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
The book description is inaccurate. More accurate: Peregrine has the Gift of animal Mindspeech and his dream is to follow in his father's footsteps as a spy. When reports of an unusual number of missing people reaches Mag's ears, he decides to take Peregrine with him (disguised as traders) to discover who or what is behind the disappearances.
"The Hills Have Spies" is a fantasy novel with an adult and a 13-year-old main character, so it may appeal to tweens and teens as well as adults. It helps i ...more
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....
I love the Valdemar books, and have been following Mags since the first book he appeared in. We have no progressed to the point that he and Amily are the parents of three children. This story focuses on Mags and his oldest son, 13 year old Perry, who can mindspeak with animals like his mother. The adventure they have is daunting, and the 13-year-old grows a lot from it. All of the things I love about this series are in this book. Great characterization, a compelling plot and of course, the Compa ...more
The paperback copy seems to be the same as the Kindle edition, so my review is the same for both. 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 ...more
The legacy continues
Haha was just "ordinary" not a royal, but with special abilities. Perry takes us to the next generation and demonstrates youth harshness and impatience while learning the value of forethought and caution. Another Lackey book that I finished the day i received it.
There’s just something about Mercedes Lackey’s books - particularly her Valdemar novels - that picks me up when I’m in a bad way. So, finding myself in the middle of a nasty, smog-filled heat wave, it only seemed appropriate to dive into the latest of the Herald Spy novels, The Hills Have Spies.
It’s been some time since we last read about Mags, the orphan boy who grew up to be a Herald and the King’s chief spy, and his beloved Amily, now the King’s Own Herald. They’ve been married long enough to ...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.
This story is NOT what it is purported to be
The synopsis says that the main character is Justyn (not true; his name is Parry). He is Mags and Amilys child (true). He is going on a trip (true) with a troup of players (not true; he goes with Mags pretending to be Traders). And there is enough other things that just make this book FRUSTRATING to try to read. I usually read one of Ms. Lackeys books in 3 to 4 hours. I am in my 6th hour and am only half way through. I sure hope it gets better!