A Great review of new book, The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)!

I was thrilled to receive this wonderful review of my new YA fantasy book, The Legend of the Taken Ones ( Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)! Reviews are like gold, treasured and welcome! Thank you, ‘Mystery Fran!’

Mystery “Fran”
5.0 out of 5 stars Wizards, fairies, and sprites, oh my!Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2021If you are fascinated by the wizards, fairies, and little creatures who engage in battles of good versus evil, you will LOVE the The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin chronicles, Book 1). It has all of these and more. I quickly became engrossed in this enchanting story about King Gateskin, his family, and subjects, as they set out to rescue children who had previously been kidnapped by the evil king of Pantovina. The book is filled with memorable characters and suspenseful situations. It definitely cast a “spell” on me that kept me absorbed until the very last page! Can’t wait for the next episode of the Gateskin Chronicles!


This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young..

Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move objects with her mind. Her brother, Simon, can fly and their sister, Catalina, can become invisible or blend into her surroundings. They live with their parents in Sovorotskina, the Land of Light.

With these powers comes responsibility. The children must try to use their powers for the common good and responsibly to help others. The three children befriend a Sprite named Spindle who accompanies them on their adventure. Along the way they meet up with their aunt and uncle, their mother’s brother and his wife, Wizard Hotenfaran and Fairy Procelina. The group must travel into the evil land of Parotovina, Land of Darkness, to save King Gateskin, who was kidnapped, and also rescue some of the descendants of their friends and fellow Sovorotskinans who were captured and taken by the Evil Ones. These descendants have been waiting a long time to be free to return to the villages of their ancestors.

The children have many trials and adventures along the way. Will they be able to rescue their father and fellow Sovorotskinans without endangering their own lives? Will the evil King Kaposkaran and his Queen Beregina stop Serena and her siblings from being successful or will they turn Serena and her siblings to their dark ways?

If you are looking for a book to take you away to far-off lands, wizards, fairies, and magical creatures you will love The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)! Travel on adventures with the powerful children, wizard, fairy and Sprites. They will take you away from your troubles and you will be captivated by the story. Happy Reading!

I will be taking some time off before writing the rest of the books in this series. They will be quite an undertaking with all the characters, places, spells, and situations that book 1 took a lot out of me. I will get back to this project after a short break. I would like to do two books a year in this series. But I may not complete book 2 before the end of 2021.

I hope you enjoy book 1 and will be patient for the rest of them. Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again real soon. Thank you also for your kind support of my books, blog and for any reviews you may have posted wherever my books are sold. Please keep those reviews coming and I will keep writing!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!










About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog http://jemsbooks.blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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4 Responses to A Great review of new book, The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)!

  1. Congratulations Janice and it looks amazing.. great reviews already.. I have scheduled a new book in the Reading Room for Tuesday 21st along with your new photograph..I hope that works for you.. hugs Sally xxx

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