In this new series, set in the bestselling world of Valdemar, Heralds Mags and Amily must continue to protect the realm of Valdemar while raising their children and preparing them to follow in their footsteps.Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, and his wife, Amily, the Kings Own Herald, are happily married with three kids. The oldest, Peregrine, has the Gift of Animal Mindspeechhe can talk to animals and persuade them to act as he wishes. Perry's dream is to follow in his father's footsteps as a Herald Spy, but he has yet to be Chosen by a Companion.Mags is more than happy to teach Perry all he knows. He regularly trains his children, including Perry, with tests and exercises, preparing them for the complicated and dangerous lives they will likely lead. Perry has already held positions in the Royal Palace as a runner and in the kitchen, useful places where he can learn to listen and collect information.But there is growing rural unrest in a community on the border of Valdemar. A report filled with tales of strange disappearances and missing peddlers is sent to Haven by a Herald from the Pelagirs. To let Perry experience life away from home and out in the world, Mags proposes that his son accompany him on an expedition to discover what is really going on.During their travels, Perrys Animal Mindspeech allows him to communicate with the local wildlife of the Pelagirs, whose connection to the land aids in their investigation. But the details he gleans from the creatures only deepen the mystery. As Perry, Mags, and their animal companions draw closer to the heart of the danger, they must discover the truth behind the disappearances at the borderbefore those disappearances turn deadly...
|Title||:||The Hills Have Spies (Valdemar: Family Spies #1)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
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The Hills Have Spies (Valdemar: Family Spies #1) Reviews
Most of you don't need encouragement to read this book... You have been riding on Mags' shoulder since he was at the mine.
I am gonna tell you that this adventure is as good as or better than the previous chapters in the journey so far. The only problem is that it was over way too fast....
Return to Valdemar
So very thankful to once again return to Valdemar. We get to visit our old friends Mags and Amily and meet their children.
The synopsis for this book is incorrect. I think this is a much better story. Frequently the author's focus is on Heralds and Companions. The young man at the heart of this story is never going to be a Herald, even though I was thinking that he might. This is a great coming of age story, with a lot to be learned by both parents and children.
So I only discovered Mercedes Lackey as an adult and this is the first Valdemar book I've read. I gather this is the latest in a vast series. Yet how could I resist a book about spies with a pun title?
The great thing about not having read her early work is I don't need to complain about her writing going downhill. It's a fun fantasy but not startlingly original. Problems do seem to be solved rather quickly; not one animal will refuse to help. Animals are helped with haste. Humans sometimes recei ...more
Mags and Amily now have children. This is primarily a story of Mags and son, Perry (Peregrine), who seems to have been called Justyn in some of the blurb. Also Mags and Perry pose as traders with just one caravan, not part of a performing troupe which is also mentioned in the blurb. Mags and Perry (and Dallen) are not in Haven, but in the wilds of Valdemar, in/near the Pelagirs, where Perry's animal mindspeech becomes very useful more than once. I won't give spoilers, but it is Perry's animal mi ...more
This moves the saga a ways ahead of where I "left off", making me want to discover any books between this one and the last "Mags" book I read. That said, this is a good story of growth, maturing, adventure, righting wrongs and spy craft. As with almost ALL books by Ms. Lackey, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
[June 21, 2108]
First in a new series that picks up with Mags and Amily several years later, when their eldest son is 13 and doing well training in the family business of spying. Mags and Perry go off on a trip to assist an elderly Herald living near the Pelagirs. While there, Perry goes off on his own to find out more information and gets caught up in a very dangerous situation he can't get out of.
This was an enjoyable adventure, filled with other sentient species that are able to help Mags and ...more