Silver Collar is the next book in Gill McKnight's Garoul Series. It focuses on Luc Garoul, an outcast from the Garoul pack of weres. Luc is sick and weak, and is being hunted by Emily Johnston. Emily is out to revenge the death of her father, which she blames on the Garoul family. She also hopes to trap Luc, to prove to the world that werewolves exist, and to boost her place in the scientific community.
In this humorous account, Luc and Emily switch roles as each ends up hunting the other. Meanwhile, the Garoul pack is hunting Luc, to bring her in before she self-destructs. Raised feral, Luc is a lovable if bumbling character. The dialogues between Luc and a somewhat prissy Emily are very funny. McKnight brings back all of the Garoul characters from her previous books and skillfully blends them into the story. Little Tadpole, the dog, even plays an important role!
McKnight fleshes out her characters, allowing them to experience the very human traits of exasperation, frustration, and love sickness. The rural setting of her story, along with the dying little village just outside the woods, make for a very picturesque mental image, as does the inclusion of the sounds and smells of nature. McKnight so grabbed me with her plotline that I actually read Silver Collar in one setting! I'm betting others readers will have the same experience.