Blood Price by Tanya Huff
Blood Price, the first of Tanya Huff's Blood Books, is about Vicki Nelson, a private investigator, and Henry Fitzroy, a five hundred year old vampire and illegitimate son of Henry VIII. Clichéd urban romance story, right? Well, there are a few things about this novel that piqued my interest and guaranteed I'll be reading the rest of The Blood Books.
In a genre that is crowded with books about vampires linked with strong female characters, a novel would need something extra to make it stand out. Huff provides that in the form of Vicki — a woman who leaves the police force when she is diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition that will possibly render her blind. Vicki is strong, obstinate, and bitter in turn. Her self-pity at times becomes a little tiring, but it’s completely understandable for som... Read More
Tanya Huff(1957- )
Tanya Huff is a Canadian author. Although she left Nova Scotia at three, and has lived most of her life since in Ontario, Tanya Huff still considers herself a Maritimer. On the way to the idyllic rural existence she shares with her partner Fiona Patton, six cats, and a Chihuahua, she acquired a degree in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson Polytechnic—an education she was happy to finally use while writing her recent Smoke novels. Of her previous twenty-three books, the five—Blood Price, Blood Trail, Blood Lines, Blood Pact, Blood Debt—featuring Henry Fitzroy, bastard son of Henry VIII, romance writer, and vampire are among the most popular. Here’s Tanya Huff’s blog.
The Blood Books (Vicki Nelson) — (1991-1997) Now available in three omnibus editions. Publisher: Vicki Nelson is an ex-homicide cop turned private detective. Mike Celluci, Vicki’s former parter, is still on the force. Henry Fitzroy is an author of bodice rippers-and a vampire. Together, the trio find themselves caught up in mysteries with a supernatural slant-from demons to werewolves and every otherworldly creature in between.
Blood Price by Tanya Huff
Blood Trail by Tanya Huff
Blood Trail is the second in Tanya Huff’s Blood Books series featuring Vicki Nelson, private investigator, and Henry Fitzroy, vampire and illegitimate son of Henry VIII.
The novel opens with Vicki accepting an invitation to Henry's place to talk about a possible new case. It’s been a few months since the events of Blood Price, and the flirtation between Vicki and Henry is ramped up a notch. Their new case involves a pack of werewolves living near London, Canada, who are being picked off one by one by a talented marksman.
Like Blood Price, Blood Trail is a mixed bag. I love the relationship between Vicki and Mike, and the jealousy that both Mike and Henry feel about Vicki is real and touching. The brief sex scenes are well-written ... Read More
Blood Lines by Tanya Huff
Blood Lines is the third novel in the Blood Books series. In previous novels, Tanya Huff has tackled vampires (obviously), werewolves, and demons, and in Blood Lines, she wanders into the realms of ancient Egypt and mummies.
In the slow-burn start to the book, a new sarcophagus is found by Dr. Rax, curator of the Royal Ontario Museum, and brought to Toronto. After a series of mysterious deaths, police officer Mike Celluci starts to believe that a reanimated mummy might be haunting the streets of Toronto. When he is pulled from the case, he asks Vicki to investigate on his behalf. Eventually Vicki pulls together the threads to realize that the people of Toronto are in mortal danger and time is running out for the mummy to be stopped.
I have to confess, this was my least favourite of the... Read More
Blood Pact by Tanya Huff
In the first few chapters of Blood Pact, the fourth novel in the Blood Books series, Vicki Nelson receives extremely bad news concerning her mother’s death. The news gets worse when she travels to Kingston and realizes that her mother’s body is being used in an appalling series of experiments. Blood Pact is the tale of Dr. Frankenstein, brought up to date in a gruesome manner. Vicki tries frantically to find out who is behind the desecration of her mother’s corpse, ably assisted by vampire Henry Fitzroy and cop Mike Celluci. Both men love Vicki and are trying to win her heart, but all of this is put aside when the three band together against a common foe.
