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A delightful discovery
on May 13, 2010
I first saw a reference to Tanya Huff in a review of the latest Kelly Armstong book. Since I am a big fan of Armstrong I thought I would at least try her fellow Canadian.
I am so glad I did. Like Armstrong, Huff spends much of her time creating rich, intriguing characters and then letting them play. The demons, werewolves etc. are really secondary to the fun of meeting the bastard son of Henry V111, a virtually blind PI, and her alpha male cop lover. Nonetheless, even the demon lords are fleshed out and interesting, albeit being mainly incorporeal vapor.
Her werewolf family reminded me very much of a family I once knew who had a large farm in Ontario. Delightful people and so are the werewolves. And I enjoyed that, at least in the first two stories (books really,) the actual villains were human.
Nowhere does she rely on cliches or hackneyed "cute meets." Just at the time you think you have the jealous, hardnosed Italian cop figured out she turns him sideways and he becomes deeper, more appealing, with interesting edges. Henry Fitzroy, vampire prince of the night, writes romance novels under the nom de plume of his half sister,Elizabeth (lovely aside,) likes dogs, is a devout Catholic and can be very, very scary.
I have already ordered the other two in this series and expect I will enjoy them just as much. These are keepers. Unlike Armstrong, but much like JD Robb and her Eve Dallas stories, the city (in this case Toronto) becomes another character and the writing is richer for it.