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"Eye Spy feels like a present written especially for me. You're gonna want to read it. This one's a firecracker." —Tor.com
"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
"Returning to her beloved Valdemar universe, Lackey opens her new series at a pivotal time in the history of Valdemar.... Series fans will enjoy the variations on a familiar theme, while enough information is presented for first-timers to discover a world of high adventure and individual courage. Highly recommended." —Library Journal
"Closer to the Heart has the two things that have always made me love these books: a richly detailed history of the world, and beautiful writing." —The Arched Doorway
"Lackey is a master at characterization." —The Ranting Dragon --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08T6VFNQJ
- Publisher : DAW (June 15, 2021)
- Publication date : June 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2099 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 384 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,714 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Thank you Mercedes for the ending, I was really shocked at the twists & turns, exactly like real life.
The hook to any novel is the opening, and what an opening it was! Alright, so we’ve got Duke Kordas doing his best to help a horse deliver a foal into the world. In this beautifully written, authentic (complete with the unpleasant business) description of what equine labor is, we get to some of the core of our protagonist Kordas’ personality. He’s hands-on, he’s quick-thinking, he’s caring. He’s the kind of person you’d probably like and get along with.
He’s the kind of leader who the Eastern Empire has little use for.
A vassal to a cruel Emperor, Kordas is carrying on his father’s plan for escaping the Empire once, and for all. This is a monumental task, and Lackey’s famous consistency in describing how her magic system works is on full display, here. Rules she developed twenty years ago are still in place, making for an organic re-entry into the world of Velgarth for returning readers, as well as a good explanation for new ones. We do learn new things about the universe, like how various magical planes of existence function. We learn how Kordas’ allies are able to accomplish the seemingly-impossible, and everything seems like it will be easy for Kordas to execute the last steps of the plan.
Then come the twists; the simple-enough final visit to the Empire’s capital leads to the promises of help, and a the burning need consuming Kordas - a need to help those who are victims of an Emperor who is perfectly content to enslave and torture magical beings for his own personal gain. Suddenly, the simple-enough plan has turned complicated. We learn the meaning of the Imperial maxim, explored long ago in Lackey’s ‘Mage Storms’ trilogy, that “Danger lies in the west.”
I hope you, dear reader, will give Beyond a chance. It’s a great entry point into the world Lackey has spent so many years crafting, and it will get you wondering what might come next for Kordas and his brethren. I, for one, suggest ‘Arrows Of The Queen,’ the very first novel of the series. Thank you for reading.
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Kordas is a very strong character however his magic seems not as strong as what I would assumed. He seemed to really not have too much of it relying on others to do the magical works.
Imagery in this book made me smile at times especially when he is helping with the birth of a foal. The analogies were very strong and of course I do get a perverse pleasure when they talked about the gassiness of the mare.
This was a good start however despite my love of this book there was a lot more that I wanted to see. I wanted to see them fleeing the empire and really the founding starting. This will be great series and I hope it solves some of what we see in the current valdemar