The Hills Have Spies

The Hills Have Spies

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

Title:The Hills Have Spies
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About Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am

    The Hills Have Spies Reviews

  • 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 ...

  • 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 missi...

  • 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 t...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 G...

  • Wendy

    Set in the world of Valdemar, “The Hills Have Spies” opens when Mags, the King’s Spy warned by a retired Herald living in a village along the border of the Pelagirs about disappearances and miss...

  • 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...

  • Kirsti

    I think it is the pure wholesomeness of Valdemar that keeps me coming back over the years. the simplicity of characters that want no more than warm break, stew and a soft bed. I feel lulled by these b...

  • eyes.2c

    A solid read for Valdemar fans. Mags' son Perry is thrust to the fore. Animal mind speech is his talent, a welcome one when danger sits on Valdemar's doorstep....

  • musa b-n

    This was one of the first Mercedes Lackey books I've read in a while, and I enjoyed it! I got pretty absorbed in it, and I love all the animals, as always.I thought it wasn't quite as interesting as I...