Nice writing and I enjoyed the characters, Macon in particular. But I was severely put off by the medieval dog "training" and don't think the author knows a thing about dogs or dog behavior. In the real world, using fear or pain (i.e. a choke collar) to try and modify behavior like Edward's barking at people or biting will almost certainly result in worsening of the behavior and in many cases the euthanizing of the dog. So don't do this! There are modern force-free methods for training and behavior modification and they are used on hundreds of different species at zoos around the world. Finally, I was put off by the ending -- going back to Muriel (the inept dog-trainer) was simply a mistake on Macon's part; like the dog-training, it will not end well.