I’m still recovering my book review buffer from the long read that was Winter of the World. So, it’s another old book review for today. This one I heard about from a podcast that is now defunct. They did an author interview with Huff and I decided to pick up one of her books from the library.
Genre: urban fantasy
Length: 416 pages
Setting: Vancouver, Canada, present day
Summary: Tony is a production assistant in Vancouver. He starts to notice the shadows in the studio aren’t quite right. When one of the actresses turns up dead in her dressing room (apparently scared to death), Tony discovers the one person who knows what’s going on – Arra. Arra does special effects for the show. She’s also a wizard from the same dimension as the shadows. Tony, Arra, and Henry (a vampire) work together to keep the shadows and the controlling Shadowlord (who conquered Arra’s world with his shadows) from taking over their world.
Final thoughts: A very good book. I will have to read more int his series. Tony and Henry come from another series by Huff, but the library doesn’t have those books. Too bad because there were comments made about their mutual history that sounded interesting. As a bonus for more diverse stories, Tony is gay (which I found unusual when I read the book in 2007). I also enjoyed all the references to pop culture sprinkled throughout the book.
Title comes from: It was mostly set in a TV production studio and the entertainment industry is just “smoke and mirrors.” Plus, the shadows were partially defeated by smoke (a fog machine that removed the solidity of the shadows in the last battle).
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review from a previous year
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