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Smoke & Mirrors

(Nite Fire #3)

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Secrets are a dragon’s best friend. Deception is a close second. Both provide a sturdy armor, allowing half-dragon shapeshifter, Dahlia Nite, to live undetected among the humans. Walking in two worlds, belonging in neither, she wraps herself in a shroud of lies to hide in plain sight. But nothing stays hidden forever.

When dismembered bodies of multiple species are dumped o
Kindle Edition, 398 pages
Published June 4th 2019
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K.S. Marsden
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When heavy rains reveal dismembered bodies dumped by the river, Dahlia has to uncover one of Sentinel City's biggest secrets.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I also bought my own copy a few months ago, and been trying to fit it into my reading list since!

Our favourite dragon-shifter is back, with another mystery to solve.
This time, the SAPD have acknowledged that their city is home to some pretty weird stuff, and have formed the Unexplained Crimes Unit, headed by Detectiv
Moriah Venable
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Smoke and Mirrors is the third novel in the Nite Fire series by C.L. Schneider. This is my second novel by this author.

While I have not read the second novel, I was excited to start this. I was not confused much while reading.

Dahlia and her partner Alex Creed work on a case involving dismembered bodies that are not human. While investigating, Dahlia is forced into worlds: the world of humans and the world of the supernatural. Will she be able to solve the case and find the one responsible?

I rea
Bobbi Wagner
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in this series, I enjoyed it from beginning to end. This story is full of action from shapeshifters to creatures that lay hidden in the night, this story will keep you turning pages. Dahlia and Alex are great characters. They make the story come to life plus keep you on your toes. Secrets and killings, Dahlia has her hands full. But what will happen when worlds collide and secrets struggle to stay hidden? I highly recommend this book, you won’t regret picking it up.
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4 ½ Stars

Smoke & Mirrors is the third book in the Nite Fire Series by C. L Schneider. There is so much to love about this series- an urban fantasy with plenty of supernatural and paranormal elements, danger, shifters, action, adventure, mystery, suspense, drama, intrigue, fantastic characters, brilliant world building, and much more.
A lot has happened since we started the first book, so I really recommend reading the other two books first before starting on this one- as there is important backs
Sara Oxton
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors by C.L. Schneider a four-star read that will set you aflame. This is number three in the Nite Fire series and they each build more of the story, I read them as a series and enjoyed them that way, but you could dip in and not miss much as they are all strong stories. Dahlia is such a complex and interesting character; she will compel you to read the next page to find out more.
Roxsanne Lesieur
Mar 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Dahlia Nite is back to up her old tricks again and this time, she is chasing a banshee through the streets of Sentinel City, something very unusual must have brought it there, but after she and her Sidekick Casey Evans take it out and they succeed despite its best efforts to kill them in return, but no sooner than they are done that they are called in to another gruesome scene at the riverbank, a lot of body parts have been uncovered by the recent storms and not all of them are human, neither ar ...more
This series continues to be a lot of fun. In this book, we see our hero Dahlia struggling between all her different commitments – her old life versus her new life. She was once a monster that killed without questions or remorse but that was years ago. Yet she’s still struggling with a sense of guilt of her past evils. While I can appreciate how this shapes her character, sometimes I grew a little tired of Dahlia’s inner angst. However, that was a small part of the story. Overall, it was a lot of ...more
Julie Howard
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
Oh wow, I didn't think the series could get any better but the author has just sent that up in smoke. I loved it. This is book three in the series (and one I hope keeps coming) it does continue from where the last left of so you should really start at the beginning and work your way though this smoking series, you won't be disappointed. I love the whole world (series) that this very talented author has created and the characters are just out of this world, I especially love the sidekicks humour ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read about shadows. Dahlia Nite is a lyrriken dragon shifter working for the police force. One day, a series of body parts turns up at a local riverbank and not all of them are human. With only mysteries to go on, Dahlia and her friends chase shadows that lead to one grim scene after another and a group of dangerous men in masks. Can they solve the crimes before more creatures get hurt?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns that I just couldn't put down. Well developed c
Laura Furuta
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors (Book 3)
By: C.L. Schneider
5 out of 5 stars

