The Hills Have Spies (Valdemar: Family Spies #1) by Mercedes Lackey

The Hills Have Spies (Valdemar: Family Spies #1)

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...

Details The Hills Have Spies (Valdemar: Family Spies #1)

TitleThe Hills Have Spies (Valdemar: Family Spies #1)
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Magic

Reviews The Hills Have Spies (Valdemar: Family Spies #1)

  • Debbie
    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...
  • Marilyn Fisher
    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.
  • Melissa Jane
    4.5 stars and surprisingly good. I stayed up way too late reading this and I couldn't put it down. I just had to finish the book. I was impressed with Mags oldest son, Peregrine, and how he used his Gift during their adventures. I loved the father/son dynamics at play and was very glad he bonded with a Kayree instead of a Companion (although I adore them personally). You need to have read the Collegium Chronicles to truly appreciate the story in ...
  • Jennifer
    This was a fun adventure with appealing characters. This was a pleasant surprise, because I *really* did not like the last five Valdemar books released by Mercedes Lackey, but I continue reading them in the hopes that a little bit of the magic that made me fall in love with the world will be present. That magic *is* present in this volume, and unlike the Mags books, I actually want to read the stories in the subsequent books, which I'm guessing w...
  • Tim Lucier
    What starts out as a typical "Heralds of Valdemar" book introducing a new young protagonist, half-way through picks up the magic of previous great entries in the series.I need to remind myself every time I start a new Valdemar book... that I'm going to need to budget time to return to other favourites in the series afterwards because it Never Fails to give me a craving for more that can't be satiated with any other books.I have to admit, I've not...
  • Betsy
    [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 oth...
  • Imogene
    Very enjoyable seeing Mags and his world expand into the adventures of their children.I also like how the rest of the world seems to be becoming more a part of the recent Valdemar.No spoilers, but even coming right back to the beginning and mentioning the creation of the Gryphons and Hertasi etc by Urtho.Luckily Lackey is a very prolific author, because I’m looking forward to the next one. Which I suppose may be th next sibling in line
  • Book_joy
    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. ...
  • Hannah
    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. Ani...
  • Jane Cordingley
    Not the best of Mercedes Lackey, but it was a very pleasant read.
  • Jack
    FinallyWhile I’ve been a huge fan of the Valdemar series for a number of years, I’ve been slightly disappointed with the last couple of books. But this one was a great return to the kind of writing I expect from Ms. Lackey. The story was great from beginning to end. We get a deeper glimpse into Mags adult life, get to know his oldest child and his gifts, and personality. We get to see other beings mentioned in other stories in the world of Ve...
  • Gloria
    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 characteri...
  • Al Lustie
    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.
  • Sue Lyssa Stone Shaffer
    Oh my!!Mags has always been a part of Valdemar worthy of tales. His life and adventures are full, well crafted tales. Unafraid of exploring both the best and worst parts of humanity the author leavens it with magical beings, wisdom and wonder.I can only hope for more Family Spies adventures and for Kee to earn a special book on becoming a mind healer in the mode of Talia.
  • Elizabeth Harless
    Enthralling - As Always!Misty Lackey never fails to entrap you in her wonderful web of words, and never disappoints you in your expectation of a delightful and engrossing tale. This latest in the Valdemar series is no exception. I can never put down one of her books until I finish it, and always am hungry for more!
  • Ann
    Best sequelThe relationship between a grown Mags and his son is 3 dimensional, and believable. I love the man that we watched grow up. The plot is worthy of the characters but solution was unfair.
  • E.M. Farmer
    This story is NOT what it is purported to beThe 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 hal...
  • Norine Luker
    Great new seriesIt was fun to revisit Mags and Amily as adults. The story is really around their son, Perry, who is more than you could wish.Mags takes Perry on a journey to check out some disquieting rumors and spend some father son time in the way that only a master spy and Herald would do. Perry leads them into a grand adventure with some truly amazing allies and enemies. Can't wait for more!
  • Angela
    On the whole I did like the story but I'm not sure I'm liking the direction these books are taking. I am curious to see what the next book is about but remain somewhat skeptical about how well this trilogy or family series will do.
  • Susan Mcneely
    As always ms. Lackey provides beautiful imagery with absolutely compelling characters and a pulse pounding story!😍
  • S White
    MagicMost 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....Enjoy!
  • Michele bookloverforever
    The Hills Have Spies (Valdemar: Family Spies)Mags takes his eldest son in a reconnaissance mission. Such wonderful characters! I have enjoyed each and every Valdemar story she's written no matter what time period it covered. This story is a fine addition to her collection. Another fine coming of age story. Well done!
  • Harold Armstrong
    The legacy continuesHaha 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.
  • Carol Tuft
    Great readA must for Valdamar fans! Suspense and good plot, Mags and son go for an adventure! Firebirds!,Dyhei,Kyree, bond birds all show up!
  • Alayne
    Another wonderful story from Mercedes Lackey, this one is set about 15 years after Closer to the Heart. Amily and Mags have 3 children and this story is about the eldest, Perry. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the next one!
  • Michelle
    Return to ValdemarSo very thankful to once again return to Valdemar. We get to visit our old friends Mags and Amily and meet their children.
  • Morgan Dhu
    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, no...
  • Lara
    Okay, so first of all, while I have no doubt that others before me have pointed this out, what in the seven hells happened with the jacket copy? There is no one named Justyn in this book, no one joins a traveling carnival, the Hawkbrothers are referenced but nobody meets one, and the plot definitely does not center around someone fomenting racist unrest against them. Was this book drastically revised between the first plot summary and its actual ...
  • Richardkyser
    So this another solid book by Mercedes Lackey. The character of Mags as a father watching his son come of age was told in a realistic and emotionally fashion. However, I'm hoping that the title a family of spies hints at the pace of the stories. Since Mags & Amily have three children, the next book in this series will be about each child. Perry, is the eldest child. He has animal mind speech, has been training to follow in his father's profession...
  • Book_joy
    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 Va...