If you enjoy historical fiction novels then I think this would be one that you would like. It definitely has events and scenes that are sickly and if you are squeamish this might turn you away. I don't have problems with reading stuff like that, and I find it even easier due to the fact that these things likely occurred during slavery. I liked each character, and I found the villain to be convincing and easy to despise. The main character wasn't perfect and made decisions that were definitely questionable in their morality but I liked him more for this as it made him a realistic person. I found this hard to put down and was invested in each character, their choices and the completion of the story. I would recommend this to others.