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 on her parents’ legacy by joining her father’s network of spies, hoping to offset her seeming lack of a Gift. But when Abi senses the imminent collapse of a bridge only moments before it happens, she saves countless lives, including that of her best friend, Princess Katiana. The experience, though harrowing, uncovers her unique Gift—an ability to sense the physical strains in objects. Intrigued by the potential of her Gift, the Artificers seek to claim her as their own—but only the Healers can train her. Through training with both of them, Abi discovers unique facets of her Gift, including a synesthetic connection to objects that allows her to “see” as well as feel the strains. Her Gift may also grant her a distinct advantage as a spy—there won’t be a building in the entire kingdom of Valdemar with a secret room that she doesn’t know about. With the help of her mentors, she must hone her gift to uncover the hidden secrets in the depths of Valdemar. Story Locale: Valdemar Series Overview: The Family Spies series follows the legacy of Heralds Mags and Amily as their three children follow in their footsteps to serve the realm of Valdemar.
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Amerikansk forfatterinde, gift med Larry Dixon, som hun har skrevet nogle bøger sammen med. Lackey fik udgivet sin første roman I 1987 og har siden produceret et sandt væld af bøger, enten alene eller sammen med en medforfatter. Mange af hendes bøger (inklusive hendes første; "Arrows of the Queen") foregår I hendes "Valdemar" verden, hvor der er flere trilogier og nogle enkeltbind som foregår. Lackey har også skrevet flere bøger om Diana Tregarde, som er okkult detektiv. Desuden har hun skrevet bøger I andres verdener; bl.a. I computerspillet "Bard's Tale", og en "Darkover" bog sammen med Marion Bradley.