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Black Bead: Book One of the Black Bead Chronicles by [J.D. Lakey, Dylan Drake]

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Black Bead: Book One of the Black Bead Chronicles Kindle Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 61 ratings
Book 1 of 6: The Black Bead Chronicles

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Editorial Reviews


"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,

"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, 

"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,

"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." -

"J.D. Lakey's writing is strong. This is a rich, imaginative story with some crazy, terrifying creatures." - Sabrina,

"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., 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,

"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,

From the Inside Flap

What if you were on a colony ship and your spacecraft landed on a planet where all the animals and some of the plants were psychic? Not just psychic but psychically adept at manipulating their environment?
If you were a band of renegade scientists, you would genetically alter yourself and your children to be able to compete in the savage world of escalating mind games and then create a social system that honed the skills that would keep you alive.
Cheobawn has been born into just such a world. Two thousand years after planet-fall, she is the culmination of human bio-engineering. She doesn't think of herself as special. Just the opposite, in fact. But the universe is shifting out from under her feet and she is forced to keep up with the changes happening inside her and the expectations of the adults of her tribal dome.
On a planet full of predators, one cannot stay small and hidden forever. It's time to come out and play. Welcome to the world of Cheobawn, the Black Bead.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • Publisher : Wayword Press; 2nd edition (January 11, 2016)
  • Publication date : January 11, 2016
  • Language : English
  • File size : 4122 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 167 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 61 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read....
By William B on October 30, 2016
Just finished reading “Black Bead: Book One of the Black Bead Chronicles” by J.D. Lakey. I won a copy of this book on and this is my first read by J.D. Lakey. This is a really well developed Fantasy/Adventure. J.D. Lakey has created a wonderful world and very interesting creatures and characters. While it’s been some years since I’ve been a young adult, I still quite enjoyed this read and I think that it will appeal to both YA and Adult readers alike..I look forward to my continued reading of this author..
Synopsis: "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 witch coven, each child of the Windfall Dome is tested at a young age to assess their abilities - a test which 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
mothers 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."
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... where the main characters are children have them acting like they are adults
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 4, 2016
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Reviewed in Canada on February 4, 2016
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