Bardic Fool Reviews

indie book reviews for writers who want to improve their craft

How Do You Become a Better Writer?

By becoming what you read. (Sort of.)

You’ve heard that book reviews are only for readers, right?

Well…there’s some truth to that. You’re not doing yourself any favors as a writer if you’re constantly worrying about what other people think.

At the same time, book reviews are vital to an author’s success. (Seriously, when was the last time you read a book by an author you didn’t know that had zero reviews?) It’s doubly important for indies, who often lack the distribution machine of larger publishers and need to rely more on word of mouth.

So where does that leave us? Do we suck it up and read all the reviews in search of the ones that aren’t soul-crushing? Do we avoid reviews entirely and pretend they don’t matter, even though they clearly do?

This conundrum made me wonder: What if there were a kind of review that appealed to both readers and writers? One that entertained and educated, helping folks find fun things to read while also providing encouragement, exposure, and a big ole Learning Opportunity for writers?

Welcome to Bardic Fool Reviews: a book review blog focusing exclusively on the work of independent authors.

Indie Review: The Savior’s Champion

Indie Review: The Savior’s Champion

If this is your first time here, please read this explanation of the philosophy and purpose of these reviews.   What it’s about With his family on the brink of financial despair, Tobias Kaya reluctantly enters the Sovereign’s Tournament to compete—to the...

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Indie Review: Bring Me Their Hearts

Indie Review: Bring Me Their Hearts

If this is your first time here, please read this explanation of the philosophy and purpose of these reviews.   What it’s about After a witch saves her life, Zera becomes a Heartless soldier, doomed to do her (actually pretty nice) witch’s bidding as long...

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Indie Review: The Songbird’s Refrain

Indie Review: The Songbird’s Refrain

If this is your first time here, please read this explanation of the philosophy and purpose of these reviews.   What it’s about Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth has spent her life clinging to one particular phrase: “You aren’t important.” But the strange...

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