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Smoke and Mirrors (Tony Foster #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,181 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
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?
Paperback, 404 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by DAW (first published June 7th 2005)
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Jul 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vampires, queer, fantasy
Supernatural/Mystery. The crew of Darkest Night is filming a haunted house episode in a house that, surprise, turns out to be haunted and Tony has to save them all with his new beginning-level wizarding powers! This is very, very good. I tore through it. Huff seems to have resolved her POV issues and the story itself has lots of suspense and gore and creepiness. Tony's growing up some, and it's awesome that he's wizardly. The unresolved sexual tension between him and Lee is actually sexy this ti ...more
Rachel Thompson
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Tony Foster works as a production assistant on the Canadian television show Darkest Night, a show about a vampire detective. Last spring Tony discovered he was an actual wizard as he defeated a being called the Shadowlord and his minions. Things have been quiet on the set since, until they go on location to shoot an episode featuring a haunted house. But no one realized the house really is haunted until it's too late. Now the cast and crew must somehow survive the night because the house isn't w ...more
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book & was surprised to find I had trouble putting it down [this lead to some very bleary-eyed work days]. Fans of the Blood series should enjoy it, but I strongly recommend reading the first book in the series, Smoke & Shadows, as there's little time spent on filling in the back story, and you may find yourself a little lost otherwise. I had to look up some of what happened previously to understand some of Tony's references. One other criticism is I would have ...more
Oct 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Pure genius! I could not put this second book in the Shadow series down. I seriously read like 200 pages in a single day. I wanted to stay up all night to finish it but my body would have protested the lack of sleep during class today.

Every death was more gruesome than the next and while I'm not a big fan I couldn't stop reading. This book truly built on Tony's character and I'm loving where Huff is taking him. I can't believe there's only one more book left in this series.

And it's official, I
My original review of the novel

The Tony Foster trilogy is one of my absolute favorites on my shelf (and this is my favorite of the three), so I was super thrilled to find out that there are audiobooks. That usually doesn't happen to my older favorites barely anyone talks about anymore.

So of course I loved the story. Brian Sutherland is a competent narrator, too. Still, I substracted a star because while it definitely is enjoyable to listen to this, I thought that there was something... lacking.
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I know it's really unusual, but in this case the second book of a trilogy is my favorite. I love all three of them very much, but if I had to rank them, this one would come out on top every single time.

Imagine: You're stuck in a haunted house. With your colleagues. Including the one you have a big crush on. Nightmares! At least your boss is not there, right? But his two young daughters are and you know he'll murder you at least twice if they get hurt. Plus, you're the only person who actually ca
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
After chugging through Phaedra Weldon's Wraith, I was definitely in the mood to go right back to good ol' Tanya Huff, so I went for Smoke and Mirrors, Book 2 of her Tony Foster series.

And really, Tanya Huff just continues to solidly entertain. It's less rare than it used to be to have an urban fantasy series with a male protagonist, but it's still very, very rare to have an urban fantasy series with a queer protagonist. So just being able to read one is cool.

It helps of course that the Tony Fost
Katie M.
Nov 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ghost fans, buffy fans, vampire fans, canadians
Recommended to Katie by: my dad
Shelves: vampires
Smoke and Mirrors is an excellent ghost story to be read in twenty-four hours, not just because it's not exactly dense but because the plot will make it very difficult to put the book down until you're done. A cheesy vampire detective TV show is using a big, isolated, abandoned mansion as the perfect location for a haunted house episode. Problem is, the house really is haunted. Oops. A number of the cast and crew are trapped inside when the house seals itself at sunset. Many cliches are in use, ...more
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of horror and humor with a strong stomach
Shelves: vampires
While I did enjoy the Vicky Nelson series and the first "Smoke and..." book with Tony Foster as the main character, I was surprised at just how blown away I was by this book. The characters are well-drawn, quirky enough to be engaging but not so quirky as to make relating to them difficult. The plot is an amazing new take on the old "group of people trying to survive in a haunted house until sunrise" and the twists and turns kept me turning pages until late in the night. In fact, the television ...more
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
Better than the first in the series, itching to read the third now. Better book than the first. Liking character of Tony more. Love Lee and the surprising situational conflict arising. Henry was in book very little and takes a long time to appear. Clear Huff wants reader to be clear this is a Tony show, but a character as interesting as Henry can't disappear too long in the background without harming the book. Villain was awesome in a gory, almost cheesy but not cheesy way. Showdown fight worthy ...more
Christine (AR)
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Tony and the crew of Darkest Night film in an actual haunted house and get trapped inside overnight.

