The title Lord of Slaughter seems quite ominous and might put off certain readers of the ‘Historic Fiction/Fantasy’ genre. However the novel itself is mostly tamer than the paperback publication jacket suggests.
This book does delve into supernatural themes, especially the occult, which might not be appropriate for every reader. The later part of the novel is almost entirely occupied with old Norse mythology which could be confronting for some.
The characters, particularly Loys, are well developed and relatable. This makes the characters’ motivations understandable to the reader.
This novel is quite an enjoyable read and an interesting look at the Eastern Church of Constantinople and Viking religion.