Rebels against Tyranny: "The well-meaning but flawed Sir Balian is a great central figure—a bit like William Shakespeare’s portrayal of the young Prince Hal .... An exciting royal adventure with a large cast."
The Emperor Strikes Back: "Schrader’s (Rebels Against Tyranny, 2018, etc.) prose manages to summon the culture and time period of the Crusader states while remaining light and readable...."
The Emperor Strikes Back: “From central actors to more minor characters, each individual has a depth that will leave readers highly invested in the story’s outcome.”
Envoy of Jerusalem: "Schrader, a career diplomat with a PhD in history, delivers a meticulous historical drama full of telling details and dialogue that's contemporary-feeling without compromising its historical authenticity.... [T]he story presents both Christian and Muslim points-of-view, so there is no facile stereotyping of villains....[R]eaders are sure to find the author's enthusiasm for Crusade-era history infectious."
Rebels against Tyranny: “…a robust and irresistible tale brimming with historical accuracy… Together, the dialogue, plot, and descriptive language make this a compulsive page-turner.”
Envoy of Jerusalem: "...this is one of the best historical series ever written. ... A very detailed drama full of historical truths intertwined with a fantastically written tale, ... The zest this author has for her subject is dramatic, intense and something that will never be forgotten!"
Rebels against Tyranny: "The heir to the Ibelins is a great character for the reader to “walk beside” as dungeons and palaces are entered ...This thrilling hero is, as always when it comes to Schrader’s works of art, one of unforgettable strength."
The Emperor Strikes Back: "The author is brilliant in her writing and ... continues to offer the most exciting historical series that mesmerizes the reader."
Rebels against Tyranny: "A romantic and intricate [work of] historical fiction that will entrance - sometimes enrage - but always enlighten readers. Welcome to the 13th century where things aren't really as different as you may imagine."
The Emperor Strikes Back: “Schrader’s detailed rendering of the ill-fated first marriage of Bailin, John d’Ibelin’s eldest son, and heir, to Eschiva de Montbéliard, a cousin by marriage, will capture readers hearts."
Envoy of Jerusalem: "... a captivating work of historical fiction...that offers insight into the religious politics of the Middle Ages. ...Even the most minor character is fully described and the attention to the smallest details is evident in every aspect of the novel. ... Passionate prose brings the fascinating backdrop of the Middle Ages to life, and interest holds throughout."
Rebels against Tyranny: "This book is redolent with the smoke and incense of the High Middle Ages, and its characters think like medieval knights and merchants yet speak in language that is contemporary."
Where Eagles Never Flew: "This is the best book on the life of us fighter pilots in the Battle of Britain that I have ever seen. Refreshingly it got it smack on the way it was for us. I couldn't put it down!" Battle of Britain "Ace" Wg/Cdr Bob Doe
Where Eagles Never Flew: "This is a superb novel about the Battle of Britain and is a must-read for anyone interested in that period in our history. It is now 67 years since the Battle of Britain and the summer of 1940 is gradually moving from common memory into a piece of history. So much has been written about the battle from the early factual accounts written within a year or two of the battle, through to a rash of 1950's pilot biographies and memoirs and a host of novels from the 1960's to the present day, that it is hard to imagine that a new novel could be written that would make the conflict seem fresh. Yet this is exactly what `Chasing the Wind' has achieved." Simon Rodwell
Where Eagles Never Flew: "Helena has written a book that will become a classic. It was rated by Bob Doe, one of the top Battle of Britain fighter aces, as a book that told the story correctly and he was delighted to recommend this to a wider public. This book will be enjoyed for many years, however many times you read this. Written from actual events and pilots experiences during the air fighting of the Battle of Britain, it tells the story of just why a few hundred men prevented invasion and the horrors of death camps being a reality in Britain. Never was so much owed by so many to so few. These men now have a book to tell it like it was. Highly recommended" Paul Davies Battle of Britain Historical Society