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Derik's Bane (Wyndham Werewolf #3)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,041 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
Werewolf Derik Gardner must save the world by destroying the reincarnation of history's most wicked sorceress. Unfortunately, the beautiful but ditzy Sara Gunn hasn't a clue that she's the epitome of pure evil. To make matters worse, Derik's falling in love with her.
Paperback, 305 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Berkley (first published January 4th 2005)
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Nov 02, 2009 Natasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Maryjanice Davidson is an amazing writer. I love how all her stories have a seriousness with comedy. I never read a book by MJD that I never liked. This is the 3rd book in the Wyndham Werewolf series and it follows the story of Derik and Sara. It is also the longest of the series. Most of her books are not that long, and that's the only thing I wish different. I really took to this series, the werewolves and their love lives always have interesting, fast plots and ste ...more
Jan 16, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. Both of the main characters, Sara and Derik, were lovable and funny. Derik is a werewolf and Sara is the reincarnation of Morgan Le Fey. He thinks he is supposed to kill her in order to save the world, but ends up falling in love with her instead. She has no idea who she is and ends up falling for him, too. They end up going on a journey to stop the "bad guys", save the world, and prove she is not evil. It may be just the teeniest bit far fetched... Ok. It was ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I read it while stuck in an airport for 3 hours. It was quite entertaining & I laughed aloud in several sections (much to the curiosity of my fellow travelers). This is a really fun read.
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
2.5 Stars

I have read and really enjoyed the first couple of books from Ms Davidson's 'Undead' series, so I was looking forward to reading this werewolf tale. Although it is a fairly fun, quick read, it didn't engage me as much as the 'Undead' books.

The story is an interesting one: a werewolf sent to kill a powerful sorceress who is about to end the world. Derik, the werewolf, is tall, blonde and very good-looking, and Sara, a doctor who doesn't actually know she is a powerful sorceress, is a red
Jul 14, 2012 Nina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In diesem Buch geht es um die Wyndhamer Werwölfe. Die Wahrsagerin des Rudels prophezeit die Auferstehung der mächtigen Morgan Le Fay (Schwester des Königs Artus), die die Welt zerstören will. Nur Werwolf Derik ist in der Lage dies zu verhindern, also macht er sich auf die Reise nach Kalifornien mit der Absicht, die Magierin zu töten. Die hübsche Krankenschwester mit Doktortitel, Sarah Gunn soll die Reinkarnation der bösen Magierin sein, hat davon jedoch keine Ahnung und es beginnt ein ständiges ...more
May 15, 2009 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
This would be the first romance novel I've read that begins with the hero doing his darndest to end the heroine's life. It's probably the only attempted-murder scene that's had me laughing out loud too! But then again, I would expect nothing less from Mary Janice Davidson. She is just insanely funny. I have this mental image of her sitting in her office writing, having a big belly laugh as her characters run off at the mouth yet again. Man, if I was Mary Janice Davidson I would be in constant de ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
I've not previously read a Wyndhma Werewolf Tale, so I came into DERIK'S BANE with no preconceptions. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the typical MaryJanice Davidson wit, although I did find the ending (which happened in about two pages) a wee bit far-fetched.

Derik Gardner, hottie and member of the Wyndham Pack, has recently been feeling a little out of sorts. When he loses control one morning and gets into it with alpha Michael Wyndham (his leader and best friend since childhood), he
The Flooze
I'm used to MJD's stories being light on plot. They're usually more focused on romance and laughs than on finer details and I've been okay with that.

But this was ridiculous.

Derik's Bane started off relatively well. Derik is sent on a save-the-world mission thanks to Antonia's visions. He hunts his target, only to find a hot redhead he instantly lovelusts. Naturally.

What follows is not terribly amusing or all that sexy, so the plot problems become painfully obvious. Even though an enemy is estab
Mar 20, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
I'm not sure why I gave it two stars. Some of the stuff didn't make sense. The story was lackluster, the "romance" was to sudden no build up and the whole story just came off one tone. The ending didn't even a really big ahhhh moment....I will be finishing Monster Love by this author and I won't be reading another of her stories.

