devil to keep from dying when she is burned at the stake for a witch. In exchange for his help, she works with Him to ease peoples' transitions into death. To do this, she essentially turns into the person they love most, and comforts them unti ...more
The story of death coming to people during their last moments on earth is nothing new, but Lucy Booth adds her own twist, this being that death is actually the devil's servant, someone that he manipulated into becoming death rather than to go through the agonising death that they themselves were about to endure. After centuries of doing the devil's work, they want out, so that th ...more
We start the story with Lizzie, a woman accused of being a witch in the late 1500s. Lizzie is waiting to be burned at the stake when the Devil himself shows up and makes her a deal she can’t refuse, eternal life as long as she helps usher the dying to death. For hundreds of years Lizzie flits about performing her job until one day she comes across Tom and has an instant connection. Lizzie decides she doesn’t want this deal with the devil anymore and asks him to make a ...more