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The ''Smoke and Shadows'' trilogy is a followup to {{Tanya Huff}}'s ''Literature/BloodBooks''. It takes place a few years after the end of the Blood series, in {{Vancouver}}, and features Tony Foster as the lead character. His ex Henry also appears in the series.

Tony is a 20-something gay production assistant on the VampireDetectiveSeries show ''Darkest Night'', who discovers that their "special effects wizard" Arra Pelindrake is an actual wizard. And Tony is one as well. After they fight off the invasion of a Shadowlord from Arra's own world, Tony is left alone to deal with any and all supernatural things that happen to the ''Darkest Night'' cast and crew.

The books are:
* ''Smoke and Shadows''
* ''Smoke and Mirrors''
* ''Smoke and Ashes''

There is also a published short story, ''See Me'', in the anthology ''Those Who Fight Monsters - Tales of Occult Detectives''

Examples of:

* AHouseDivided: ''Smoke and Mirrors.''
* AllPartOfTheShow: Used at one point to keep the police from getting involved in the events of the book. "The only supernatural events happening here are the ones on my set."
* AlternateUniverse: Arra's homeworld, which is inhabited by humans who have developed magic to a greater extent than technology. The wizards there seem to have confirmed the [[TheMultiverse "Many-Worlds Interpretation"]] of quantum physics, but had only begun to develop the scientific/magical principles needed to travel between worlds. Arra was the first to actually succeed at doing so.
* AnotherDimension: Usually where demons come from. Some are considered to be "{{Hell}}'s", while others are just occupied by unpleasant, but not necessarily magical, creatures.
* BadassNormal: Chester Bane. In the words of Henry, himself a badass vampire prince, "CB is a law unto himself."
* BiTheWay: Henry for sure. Lee is either bisexual or a StraightGay, and this is debated throughout the series.
** He was definitely attracted to Leah. However, being thousands of years old, Leah is amused that people think that there is only [[NoBisexuals straight or gay]].
** In the short story ''See Me'', set several years after ''Smoke and Ashes'', [[spoiler: Lee is canonically established as being bisexual, but he and Tony now live together in a committed monogamous relationship that is an [[EveryoneCanSeeIt open secret]] in the Vancouver entertainment industry]].
* BrotherSisterIncest: Stephen and Cassie
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Coffee Shop]], even plays on the page quote.
* ClosetKey: Tony proves to be this for Lee.
* DemonicPossession: Sentient shadows, ghosts...ironically, actual "demons" are the only ones not really joining in on the fun.
* DeusSexMachina: Leah, Henry, and Tony have to have a threesome in order to save the world (or for Tony to communicate with a demonlord who can't perceive anyone who isn't attracted to his handmaiden.)
* DistractedByTheSexy: Leah uses this often. In her case it often goes all the way to "distracted by the ''sex''."
* DistressedDude: Even if he's not a girl, and not incompetent, Lee is the Mary Jane to Tony's Peter Parker. (He certainly does seem to get targeted because of Tony.) And boy, does Lee ever get sick of it.
* DrivenToSuicide: ''Smoke and Mirrors''
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: The RunningGag is that "evil is always after [Tony's] ass!" [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in the third book, where [[spoiler: Leah's exclusively heterosexual Demonlord is aware that Tony desires him, and is mildly amused at most.]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Tony and Lee's mutual crushes on each other. UnresolvedSexualTension abounds there.
* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: Other than constable Jack and tabloid reporter Kevin Groves, the city of Vancouver at large is oblivious to all the supernatural weirdness that goes on, especially around CB Productions. CB has no qualms about bringing in insurance claims adjusters after demonic creatures damage his set. At one point a demon even crashes a coffee house. But it was a {{Goth}} club so it may not count, even though it turns out that Goths are less excited to meet real demons than one might expect.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Hilariously so.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Henry
* FunctionalMagic: Wizards use an Inherent Gift and Rule Magic to manipulate energies. There's also some Theurgy (the Light of Yeramathia)
* GenreSavvy: Most of the characters work in TV production and Henry writes romance novels. They are very much aware of the tropes in their lives. CB is even willing to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall how cliche and derivative the plot of the second book is]].
** In the short story ''See Me'', when Jack asks Tony where the heck he goes to get information about supernatural beings, Tony responds that he goes to talk to the show's writers.
* HauntedHeadquarters: Caulfield House, where ''Darkest Night'' is filming an episode.