I had my complaints about the last book in this series, Blood Lines, feeling that it dragged a little, used a ludicrous plot and... Read More
Blood Debt by Tanya Huff
Blood Debt is the fifth and last book in the Blood Books series by Tanya Huff featuring Vicki Nelson, Henry Fitzroy and Mike Celluci. We pick up the tale as Henry finds himself haunted by a tormented ghost and realizes he needs Vicki’s help. It’s hard to review Blood Debt completely without spoiling the events at the end of Blood Pact, but I shall attempt it!
Although there is a ghost involved, the mystery itself is more mundane than those in the previous books, concerning an organization set up to profit from the harvesting of organs. Since Huff persists in signposting her villains, making identifying them extremely easy, these books are not whodunits and so Huff has to rely on the antagonists’ supernatural abilities to ramp up the tension. Here, our heroes face only h... Read More
The Gale Women — (2009-2014) Publisher: The bestselling author of the Blood Books delivers a masterful new urban fantasy. Alysha Gale is a member of a family capable of changing the world with the charms they cast. Then she receives word that she’s inherited her grandmother’s junk shop in Calgary, only to discover upon arriving that she’ll be serving the fey community. And when Alysha learns just how much trouble is brewing in Calgary, even calling in the family to help may not be enough to save the day.
The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff
Allie Gale is one of many daughters in a modern day matriarchal clan of witches in Toronto. The Gales are incestuously close, all except for Allie’s grandmother, who had escaped the confines of the family and had set out on her own. When Allie’s grandmother mysteriously dies and unexpectedly bequeaths her business in Calgary to Allie, she is surprised to find herself the proprietor of a junk shop filled with magical artifacts, potions, a translucent leprechaun, and an autographed photo of a minotaur. Trying to discover what happened to her grandmother, Allie stumbles upon a slew of UnderRealm creatures, a suspicious sorcerer, and flock of dragons circling overhead. That’s when the story really gets moving.
The Enchantment Emporiumis a fast and fun read. The characters, from Allie to the almost innumerable Aunties, to the leprechaun Joe, are well drawn and interesting. The Gale family is... Read More
The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff
Alysh Gale is 24 and jobless. Lack of funds ended the museum job she loved and has forced her to return back home. It is during this time she receives a mysterious letter from her estranged grandmother. The letter tells her she has inherited a store in Calgary, and must go and maintain it at once. The disappearance of the grandmother needs to be looked into, so the family agrees to let Alysha go and mind the store in order to solve the mystery.
There is a thing writers do to explain the world in which their story takes place, or to provide some history to the characters. This is called exposition, and some of it usually takes place at the start of a book. Exposition is important since it provides a foundation for the entire story. Too much exposition can be boring or tedious, but not enough can be disastrous. The Enchantment Emporium has no exposition at all. The sto... Read More
The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff
The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff is the second book in THE GALE WOMEN series. While I enjoyed the first book, The Enchantment Emporium, even though it had serious flaws, The Wild Ways was not good. I got to about halfway through and didn’t care about the characters. In fact, on a semi-regular basis, I couldn’t keep the characters apart.
I also had serious difficulties with the “too much power/too little consequences” system of magic in this book. Basically, the Gale family can shift reality to meet their will, including things like making airline tickets magically appear when they need them for exactly what they can afford — a magical power I would surely like to develop — and yet it is used for the good of Canada. Or, at least, what the Gale family thinks is the good of Canada. If his... Read More
Confederation — (2000-2010) Publisher: In the distant future, humans and several other races have been granted membership in the Confederation — at a price. They must act as soldier/protectors of the far more civilized races who have long since turned away from war….
