The Enterprise of Death
by Jesse Bullington
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841499123
Date: 03 March 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Jesse Bullington follows up his extraordinary début The Sad Tale of The Brothers Grossbart (reviewed by Liz de Jager) with a another darkly comic offering cheerily entitled The Enterprise of Death.
Bullington is one of those rare writers who come along once every so often with a truly original vision. His work is quite unlike anything I have previously encountered - it is often sordid and grotesque, yet this is an author capable of great and profound insight, often conveyed via his equally finely tuned sense of the ridiculous. This new novel confirms the first was no fluke and makes it patently clear that Bullington is a very much name to watch. Highly recommended.
"As the witch-pyres of the Spanish Inquisition blanket Renaissance Europe in a moral haze, a young African slave is unwillingly apprenticed to an ancient necromancer. Her tormentor has bound her with a curse forged from blood and spirit. But salvation could lie in arcane writings her tutor has hidden on the war-torn continent.
Jesse Bullington casts his own macabre spell over the late middle ages in a work that becomes compulsive, amusing and horrifying in quick succession."