The story Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors (Book 3) by C.L. Schneider is an amazing book to read. It is a story that has mystery, suspense, danger, and action. I was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I love reading about the character of Dahlia Nite. She is smart, independent, strong, and has a fierce determination. This book has her and her partner Detective Alex Creed working on a case where dismembered bodie
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Overall 5 out of 5 stars
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In the previous installments, Dahlia was compassionate, determined, skilled, and driven. Where will things go in Smoke & Mirrors? I was excited to find out. I was not sure there could be more to find in this well-crafted world that Dahlia lives in. She is a half-breed that cannot allow for it to be known that she is more than she appears to be. I find that her strength and p
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smoke & Mirrors is the third book in C.L. Schneider’s Nite Fire series. I really enjoy this series with its combination of fantasy and detective elements.
Dahlia Nite is now part of a special task force devoted to investigating paranormal crimes. Her powers as a half-dragon give her an edge when it comes to solving these crimes, as well as covering up any evidence that would expose the existence of supernatural creatures.
As the series progresses, the magical world Schneider has created becomes in
Timothy Bateson
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The best book in the series so far

Smoke & Mirrors builds on the world set up in the first two books in the series, and does so without disappointing.
You may think that for Dahlia Nite has already been through enough for several lifetimes, and you'd be right. But since escaping from Drimera she has been on the run in one way or another, but she has tried to make a life for herself in Sentinel City. Working with local law enforcement has given her a way to hide from her past, while covering up sup
Starri Howard
Apr 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Secrets are a dragon’s best friend. Deception is a close second. Half-dragon shape-shifter Dahlia Nite lives undetected among the human. But nothing stays hidden forever. When dismembered bodies of multiple species are dumped on the riverbank, the case falls to Dahlia and Detective Alex Creed. Backed by Sentinel City’s new task force, the pair finds themselves urged to find answers. Bouncing from one crime scene to the next, they hunt for a clear motive in a series of conflicting evidence. Alrea ...more
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I give Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors by C.L. Schneider, 5 stars.
*This review may contain spoilers from previous books in series.*

The more Dahlia decides to stay, the more she struggles. She has been hiding what she really is and her past to almost everyone. But the more she does, the more she seems to hurt those closest to her. She must decide whether to trust those she cares for or continue hiding. But that's not all. There are body parts washing up on the flooded riverbed -- and not all of them a
Anna Hirsch
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nite Fire: Smoke and Mirrors (Book 3) by C.L. Schneider
4 Stars

With every book that I read in this series, I love it even more. Dahlia grows and evolves within each book. Her powers are growing although her self confidence is still lacking at times. This is one of the things that I love about her. She’s a deadly killer but she has a conscience. She wants to do the right thing and tries her best to protect the underdog.

There is one giant mess after another leading to a disaster of a crime scen
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors is the third book in the series and is quite possibly the strongest of the three. I have read the previous two and really enjoyed them, so I was excited to see what would come next. C.L. Schneider did not disappoint. Now, normally I don’t choose these types of novels that get really sci-fi. They tend to bore me with details and end up just leaving me confused and unfulfilled. That is never the case with Schneider’s novels. They come alive right before your eyes and gri ...more
Tausha Treadway
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors (Book 3) by C. L. Schneider. This is the 3rd book in this series and they just get better and better. This is the story of Dahlia Nite who is independent, strong and determined. Detective Alex Creed is her partner
on the Sentinel City's new task force and they are working on a case where dismembered bodies of humans and non humans are showing up. Dahlia will have to go into both worlds to figure out this case. As they continue to delve into this crime world they find
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors (Book 3) by C. L. Schneider

4 Stars

I have read both books in this series that came before this one and I definitely enjoyed this one and as they go each one becomes my favorite of the series. I guess it's getting deeper into Dahlia’s character and the teaming up of her and Alex is awesome.

I did like the both worlds aspect of this story and Evans is one of my favorite characters. This whole book had me on the edge of my seat as you never knew what was going to happen ne
Michelle Austin
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors was a great 5 star read and book three in the Nite Fire series. I was pulled in right from the beginning, I’m really enjoying this series. I couldn’t wait to see how things came together in the end for this story.

Dahlia and her partner Alex are working on a bizarre case involving nonhuman beings. While investigating they encounter supernatural worlds that bring several different characters.