Smoke and Shadows — (2004-2006) Sequels to The Blood Books. Publisher: Together, Vicki and Henry faced and survived perils ranging from demons, werewolves, and mummies to zombies and restless spirits crying out for revenge. In their trials they were aided-willingly or not-by an assortment of allies. Among these allies was a street kid named Tony Foster. Claimed by Vicki as a reliable snitch and by Henry as “one of his own,” Tony found himself rescued from his dead-end existence and given a chance for a better life. Relocating to Vancouver with Henry, and forced to get his act together, Tony embarked on a career in Vancouver’s burgeoning TV industry, landing a job as a production assistant at CB Productions. In an example of art echoing life, the syndicated TV series Tony worked for was “Darkest Night,” a show about the adventures of a vampire detective.
Quarters — (1994-1999) The original four novels (Sing the Four Quarters, Fifth Quarter, No Quarter, The Quartered Sea) have been reissued as two omnibus editions. Publisher: From the princess who renounces her royal blood to become a bard able to sing elemental magic, to the twin assassins Bannon and Vree caught up in a magical trap they may not survive, these unforgettable characters make both novels thrilling adventure and the most intriguing kind of fantasy.
Novels of Crystal — (1988-1989) Omnibus edition contains the two original novels (Child of the Grove and The Last Wizard). Publisher: In the Age of Mortals — the Elder Races have withdrawn almost completely from the world of humans and gone, too, are the dreaded wizards. Or so the people of the Ardhan believe, for, unbeknownst to them, there is one wizard who still survives, a master of evil bent upon claiming lordship over the entire world.No mere mortal can hope to stand against his diabolical sorcery, and so the Elders have chosen to intervene one final time. Their gift to Ardhan is Crystal, the Child of the Grove, daughter of the Power and the last-born wizard who will ever walk the world. And thus the battle lines are drawn, and the final war — between both mortal armies and immortal wizards — is about to begin!
Keeper’s Chronicles — (1998-2003) Publisher: Being one of the Earth’s protectors is never easy, but when Claire the Keeper and Austin the cat find themselves in charge of the Elysian Fields Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast, all Hell breaks loose in the form of a gateway residing in the basement!
Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light — (1989) Publisher: First published in 1989 and taking place in downtown Toronto, one of the earliest of the modern urban fantasies, Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light is the story of a fight against encroaching darkness by a developmentally handicapped young woman, a street musician with no idea of his potential, a bag-lady who’s tired of picking up the pieces, and an adept of the light. Mixing actual Toronto ghost-stories with traditional Faire, a police procedural, and a cat, Gate of Darkness, Circle of Light opened a gate at street level to the urban fantasy that followed.
The Fire’s Stone — (1990) Publisher: A wizard, a drunkard, and a thief – three strangers who must learn to work together or Ischia is lost beneath a sea of lava. But Aaron, the thief, is hiding more than stolen jewels. Chandra, the wizard, is running from a political marriage. And Darvish, the prince Chandra is intended to marry and the man Aaron has hidden the most from, well, Darvish really needs a drink. Before they can hope to save Ischia, they must save themselves.
What Ho, Magic! — (1999) Publisher: Tanya Huff, the acclaimed writer of the Blood and Kigh series, is also a fantastic short story writer. What Ho, Magic! is a collection of fifteen of Tanya’s short stories: “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” “Word of Honor” “Shing Li-ung”, “First Love, Last Love” “The Harder They Fall” “February Thaw” “The Chase is On” “A Debt Unpaid” “Symbols are a Percussion Instrument” “Underground” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream Team” Four stories featuring Vicki, Henry, and Mike from her Blood series: “This Town Ain’t Big Enough” “What Manner of Man” “The Cards Also Say” “The Vengeful Spirit of Lake Nepeakea”. This is also the first printing of her new novella: “The Vengeful Spirit of Lake Nepeaka”. With an introduction to the book by Michelle Sagara West.
