Tony Foster is a PA (production assistant) for CB productions in Vancouver where they're filming a semi-popular show called “Darkest Night”. Everything's fine until an actress dies and the crews' shadows start roaming the set. After another co-worker almost gets killed Tony confronts the only other person who seems to notice the shadows, the special effects director. Tony finds out Arra (the special effects director) is a wizard who fled her world to escape a conquering evil wizard, the Shadowlord. Tony enlists the help of Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry the VIII, who as well as being a moderately successful historical romance writer is a vampire. Along with Arra, Tony and Henry commence hunting down the shadows that have come scouting through into the city. When the Shadowlord comes through Tony, Arra, and Henry must confront him on the set of “Darkest Night” and fight the shadow controlled crew.
This report prepared by Mark Antonow
Daw, April 2004, 23.95, 384 pp.
After living on the streets for many years, Tony Foster was taken into the home of Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VII and a four hundred and fifty year old vampire. Tony is twenty-four years old now, lives in his own apartment and remains close with Henry although they are not quite as intimate. Tony works as a production assistant for “Darkest Night” a television show about a vampire detective.
Although Tony appreciates the irony of the current situation, he's becoming worried about strange happenings on the set. Shadows seem to be moving independently of people's bodies and some are even lurking in hidden corners. Tony is determined to find out what is happening and he figures the best person to ask is Arra, the special effects person who seems to know more than she is saying. She finally confesses to Tony that she is a wizard from another world who traveled in a portal to Earth because the Shadowlord conquered her world. He is searching for her now and once he destroys her, he intends to conquer Earth using his shadow minions. Henry and Tony intend to stop him if they can and try to convince Arra to join the battle.
Readers familiar with Private Detective Vicki Nelson and Henry Fitzroy the vampire books know that Tony is a minor but important character in those tales. They will love his coming out party in SMOKE AND SHADOWS. The hero is all grown up and very mature for his age, eager to save his world although he is scared to death.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner