It occurs to me Tortall has absolutely no qualms against necromancy at all. Neither Daine nor Thom get any backlash against their ‘raising dead things’ life choices, and even Blayce is frowned upon for the whole murdering children aspect, not the ‘using undead souls to fuel his death machines’.
Well, and the death machines, but not the whole undead bit. That part’s ok.
Well, it’s wrong to wake dead people up, and to imprison them, but there’s a very simply answer to why the whole necromancy thing isn’t popular.
Haven’t you noticed that no one gets to do it for very long, or very successfully?
Roger and Thom tinker with it for, what, 2-3 years? They die. Blayce, ditto. Daine was gifted with it under a limited-term contract by a goddess with a grudge to pay off.
It takes a lot of power to raise anyone from the dead, and those who do don’t get to do it for very long. The mechanism of the Black God taking back what is his may be as subtle as a lady knight coming into her own, but no one survives very long usurping the god’s power.
Hubris. The only way to win … is not to play.
<3 these worlds