"The Enterprise of Death" is a fantasy book written by Jesse Bullington, the second by this north american author. Even if he isn't widely known, his writing style has made quite a splash with his first book, "The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart". Having a lot more cursing, characters with far more laxed moral values (at least, from my experience with "The Enterprise of Death") and lots of sexual scenes, Jesse Bullington's books attracted a wide sample of the general public.
In "The Enterprise of Death", Awa, the main character, is an African slave who was captured and forced by an ancient necromancer to learn a very specific type of magic, which is necromancy, the ability to raise and command dead. Through a devious plot he links himself to her. That link will ultimately kill her and Awa only has a few years before he comes for what he wants, but before that happens Awa, a misunderstood artist, a woman handy with guns and a quack (even if he doesn't know) will try to find a way to stop the necromancer.
According to a few opinions this novel is filled with gratuitous sex and has way to much cursing. In "The Enterprise of Death" there's quite a lot scenes of sexual tension and some of them evolve to literary pornography, but come on, I paid for the book, so there's nothing free about this. Regarding the cursing matter, there's lots of it, however once you engage fully with the text it comes naturally, at least it did for me.
Sure it has stereotypical characters, but it's still fun. In fact, at times Awa, a thick legged lesbian, acts like a man, but in such book who would want a pretty and polite lady? Others characters, like Monique (the woman handy with guns) or Manuel (the artist) aren't the creation of the year, but they're entertaining. On the other hand, the story isn't the typical fantasy box set, it isn't highly idealized, in fact it can quite unusual and hopeless sometimes.
In no way I can claim this novel to be better or worse than Bullington's previous book, because I haven't found my path to it yet. "The Enterprise of Death" clearly entertained me for a while, which is saying a lot, at least for lots of books. It's not the best book ever written, it won't be considered a classic and in a few years it will be forgotten by most people, but until that happens why don't you read the book and be impressed by the liberties Bullington takes?
Recommend to 18+ year olds.
Till next time,