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Closer to Home

by Mercedes Lackey

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A near fatal accident makes dramatic changes in the Herald's World in Valdemar. Mags and Amily step into new jobs and need to resolve a feud of families that threatens the peace. Mags creates his own Baker Street Irregulars and Amily slips into the role of King's Own. ( )
  jamespurcell | Jul 30, 2016 |
Another strong entry. Mags has been cursed with an interesting life. They are going to need to go back to find out about Nikolas' accident. There are no "accidents" when you are a Herald. Nice developments in Mags' spy network. ( )
  bgknighton | Oct 26, 2015 |
Don't you love how wrong some book summaries can be? The above summary comes straight from the dust cover, with a little editing on my part, and would you guess, there is no treacherous plot to destroy the heralds. There is no plan to kill Nikolas. The things you see on book covers now a days... Anyways, this first book to the squeal series of Mags is much better than the last three books of the first series were. Not on par with Lackey's earlier Herald books (cough - Vanyel - cough) which some reviewers thought, but not as bad as some the books were getting. The majority of the book was Mags and Amily tagging the heels of the royal court ladies and gentlemen which wasn't too exciting but it picks up in the last fifty pages or so. Overall, mediocre. ( )
1 vote Kassilem | Apr 30, 2015 |
This is a book that seriously pleases my inner teenager, although my adult self notices and wishes for more for the women of Valdemar. I don't know how well it would stand up if you weren't already familiar with the world, but if you loved Mercedes Lackey as a kid, this is a nice journey back to Valdemar.
  terriko | Feb 8, 2015 |
It's interesting, though the themes and the action don't quite mesh. The themes are all about accepting adulthood and responsibility, and making (good) choices about your life - the action is a feud and one person trying to bump it up to an active battle. The Romeo and Juliet callouts are amusing, though that's not how the story ends up. Oh, and I also find it amusing that Mags is not the only one playing the role of good fellow - Magnus is a mask, and there's another very similar one (not going to say who, because that's a pretty major point). Mags and Amily get to encounter those required choices in some complicated ways, though Mags' gang of messenger kids is pretty much unalloyed good. Several very good scenes, such as Mags yelling at King and Council. And Amily's Gift shows up and ends up being extremely useful. The story continues pretty closely after the end of Bastion - well, OK, they've finished their Circuit, but they're still in the caravan as the story opens, heading home. Not bad, and I definitely want to read the next book. ( )
1 vote jjmcgaffey | Jan 31, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0756408997, Hardcover)

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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Trained as a spy by the King's Own Herald, an orphan named Mags rises through the ranks of the Heralds' Collegium and uses his powerful Mindspeech gift to outmaneuver a royal court plot that risks his mentor and family.

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