The Hills Have Spies

The Hills Have Spies

by Mercedes Lackey


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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 King’s Own Herald, are happily married with three kids. The oldest, Peregrine, has the Gift of Animal Mindspeech—he 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, Perry’s 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 border—before those disappearances turn deadly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756413170
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Series: Valdemar: Family Spies Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 142,321
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the bestselling Heralds of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator.

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The Hills Have Spies 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The synopsis had nothing in common with the story. Even the protagonist's name is wrong. Mags and his oldest son Perry head out to the border of Valdemar to find out why people are disappearing and run into trouble. No players, no hawkbrothers, and the "mysterious dog" is known to be a kyree before he even arrives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is Not the story I had anticipated from the synopsis of the book. Instead it was about Mags and the coming of age of his eldest son Peregrin ( Perry) as they journey together to try to solve the mystery of missing people. I would still like to read the story that this book was supposed to be about as it sounds intriguing too! But it doesn't really matter as Mercedes Lackey never fails to deliver a Great read. I'm glad that the adventures of Mags and Amily will continue with their children. Maybe with more of the Royals and other old friends too. If , by chance, this is your first visit to Valdemar, I would suggest starting with some of her earlier books. This world has a lot of history and details that would enrich your enjoyment of this book if you would do so. At least start with the Herald Spy books as the adventures of Mags and Amily begin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mags is all grown up, married to Amily and has three children. 13-year old Perry (the oldest) and Mags embark on a mission to find out why people are disappearing near the Peliger forest and discover more than they expected. I’ve loved the Mags stories and I’m looking forward to more stories about Mag’s family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about finding what is happening to people gonemissing and Perry, mags' son.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Mercedes Lackey never fails to deliver a great read with vivid characters and a well detailed world. Enjoyed the book enormously and looking forward to the sequels.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Quite good this one. Not sure why Lackey is so fixated on Mags, as some of the stories have been a little drawn out. Don't get me wrong, I love Mags and Amily, it just felt like maybe 2 books too many and a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion as to why the Sleepgivers wanted him so badly. I really liked this turn though. I'm hopeful that the next book will be just as good or better. That would be a delightful return to the Valdemar I love!
Anonymous 8 months ago
I love the way she writes . You always get drawn in an can feel all emotions from the story. Loved it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like all of Mercedes Lackey books an easy entertaining, flowing read. Fits perfectly in the Valedemar world. Can’t wait for the next one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent tale. Lackey at her best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read every Valdemar book ever written and I can certify they are all terrific, and this one is equally excellent. Previous books allowed us to experience Mags growing up, and now we have the pleasure of sharing his adventure with his son, Perry. I cannot recommend Mercedes Lackey highly enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and am looking forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little slow getting started but as usual delivers a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book continues the 'Saga of Mags' sharing the adventures of his eldest son. The book described the coming of age of a young man who speaks to animals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love that Mags and Amily’s story continues. This was a great read, from a wonderful author. It will be interesting to see what becomes of the Royals and children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Never disappoints. But my book is confusing. Does anybody else have two names for Mags son? I have Perry and Justyn. Excellant book but I think I got a strange book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story is about mags and son perry (no Justyn mentioned) and does not have hawk brothers in it. Mags and petty (13 yrs old) travel to find cause of mysterious disappearances of other travelers outside of Valdemar and their adventures along the way. Good book. I love the herald series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the intrigue and blending of old and new characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Valdemar books and Mags is a favorite. I really enjoyed this story about Mags and his oldest son PERRY! The kyree is a wonderful edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such fun and clever stories. I will never get enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story telling. As always, provides enough information to let the reader paint the picture in their own mind. Continues the story of Mags and Amily well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Mags and all Heralds stories. Sadly some have felt like they were just words to fill a quota. But this was a good plot that moved along with enough action mixed with emotion. I am looking forward to more stories of this new generation.