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Berkley & NAL Mass Market June 2019

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The Hills Have Spies
By (author): Mercedes Lackey
9780756413187 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Fantasy / Epic Jun 04, 2019
$10.99 CAD
Active 4.19 x 6.75 x 0.91 in 352 pages DAW
Now in mass market, the first book of The Family Spies series returns to the bestselling world of Valdemar, where Heralds Mags and Amily continue to protect the realm 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. To let Perry experience life away from home and out in the world, Mags proposes that his son accompany him on an expedition to investigate some strange disappearances occurring on the border of Valdemar.

During their travels, Perry’s Animal Mindspeech allows him to communicate with the local wildlife, 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.

Story Locale: Valdemar (fantasy world)

Series Overview: The Family Spies series continues the tale of Heralds Mags and Amily as they balance serving the realm of Valdemar with their growing family obligations.

BOOK ONE of the Family Spies series, sequel to Lackey’s previous trilogy, The Herald Spy

NOW IN PAPERBACK: The book is appearing in paperback following its hardcover release

BELOVED RETURNING CHARACTERS: Mags was the protagonist in the previous two Valdemar series, the Herald Spy trilogy and the bestselling Collegium Chronicles

CROSS SELL with Untitled Family Spies #2, the second book in the Family Spies series

NYT BESTSELLER HISTORY: All five of the Collegium Chronicles novels hit the extended New York Times hardcover bestseller list

BESTSELLING SERIES: Lackey’s Valdemar novels are her highest-selling series

Mercedes Lackey is a #1 New York Times-bestselling 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.

Author Residence: Oklahoma

Marketing: E-mail marketing campaign

Social media campaign

Feature on Unbound Worlds

Author Website:

Author Social Media:; Twitter @mercedeslackey

Praise for Valdemar

The Hills Have Spies is a classic Valdemaran coming-of-age story…. Longtime Valdemar fans will enjoy this new installment.”—

“Whether it’s the spellbinding world, the intrigue of the plot, or the simple yet remarkable narrative style—it is impossible to say which of these makes the story so good, but one thing is for sure: Closer to Home marks the beginning of another fantastic Lackey series.”—RT Reviews

“Mags remains an engaging character, and makes a very capable spy/investigator…. His adventures still make engrossing reading.”—Locus

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