Even before recent DNA information showed that Somerled was actually Norse I believe evidence was strongly suggestive of this anyway. Somerled 'driving out the Norse' referred to local Gall-Gael defending against raiders and people sent by the Norwegian Kingdom to bring the Inse-Gall under their control. Over sensationalist and slightly barmy is how I would describe this book. Suggesting that the Norse were the only bloodthirsty heathens around at that time is so ridiculous. Burning witches or slaughtering the whole population of Jerusalem in the name of God are hardly Christian are they and these things and worse happened in later centuries.
This well-researched book provides an intriguing insight into the turbulent West of Scotland in the 12th century. The charismatic figure of Somerled is both fascinating and mysterious and an element of mystery remains, due to the limited documentary evidence available, but readers are given sufficient information to make their own deductions about the motivation of this iconic leader and the reasons for his success.