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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
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November 22, 2023

THE SINS OF KINGS

By Daniel Thomas Valente
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A promising addition to the high fantasy genre, Daniel Thomas Valente's THE SINS OF KINGS is an ambitious, engrossing debut that will captivate readers who...

November 17, 2023

SON OF THE DOOMSDAY PROPHET

By Steven J. Byers
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A fascinating narrative opportunity, Steven J. Byers's SON OF THE DOOMSDAY PROPHET has a rambling plot and passive protagonist, but still puts a unique spin...

IR Approved
November 1, 2023

THE SOUL SECTOR

By Michael Karolewski
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Michael Karolewski's THE SOUL SECTOR is a complex, emotionally charged fever dream of a story, a lesson in morality and coping with grief that introduces...

IR Approved
October 30, 2023

STAKED: A Vampire’s Tale

By Kim Catanzarite
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

For a vampire story, Kim Catanzarite's STAKED is a startlingly warm and wholesome tale of love, found friendship, strength of will, and purity of heart—with...

October 27, 2023

DRAKOMUNDA

By Guy Quartley
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Though as a collection it never truly coheres, Guy Quartley’s DRAKOMUNDA will thoroughly please fans of Lovecraft, Howard, and the golden age of fantasy-horror.

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September 27, 2023

FAREWELL TO DUST AND SUN

By John M. Broadhead
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

John M. Broadhead's FAREWELL TO DUST AND SUN infuses elements of the western genre into a fictional post-apocalyptic setting. A heartbreaking, honest allegory of the...

IR Approved
September 4, 2023

THE CELESTIAL FLAME

By S. R. Watts
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

With its compelling characters, intricate world-building, and compelling blend of adventure, mysticism, and political intrigue, S.R. Watts's THE CELESTIAL FLAME is a promising introduction to...

IR Approved
August 30, 2023

FUTILITY OF DEFENSE

By Bryan Cole
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

A fantasy saga filled with interesting, complex characters, and dynamic relationships alongside captivating battles and systems of magic, Bryan Cole's FUTILITY OF DEFENSE is a...

August 23, 2023

A VENGEFUL REALM (THE SCALES OF BALANCE)

By Tim Facciola
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

Tim Facciola’s A VENGEFUL REALM (THE SCALES OF BALANCE, Book 1) isn’t a revolutionary entry into an already-saturated genre market, but for readers who want...

IR Approved
July 3, 2023

THE YAWNING GAP

By C.V. Vobh
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

With a richly-detailed world, memorable characters, and thrilling battle sequences, C.V. Vobh's THE YAWNING GAP is an imaginative, sweeping first entry in a new fantasy...

June 26, 2023

KATIE AND THE TROLL QUEEN

By Randi McKinnon
Rating:
2.0 / 5.0

While earnestly written and decently illustrated, Randi McKinnon's KATIE AND THE TROLL QUEEN stumbles over its prose, regrettably becoming a very difficult read for its...

May 31, 2023

THE DAMNED OF MAGDEBURG

By H. Allenger
Rating:
2.0 / 5.0

While THE DAMNED OF MAGDEBURG demonstrates author H. Allenger's grasp on the history of the Thirty Years' War, the stilted writing and lack of emotion...

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