Loved it, loved it, loved it! Scary haunted house, fun banter and bitching between the TV crew, and wow -- keeping dialogue and POV clear between eighteen people trapped in a house, not to mention the ghosts? Huff pulled that one off very nicely. Not a lot of Henry, but baby-wizard Tony is adorable and I think I love him the best anyway. I thought his UST with Lee in this was perfect. I hope Huff
Kathy Davie
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It's actually the Smoke Trilogy, 2.

I AM enjoying this series…irreverent, topical, and with an interesting insight into producing films. Great cast of characters.
The second Tony Foster is even better than the first. So 4,5 stars.

It all plays out in a haunted house, where the CB production is filming the next Episode of Darkest Night. Too bad the ghosts are real.

I'll admit I'm not one for scary movies or books. I'll get scared easily and must move hand over hand to the light switches after watching a partially spooky movie at night. So I don't. And because my favorite genre is fantasy, I read next to nothing in horror. Staying up late and reading this boo
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Die Übersetzung einer meiner absoluten Lieblings-Trilogien und dieser Band gefiel mir schon immer am besten.

Mein Original Review auf Englisch findet ihr hier.

Ich würde sagen dies ist eine recht gute Übersetzung, die man problemlos und flüssig lesen kann, auch wenn manche Witze holpriger rüberkommen und einige Szenen flacher fallen, als im Original (weswegen ich hier auch einen Stern weniger gegeben habe).

In diesem Band sind unsere Helden in einem Spukhaus gefangen. Niemand (Tony, die ganze Film
Kristen Coffin
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: misc
"There is a world beyond what fools admit. There is power for those who dare to take it. There is power here."

So, like mentioned in my review of Smoke and Shadows, I was not aware that this trilogy was a sequel to Huff's Blood Lines series, it took me most of the first book to understand what was going on. With Smoke and Mirrors, I thought I was going to get a sequel to the plot to the first book, (more of the Shadowlord and things like that), but it's basically the same characters rehashed into
J. Taylor
Slow start and still way too much focus on film production which I think was why the book felt so very slow for the first part. The characters definitely make this book up more then the plot does because the plot was just a tad repetitive with all the replays and Tony having to go out to do wizardry stuff.

I do completely ship CB and Henry/Tony and Lee but I heard the former aren't in the third book as much which is a shame, they're duo partnership in this was one of the best things of this nove
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some of the little throw-away jokes were absolutely brilliant. There were a lot of grammatical errors in my copy, missing commas and inverted or incorrect words, but the story was enjoyable and unique enough, and with just enough snarky humor to make up for it.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
definitely the strongest of the trilogy. i love a good haunted house.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007, 6, fantasy
While a fairly solid read, this isn't one of Huff's best efforts.

There's a good story idea here, but I felt that Huff had taken enough story for a short story or possibly a novella and then forced it to last through a full length novel. In my view the padding shows and the book suffers for it.

Tony is continuing to make a place for himself in the life he's chosen, even if he's still considered one of the more lowly in the pecking order of the production crew. No-one there but Tony remembers the e
May 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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Sep 19, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I picked this book up first in the library because the first vol had been taken out and third had yet to come out. It’s about a young man from one of her previous series -- Tony, a gay runaway that had been picked up and taken care of by the vampire Henry-- he is out and about on his own, deliberately trying to build his own life and identity. Determined to hold his own job. He ends up at a production company for some B-rated TV series and ends up crushing madly one of the stars.

