Smoke and Mirrors

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When Tony and his TV crew find themselves shooting in an actual haunted house, all hell threatens to break loose. Locked into the house overnight, can Tony keep the diabolical controling spirit from turning the crew against one another in an orgy of blood?

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Overview

When Tony and his TV crew find themselves shooting in an actual haunted house, all hell threatens to break loose. Locked into the house overnight, can Tony keep the diabolical controling spirit from turning the crew against one another in an orgy of blood?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Poor Tony Foster with his burgeoning wizardly powers. No matter how many times he and his undead ex-boyfriend battle malevolent spirits to save the cast and crew of Darkest Night (the most popular vampire detective TV series in North America), everyone else on the set regards him as only a lowly production assistant. Having fended off evil shadows from another world (in 2004's Smoke and Shadows), Tony now has to contend with filming haunted house scenes in a house that's actually haunted. When all the doors slam shut, he finds himself trapped with ghosts repeatedly reenacting their deaths, his painfully cynical and egotistical colleagues and-worst of all-the boss's bratty daughters. Huff delights in simultaneously bringing out the worst and best of her characters, and she's really found her stride here. Underneath the supernatural trappings and the nonstop wisecracks is a whodunit full of devious plot twists and genuine character development, and the fine-tuned mockery of (and occasional indulgence in) horror novel/film clich s adds spice. Little time is spent explaining things for new readers, so this is best enjoyed after catching up with the previous volume. Agent, Joshua Bilmes. (June 7) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Ex-street kid Tony Foster and Henry Fitzroy, an Elizabethan-era vampire, have relocated to Vancouver, where Tony, now employed by a film company, discovers madness and mayhem in a house rented for filming a ghost story that, unknown to the cast and crew, may in fact be home to a number of restless phantoms. Huff's sequel to Smoke and Shadows develops the relationship of Henry, Tony, and their human-and superhuman-friends and enemies in a tale of supernatural suspense and mystery certain to appeal to the author's many fans. The author of the "Blood" novels has once again proven herself a master of urban fantasy. A good selection for most antasy collections, particularly where there is demand for vampire fiction. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756403485
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/6/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 694,401
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Tanya Huff may have left Nova Scotia at three, and has lived most of her life since in Ontario, but she still considers herself a Maritimer. On the way to the idyllic rural existence she shares with her partner Fiona Patton, six cats, and a chihuahua, she acquired a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic—an education she was happy to finally use while writing her recent Smoke novels. Of her previous twenty-three books, the five—Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, Blood Debt—featuring Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII, romance writer, and vampire are among the most popular.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    Hokey Plot, Fun Characters

    The characters are so much fun that I was about halfway through the book before I realized the plot has been done to death. It's almost like Ms. Huff is poking fun at her own genre. Tony is an unlikely hero, and the other characters--even minor characters--are interesting in their own right. They may not all be likeable (Mason Reed tops my list), but it's fun to see what kind of mess they can get themselves into. It's more fun to see them get out of it. I hope she writes more in this series. It's brain-candy, and it's a great way to kill a few hours.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent haunted house horror story

    Art imitates life when former street prostitute Tony Foster lands a job as a production assistant for the television show Darkest Night. The show stars a vampire-detective while for years Tony was the food supply and lover of Henry Fitzroy, the four hundred and fifty year old vampire. Tony has fought supernatural entities for years but he never expected to fight them in the mundane world of television. --- Last year on the set, he fought the Shadowlord who came from another dimension (see SMOKE AND SHADOWS) and the Shadows who the people on the set. Current filming is in Caulfield House, which comes alive closing them in and keeping outsiders from entering. Several murders/suicides keep replaying with the spirits trapped in endless reruns of what they did when they were alive. The house feeds off of these scenes and wants the eighteen living people trapped inside to repeat the murder- suicide cycle in order to feed on the essence of the dying. Tony, who found out he was a wizard when he battled the Shadowlord, seeks a way to destroy this malevolence, otherwise he and all his companions will die over and over again in a dance that has no ending. --- In SMOKE AND MIRRORS, Henry Fitzroy makes a cameo appearance as the focus is on Tony who has to develop his own wizardly skills and become a leader if he is to defeat the evil that is Caulfield House. Over the course of seven books, Tony has changed from a street prostitute to a member of mainstream society who wants to battle evil whenever it comes his way. Not since Hell House has a haunted house horror story been so frightening.--- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    Smoke and Mirrors, The Smoke Trilogy, Book 2

    This was a VERY good story. One of Tanya's best. I read it from cover to cover in less than 2 days. I found it impossible to put it down. The story is fast paced and keeps giving you more and more all the time. The only problem I had was keeping seperate who was saying/doing what with 13+ people in the haunted house. I was great reading Tony grow into becoming a great wizard.

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