A Wonderful Review of The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)!

I received a wonderful review today from a reviewer for Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. It was like getting an early Christmas gift! I am still jumping around and doing my happy dance! Thank you, reviewer, for this gift of a 5-Star review. Now I can get my 5-Star Review label!!

Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Within the Territory of Noella Provence, there was a kingdom, Sovorotskina, known as the Land of Goodness and Light. It was ruled by the great wizard King Gateskin and his fairy queen wife, Solinara. They had three children, Serena, Simon, and Catalina, all with special magical powers. They had to keep the magic secret as there was an evil power in a nearby kingdom, in the land of Parotovina, the Land of Darkness. This evil power once stole an entire village’s children to claim the magic for their own people, to use this magic for evil. When King Gateskin is kidnapped, Serena and her siblings combine their powers and resources, enlisting the help of a new friend, a Sprite by the name of Spindle, to rescue the king as well as the descendants of those “taken” children. 

Janice Spina’s young adult novel, The Legend of the Taken Ones, is the first book in a six-book fantasy series, The Gateskin Chronicles. With an exciting plot full of magic and the conflicting powers of good and evil, this story is a real page-turner. The story begins with background information on the taken ones, the children kidnapped by the evil powers of Parotovina. Knowing that evil continues to lurk nearby, the magical kingdom of King Gateskin is always on high alert. The adventure truly begins when the king is kidnapped and the children set out on a journey of their own, intent on rescuing their father and leader. This is an epic, high-fantasy adventure that follows in the time-tested style of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: the ongoing battles between good and evil and the true magic that is found within one’s heart and in the bonds of family and friendship.

When I receive a review like this it makes feel feel vindicated, that I should delve deeper into the rest of the series! As I mentioned before in other posts about this book, I wasn’t sure I was going to like writing fantasy. Well, that has now changed with this new review spurning me on to do more in the series.

Book 2 is in the early stages at Chapter 19, 166 pages, over 21K words and quickly growing. I have been writing each day for 3-4 hours when I can in between exercise, cleaning house, eating and whatever comes up that I have to do. I usually re-read previous chapters to get into the swing of things if I forget where I left off. It helps to recharge me to write more. Keep watch for Book 2 and possibly Book 3 this year!!

I love this review! This is my favorite part below.

If you haven’t read this book yet, now is the time. Let the adventure begin!

Here is a book trailer I made with Animoto. Hope you like it!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post! Thank you also for your kind support of my books and blog and for any reviews you post wherever my books are sold! Please keep them coming! Happy Reading!

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 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 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 36 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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6 Responses to A Wonderful Review of The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)!

  1. Wow! Raising a glass of cheers in celebration!!

  2. Darlene says:

    How wonderful! These reviews are what makes us keep writing.

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