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Smoke and Shadows

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  • Smoke and Shadows
  • Author: Tanya Huff
  • Publisher: Daw Books, Inc.
  • Year: 2004
  • Country: US
  • 408 pages

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When Tony Foster relocated to Vancouver with vampire Henry Fitzroy, he knew it was his chance to get his act together. In an example of art echoing life, Tony landed a job as Production Assistant for the syndicated TV show 'Darkest Night,' a series about a vampire detective. And except for his unrequited crush on the show's handsome costar, Lee Nicholas, Tony was pretty content... at least until the day everything started to fall apart on the set.

It began with shadows - shadows that seemed to be where shadows didn't belong, shadows that almost seemed to have an existence of their own....

Tony tried to ignore it - until he found Nikki Waugh's body...and felt the shadows' touch... Then shadow cast its claim on Lee, and a stunt crash went wrong for no discernible reason, and Tony knew he had to find out what was threatening everyone on the set. And, of course, he needed Henry's help.

It wasn't long before the trail led to CB Productions' special effects wizard, Arra Pelindrake-and a frightening answer only a young man with Tony's background could accept. But knowing what he faced was only half the battle-surviving the unsurvivable, and defeating the undefeatable, that was the real challenge!

Qvamp says:

As with Huff's Vicki Nelson series, vampire Henry Fitzroy is bisexual. In this book we follow his male love interest, openly-gay Tony Foster, and his career in Hollywood.

Not only are Tony and Henry the main characters and two of the main heroes, but Tony also figures out that the villain is also gay, and is able to use that to his advantage.

This book is really a good read and strongly recommended for anyone who enjoys dark fantasy. The vampire aspect is only tangential to the plot.

Rating B
Queer Vampire Rating A
Amount of Gay Content making out


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