*I have decided not to read Monster Love as reading the reviews have really disheartened me* Rape is a horrendous ordeal. To have an author (female no less) have a victi
Mar 07, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fortunately, even though Derik is an alpha werewolf, he’s not in the way of behaving way too alpha for me to enjoy reading about him. Derik is given a mission by the Pack’s seeress to go take care of an “evil sorceress” before she ends the world. But, she totally isn’t evil. So, that’s nice. But, they’ve still got to save the world. And that’s cool.
There’s a lot more plot to this latest installment of the Wyndham Werewolves than the last, which makes me pretty happy. I’m not a fan when a story,
Feb 23, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're reading or had read MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series and want more Antonia and the Wyndham Werewolf Pack, pick up this fun-filled quick read. Derik is Antonia's best friend in the Pack and leaves on a quest to "save the world" after Antonia has one of her visions of the future. He's to find the most powerful sorceress EVER, Morgan Le Fay (from King Arthur) reincarnated at Dr. Sara Gunn and "take care of her" which he interprets as a hit order like from the Godfather or somethin ...more
Oct 01, 2015 Taria0508 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Die Wahrsagerin des Werwolfclans Wyndham Antonia macht die Prophezeihung das die wiedergeborene Morgan Le Fay die Welt in den Abgrund treiben wird. Also macht sich Derik Gardner auf den Weg nach Kalifornien um die böse Hexe zu töten. Doch Dr. Sara Gunn, hübsch und etwas zerstreut, hat keine Ahnung davon das sie die Wiedergeburt des absolut Bösen ist und auch Derik hat seine Probleme ihr wehzutun nachdem er sie kennen gelernt hat.

Also ich habe ja wirklich keinen hohen Erwatungen an solche Bücher.
Aug 26, 2012 Carolyn rated it did not like it
This author is just not to my tastes, I guess. Too rude, lewd, crude, and with very weak plots. I don't care for the constant (and creative) cursing, and the 'romance' is anything but. I'll be passing on anything else by this author.

ETA: Oh, and a word of warning to those that hate such; the story at the end of this one "Monster Love" is a trite sample of the "kidnapped and raped repeatedly, she can't help but fall in love with him..." school of 'romance'. I'd avoid it, personally.
Barbara Elsborg
Apr 01, 2013 Barbara Elsborg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book just cracks me up. It's so funny. Maybe you have to 'get' MJD sense of humour to fully appreciate it but I adore it. I wish I'd written it! The plot is preposterous but works. The characters are totally over the top and that works. Her turn of phrase is just perfect. Third time I've read it and it's a keeper. If I ever needed a book to make me smile - I'd turn to this one.
Aug 02, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Werewolf Derik Gardner is told by a psychic that the world will end soon unless he does something about it. So he heads to California on a mission to destroy the reincarnation of Morgan Le Fay. The reincarnated sorceress is now Dr. Sara Gunn, a beautiful woman who has no idea that she is Morgan Le Fay. Derik doesn't like the idea of killing her, but he'll do it for his pack. But, each time he tries, he doesn't meet with success. Sara Gunn is one of the luckiest women in the world.

This was a cute
Oct 04, 2015 Loretta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was another great read by Maryjanice Davidson. This novel is connected to the Wyndham werewolves series folling the character of Derik. Derik has been sent on a mission to take care of the reincarnation of Morgan Le Fey in order to save the world.