* HealingMagicIsTheHardest: Actually, the healing itself is not so difficult. But in being healed you must experience all the pain that you normally would over the course of the time it would take for your injuries to heal naturally - ''all at once!''
* HeroicBastard: Henry
* HoYay: tons of it between Tony and Henry, Tony and Zev, Tony and Lee, even between Tony and Jack.
** Also a bit between Henry and CB in the second book, implied as the reason for the tension between Tony and Henry in the third book.
** In-story, there is apparently a slash fandom for Lee's and Mason's characters.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: In the third book, someone makes a comment about "six kinds of hell breaking loose and coming your way." When called on it, he cheerfully admits he's just been waiting for his chance.
* ISeeDeadPeople: ''Smoke and Mirrors'' has almost everyone other than Tony seeing them by the end of the book. Graham is also a medium.
* ImmortalityImmorality: Tony is a bit unsettled by Leah's rather indifferent attitude about the lives of mortal humans, especially since she does not perceive their lives as being as valuable as her own despite how long she has lived.
* JamesBondage
* LampshadeHanging: tons and tons of it, given the subject matter; Tony and his pals, after all, work on a VampireDetectiveSeries.
* LargeHam: Mason Reed, who plays Raymond Dark on ''Darkest Night''
* LivingLieDetector: Kevin Groves. Naturally, he's a tabloid reporter. Unfortunately for him this is a case of UselessSuperpowers, since many of the truths he uncovers are so fantastical that the only place they can get printed is a tabloid.
* MagicVersusScience: Magic involves the manipulation of energy. Potentially ''all'' forms of it. Certain magic thus interferes with the use of technological devices. For example, cell phones do not work on the set of CB Productions [[spoiler: because of the dimensional gate located there]]. Caulfield House drains energy from electrical devices and interferes with radio communications. However, whether magic and science are antithetical is somewhat a matter of point of view for people from Tony's world. On Arra's world magic basically fills the role normally occupied by science, and she has little difficulty [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic combining the two disciplines]]. She even uses computers for divination (via games of Spider Solitaire) and to mathematically model the required parameters to create dimensional gateways.
* MagicalComputer: Arra's laptop
* MindControlDevice: The Shadowlord, upon discovering television and the way it creates "shadows made of light" sees it as a potentially very easy way to quickly take over the world.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Arra [[spoiler: actually had no intention of ever returning to her own world or facing the Shadowlord again. But his relentless searching for her, sending shadow minions through the gate to seek her out and even coming to Earth himself, bolsters Tony's arguments that she needs to stop hiding and face him once and for all]].
* NighInvulnerability: Leah, thanks to an "oops, I wrote that wrong" moment her demon lord had, can't be injured or age. When a demon draws a wee bit of blood from her, she's terrified.
* TheObiWan: Arra, subverted in that she doesn't die, just leaves the dimension.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* PerkyGoth: Amy
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* {{Protectorate}} CB Productions
* RedShirt and MauveShirt
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler: Tony and Lee do eventually end up together]].
* {{Sidekick}}: Lee plays the show's sidekick. Henry is now Tony's sidekick. Also, pretty much everyone wants to be Tony's.
* SorcerousOverlord: The Shadowlord plays this trope completely straight.
* SpiritAdvisor: Stephen and Cassie to Tony
* SpoiledBrat: Ashley and Brianna both.
* TabloidMelodrama: something Lee has to worry about.
* TedBaxter: Mason.
* {{Telekinesis}}: one of Tony's skills. Only works in one direction.
* TrueCompanions: CB Productions.
* [[TheyFightCrime They Battle Demons!]]
* UndeadChild: Stephen, Cassie, and Karl
* TheUnmasquedWorld: by the middle of book 2, a large number of people at CB Productions are well aware of the supernatural goings-on and what Tony is. And they want in on the action. By book 3 they are a fighting [[TrueCompanions team]].
* VampireDetectiveSeries: ''Darkest Night,'' the ShowWithinTheShow. "[[OverlyNarrowSuperlative Hey! We've got the highest numbers of any vampire detective show in syndication!]]" "That and a buck seventeen will buy you a bad cup of coffee."
* WeirdnessCensor: Goes hand-in-hand with the ExtraStrengthMasquerade. Most people instinctively rationalize away any metaphysical phenomena that they witness. Several supernatural individuals actually express shock that people like Tony and CB recognize the paranormal on sight and acknowledge that it is real without first going through denial.
* WeirdnessMagnet: CB Productions, but there's a good reason for it. Both Henry and Tony also have a history of this individually.
* WizardingSchool: Utterly subverted, since Tony's new mentor Arra takes off for her own dimension and he has to learn via trial, error, and the MagicalComputer she left him.

