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Eye Spy

(Valdemar: Family Spies #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  23 reviews
In this second installment of the Family Spies series, set in the bestselling world of Valdemar, the children of Heralds Mags and Amily must follow in their parents' footsteps to protect the realm.

Mags, Herald Spy of Valdemar, and his wife, Amily, the King’s Own Herald, are happily married with three kids. Their daughter, Abidela, dreams of building upon her parents’ legac
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by DAW
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Kathy Martin
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abi is the daughter of Herald spymaster Mags and his wife Amily who is the King's Own Herald. She has grown up with the children of the king and queen. She has been trained by her father to be dangerous, to be another layer of protection for the royal children. She has also been trained to be observant. She sometimes wonders if that will be enough for her to be a help to her father and her kingdom since she seems to lack any magical gift.

One day, while on an errand with her best friend Princess
So, I paused in my Priory read because “Oh My Gosh the new Lackey book is out.
I even did a reread of The Hills have Spies in order to be ready. I’m sorry Mercedes, but this is literally my least favourite of all of your books. And I have read every single one. I still love you, and I loved not only having an asexual main character, but a disabled character who is not miraculously “fixed” in order to become insanely powerful and respected and one of the highest powers in the land.

The Mags books
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Those gifts keep morphing!

A new gift! Queen's spymaster Mag's daughter, Abi, finds herself with a different gift, seeing and feeling abnormal stresses in constructions. A bridge is about to collapse and Abi is able to save the day.
Off to School of Artificers, for her, with training in construction and with a talented healer. Stresses in bones and illnesses being likened to stresses in architecture.
Of course there's a conflict with a snotty nosed highborn but given her background, Abi has more th
Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

More like 3.5

What impresses me the most about Eye Spy is how Lackey manages to balance a girl learning about her magic, with a carefully constructed and gripping plot. Abi has an unique set of magical abilities, but even more than that, she's grown up in an unique family full of characters who are courageous, smart, and driven to help their society. If you ever grew up reading a
John Piper
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
I really enjoyed this book! Valdemar is one of my favorite universes, and the Family Spies series is awesome! Abi's book is filled with intrigue, action, great dialog and writing, and wonderful characters! I can't wait to see what happens in the next book! Mercedes has hit a home run with this book and I highly recommend checking it out! I would start with the Collegium series and read the series in chronological order. It's very worth the read!
Abi, is growing up in the Palace, daughter of the King's Own and the King's Spymaster. She doesn't have magic until one day, she realizes that the sick feeling she gets on a certain bridge is the magical warning that the structure is collapsing. Que dramatic rescue and the need to train her Gift in classic Valdemar style.

Why I started this book: I have a couple of books that I should be reading... so of course I ignored them and picked up something fun.

Why I finished it: Interesting perspective
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyable but it has some flaws. I liked the characters. The plot was interesting -- a little unusual -- until the ending, which was contrived and rather anti-climactic. I was also annoyed by Mags continued use of the accent he had as a child. After many years living and working with the upper classes of Valdemar, he would not have retained that working class accent in normal speech, though he would likely have been able to assume it at will. That kind of foolish detail really bugs me. For fans ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eye Spy is Abi’s story. Her older brother has had an adventure and is working closely with Mags. Abi still doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life when she senses a bridge about to fail. Now she has to train her gift and figure out how to turn it into something useful. I loved watching Abi grow into her own skin and realize that she is special just being herself. I really liked Abi and was rooting for her throughout the story. Action and adventure aplenty this is a terrific addition to t ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, ya
"Eye Spy" is a fantasy novel for tweens and teens. While the story works as a stand alone novel, you'll better understand some of the references made in the story if you've read more of the Valdemar series. Frankly, this story felt fragmented--like it was several short stories about Abidela put into one book. She's confronted with a bully but immediately took care of that threat because she's smart and talented. She needed to learn to use her Gift, yet that's more summarized than seen, so not mu ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Usual caveat for a Mercedes Lackey novel. She is past her prime and has been phoning it in for about 10-15 years.

