I would recommend that you read the Blood series by Ms. Huff first (Not the Blood Ties t.v. series as Tony isn't in it but worth watching for it's own sake), the characters and some of the plot will make more sense. This is one of those rare stories where one of the support characters just happens to be a vampire, as opposed to the whole plot revolving around the issue. Let alone the hero being gay.
Tony, originally a street kid from Toronto is working in Vancouver as a production assistant on a bad but popular t.v. show about a vampire detective. Through his experiences with Vicki Nelson (ex-Toronto cop & friend) & Henry Fitzroy (vampire and friend) with supernatural crimes/cases, he is a tad sensitive towards things that go bump in the night. (Lets face it, when you count a vampire as an ex, it's understandable. Puts the age-difference thing into a whole new perspective ha ha.)
Tony starts noticing shadows behaving strangely, and when a colleague is killed, brings this to the attention of Henry (also living in Vancouver, see the Blood series for the story, Blood Pact especially). Henry being Henry can't help but get involved, he's just that loyal. And nosey. More staff start getting killed and possessed (the other way around?). They enlist the reluctant help of Arra, a wizard in the literal sense who knows all about the shadows and where the came from. Unfortunately she isn't interested in helping even though she knows that it is the start of an invasion from the Shadowlord, the bad-guy from her world. They set off to stop the invasion.
As seems to be normal for Tanya Huff books, the humour is very dark and clever. Tony is gay but attracts straight guys who are possessed. The fight scenes make me glad to be female and I love the narcissistic attitude of Mason, the pretend vampire. Also that the whole thing is totally unbelievable, just what you need in a fantasy sci-fi book.
I've already ordered the other books in this series.
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (5 June 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841494763
- ISBN-13: 978-1841494760
- Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.5 x 17.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
- Customer Reviews: 20 customer ratings