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The ''Smoke and Shadows'' trilogy is a followup to {{Tanya Huff}}'s ''Literature/BloodBooks''. It takes place a few years after the end of the Blood series, in {{Vancouver}}, and features Tony Foster as the lead character. His ex Henry also appears in the series.

Tony is a 20-something gay production assistant on the VampireDetectiveSeries show ''Darkest Night'', who discovers that their "special effects wizard" Arra Pelindrake is an actual wizard. And Tony is one as well. After they fight off the invasion of a Shadowlord from Arra's own world, Tony is left alone to deal with any and all supernatural things that happen to the ''Darkest Night'' cast and crew.

The books are:
* ''Smoke and Shadows''
* ''Smoke and Mirrors''
* ''Smoke and Ashes''

There is also a published short story, ''See Me'', in the anthology ''Those Who Fight Monsters - Tales of Occult Detectives''

Examples of:

* AHouseDivided: ''Smoke and Mirrors.''
* AllPartOfTheShow: Used at one point to keep the police from getting involved in the events of the book. "The only supernatural events happening here are the ones on my set."
* AlternateUniverse: Arra's homeworld, which is inhabited by humans who have developed magic to a greater extent than technology. The wizards there seem to have confirmed the [[TheMultiverse "Many-Worlds Interpretation"]] of quantum physics, but had only begun to develop the scientific/magical principles needed to travel between worlds. Arra was the first to actually succeed at doing so.
* AnotherDimension: Usually where demons come from. Some are considered to be "{{Hell}}'s", while others are just occupied by unpleasant, but not necessarily magical, creatures.
* BadassNormal: Chester Bane. In the words of Henry, himself a badass vampire prince, "CB is a law unto himself."
* BiTheWay: Henry for sure. Lee is either bisexual or a StraightGay, and this is debated throughout the series.
** He was definitely attracted to Leah. However, being thousands of years old, Leah is amused that people think that there is only [[NoBisexuals straight or gay]].
** In the short story ''See Me'', set several years after ''Smoke and Ashes'', [[spoiler: Lee is canonically established as being bisexual, but he and Tony now live together in a committed monogamous relationship that is an [[EveryoneCanSeeIt open secret]] in the Vancouver entertainment industry]].
* BrotherSisterIncest: Stephen and Cassie
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Coffee Shop]], even plays on the page quote.
* ClosetKey: Tony proves to be this for Lee.
* DemonicPossession: Sentient shadows, ghosts...ironically, actual "demons" are the only ones not really joining in on the fun.
* DeusSexMachina: Leah, Henry, and Tony have to have a threesome in order to save the world (or for Tony to communicate with a demonlord who can't perceive anyone who isn't attracted to his handmaiden.)
* DistractedByTheSexy: Leah uses this often. In her case it often goes all the way to "distracted by the ''sex''."
* DistressedDude: Even if he's not a girl, and not incompetent, Lee is the Mary Jane to Tony's Peter Parker. (He certainly does seem to get targeted because of Tony.) And boy, does Lee ever get sick of it.
* DrivenToSuicide: ''Smoke and Mirrors''
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: The RunningGag is that "evil is always after [Tony's] ass!" [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in the third book, where [[spoiler: Leah's exclusively heterosexual Demonlord is aware that Tony desires him, and is mildly amused at most.]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Tony and Lee's mutual crushes on each other. UnresolvedSexualTension abounds there.
* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: Other than constable Jack and tabloid reporter Kevin Groves, the city of Vancouver at large is oblivious to all the supernatural weirdness that goes on, especially around CB Productions. CB has no qualms about bringing in insurance claims adjusters after demonic creatures damage his set. At one point a demon even crashes a coffee house. But it was a {{Goth}} club so it may not count, even though it turns out that Goths are less excited to meet real demons than one might expect.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Hilariously so.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Henry
* FunctionalMagic: Wizards use an Inherent Gift and Rule Magic to manipulate energies. There's also some Theurgy (the Light of Yeramathia)
* GenreSavvy: Most of the characters work in TV production and Henry writes romance novels. They are very much aware of the tropes in their lives. CB is even willing to [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall how cliche and derivative the plot of the second book is]].
** In the short story ''See Me'', when Jack asks Tony where the heck he goes to get information about supernatural beings, Tony responds that he goes to talk to the show's writers.
* HauntedHeadquarters: Caulfield House, where ''Darkest Night'' is filming an episode.
* HealingMagicIsTheHardest: Actually, the healing itself is not so difficult. But in being healed you must experience all the pain that you normally would over the course of the time it would take for your injuries to heal naturally - ''all at once!''
* HeroicBastard: Henry
