I am excited once again to share a review of another book in the fantasy series of (Gateskin Chronicles Book 2) The Unknown Territory! What a wonderful feeling when an author receives a review that resonates what he/she wanted readers to see or interpret in a book. Thank you, Theodocia McLean, BMGN, for the lovely review!

Promo by BMGN

5 Stars: Equally enchanting as the Harry Potter series.
THE UNKNOWN TERRITORY’ (Gateskin Chronicles Book 2) continues from ‘The Legend of The Taken Ones’ (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1). The Gateskin Chronicles can be read out of succession, but you will not want to miss any of this exciting, magical, fantasy series.

I believe ages 13+ will enjoy this series, as Award-winning author, Janice Spina has an amazing way of telling the story, and capturing the attention and imagination of her readers. ‘The Unknown Territory’ takes you to the TERRITORY OF NOELLA PROVINCE, which is made up of six villages, with the Sea of Shakelle off the southern borders. New characters, new creatures, new dangers, and new spells abound.
This book opens with a new breed of wolves stoking fear among the villagers, as they search for new hunting grounds. King Gateskin (powerful wizard of Sovorotskina) reassures his people; the wolves are kind and friendly. The province is not without danger though.
Sovorotskina (Land of Goodness & Light), Votovia (Land of Magic & Mystery), Merona (Land of Peace & Harmony), Merlina (Land of Myths & Legends), and Amora (Land of Faith & Love), all had reason to fear Parotovina (Land of Evil & Darkness). I decided to share this quote so you will understand the true danger that exist for the TERRITORY OF NOELLA PROVINCE.
...King Gateskin created a Channel Spell to open a connection to all the other villages except Parotovina. He kept that window closed. Once he had all the rulers of the villages virtually in his Meeting Room, he called the meeting to order.
…He explained what had happened in the Village of Parotovina and the dangers they faced from the roaming Catlings.
… “We need to help Parotovina. I know all of you have had unfavorable treatment by King Kaposkaran and his guards, so have I. But we cannot let these people suffer like this. We have to do something.”
… “Will we have to use dark magic to take out these creatures, King Gateskin?” King Cavelan asked.
… “Never! We have to try something else. Please let’s use first names only here. We are all rulers and don’t need to use the pomp and circumstance in these serious times.”
… “I agree, Gateskin,” Cavelan said.
…Noderan of the Village of Amora asked, “Do you have something in mind, Gateskin?”
… “Well, I think I can come up with a few spells with the help of all of you and my Wizards. Please let me introduce you to the former Parotovinan Wizards.”
…Gateskin spread his hands across the table and pointed out the four Wizards to the rulers. They all nodded and waited for more information about what they would be doing.
It is up to you to discover. Who is the spy in Sovorotskina? Will the spy be discovered and somehow stopped from undermining the magic of King Gateskin and his family?
‘The Gateskin Chronicles’ will you on a magical journey, equally enchanting as the Harry Potter series. Once you begin, you will anxiously wait for the next book to be released.
Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).


The adventures continue in this addition of Gateskin Chronicles. Many new characters and creatures are introduced. Spells abound with magic all around. Many visitors come to Sovorotskina looking for asylum from the evil King Kaposkaran of Parotovina. Will King Gateskin accept them all or even be able to trust them not to be spies for the evil King?

Serena uses her powers to assist when wolves come their way. Other creatures are also about and threaten the safety of the village.

Kaposkaran finds himself in trouble when his village is attacked by creatures. Will he turn to Gateskin for help? If he does, what will Gateskin do?

There is a spy about in Sovorotskina. Will the spy be discovered and somehow stopped from undermining the magic of King Gateskin and his family?

Here is a book trailer that I created through

When I began this series back in 2009, I did not know when I would get around to publishing it, never mind writing more stories in this fantasy. I thought I would just put it away and forget about it. But all the characters began to haunt me and constantly remind me that they were still waiting to tell their stories. I have each book I write on flash drives. This flash drive always appeared in front of me on a multi-flash -drive holder and seemed to be winking at me each time I accessed a current WIP. It drove me to distraction. Well, here I am with book 2 completed and now onto book 3. Since I have two other books in progress on other genres, book 3 will have to wait a little while longer.

Though this series is written for YA – 13+, adults are enjoying it too. I hope you will enjoy the first two books in the series and patiently wait for books 3-6. They are epic productions to write and edit. Please understand that I will do my best to complete them in a timely fashion as my life allows. Daily things can get in the way of the best of us sometimes. Thank you for understanding. I will keep publishing intriguing books for you in the meantime, I promise.

If you haven’t begun this fantasy series, please check it out today to escape all your problems in this crazy world and LET THE ADVENTURES BEGIN! You won’t be disappointed for there is magic, surprises, creatures to chill you and other characters to warm your heart.

Here is the link to book 1.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. Feel free to come back any time. You are always welcome, my friends! Thank you for your kind support and for any reviews you may post wherever you purchase my books.

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, 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 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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  1. Jan Sikes says:

    A huge congratulations to you, Janice!

  2. How marvelous to see the word “enchanting” while comparing you to Harry Poter! So very happy for you, Janice.

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