Teresa Joyce Jackson
Author of the Mystic Gates magical realism series, a fictional reading adventure for ages 11 and up.
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Welcome to the Mystic Gates Books website. I’m honored you’re here! You’re invited to come explore the myth, magicks, and lore of both the seen and unseen worlds of this young adult, magical realism series about an ancient Cherokee myth and four contemporary young teens who collide with it.
The earliest “written” historical reference to the great dragon-serpent called the Uktena and its powerful and magical talisman, the Ulunsuti, is from the 1762 memoirs of Lt. Henry Timberlake, a Virginian officer who volunteered on a peace mission to live among the Cherokee people, or Ani-Yunwiya. While staying with the Cherokees, Lt. Timberlake learned that one Ulunsuti remained, hidden and controlled by two women and the conjuror who had seized it. Within the fictional world of the Mystic Gates series, these three Cherokees were the first generation of Ulunsuti Holders. Mystic Gates is the story of the thirteenth generation—the last generation . . . the last chance for us all.