One of my protagonists is turning into a right evil bastard as I edit his chapters. This has always been my intent, as redemption lies in his future and that first requires some questionable acts. I just don't want to lose too many readers before then.
My question is: Are the majority of readers put off by the POVs of 'the dark side'? How much can my protagonist get away with? (Given that he has a valid reason for every action.)
So far he:
-Kills thieves and steals their loot, before chopping them up to feed to his dragon.
-Takes food from beggar children.
-Ties up an elf and drinks its blood.
-Slaughters a tribe of halflings in defense of his dragon.
-And plenty more naughty acts.