* HoYay: tons of it between Tony and Henry, Tony and Zev, Tony and Lee, even between Tony and Jack.
** Also a bit between Henry and CB in the second book, implied as the reason for the tension between Tony and Henry in the third book.
** In-story, there is apparently a slash fandom for Lee's and Mason's characters.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: In the third book, someone makes a comment about "six kinds of hell breaking loose and coming your way." When called on it, he cheerfully admits he's just been waiting for his chance.
* ISeeDeadPeople: ''Smoke and Mirrors'' has almost everyone other than Tony seeing them by the end of the book. Graham is also a medium.
* ImmortalityImmorality: Tony is a bit unsettled by Leah's rather indifferent attitude about the lives of mortal humans, especially since she does not perceive their lives as being as valuable as her own despite how long she has lived.
* JamesBondage
* LampshadeHanging: tons and tons of it, given the subject matter; Tony and his pals, after all, work on a VampireDetectiveSeries.
* LargeHam: Mason Reed, who plays Raymond Dark on ''Darkest Night''
* LivingLieDetector: Kevin Groves. Naturally, he's a tabloid reporter. Unfortunately for him this is a case of UselessSuperpowers, since many of the truths he uncovers are so fantastical that the only place they can get printed is a tabloid.
* MagicVersusScience: Magic involves the manipulation of energy. Potentially ''all'' forms of it. Certain magic thus interferes with the use of technological devices. For example, cell phones do not work on the set of CB Productions [[spoiler: because of the dimensional gate located there]]. Caulfield House drains energy from electrical devices and interferes with radio communications. However, whether magic and science are antithetical is somewhat a matter of point of view for people from Tony's world. On Arra's world magic basically fills the role normally occupied by science, and she has little difficulty [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic combining the two disciplines]]. She even uses computers for divination (via games of Spider Solitaire) and to mathematically model the required parameters to create dimensional gateways.
* MagicalComputer: Arra's laptop
* MindControlDevice: The Shadowlord, upon discovering television and the way it creates "shadows made of light" sees it as a potentially very easy way to quickly take over the world.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Arra [[spoiler: actually had no intention of ever returning to her own world or facing the Shadowlord again. But his relentless searching for her, sending shadow minions through the gate to seek her out and even coming to Earth himself, bolsters Tony's arguments that she needs to stop hiding and face him once and for all]].
* NighInvulnerability: Leah, thanks to an "oops, I wrote that wrong" moment her demon lord had, can't be injured or age. When a demon draws a wee bit of blood from her, she's terrified.
* TheObiWan: Arra, subverted in that she doesn't die, just leaves the dimension.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent
* OurGhostsAreDifferent
* PerkyGoth: Amy
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* {{Protectorate}} CB Productions
* RedShirt and MauveShirt
* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler: Tony and Lee do eventually end up together]].
* {{Sidekick}}: Lee plays the show's sidekick. Henry is now Tony's sidekick. Also, pretty much everyone wants to be Tony's.
* SorcerousOverlord: The Shadowlord plays this trope completely straight.
* SpiritAdvisor: Stephen and Cassie to Tony
* SpoiledBrat: Ashley and Brianna both.
* TabloidMelodrama: something Lee has to worry about.
* TedBaxter: Mason.
* {{Telekinesis}}: one of Tony's skills. Only works in one direction.
* TrueCompanions: CB Productions.
* [[TheyFightCrime They Battle Demons!]]
* UndeadChild: Stephen, Cassie, and Karl
* TheUnmasquedWorld: by the middle of book 2, a large number of people at CB Productions are well aware of the supernatural goings-on and what Tony is. And they want in on the action. By book 3 they are a fighting [[TrueCompanions team]].
* VampireDetectiveSeries: ''Darkest Night,'' the ShowWithinTheShow. "[[OverlyNarrowSuperlative Hey! We've got the highest numbers of any vampire detective show in syndication!]]" "That and a buck seventeen will buy you a bad cup of coffee."
* WeirdnessCensor: Goes hand-in-hand with the ExtraStrengthMasquerade. Most people instinctively rationalize away any metaphysical phenomena that they witness. Several supernatural individuals actually express shock that people like Tony and CB recognize the paranormal on sight and acknowledge that it is real without first going through denial.
* WeirdnessMagnet: CB Productions, but there's a good reason for it. Both Henry and Tony also have a history of this individually.
* WizardingSchool: Utterly subverted, since Tony's new mentor Arra takes off for her own dimension and he has to learn via trial, error, and the MagicalComputer she left him.
[[redirect:Literature/SmokeAndShadows]]
7th Mar '13 3:31:24 PM Xtifr
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The Smoke trilogy is a followup to {{Tanya Huff}}'s BloodBooks. It takes place a few years after the end of the Blood series, in {{Vancouver}}, and features Tony Foster as the lead character. His ex Henry also appears in the series.

