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Tanya Huff was born in Nova Scotia, but now has an idyllic rural existence in Ontario.
When an actress in a popular vampire TV series is found dead in her dressing room, production assistant Tony Foster suspects the presence of a supernatural foe and turns to his former mentor for advice-450-year-old Henry Fitzroy, vampire and bastard son of Henry VIII. In Huff's long-awaited addition to her popular Henry Fitzroy series, Henry once again takes part in the struggle between good and evil, fighting not only to save the humans upon which he depends for his existence but also the world from conquest by a being from another realm. The author's delightfully light touch lends a sense of timeliness to this effortlessly told fantasy mystery, the first title in a new trilogy. For most libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
'Tanya Huff's attempt to make Smoke and Mirrors look effortless can't hide the fact she writes well and obviously had as much fun as her characters' GUARDIAN
Lights, camera and action take a backseat to slippery shadows, snappy dialogue and an overwrought hybrid fantasy/SF plot in Canadian author Huff's alternately clever and annoying blend of farce, mystery and magic, the first in a trilogy. In this spinoff from the author's five-volume series (Blood Price, etc.) featuring vampire Henry Fitzroy, Fitzroy's streetwise ex-lover, Tony Foster, has moved with Fitzroy to Vancouver to study film. Now the set production assistant on CB Production's Darkest Night (think Angel), Foster pines for one of the hunky (alas, heterosexual) co-stars and dreams of being a director. When an actress is murdered under very "shadowy" circumstances, it turns out to have been done by a minion of a Shadowlord who slipped through a "gate" near the show's soundstage originally opened by Arra Pelindrake, a special effects wizard who also happens to be, well, a different sort of wizard on another world. Foster, Pelindrake and Fitzroy join forces to kill other minions sent to take over Earth and destroy Pelindrake, the Shadowlord's archenemy. The proceedings are enlivened with campy comments ("a world where Joss Whedon got canceled was exactly the kind of world where the Shadowlord could win"), but it's not enough to save an overextended plot light on substance and heavy with fang-in-cheek fun. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.