Closer to the Chest

Closer to the Chest

by Mercedes Lackey

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New York Times-bestselling author Mercedes Lackey's Herald Spy series, set in the beloved fantasy world of Valdemar

Herald Mags, the King of Valdemar’s Herald-Spy, has been developing a clandestine network of young informants who operate not only on the streets of the capital city of Haven, but also in the Great Halls and kitchens of the wealthy and highborn. In his own established alternate personas, Mags observes the Court and the alleys alike, quietly gathering information to keep Haven and the Kingdom safe.
His wife Amily, is growing into her position as the King’s Own Herald, though she is irritated to encounter many who still consider her father, Herald Nikolas, to be the real King’s Own. Nonetheless, she finds it increasingly useful to be underestimated, for there are dark things stirring in the shadows of Haven and up on the Hill.

Someone has discovered many secrets of the women of the Court and the Collegia—and is using those secrets to terrorize and bully them. Someone is targeting the religious houses of women, too, leaving behind destruction and obscene ravings.
But who? Someone at the Court? A disgruntled Palace servant? One of the members of the Collegia? Someone in the patriarchal sect of the god Sethor? Could the villain be a woman? And what is this person hoping to achieve? It isn’t blackmail, for the letters demand nothing; the aim seems to be the victims’ panic and despair. But why?
Mags and Amily take steps to minimize the damage while using both magic and wits to find the evildoer. But just as they appear to be on the verge of success, the letter-writer tires of terror and is now out for blood.
Mags and Amily will have to track down someone who leaves few clues behind and thwart whatever plans have been set in motion, and quickly—before terror turns to murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756412401
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 10/03/2017
Series: Valdemar: The Herald Spy Series , #3
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 105,159
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at or on Twitter at @mercedeslackey.

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Closer to the Chest 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...and it was, as usual, excellently done. I do hope that there will be more to come in this delightful series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved it! I was glad to see that Amily has had a thought towards children. I hope that someday, maybe it will be worked out who becomes a Herald that are Amily and Mags decedents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey comes through again with a good relaxing read. Want more in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Marvelous adventure. One of my favorite Valdemar stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightfully easy read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you turning pages till the very end
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DHawthorne More than 1 year ago
I loved the other books in this series, but this one was a disappointment. It was flat. The plot seemed contrived, and for a whodunit, you knew who the bad guy was the instant he was introduced, even before his crimes were. And then you spend the rest of the book wondering how the protagonists didn't see it sooner. Characters were introduced, and left unused. Plot elements were introduced seemingly to pad the length of the book, not actually advance the plot. This was not Lakey's best tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading more of Mags and Valdemor