The Herald Spy

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491 ratings

Closer to Home Publisher's Summary

Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King's Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds' Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen.

Although normally a Herald in his first year of Whites would be sent off on circuit, Mags is needed close to home for his abilities as a spy and his powerful Mindspeech gift. There is a secret, treacherous plot within the royal court to destroy the Heralds. The situation becomes dire after the life of Mags' mentor, King's Own Nikolas, is imperiled. His daughter, Amily, is chosen as the new King's Own, a complicated and dangerous job that is made more so by this perilous time. Can Mags and Amily save the court, the Heralds, and the Collegium itself?

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  • Book 1

    • Closer to Home

    • Valdemar: The Herald Spy, Book 1
    • By: Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 620
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 558
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 558

    Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King's Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds' Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen.Although normally a Herald in his first year of Whites would be sent off on circuit, Mags is needed close to home for his abilities as a spy and his powerful Mindspeech gift.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great transition for this series

    • By Ann Taylor on 06-22-15

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 2

    • Closer to the Heart

    • Valdemar: The Herald Spy, Book 2
    • By: Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 460
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 416
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 414

    Mags was a Herald of Valdemar. But he had once lived the brutal life of a child slave. When he was Chosen by his Companion Dallen, his young life was saved, and he slowly adjusted to being well fed, educated, and treasured as a trainee in the Herald's Collegium at Haven. Singled out by the King's Own Herald, Mags would thrive in his secret training as a spy. His unusually strong Gift - an ability to Mindspeak and Mindhear anyone, not just others who were Gifted - made him a perfect undercover agent for the king.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good continuation of the series

    • By breckoz on 01-24-16

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 3

    • Closer to the Chest

    • Valdemar: The Herald Spy, Book 3
    • By: Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 411
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 364
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 362

    Herald Mags, the King of Valdemar's Herald-Spy, has been developing a clandestine network of young informants who operate not only on the streets of the capital city of Haven but also in the Great Halls and kitchens of the wealthy and highborn. In his own established alternate personas, Mags observes the Court and the alleys alike, quietly gathering information to keep Haven and the Kingdom safe.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hatred or Tolerance

    • By Tina Chandler on 12-05-17

    Regular price: $24.95