The Hills Have Spies

The Hills Have Spies

Book - 2018
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, DAW Books, Inc.,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780756413170
Characteristics: 360 pages


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Dec 05, 2018

This is a delightful continuation of "Mags" Life with some interesting twists and turns in it.There are also "Dyeheli" and "Kyree" in there as well. If you want to read something that you can't put down Then check out this one!

Jul 10, 2018

Bizarre: The description above (from the book's liner notes) is actually completely wrong! The actual novel IS about Mags & Amily's firstborn, but his name is Perry (Peregrine), and the plot is nothing like the description.

Briefly, the actual plot: Perry inherited his mother's animal mindspeech Gift, and his father's talents as an apprentice spy. Now a teenager, he has not (yet?) been Chosen by a Companion, creating some anxiety and self-doubt. To turn his son's worry's elsewhere, Mags takes Perry out to the mysterious Pelagirs to help the local Herald investigate a series of disappearances. Needless to say, things are much more serious than anyone realized, and Perry will need all of his spy training and animal friends to survive a powerful enemy...

I can only surmise that someone wrote the liner notes based on an early draft or treatment, or that it's confused with the upcoming second book in the series. I've never in all my years of reading come across such a sloppy error from a major publisher.

Jul 09, 2018

The book jacket has next to nothing to do with the story... It is Mags and Amily and their family, but their eldest is Peregrine, and its Peregrine and Mags who head off to foreign territory as traders to see what's happening. On their travels they encounter many of the incredible inhabitants of the Peligar Forrest (both good and bad); meet up with an elderly Herald who tells them of a troubling discovery he's made; and discover what it means to be family.

A true Valdemar tale (no matter what the names of the characters).

Jul 03, 2018

I enjoyed this book. Nice to see Mags as a father. Nice to see his son with abilities, but slightly different than the usual. Great to see a different animal with psychic abilities and wisdom. Hope to see more of his advenntures. Also, curious to see what the other two children bring to the family; knowing, they will be serving the good of their culture in some way. Keep up the Good Work Mercedes!

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