Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 5: Ethan Sullivan vs. Atticus O’Sullivan


Alpha Showdown 2012 at Vampire Book ClubRound 5 of the Alpha Showdown 2012 has the back-from-the-dead leader of Cadogan House of vampires Ethan Sullivan taking on Atticus O’Sullivan, a 2,100-year-old druid with a death goddess backing him up.

We expect blood — Ethan looks thirsty — and magic — Atticus can pull from the earth. But most of all we expect a serious fight from the two alphas with Sullivan in their last name.

Read the pitches, then make the call. Who should advance to the next round in the Alpha Showdown? The poll at the end of this post will be open for two days (closing at 11:59 p.m. CST on May 19). Remember, alphas don’t share titles. Your votes decide who advances in the Alpha Showdown 2012.


Ethan Sullivan

Some Girls Bite by Chloe NeillYou know him from: Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill
First appeared in: Some Girls Bite (VBC review, Buy it at Amazon)

Supernatural status: Vampire

Championed by: Megan Frampton from Heroes and Heartbreakers and meganframpton.com | @meganf

Ethan Sullivan, leader of House Cadogan, is the vampire you’d want having your back in any situation (or have you on your back for, but that’s another story). He’s smart, witty, cunning, arrogant, proud, measured, and strong. He’s a true leader, a vampire who’s adapted to the change of years and come out stronger.

Plus he looks like this: “He was tall, two or three inches over six feet, and lean like a swimmer—narrow waist, broad shoulders, long legs. His hair was straight, shoulder-length, and golden-blond. His face was chiseled—knife-edge cheekbones and a firm jaw, his brow strong, his lips worth calling home about.”

What’s more, Ethan is incredibly loyal. He puts the safety of Cadogan vampires above all things, even if it means he loses something (in this case, Merit). He is arrogant enough to own his decisions, he’s got a massive ego, and he will go toe-to-toe with his woman, and respect her for standing up to him. Even as he tries to seduce her to change her opinion.

He’s not the meanest (Zsadist), the most lethal fighter (Bones?), the handsomest (Colin Ames-Beautmont), the smartest (uh…never mind, he might be), or the most terrifying (Zsadist! Nice to see you again!), but he’s the only vamp in this showdown who’s got everything.

Atticus O’Sullivan

Hounded by Kevin HearneYou know him from: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne
First appeared in: Hounded (Kristin’s review, VBC review, Buy it at Amazon)

Supernatural status: Druid

Championed by: Kristin from My Bookish Ways | @MyBookishWays

Why does Atticus O’Sullivan kick booty? Let me count the ways. First, my favorite Druid is over 2,000 years old. 2,000, folks (but looks 21…a very hot 21)! The man has had a LOT of time to hone his magical and physical skills to a finely sharpened point.

Second, the entire planet Earth is his bitch. OK, not really, however, a great deal of his power comes from the earth, but it’s a give and take relationship, and it’s a very strong one. The man can heal himself, for Morrigan’s sake, and bind molecules together, cool stuff like that. Comes in handy after particularly nasty fights, yeah?

Speaking of Morrigan… The man has a death goddess on retainer! And he’s sort of friends with her. Well, inasmuch as you can be friends with a being that sort of, um, devours men. With sex (and other rather spectacular methods). Yeah, she’s a firecracker, and she LIKES Atticus.

Which leads me to my next point: our boy Atticus has friends in high places, like, um, gods. Then there are his friends in the vamp and were communities, which is nothing to shake a stick (or staff) at. Wrapping everything up into a nice, neat, sparkly bow of kick-assery, is the fact that Atticus is one loyal, obscenely powerful, and magically plugged in Druid. He will do absolutely anything for those he cares about and to protect the innocent. Seriously, you don’t want to perpetrate evil-doing on the man’s friends, or his dog (Oberon is off limits, people), or hell, the general public for that matter.

Atticus may not sprout hair or fangs, but he’s the ultimate Alpha, and don’t you forget it.


85 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 5: Ethan Sullivan vs. Atticus O’Sullivan”

  1. I think my favorite thing about this round is that it’s Sullivan vs O’Sullivan. There’s something so poetic about that.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Atticus is da bomb … and the above description doesn’t mention that he comes fully equipped with the coolest and wittiest dog in current fiction!

  3. I haven’t read HOunded, but I am thinking I may have to. You guys are making it sound great! 😉

  4. judy says:

    atticus knows how to unbind vampires, turning them into sticky piles of atoms and such. there’s no way he wouldn’t win!

  5. Heather says:

    How strange they have the same last names (well sort of… close enough).

    I know this is unfair because I have only read the Chicagoland Vampires Novels so I have to vote for Ethan but he is definitely Alpha material. Ethan is by far the most difficult, controlling, stubborn, condescending, and sexy alphas ever.

    Haven’t read the The Iron Druid Chronicles yet (as I have mentioned) but this has me all kinds of excited now. I want to read about some Atticus O’Sullivan.