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The Smoke ''Smoke and Shadows'' trilogy is a followup to {{Tanya Huff}}'s BloodBooks.''Literature/BloodBooks''. It takes place a few years after the end of the Blood series, in {{Vancouver}}, and features Tony Foster as the lead character. His ex Henry also appears in the series.
19th Feb '13 8:14:11 PM psionycx
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* MagicVersusScience: Magic involves the manipulation of energy. Potentially ''all'' forms of it. Certain magic thus interferes with the use of technological devices. For example, cell phones do not work on the set of CB Productions [[spoiler: because of the dimensional gate located there]]. Caulfield House drains energy from electrical devices and interferes with radio communications.

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* MagicVersusScience: Magic involves the manipulation of energy. Potentially ''all'' forms of it. Certain magic thus interferes with the use of technological devices. For example, cell phones do not work on the set of CB Productions [[spoiler: because of the dimensional gate located there]]. Caulfield House drains energy from electrical devices and interferes with radio communications. However, whether magic and science are antithetical is somewhat a matter of point of view for people from Tony's world. On Arra's world magic basically fills the role normally occupied by science, and she has little difficulty [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic combining the two disciplines]]. She even uses computers for divination (via games of Spider Solitaire) and to mathematically model the required parameters to create dimensional gateways.
19th Feb '13 10:56:41 AM psionycx
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* FunctionalMagic: Wizards use an Inherent gift and Rule Magic to manipulate energies. There's also some Theurgy (the Light of Yeramathia)

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* FunctionalMagic: Wizards use an Inherent gift Gift and Rule Magic to manipulate energies. There's also some Theurgy (the Light of Yeramathia)
17th Feb '13 11:47:21 PM psionycx
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* DemonicPossession

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* DemonicPossessionDemonicPossession: Sentient shadows, ghosts...ironically, actual "demons" are the only ones not really joining in on the fun.



* MagicVersusScience: Magic involves the manipulation of energy. Potentially ''all'' forms of it. Certain magic thus interferes with the use of technological devices. For example, cell phones do not work on the set of CB Productions [[spoiler: because of the dimensional gate located there]]. Caulfield House drains energy from electrical devices.

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* MagicVersusScience: Magic involves the manipulation of energy. Potentially ''all'' forms of it. Certain magic thus interferes with the use of technological devices. For example, cell phones do not work on the set of CB Productions [[spoiler: because of the dimensional gate located there]]. Caulfield House drains energy from electrical devices.devices and interferes with radio communications.


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* MindControlDevice: The Shadowlord, upon discovering television and the way it creates "shadows made of light" sees it as a potentially very easy way to quickly take over the world.
17th Feb '13 8:39:57 PM psionycx
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* AnotherDimension: Usually where demons come from. Some are considered to be "{{Hell}}'s", while others are just occupied by unpleasant, but not necessarily magical, creatures.



** He was definitely attracted to Leah...
** Being thousands of years old, Leah is amused that people think that there is only [[NoBisexuals straight or gay]].
** In the short story ''See Me'', set several years after ''Smoke and Ashes'', Lee is canonically established as being bisexual, but [[spoiler: he and Tony now live together in a committed monogamous relationship that is an [[EveryoneCanSeeIt open secret]] in the Vancouver entertainment industry]].

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** He was definitely attracted to Leah...
** Being
Leah. However, being thousands of years old, Leah is amused that people think that there is only [[NoBisexuals straight or gay]].
** In the short story ''See Me'', set several years after ''Smoke and Ashes'', [[spoiler: Lee is canonically established as being bisexual, but [[spoiler: he and Tony now live together in a committed monogamous relationship that is an [[EveryoneCanSeeIt open secret]] in the Vancouver entertainment industry]].