Stealing Magic — (1999) Publisher: Between the covers of this “double-faced flipover” book, you’ll find two complete collections of Tanya Huff’s comical short stories featuring Magdelene (the world’s most powerful and laziest wizard) and Terazin (a top-notch thief). “Stealing Magic is charming, funny, and once again proves that Huff has no regard for the conventions and boundaries of genre… — the genre is turned on its head, and to hilarious effect. The Magdelene stories in Stealing Magic are certainly some of the few ‘high fantasy’ short works that I have enjoyed recently.” – Challenging Destiny Stealing Magic is both appealing and amusing, and belongs in everyone’s fantasy collection.
Relative Magic — (2003) Publisher: Meisha Merlin’s second collection of Tanya Huff’s short fiction, Relative Magic features four Terizan stories (3 previously published and one newly written especially for this collection), two stories from the Blood Series (one Vicky and one Henry), and eleven other fantastic. The collection will also include new introductions to each story by Tanya Huff.
Finding Magic — (2007) Publisher: Introduction by Julie E. Czerneda. Afterword by Dr. Erica L. Neely. Table of Contents for Finding Magic: I Knew a Guy Once; Choice of Ending; He Said, Sidhe Said; After School Specials; Finding Marcus
Jack; Slow Poison; Tuesday Evening Six Thirty to Seven; Blood in the Water; Not That Kind of War; Under Summons; A Woman’s Work…; The Things Everyone Knows; We Two May Meet; The Demon’s Den; Brock; All the Ages of Men.
Nights of the Round Table: And Other Stories — (2011) Publisher: Explore uncharted territory in this collection of heroic fantasy shorts from Tanya Huff. Annotations provide background and insight on each story. Peppered with Huff’s trademark tongue-in-cheek wit and the brilliant, funny, wise, ruthless heroines that have made her famous, this is a collection you won’t want to miss. Travel to Camelot in “Nights of the Round Table” and to ancient Egypt in “Succession”. Revisit beloved fairytales in “All Things Being Relative”. Sail the seas in “Blood in the Water” and “Oh Glorious Sight”. Also includes “What Little Girls Are Made Of,” “A Woman’s Work”, and “Slow Poison”. NIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE AND OTHER STORIES is the first of a series of Tanya Huff short story collections. Published as e-book exclusives and featuring all-new cover art, many of the stories in these collections have never been collected before, or are only available in hard-to-find limited editions.
February Thaw: And Other Stories of Contemporary Fantasy — (2011) Publisher: FEBRUARY THAW is the second e-collection by Tanya Huff and brings together some of the short fiction that helped define the field. From an Imperial Dragon in Toronto’s Chinatown, to a heavy metal retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, to the realization that the ancient gods are one highly dysfunctional family, Huff skews our world slightly sideways. These seven stories, each with a brand new introduction by the author, remind us that the weird and the wonderful is all around us if we only bother to look.
The Silvered — (2012) Publisher: From the author of the bestselling Blood books, a brilliant new tale of shape-changers, mages, soothsayers,and a power-mad emperor. The Empire has declared war on the small, were-ruled kingdom of Aydori, capturing five women of the Mage-Pack, including the wife of the were Pack-leader. With the Pack off defending the border, it falls to Mirian Maylin and Tomas Hagen — she a low-level mage, he younger brother to the Pack-leader — to save them. Together the two set out on the kidnappers’ trail, racing into the heart of enemy territory. But with every step the odds against their survival, let alone their success, grow steeper…
Swan’s Braid and Other Tales of Terizan — (2013) Publisher: A new short story collection from Tanya Huff. You can’t belong to the Thieves’ Guild if you can’t break into the Thieves’ Guild. When Terizan dropped out of the secret passage, past the net, and into the Inner Sanctum, she was astonished to discover that no one else had ever made it that far. Unfortunately, neither Terizan nor the Guild are thrilled about the sudden perception that she’s the best thief in Oreen – the title comes with expectations and the Guild only ever expects the worst. In these five tales, mercenary captains, murderous royal families, ghosts, gods, and wizards prove that while it may not always be lonely at the top, it’s definitely annoying. Good thing half a dozen gods owe Terizan a favour.