Can they solve the mystery behind the crimes? Will she be able to save her frie
Heidi Eich Woodring
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nite Fire: Smoke and Mirrors is a Paranormal Thriller written by C.L. Schneider and the third book in the Nite Fire series. Secrets, lies, and armor have allowed Dahlia to live among the humans and still walk her world as well. When creatures of all kinds starting be found dead on the river banks, Dahlia and Detective Cross must take the case. Dahlia must use her empathetic abilities and when she does, she uncovers something even scarier then the web the serial killer has woven. She has a hard t ...more
Erica Fish
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Smoke & Mirrors is the third book in the Nite Fire series by C. L. Schneider. This is a three book series and you will be missing some of the story that is referenced from books one and two. I was not sure what I was thinking with the title of Smoke & Mirrors but I can tell you that it was much more than I thought. Schneider is an author that does not disappoint. Her writing details are awesome and I personally fall in love with her characters. Dahlia and Creed are back to investigate the cities ...more
Smoke & Mirrors (Nite Fire #3) by C.L. Schneider was a fast pace, action filled, suspenseful read, that had me hooked.

The third book in the Nite Fire series and it kicks off right away setting the stage, tone, and the deadly mystery. I got sucked in right away and I did not want to stop reading this book. It has everything I love about otherworldly magic, urban fantasy, and shifter fantasy all rolled into one hell of a good read. It's like the crossover between world I've been dreaming about, b
Bruce Cheriff
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Smoke & Mirrors" the third book in the Nite Fire series may have been the best installment so far. I listened to this book on Audible and again was amazed at how the narrator kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next surprise to be revealed with her well placed pauses and deep breaths. She convincingly gives each character a distinctive voice - for the male, female, and the other creatures as well in this fantasy novel. With each installment of Nite Fire, we learn more about the main ...more
Kaitlynn Taylor
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors by C.L. Schneider


Wow! This incredibly phenomenal author has managed to amaze me once again! This fantasy read by C.L. Schneider is the third book in the Nite Fire Series, a series that should absolutely be read in order as each new book follows the one before.

This storyline is a one of a kind, it’s intense, action-packed, detailed, shocking, unpredictable and somehow funny all at the same time. There’s always something going on that kept me highly entertained an
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors (Book 3) by C. L. Schneider is a four star novel. Even though this type of novel is not my favorite, I have grown to really fall in love with the characters and the development of this story. The author is very good at bringing the characters to life, like they were actually a part of my town and I could meet them on the street. Even though this is a longer book, I was still able to read it fairly quickly because of how easy of a read it is. Dahlia is of the supernatur ...more
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-bb-year-3
I was very excited to see this book! This is the third in the series. I would recommend reading the other two books before this one. It’s not necessary but there is a lot of reference to stuff that happened in them. In this one Dahlia and Creed are searching for whoever is leaving body parts all over the city. Yes I said body parts! Her sidekick Evans is back helping her all he can. Plus doing all those sidekick activities while looking for his sister.

This is a fast moving story full of action.
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nite Fire Smoke and Mirrors (Nite Fire #3) by C.L. Schneider
4 Stars!!!!

I am just hooked. This is the third book by this author I have read and I just couln't put it down. The author has really got such a refreshing style. The characters just jump right off the pages. I felt as though I was right in the action as the drama unfolds.

I really find that I am drawn to Dahlia's character. The way that the book unfolds just draws you deeper and deeper into the story. I really like that it is a supernat
Emma Morreale
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I read the description of Smoke and Mirrors, I knew all plans were off until I finished reading. A serial killer and clues to follow that are too good to be true? Nothing gets past Dahlia for long but the ride in between is phenomenal. I've read the previous books and love Dahlia as well as her relationship with Detective Creed. Their banter is genuine in both its irritation and respect.
The two worlds involved are incredibly rich in the details provided and, while I never suggest rea
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Nite Fire: Smoke & Mirrors (Book 3)
By C L Schneider
5 stars

Another fantastic read in this series! I am really enjoying it. This is the third book in the Nite Fire series and it was just as an exciting read as the first two. The authors writing never fails to pull me in straight away. There were some great twists and turns in the story that constantly had me guessing about what was going to happen. I love Dahlia and Alex, they have such a great relationship, they really do work well together and I
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