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* RelationshipUpgrade: [[spoiler: Tony and Lee do eventually end up together]].
17th Feb '13 8:20:36 PM psionycx
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* AlternateUniverse: Arra's homeworld, which is inhabited by humans who have developed magic to a greater extent than technology. The wizards there seem to have confirmed the [[TheMultiverse "Many-Worlds Interpretation"]] of quantum physics, but had only begun to develop the scientific/magical principles needed to travel between worlds. Arra was the first to actually succeed at doing so.



* MagicalComputer

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* MagicalComputerMagicVersusScience: Magic involves the manipulation of energy. Potentially ''all'' forms of it. Certain magic thus interferes with the use of technological devices. For example, cell phones do not work on the set of CB Productions [[spoiler: because of the dimensional gate located there]]. Caulfield House drains energy from electrical devices.
* MagicalComputer: Arra's laptop


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* SorcerousOverlord: The Shadowlord plays this trope completely straight.
17th Feb '13 5:53:42 PM psionycx
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* EvenTheGuysWantHim: The RunningGag is that "evil is always after [Tony's] ass!" [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in the third book, where [[spoiler: Leah's Demonlord is aware that Tony desires him, and is mildly amused at most.]]

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* EvenTheGuysWantHim: The RunningGag is that "evil is always after [Tony's] ass!" [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in the third book, where [[spoiler: Leah's exclusively heterosexual Demonlord is aware that Tony desires him, and is mildly amused at most.]]



* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: Other than constable Jack and tabloid reporter Kevin Groves, the city of Vancouver at large is oblivious to all the supernatural weirdness that goes on, especially around CB Productions. CB has no qualms about bringing in insurance claims adjusters after demonic creatures damage his set. At one point a demon even crashes a nightclub. But it was a {{Goth}} club so it may not count, even though it turns out that Goths are less excited to meet real demons than one might expect.

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* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: Other than constable Jack and tabloid reporter Kevin Groves, the city of Vancouver at large is oblivious to all the supernatural weirdness that goes on, especially around CB Productions. CB has no qualms about bringing in insurance claims adjusters after demonic creatures damage his set. At one point a demon even crashes a nightclub.coffee house. But it was a {{Goth}} club so it may not count, even though it turns out that Goths are less excited to meet real demons than one might expect.



* FunctionalMagic: Wizards use an Inherent gift and Rule Magic to manipulate energies. There's also some theurgy (the Light of Yeramathia)

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* FunctionalMagic: Wizards use an Inherent gift and Rule Magic to manipulate energies. There's also some theurgy Theurgy (the Light of Yeramathia)



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Arra [[spoiler: actually had no intention of ever returning to her own world or facing the Shadowlord again. But his relentless searching for her, sending shadow minions through the gate to seek her out and even coming to Earth himself, bolsters Tony's arguments that she needs to stop hiding and face him once and for all]].



* TrueCompanions: C B Productions.

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* TrueCompanions: C B CB Productions.



* TheUnmasquedWorld: by the middle of book 2, a large number of people are well aware of the supernatural goings-on and what Tony is. And they want in on the action. By book 3 they are a fighting [[TrueCompanions team]].

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* TheUnmasquedWorld: by the middle of book 2, a large number of people at CB Productions are well aware of the supernatural goings-on and what Tony is. And they want in on the action. By book 3 they are a fighting [[TrueCompanions team]].



* WeirdnessMagnet: CB Productions, but there's a good reason for it.

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* WeirdnessCensor: Goes hand-in-hand with the ExtraStrengthMasquerade. Most people instinctively rationalize away any metaphysical phenomena that they witness. Several supernatural individuals actually express shock that people like Tony and CB recognize the paranormal on sight and acknowledge that it is real without first going through denial.
* WeirdnessMagnet: CB Productions, but there's a good reason for it. Both Henry and Tony also have a history of this individually.
12th Feb '13 1:56:46 PM psionycx
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* ImmortalityImmorality: Tony is a bit unsettled by Leah's rather indifferent attitude about the lives of mortal humans, especially since she does not perceive their lives as being as valuable as her own despite how long she has lived.
29th Jan '13 6:03:12 PM psionycx
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* HealingMagicIsTheHardest: Actually, the healing itself is not so difficult. But in being healed you must experience all the pain that you normally would over the course of the time it would take for your injuries to heal naturally - ''all at once!''
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