I really enjoyed this novel, it was a quick and fun read. I have read a lot of the undead series lately so this was a nice diversion in which I got to learn more back story for the werewolves. I love Sara's character how she is both clumsy, kind of
Sep 27, 2007 Lavande rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you've seen my last review, you'll wonder why I read another one. I have no answer. There is only...shame.
Jan 02, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a really funny book...but i still dont know what the cover means????
Derik’s Bane is exactly what it appears on the surface - a light, quick, frivolous, paranormal romance. Derik the Werewolf is sent to stop the unspeakably evil Morgan le Fay (aka Dr. Sara Gunn) from destroying the world. Sara is cute, goofy, “the female embodiment of the absent-minded professor,” and has absolutely no idea who she really is. Not only does she have no intention of destroying the world, she falls for her would-be assassin. Quite a good start but, after that, there is nothing but b ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Die Beschreibung von amazon geht nah am Buch lang, erzählt aber mal wieder n bissl Blödsinn. Die Wahrsagerin ist ein Mitglied des Werwolfrudels. Aus der Beschreibung würde ich lesen, dass es eine außenstehende Wahrsagerin sei. Morgan Le Fay ist auch nicht auferstanden, sondern wiedergeboren. Großer Unterschied. „[…] scheitern ein ums andere mal kläglich.“ Naja, er versucht es auch nur etwa drei mal. Ein ums andere Mal klingt doch eher nach mehreren Versuchen über längere Zeit. Und sie ziehen nic ...more
Kathy Hiester
Derik Gardner is an alpha werewolf but Derik’s pack already has an Alpha who is also his best friend, and two Alphas in one pack can cause problems. Derik decides to leave and a mission comes on at the right time for his departure.
Derick has been given the task of killing Dr. Sara Gunn is the reincarnation of Morgan Le Fay, King Arthur’s half-sister who was believed to be the downfall of the King and a sorceress to boot.
Sara on the other hand is having a bad day. Her cars dies and is predicted t
Stephanie  from Books Paradise
Meine Meinung: Nach den Empfehlungen von The Best Reviews und LoveLetter war ich mir eigentlich sicher, dass dieses Buch es in sich haben wird. Weit gefehlt - leider. Die mit dem Werwolf tanzt ist mein erster Roman von Mary Janice Davidson und wenn ich nicht wüsste, dass dieses Buch im englischen Original das dritte Buch in der Wyndhamer Serie ist, wäre es garantiert auch mein letztes Buch von Davidson. Das eigentliche erste Buch kenne ich also nicht und weiß auch nicht, ob die Autorin dort eine ...more
Derik, a werewolf from MaryJanice Davidson's east-coast Pack of Wyndham werewolves, is on a mission: he has been told to "take care of" Dr. Sarah Gunn, the reincarnation of Morgan Le Fay - lest she destroy the world. The only problem? Sarah isn't evil. In fact, she's downright cute, and too lucky for words. When Derik literally cannot kill her, he and Sarah decide to team up to take a cross-country road trip to track down and eliminate the real threat.

The story was cute. I finished it quickly, b
Angie (Mind Malfunction)
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Tracy Terry
Mar 31, 2013 Tracy Terry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Given this by a friend who wanted to know if it was suitable for her 8 year old grand-daughter who liked the cartoon like cover - thank goodness she did so as full of expletives and the occasional (laughable but still pretty graphic) sex scenes it was far from suitable.

Largely regarded as a riotous romp of a read, sorry to say I found this to be full of an outdated school-boyish 'humour' (odd given that its written by a woman) and obnoxious immature characters who came out with some of the most
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Jan 25, 2013 Kerri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. It's one of those quick reads that you can get through in a day or two but is enjoyable once you get into it. I like the comedic aspects of this book; the characters have their own hilarious quirks about them which keeps the story upbeat and interesting.

I'm a Mary Janice Davidson fan and I loved her Undead series, I'm not entirely sold on her Wyndham Werewolf series, but I can definitely get into these books and stay interested in them. Her writing style is entertain
May 06, 2012 Rauli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meh, what can I say, Mary Janice Davidson, right? It's a good read if read at the right time,luckily for me after having read a couple(read: almost all), of Mary Janice books I new that she was what the doctor ordered after the bad turnout from one of my Uni exams. Seriously, who needs to be all emo and depressed when laughter can be found so easily between the pages of a well-favoured author? Derik's Bane was very effective medication, between Sara's clumsy luck-scapades, Derik's cook teen-fand ...more
Kalendra Dee
Sep 10, 2013 Kalendra Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-romance
As part of the Wyndham Werewolf Pack, Derik has always gotten along with his best friend and Alpha Pack Leader, Michael Wyndham. Lately, however, Derik has been getting fidgety and bad tempered and Michael decides it's time for Derik to take a trip. A fellow werewolf named Antonia has the ability to foretell the future, and she's never wrong. When she "sees" the reincarnation of the evil sorceress Morgan LeFay running around in California, Antonia fortells that Morgan must be taken care of or sh ...more
Oct 25, 2015 Ceola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-audio
Enjoyed the story.
I understand it's Davidson, so it's tongue and cheek. But the readers voice
Became so VALLEY GIRL irritating. It was a trial to get to the end.

At the end of this audio book was another short story about a vampire and a Wyndham wolf
The voice chosen for him wasn't as irritating
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MaryJanice Davidson is an American author who writes mostly paranormal romance, but also young adult and non-fiction. She is the creator of the popular Undead series. She is both a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. She won a 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award and was nominated for the same award in 2005.

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