For former street kid Tony Foster, the news couldn't be better. Landing a job as a production assistant on a syndicated TV show seems a plausible first step towards his dream of becoming a director. But soon after he gets to the set, Tony begins to worry about the high price of success. Some of the activities on the set seem uncomfortably close to the series' vampire theme. Nevertheless, he stays on, eventually winning a promotion to trainee assistant director. Unfortunately, his career advance only places him closer to a full-scale demonic invasions.
Fans of Buffy and The X-files will cheer the latest exploits of Tony Foster, wizard-in-training, in the third novel of Huff's contemporary fantasy series (after 2005's Smoke and Mirrors). The cult vampire detective TV show for which Tony is now a trainee assistant director is filming in Vancouver-which is also the epicenter of an upcoming deadly Demonic Convergence, according to sexy stuntwoman Leah Burnett, who also happens to be the 3,500-year-old handmaiden and personal Demongate of Ryne Cyratane, "He Who Brings Desire and Destruction." Worse yet, Leah is vulnerable to demon attack, and if she dies, Ryne will be able to return and wreak havoc on Earth. Tony, who has a laptop loaded with spells left behind by Arra Pelindrake, his former wizard mentor, needs a crash course in high-power wizardry to save the world. This spinoff from Huff's popular Blood series stands alone as an entertaining supernatural adventure with plenty of sex, violence and sarcastic humor. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Rescued from life on the streets by 500-year-old vampire Henry Fitzroy, former street hustler Tony Foster now lives in Vancouver and works as a trainee assistant director for CB Productions. When an outbreak of supernatural occurrences leads him to the discovery that stuntwoman Leah is more than she seems-and much, much older-Tony must rely on his developing wizard talents and his growing list of friends to help him prevent a Demonic Convergence that could destroy the world. Huff's third addition to her "Smoke" series (Smoke and Shadows; Smoke and Mirrors) demonstrates her talent for creating believable suspense out of the most improbable circumstances. Vibrant characters and a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of current TV trends make this a strong addition to most fantasy or horror collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Praise for the Smoke series:
"Fans of Buffy and the X-Files will cheer the latest exploits of Tony Foster, wizard-in-training.... An entertaining supernatural adventure with plenty of sex, violence, and sarcastic humor." —Publishers Weekly
"It's a wild romp, full of dark humor, a delightfully twisted version of the usual haunted house story." —Locus
"Huff is one of the best writers we have at contemporary fantasy, particularly with a supernatural twist." —Chronicle
"[Huff's] delightfully light touch lends a sense of timeliness to this effortlessly told fantasy mystery." —Library Journal
"This latest offering is just as gothic and horror-filled as its prequel. The conversational writing is a pleasure.... Huff continues to add many details of filming and life on the set of a television show while maintaining suspense." —VOYA
"Lots of action and amusing show-biz detail keep things moving for a fun dark-fantasy adventure." —Locus
"[A] talent for creating believable suspense out of the most improbably circumstances. Vibrant characters and tongue-in-cheek portrayal of current TV trends make this a strong addition to most fantasy or horror collections." —Library Journal
"Huff writes a spellbinding, fascinating tale that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Jim Butcherwill enjoy." —Midwest Book Review