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Smoke and Ashes

(Smoke Trilogy #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  2,173 ratings  ·  80 reviews
This third novel in Tanya Huff's action-packed series features Tony Foster and the crew of "Darkest Night," a TV series about a vampire detective. This time they find themselves facing another supernatural menace, a Demonic Convergence. Tony-with the help of vampire Henry Fitzroy and Leah, a stuntwoman who is the last surviving priestess of a sex demon, plus a tabloid repo ...more
Paperback, 407 pages
Published June 5th 2007 by DAW (first published June 6th 2006)
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Jul 19, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: slashers
Tanya Huff's plots are light and crunchable, but this was one was a bit too like that. I do find it hard to wholly accept crazy action plots unless the writer is extremely convincing, and Huff's plotting can sometimes feel like you're in a plot speedboat (you know the ones) skimming along the surface of the story at ridiculous speed.

Okay, I never made a speedboat analogy for plots before but I quite like it.

It's fun and charming, like all her writing, but I do keep wanting more dept
Jul 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, queer, vampires
Supernatural/Mystery. Aw, Tony makes a new friend. Who has a GATE TO HELL tattooed on her belly. Whoops. Demons invade. Rocks fall. Some people die. Tony gets kind of badass with his magic. It's a good read. Technical stuff first: Huff has absolutely nailed third person limited. This book is nearly flawless in its POV. The plot arc is clear. We know what needs to be done, and the characters move toward it with a steady ramping up of tension. And the bad guy doesn't get to narrate anything, which ...more
Dec 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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My original review of the novel

The Tony Foster trilogy is one of my absolute favorites on my shelf, 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. I've listened to audioboo
Sep 19, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Well, I was looking for more of Henry and CB in this third installment of the Smoke series, since their interaction seemed to be building up slowly from the previous volumes. That meant that something really interesting would happen in this one, right? Wrong. CB barely shows up and Henry spends most of his time with a woman stuck between him and his ex lover.

There was a bunch of sex involving magic and demons-- I found these passages yawn worthy. The sexual hinting in her older work
Christine (AR)
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Oh, yes! Such a ridiculous amount of fun, with more of everything and everyone I wanted from the first two books -- though I do have to wonder if the in-jokes were distracting to any non-in readers, if that makes sense? No matter; I got the jokes and I loved Tony and Lee, not to mention HENRY, and if, sadly, this really is the last one in the series, at least the ending was completely satisfying. Yes, yes, yes.
Jun 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in Tanya Huff's Smoke series, which is in turn a spin-off of her Blood series. You don't really need to have read that, though; I've only read the first of the Blood books, and I'm following these just fine. More than fine—I adore these books. The first ( Smoke and Shadows) was a little slow getting going, but they just keep getting better. And i ...more
Feb 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing and a good close to the lovely spin-off Smoke trilogy. I adore Tony almost as much as I love Henry and Vicki in the Blood Books. *(definately Tony is above Mike in my favorites list for this series)*. Anyway If you like the blood books I highly recommend reading this. Even the lovely Vicki makes an indirect small appearance in the book.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this series...more than I enjoyed the prequel series with Vicki and Henry. I don;t know whether it was the author's change in writing style for Tony's POV, or just the fact that Tony was a much more enjoyable character than Vicki. His internal monologues and snarky attitude balance out his vulnerability from his harsh past and his desire to fit in and have a normal life doing what he loves. This is a kid who never thought he would go anywhere beyond a life on the streets, but th ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do wish I had read these books years ago when I bought them, but I am happy to have read them now and sad that they are done. I forgot how much I loved Tanya Huffs writing style and all the real world touch stones she put into the Blood Books and these ones. I suppose to some they might date them but to me they are a great way to ground the character. I continued to enjoy the characters and I was really happy to see that like Vicki, Tony was able to move beyond Henry and did it in a much nicer ...more
Kristen Coffin
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: vampires
"Heroes rise when we need them."

The finale to the Tony Foster trilogy brings us back to demons, after the weird interlude of Smoke and Mirrors that was about ghosts.

Leah has the potential to be a big ole Mary Sue here: sexy, immortal, powerful; but she comes off as feisty and down-to-earth. We get some really ancient demon magic, as well as Tony learning more of how to be a wizard.