Still, if you're like me and you read Lackey as a source of comfort, this may do the trick. Our protagonist Abi has a very comfortable life with a loving family and extremely close-knit relationship with the royal family. She is incredibly intelligent and competent, asexual, and for some reason we're just going to shrug and accept the fact she's a fantastic knife fighter without viewi
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been years since I'd read a fantasy novel by Mercedes Lackey, so it was a treat to rediscover her work. Eye Spy is the second novel in the Valdemar Family Spies series.

If you're new to the world of Valdemar like I was, it is easy to dive into Eye Spy and fall in love with the characters and that world. The lead is a young woman who was not Chosen to be a Herald but instead shows a rare gift and great promise. Abi is the daughter of Mags (the Spymaster & Herald) and Amily (the King's Ow
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked the story and it was interesting to finally have a Blue based character, not exactly a true full fledged from start to finish Blue character but then again they haven't really been much of a focus as a whole. A few characters have started that way in other stories but then things wind up changing for them. While I have nothing against romance I'm glad that Abi didn't have one, she wasn't interested at the start and its nice when a character isn't forced to change her personality midbook ...more
Angie Gaule
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was provided a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I really liked this book, although it was less character-driven than most. It was nice to see a character treated as a full adult, in spite of the fact that the parents were also characters in the story. It was also nice to see this as somewhat more of a mystery with a problem to be solved, rather than an adventure story with someone to be rescued. Not that there isn't adventure! There is plenty of action, but the action never ov ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This most recent installment in the series does not disappoint. I enjoyed finding out more about Abi and was delighted by the inclusion of an asexual character in the Valdemar universe. Representation matters! Whether you’re a fan of Valdemar or not you will want to add Eye Spy to your collection.

***I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Anna Fox
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book having just finished book #1. I look forward to reading about the other kids in the family to see what their talent / adventure will be. This is book 2 in this series. however, it is set in the Valdemar universe and there are a lot of books set in that world. So after reading this book, you'll have lots more to read!

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review. - I hope for many more Valdemar books!
Gillian Wiseman
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Not bad, but I just think Lackey needs to quit with the Valdemar books, much as I would miss reading about the place. Her stories have gotten sadly stereotypical. There's not much attachment to or differentiation between her young heroes in the last several books. Still, the world building is good, and the writing is fine, easy to read and comfortable. But nothing like as dramatic and meaningful as the Arrows or Last Herald-Mage series.
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been reading

Valdamar books for 25 years and always enjoy them. Some are better than others. Some are my comfort books that I reread often. This book was fun I have been enjoying reading about a new generation of characters that don’t have to be heralds to be good people working for the kingdom.
Jim Rothwell
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another twist on Heraldic Gifts that I was excited to read as soon as it came out... Mercedes' imagination keeps me coming back to this ever-growing story. I'm re-reading all the books set in the world of Velgarth (Mage Wars, Tarma & Kethry, and Valdemar series) this summer, and enjoying my time with some old (and new) friends.
ms bookjunkie
Lovely. A character-appropriate adventure. As always, deft story-appropriate commentary about social class, craft, the stages—and amount!—of labor and skills necessary to produce a finished product that really makes me appreciate my privilege as a 21st century woman.

Most importantly, an ace heroine. Thank you, Mercedes Lackey!
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Always enjoy Valdemar

I always enjoy learning more about Valdemar. Can’t wait for the next one in this series. This book definitely put a different twist on the no one true way.
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Review to come
Andria Potter
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall not bad, though that ending left it hanging a bit. Eager to continue with the series and definitely recommend for longtime fans!
Laura Moss
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading about the newest character Abi.
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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 ...more

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Valdemar: Family Spies (2 books)
  • The Hills Have Spies (Valdemar: Family Spies #1, Valdemar #43)
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“No, it’s not you,” Abi managed to interrupt her. “Actually, it’s not anyone. Not even my best friend Kat. Or Rudi or Emmit or Brice or—well, it’s not anyone. It’s never been anyone.” 0 likes
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