I hadn't checked the Fantasy Book Critic site in a while, but just noticed that they posted the top books they reviewed in 2008 in various categories. And guess what their top pick was for independently published books in the fantasy category? IN HER NAME! Yo!
Notable Indie Books:
1) "In Her Name" by Michael R. Hicks. Space opera, military sf and magic. Reviewed HERE.
2) "The Riddler's Gift: The First Tale of the Lifesong" by Greg Hamerton. Girl discovers her magical powers; superb style and a page turner to boot. Reviewed HERE.
3) "The Crown Conspiracy" by Michael Sullivan. Adventures of a fighter/thief duo-Scott Lynch move aside! Reviewed HERE.
4) "The Pilo Family Circus" by Will Elliot. Think being a clown is fun?
5) "Other People's Children" by Christopher Lucas. The most surprisingly good non-genre novel for me; young Irish-American aristocrat is fascinated and repelled by Adolf Hitler, using his Nazi connections to save thousands of children.
6) "Soldier of Rome: The Sacrovir Revolt" by James Mace. The Legions of Rome: novelization.