The plot itself is face-paced, but interspersed with a lot of introspective scen
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I still wish there were an actual gay romance involved. Otherwise a solid fantasy romp, I have grown rather fond of the characters over the last books.
i wish the romance subplots had been tied up better.
Krista Park
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fun, fabulous re-read. I truly loved this "graduation to adulthood" novel. And, it has held up well over time.
Marianne Boutet
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampires, series, urban
Nice wrap-up. A bit abrupt, though.
Brian Gaston
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I thought this was the best in the Tony Foster series.
Lync Lync
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A satisfying conclusion to the Tony Foster series.
May 14, 2011 rated it liked it
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Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review is a bit harder to write for me than for the first two books, because while I still think it's great and completely deserving of five stars, I did have two tiny problems with it.

But let's see where we are first: Finally everyone on set knows that Tony is a wizard and it's pretty great. Tony himself got a promotion which takes him one tiny step closer to his dream of becoming a director. It's going pretty well, which obviously means something must happen. And this something is a sex
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May 22, 2013 rated it liked it
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64 points/100 (3 stars/5) [revised from 4 stars].
Alert: LGBT themes

Tony Foster is a production assistant on a TV series about a vampire detective. He is also a fledgling wizard who has been practicing on his craft. Now there are demons coming through to Earth and Tony may be the only person who is capable of sending them back to where they belong and closing the gates behind them.

Smoke and Ashes is de/>Tony
Apr 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, urban-fantasy
This is the third (and final?) book in the spin-off series by Huff that takes two of the characters from her Vicky Nelson books and transplants them to Vancouver and the television industry there. It follows on from Smoke and Mirrors.

In Smoke and Ashes, Tony Foster is still working on the crew of a syndicated television show about a vampire detective, though he's managed to claw his way a little further up the ladder of success. Alongside this, he's trying to figure out how to build on his magical ab
The third and final? book in the Tony Foster series was definitely my favorite. It was nice to get out of the haunted house and back to Toronto at large.

Tony has been promoted at work he's now a sort of assistant director in training. Which means, he does almost exactly what he used to do. *g*

During the course of this book Tony goes from partially to mostly out of the closet with his co-workers. Not being gay, being a wizard. *g*

The big bad of the book is a demon whose h
Deborah Ideiosepius
In this book Tony Foster, wizard in training (using a laptop user guide to develop his powers) must face a full on demonic convergence and patches of reality become thin and demons cross over from the hells they come from.

He is assisted in this by a lovely young stunt woman who is some three or four thousand years old, having had a demon gate etched into her flesh.

This is a really good #3 in the series, though I would not recommend it at all to anyone who had not read the
Rachel Thompson
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Tony Foster has been promoted from being a lowly production assistant to being a trainee assistant director--one step closer to landing his dream job of director. He works on the set of a syndicated Canadian television show, Darkest Night, about a vampire detective. But then a Demonic Convergence comes along to shake everything up. Luckily, a stuntwoman knows all about it and recognizes Tony for what he is--a wizard.

The entire cast and crew of Darkest Night know what's going on this time around
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, with-j
Hmm, I guess I didn't make a note of when we started this book, but this is a novel that J and I read together (very off and on). I love the Smoke series by Tanya Huff and then original Blood series that it spun off from. This latter series particularly is wonderfully cinematic. The descriptions are short and vivid, the dialogue is realistically terse, and the adventures are always wildly fast-paced. Her handling of the stories makes the magic feel as every-day as a toaster oven. I do worry a li ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Finally got hands on this one. To my dismay looks to be the last of the series. Sums up angles superbly, but that doesn't mean I won't miss the characters. The plot was good and its obvious tonys powers have really grown. The story confused me some and is highly fantasy orientated. Showdown had a small, cool twist. Kudos to hear from Vicki as a bonus for the last book although since ht elast two books of the blood series I can't stand Vicki and tensed up with the scene here. I loved how relation ...more
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Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sff
Third in the Smoke series and maybe better written than the previous offerings, Smoke and Ashes was just two days of total fluff reading. I'm cool with that. I mean, queer characters exist in this universe--heck, in this book there's a spectrum of sexuality and everything. It's super convenient and comforting to me that one of the main character's acknowledged superpowers is eerily correct leaps of logic. (It's lazy writing, but I have no problem with lazy writing when it *makes sense*. Building ...more
Merc Rustad
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Aug 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Tony Foster is back, along with the cast and crew of the B-grade vampire television series where he works. (view spoiler).

The characters were their usual great selves. I enjoy the show, the chatter between the various members of the crew, the relationship between Tony and Lee, even the two constables who keep showing up. I wasn't so enamored with the story
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
The most disappointing book in the series. I found it a bit boring. The whole thing is almost dialogue only which gets irritating very quick.

I didn't like Leah and felt she didn't add anything to the book other than sex - which didn't fit at all.

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