Indie book reviews

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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
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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IR Approved

EMPIRE PALADIN: Realm of the Dead

By M. S. Valdez
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Zombies, and zealots, and magic – oh my! EMPIRE PALADIN is a ton of Dungeons & Dragons-esque fun with a little of the Borgias thrown...

IMPROBABLE CONNECTIONS

By Ron W Germaine
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Two teenage girls, one English and one Native American, develop a strong friendship against the backdrop of the founding of the Plymouth Colony in IMPROBABLE...

IR Approved

PESTILENCE (Second Son Chronicles Volume 3)

By Pamela Taylor
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

PESTILENCE the third entry in a story that is part historical fiction and part fantasy, set in a progressive medieval kingdom.

SAINT ILLUMINATOR’S DAUGHTER

By Mike Ippen
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

SAINT ILLUMINATOR'S DAUGHTER is the tale of one woman’s journey of self-discovery in 1950’s New York.

IR Approved

THE ROAD TO DELANO

By John DeSimone
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THE ROAD TO DELANO uses a coming-of-age story to illuminate the historical significance of a conflict that, rooted in the exploitation of agricultural laborers, changes...

IR Approved

TERRIBILITA

By Ben Wyckoff Shore
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

The Ferrando family mingles with real-life historical figures during Italy’s 19th century struggle for independence and colonial expansion. It falls on Lucca Ferrando to break...

IR Approved

ACTS OF FAITH

By Martin Elsant
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Martin Elsant’s ACTS OF FAITH follows the story of a Jesuit seminarian who is devoted to his calling and upcoming vow of celibacy until he...

INTO THE SUFFERING CITY: A Novel of Baltimore

By Bill LeFurgy
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

INTO THE SUFFERING CITY is a historical murder mystery set in Baltimore in 1909, which follows the efforts of Dr. Sarah Kennecott and Jack, a...

IR Approved

FAREWELL MY LIFE

By Cynthia Sally Haggard
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Set amid interwar Washington, D.C. and Berlin, FAREWELL MY LIFE examines timeless patterns of change and consistency, love and loss.

IR Approved

TWO SCANDALS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

By Nancy Yeager
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

TWO SCANDALS ARE BETTER THAN ONE is the third book in Nancy Yeager’s "Harrow’s Finest Five Series" and follows Lady Lucinda Wagner and she attempts...

IR Approved

SPIRALS OF FATE

By Tim Holden
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

SPIRALS OF FATE takes readers through a fictionalized account of Kett's Rebellion, an uprising by farmers and laborers that took place in Edward VI's short...

IR Approved

A MAN OF HONOR, or Horatio’s Confessions

By J. A. Nelson
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

Told in first-person by Horatio, author J.A. Nelson’s novel follows in the tradition of historical fiction.

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