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The Enterprise Of Death by [Bullington, Jesse]
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'Lurid, gruesome and larded with the blackest humour, this is grimly fascinating' --Telegraph

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An exciting, original and surreal take on medieval Europe through the travels of a female necromancer and her unwilling kidnapper.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1190 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O0U56G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #388,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's the mid 15th century. Awa and Halim are African slaves assigned to accompany the beautiful and vain courtesan Omorose to Spain as a gift for the Spanish king but en route they're shipwrecked and kidnapped by an ancient necromancer who seeks to teach them his unholy arts. Following a series of events (including lesbian zombie rape and cannibalism) Awa foreswears her necromantic abilities and finds herself on the run across Medieval Europe. Pursued by a zealous member of the Inquisition, she has 10 years to find a book to free herself from a terrible curse. Her only allies are Niklaus Deutsch (a mercenary and artist), Dr Paracelsus (a doctor interested in Awa's necromancy) and Monique (a lesbian Dutch mercenary). But the more Awa tries to escape her fate, the more she finds herself forced to draw on the very necromantic powers she wants to abandon and death seems to await her at every turn ...

Jesse Bullington's second novel is an exuberant, sweary dark fantasy rich in Medieval detail that carried me from page to page. It's easier to empathise with the main characters than in THE SAD TALE OF THE BROTHERS GROSSBART (although Awa's naivety did annoy me at times and Paracelsus and Monique are little more than caricatures) and although the pace did sag at times, the story was such that I kept reading on and I would definitely check out his next book.

With her unrequited crush on the arrogant Omorose and her refusal to force the dead to abide by her will, Awa's as much a moral anchor as it's possible given the nature of the novel.
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After reading Bullington's retelling of the morally defunct Brothers Grossbart, I pre-ordered this without hesitation & counted the weeks until its arrival. Despite a level of excitement which reality often finds difficult to satisfy, The Enterprise Of Death effortlessly surpassed my eager expectations.

Take heed, oh reader, of the the quote on the cover (aptly from The Guardian), which warns us that this is "not for the faint hearted"! Forget blushing heroines & dashing heroes, Bullington's vision of the past is accurately squalid & remorselessly blood-soaked, populated by Machiavellian warlords & amoral opportunists, not to mention supernatural horrors aplenty. The most horrific of these is a deranged Arabian necromancer who kidnaps a Moorish girl & her slaves, dragging them up to be his unwilling apprentices. Here Bullington's dark imagination runs riot as the necromancer devises novel & disturbing ways to torment his young charges with his living-dead servants. Then fiction & reality blur when Renaissance artist Niklaus Manuel (whose work adorns the front cover) is hired to deliver one of the unruly apprentices to the Spanish Inquisition. Along the way, they encounter other historical characters, such as the occultist Doctor Paracelsus.

Those familiar with Bullington's prodigious debut will not be surprised by the dark tone of this novel. Nevertheless, I was still astonished by its extent, as shocking acts aplenty were performed - including some horrific enough to make even a Grossbart shudder at such mecky business!
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A very good book. Surprisingly for a story which effortlessly includes necromancy, cannibalism, necrophilia and the horrors of war it's characters have a basic decency, yes, and kindness. There is a lot of plot and my only complaint is that I would have liked a bit more.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2011
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Jesse Bullington is one of those authors that's like Forest Gump's Box of Chocs. You're never quite sure what you're going to get but the odds are it'll be something gooey, delicious and with the authors sense of humour probably with a wicked twist of something like Chilli. Presenting you with something that's so good but just so mind-blowing at the same time. What unfurls in this his latest title is a story that the reader will love, he knows how to twist your point of view and he also knows how to do it so well that it's a revelation each time he changes direction. Add to this a great understanding of pace, a masterful building of characters and a whole host of the weird and wonderful makes you wonder if he's not Terry Gilliam's Love Child.

All in I loved this book and when you add to it that this is only the authors second title its probably going to surprise a few readers that he's not been around for years. Definitely an author to watch as this Monty Pythonesque author flattens you with his writerly giant foot.
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