Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (60)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. So here's a thing I'm looking forward to: Closer to Home, by Mercedes Lackey (DAW Hardcover, 7 October 2014).

 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?


I've been enjoying this series, and I'm still interested enough to see where she goes with it next. Technically this is the first in a new Herald Spy series, but since it continues on directly from the Collegium Chronicles with the exact same set of characters I'm guessing the distinction is going to be pretty subtle.


  1. The synopsis does sound intriguing and I like the cover.
    Except the two masks makes me thing of theater plays for some reason.
    Nice pick!

  2. I haven't read the first one but this looks really good and the covers intriguing :)

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