While I found so
Deborah Ideiosepius
The second in the series, this book really needs to you to have read the first one before it. You can get away without the previous series, but you need Smoke and Shadows for this one to work.

Tony Foster is still working with the television company and in his spare time trying to learn wizarding skills from a laptop. In this book, they are shooting a haunted house episode in a house that - you guessed it - turns out to be really haunted in a big and bad way.

Over the course of a long night, the h
I liked seeing the growing relationships among the crew, but the creepy factor was much higher with this book. I don't usually get nightmares from sf/fantasy books, but this was edging into horror and I was wondering if it was wise to read it before bed.

Basically the cast and crew gets trapped in a haunted house at night and the ghosts of those who died come out to play.

If you're reading these books simply for Henry, you'll probably be disappointed in how little he's in this one. After all, he's
Apr 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
The Second in the Smoke series. This one goes a little darker, it still maintains the lighter playful tone, but the supernatural creepy it features is-- extra creepy.

Huff plays with Time and Ghosts and actually takes a trope you see more often in science fiction and makes it work. Or rather, it feels more like the science fiction version than the fantasy version. It's creepy, without an over abundance of gore (though there is some!) and the ultimate cause wasn't easily guessed by me.

Through it a
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I looooved this book! I love the supernatural mystery/horror thing. It was so creepy, and I had no idea for most of the book how they would resolve it. It's a little sad that we didn't actually get to see what happened with Tony and Zev between the last book and this one, but the UST between Tony and Lee was awesome (much better than in the last book). I didn't think I would like Henry playing such a background role, but it sort of allowed Tony to become a strong, powerful character in his own r ...more
Rosabelle Purnama
This book is the second book in the Tony Foster series. The story deals with the Darkest Night TV series shooting at the Caulfied House, which is actually haunted. So Tony and the crew was trapped in the house during filming and has to figure out how to get out of the house safely. I have to admit that I did enjoy this book better than the first one. The character is more developed and this one I think has more action and mystery to it. It is also more fast paced and interesting. I hope the thir ...more
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Jul 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: canc, canw, cans, ww, qc, qw, fiction, sff
My official beach reading selection for my trip to Mallorca. Tanya Huff's style remains engrossing and entertaining, though her peculiarities are becoming repetitive. (If I never read about anyone being almost able to see someone considering something ever again it will be too soon. Also, what's with the incest between mystical siblings?) This time there's a haunted house and secrets are revealed! Totally worth the $4 I paid at the used bookstore for it, and I'll pick up the next one whenever I ...more
Jeremy Preacher
This is a straight-up (no pun intended) haunted house story. As such, I actually didn't love it as much as I expected - I like Tony Foster, and I did enjoy watching him grapple with his own nascent powers, but the whole ghosties and ghoulies and evil things locked in the basement just doesn't do much for me. Part of the reason may be that the redshirts never really won me over, and I knew that obviously Tony himself was in no danger. Maybe if I cared more about his maybe-bi-maybe-not crush...
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another solid read, with plenty more tension and even a bit of Tanya torturing Tony. I enjoyed this, of course. I was disappointed how long it took before some of the tricks Tony picked up in the last book were used, and especially sad that none of his DARKER abilities came into play - such as what happened at precisely the end of SHADOWS. But oh well. Perhaps it will all culminate in the final piece of the trilogy. Not to mention the (view spoiler) ...more
May 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
An action packed story. Very entertaining. Filled with illusions of an old haunt. I at first found it humorous and while challenged by the entire going on within the house once it selected its victims. A devastating thing produces by its own powers created by its previous owner a house is controlling a massive field of energy that controls mystic occurrences in the house. I took this book out from the library. And I find this kind of reading interesting
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