This was a book group read. It was okay, but at least it'll have some interesting things to talk about. At the end, the author wrote that some of the violent scenes were difficult to write, but he didn't feel like he could leave them out. He said they were difficult mostly because it was hard to show the main character doing things that today are completely unacceptable, but to also make him likeable. The main character certainly was likeable, but I didn't necessarily think he was authentic.
That's the problem in so much historical fiction.