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Black Bead

Book One of the Black Bead Chronicles

By J. D. Lakey

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Format: Paperback, 164 pages
Published In: United States, 10 January 2016
Best Seller: #1 in SciFi Colonization, Bestseller: Top 5 in Science Fiction 1/30/2016 Editorial Reviews: "Mesmerizing page turner" "A thrilling ride from start to finish!" If you liked Avatar and Ender's Game, you'll love Black Bead! On a savage, outlying planet an enclave of psionically-trained humans have built a utopian, matriarchal society that lives in harmony with all life. Leaving behind the polluted and corrupt world in which they lived, they colonized a new home far from the eyes of the galactic empire. Shielded from the rest of the galaxy by the dangerous beasts that inhabit their lush, forested world, the village lives a simple life under their Home Dome. But their goal was more than just to live in peace - they wanted to create the perfect human who could bring peace to the galaxy. Rather than merely cloning themselves, they began to manipulate genes in order to create a race of mutants with enhanced telepathic powers. Under the direction of the ruling coven, each child of the Windfall Dome is tested at a young age to asses their abilities - a test which is can plot the course for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, Cheobawn - the daughter of the ruling First Mother to the dome - is marked with the Black Bead on her Choosing Day, a symbol of bad luck and shame. It seems the child the village had placed so much hope in would not be the future ruler they had hoped for. Yet there is something powerful about her that the elders don't understand. Finally of age, Cheobawn is chosen to join a pack to act as the psychic Ear on a foraging mission outside the dome. She knows this is her chance to prove herself. But something sinister stalks them and each member of the pack must draw on their unique strengths and a lifetime of training if they want to survive to see another day. In her visionary new series, The Black Bead Chronicles, author J.D. Lakey invites you to journey along with Cheobawn, Megan, Tam, Connor, and Alain as they use their wits and their Luck to unravel the mysteries of the deceptively bucolic life beneath the dome in this coming of age metaphysical science fiction adventure.

About the Author

Born on the high plains of Montana and raised wild in a silent land surrounded by infinite horizons, essayist, philosopher and author of many short stores, J.D. Lakey goes back to her roots with her first book. Her lyrical writing style and passionate connection to her characters pull you in and take you on an emotional journey of discovery in a world where futuristic technologies reside amidst primordial landscapes.

Reviews

"Lakey's stories have magic, a complex mythology, and her dedication to avoiding milquetost females." Kit-Bacon Gressitt, The San Diego Uptown News "Black Bead is a delightful tale that is refreshingly different...this author is truly gifted." S. Harrison, Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer & Vine Voice "Mesmerizing page-turner - a thrilling ride from start to finish!" Jackie Shemwell, author of The Devil in Canaan Parish "The setting is really the diamond in the rough of this short sci-fi novel, but the characters Lakey creates are genuine and enthralling. The world Lakey paints around the Home Dome is terrifyingly beautiful, with dangerous beasts and environmental pitfalls around every alien tree and shrub." Carly Courtney, Sci-FiAddicts.com "Lakey's stories have magic, a complex mythology, and her dedication to avoiding milquetoast females." - Kit-Bacon Gressitt, The San Diego Uptown News "Mesmerizing Page-Turner -- a thrilling ride from start to finish!" Jackie Shemwell, Author of The Devil in Canaan Parish "The opening book of the Black Bead Chronicles is a fast-paced, sci-fi thriller that manages to infuse intensive world building with riveting conflict. Lakey has accomplished what most authors set out to do by creating a world that is reminiscent of popular Science Fiction, both classic and modern (Dune, Firefly, and Luna all came to mind) while inserting a unique voice and spin." - T.J. Lantz, Author of Rise of the Retics "The world Lakey paints is terrifyingly beautiful. The premise of Black Bead is wonderful, and it was a fun, short read I happily breezed through. It was refreshing to read new sci-fi with an original plot, on a new planet." - Carly Courtney, SciFiAddicts.com "The themes of synchronicity, and interconnectedness, run a vivid vein of silver through the story. There are great lessons here about cooperation, and the valuable insights that could be lost if you discount one person (or class of people) because of arbitrary class distinctions." - Aislynn D'Mericksson, Professional Reader, NetGalley Member, Aislynndmerricksson.com "Ms. Lakey has created a rich world, combining elements of science fiction and fantasy, and has gone to great lengths to develop, create, and explore this world. As I read, I found myself reminded of The Giver mixed with elements of Tolkien's works and The Hunger Games." - Jacqueline Smith, Author of Boy Band "I truly loved the relationships that were formed in the pack. I originally was intrigued by events and the society in this world. However, it was really the pack's relationships with one another that got me hooked." - Jenn, ThriceRead.com "This is one of those books that will melt your heart. If you love rooting for the underdogs like I do, this book will definitely delight you." - IAmNotABookworm.com "J.D. Lakey's writing is strong. This is a rich, imaginative story with some crazy, terrifying creatures." - Sabrina, DigitalPubbing.com "The author does not only an awesome job of world-building, but created characters that were complex despite their young age. The world is beautifully described to the point where I could see it in my head." - Len Evans, Jr., Goodreads.com Librarian "The writing was poetic, and the way J.D Lakey painted the vision of how the world would have looked was phenomenal and quite impressive for a short novel. I would recommend this to those who would like to start reading the sci-fi genre as well as those who are well-versed with this genre." - Alia Therese Lazo, Reviewer, NetGalley.com "An entertaining and excitingly written novella which grabbed me from the get-go and connected me emotionally to the characters, especially Cheobawn and Tam. I was amazed by how smooth and well-edited the book was, how easily the story flowed, and how little my inner editor was required to do." - Laura Probst, Lolly's Library "After reading Black Bead and being introduced to Cheobawn, I want more! The way Lakey described their adventures and the creature they saw was out of this world." -- Kaylin Beach, TheReadingBum.com

EAN: 9780692609477
ISBN: 0692609474
Publisher: Wayword Books
Dimensions: 20.32 x 13.34 x 0.89 centimetres (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 10-14 years
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