Book Review: The Enterprise of Death

March 18, 2011 Books, Reading, Reviews 1 ★★


Have you ever read a book and thought, “Wow, I was not the right audience for this!”? That’s how I feel about The Enterprise of Death. I thought it would be my kind of book; I love historical fantasy, particularly the non-medieval kind, and horror (as you can see from all my zombie posts). So when I heard Enterprise of Death was set during the Spanish Inquisition and starred a necromancer, I was immediately intrigued.

The author, Jesse Bullington, opens the book by describing the Moors being forcibly evicted from Spain. He’s got a very unique writing style, heaped with quirky descriptions. At this point, am still excited but then things start to get weird. Not just in a graphic-depiction-of-cannibalism way but also in a story-radomly-told-out-of-order-to-create-artificial-tension kind of way.

By the time I am a quarter finished, I think, “It must get better, right?” Well it does and it doesn’t. Two of the main characters, Manuel and Awa, are interesting and I do root for them. But the author gets caught up in graphic descriptions of sexuality and necromancy, and colorful dialog. He seems to neglect the forest for the trees.

Of course, I love great stories so narrative is important to me. If you love colorful depictions of lesbian sex and necrophilia (both separate and at the same time) then this is the book for you.


Reviews Elsewhere
Fantasy Book Critic: The Enterprise of Death
Publishers Weekly: Enterprise of Death
SFFMeta: Enterprise of Death