Series: A WEREWOLF TALE
Plot Type: Horror Fantasy
Ratings: Violence—5, Sensuality—2-3, Humor—2-3
Publisher and Titles: Three Rivers Press
In this world, werewolves have many of the usual characteristics: moon-related change, allergy to silver, blood lust, and super strength. These werewolves, however, don't change just once a month. They change every time the moon rises, and in the northern winter the moon-rise time can be very long. Essentially, then, they spend half their lives in wolf form.
When werewolves are in their animal form, they hate humans and live only to kill them. When they are human, they do not remember what they did as wolves. They are descended from the dire wolf, a massive North American wolf that is now extinct.
Humans know about the existence of werewolves. The villains of the series are some secretive Canadian government operatives who want to use the North woods for their own purposes. They need the werewolves to be wiped out ASAP, whatever the cost.
NOVEL 1: Frostbite
Eventually, we get Chey's back story and learn the reason for both her werewolf hatred and her solitary trip into the woods. We also meet Montgomery Powell, a lone Canadian werewolf who has done his best to stay away from humans in order to keep himself from killing them.
The first novel takes Powell and Chey through the beginnings of their relationship as Chey resigns herself to her new life and the pair manages to defeat the first group of villains. In Overwinter, a third werewolf turns up at their campsite wanting to renew her old acquaintance with Powell, while a vengeful and a colorful new hunter with bluish-gray skin sets his sights on all three of them.
The subtle humor in Frostbite comes from Dzo, a person...or spirit...or something else who seems to live in the forest...or in the lake...or somewhere else and appears seemingly out of thin air to assist Powell and Chey with various tasks. Dzo's humor comes from his apparent cluelessness about many aspects of human culture (e.g., Chey's modesty when naked).
NOVEL 2: Overwinter
In the more humorous Overwinter, more of Dzo's fellow creatures from Inuit mythology turn up, adding to the humor before a not-very-happily-after ending resolves the plot line. Wait until you see who rescues the werewolves from the snowmobiling hunters. I laughed out loud!