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"spellbinding fascinating tale"

It has been almost two months since Tony Foster fought any supernatural entities so he enjoys the respite especially with his promotion to the Trainee Assistant Director on the set of Darkest Night, a TV show starring a vampire detective. Tony finds life ironic that he works on a vampire show when his lover, best friend, and father figure Henry Fitzroy (baseborn son of King Henry VIII) is a real vampire.

Tony's hiatus from the supernatural ends when he learns from stunt woman Leah Barrett who doubles as a Demongate keeping her demon out of our world that the Demon Convergence has begun. It is a time when energies are moving is such a way that the barriers between earth and the Hells are penetrable. Leah is 3500 years old and because her demon master miscast a spell she has been protected and he unable to breach the "walls". If he gains access as it seems likely he will, the demon master will dominate the world of humanity. His minions are coming for Leah and Tony, who still remains a tyro when it comes to using his wizard powers. With the help of friends like Henry, Tony knows he will stand brave and strong trying to stop the demon horde.

The hero has changed from a street hustler and prostitute to a courageous person willing to die to keep his friends and his world safe. This superb urban fantasy is at times funny, but mostly dramatic as there is plenty of action especially as Tony learns how to use his skills as he wars with demon assassins sent to kill Leah, considered by her kind as a traitor. Tanya Huff writes a spellbinding fascinating tale that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Jim Butcher will enjoy.

Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted July 18, 2006

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007

SUMMARY

A novel of vampires, wizards - and TV terror

Fledgling wizard Tony is now an assistant director on "Darkest Night," the syndicated TV series about a vampire detective. But it's hard to concentrate on the latest episode when a Demonic Convergence is allowing lesser demons entry to our world, and the sexy stuntwoman, Leah, is also an immortal Demongate whose death would open the way to unimaginable peril. Can Tony halt the Convergence, keep Leah alive, and still have a career? Or will his artistic ambitions-not to mention the rest of the world-go up in smoke?

 

Smoke and Ashes
(Smoke and... series: Book 3)
by Tanya Huff

Daw Books
June 1, 2007
Available: June 5, 2007
ISBN #0756404150
EAN #9780756404154
400 pages
Paperback (reprint)
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Other Books by
Tanya Huff

Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives
Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead
The Enchantment Emporium
Valor's Trial
Many Bloody Returns
Smoke and Mirrors
Smoke and Shadows
Long Hot Summoning
The Better Part Of Valor
Dracula In London
The Second Summoning
Summon the Keeper


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