  6. Beth C. says:

    Atticus. End of story. As Judy mentioned, he can unbind vampires AND he has the coolest sidekick EVER.

  7. Shirley says:

    Atticus – yep – best druid ever.

    OH and Oberon. is. fantastic! (snuggle pumpkin, indeed!) LOL I just wanna rub his widdle bewwy foreber and eber!

  8. Angela says:

    The druid is still on my tbr list. I was told I should read the Downside Ghosts series first to be properly prepared for this contest. 🙂
    Long story short, I go for Ethan because he came back from the dead after being staked so that makes him literally unkillable (if that’s a word at all?!) and becaue I haven’t met Atticus yet, however now I look forward to meet him soon.

  9. Chad says:

    Atticus O’Sullivan will win, of course. He has a very special method for dealing with vampires and he doesn’t like them at all. As long as some of the Thunder Gods, who are pissed off at Atticus (after “Hammered”), don’t discover his whereabouts he will win hands down. I would say more about his methods, but I don’t want to spoil the books for those here who have not read Kevin Hearne’s books yet.

  10. Andie says:

    Haven’t read these series yet, but i have to give that druid credit…:)) Although, Ethan sounds very tempting…

  11. Atticus is a BAMF!

  12. CdnMrs says:

    On one hand I’m voting for Atticus because I’m still bitter about what Chloe Neil did in that one book – fans know what I’m talking about.
    On the other hand Atticus is simply more Alpha. He can LIQUEFY vamps therefore your argument is invalid. 😉

    • Z.N. Singer says:

      Precisely. It’s not really a fair contest, as anyone familiar with Atticus’s abilities knows (almost anything but a vampire if you want to make that guy sweat) but sheer popularity stats will see Ethan win the votes. Kinda hate that. Bothers me. More than it should, probably.

  13. Julie says:

    While I love the Chloe Neil books (in spite of what she did in that one book – as CdnMrs mentions). I’m going to have to vote for Atticus just for this sentence alone:

    The entire planet earth is his bitch

    So funny!

  14. Atticus, without a doubt. And for those of you in the Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia area, Kevin Hearne is going to be the guest speaker at the Library of Congress “What If…Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum” on June 13. You can learn more about Atticus’s kick-assery!

  15. Oh, yeah, Chloe Neill, author of the Chicagoland Vampire stories, will be our guest speaker at the Library of Congress “What If…Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum” on August 8 in Washington, DC. She can comment on this alpha fight between Ethan and Atticus.

  16. Kat M. says:

    Yeah the vampire (Ethan) might be a charmer; but this druid (Atticus) has made it clear in the series that he can easily “unbind” the undead with a few Celtic, magic words. Not that Atticus would unless Ethan threatened him or his friends. After all, he has had unsteady alliances with the undead community (like his old vampire lawyer, Leif).

  17. Kristin says:

    Go Atticus, Go Atticus! It’s yer birthday!

  18. Ravenschild says:

    Also kind of forgot that tiny little thing that the death goddess off his religion has kind of sworn not to to take him so its kinda hard for him to ummmm…die

  19. Elizabeth says:

    I haven’t read Hounded, and I love Ethan, but just by the description of Atticus he’s gonna totally kick Ethan’s ass. Sorry Ethan I love you but I think you’re gonna get a beat down.

  20. Marcus says:

    Let’s not forget- Atticus can go all hairy with if he wants to- 4 different animal forms at that.

  21. Amy M says:

    My vote goes to Ethan. I haven’t read the Iron Druid Chronicles but I’ve heard really good things about them.

  22. LIz says:

    I love Ethan but this is no contest, Atticus is the complete package! Plus, yeah..best sidekick ever! 😀

  23. Jami Gray says:

    Oh niiccee…but I’m going with Atticus! Not just because his sidekick Oberon wouldn’t dare be left out, but because there’s no way Atticus has made it as long as he has without having some serious mojo! Go Atticus!

  24. Kristin D says:

    This is the 1st bracket where I am really torn between the two! I mean…I LOVE Ethan (and props to Chloe, who is a very nice lady, for setting the series in Chi-Town!) BUT Atticus kicks so much ass. Decisions, decisions. It is breaking my heart, but I think I have to go with Atticus…(forgive me Ethan! I still love, love, love you!)

  25. Kathy R says:

    There is no other like Ethan!

  26. Aneso says:

    Ethan all the way !! I don’t know the other guy but even if I did, Ethan wins my vote!!! I love that guy since the beginning of the chicagoland vampire series ! He’s smart, sexy, loyal, sweet, funny and he give his life for the woman he loves! How can anyone can’t love him? he deserve to win this battle !

  27. Ginna S says:

    Ethan, of course! He’s hotter, has lots of loyal vamp backup and doesn’t need any death goddess to back him up. And he cam back from the dead (technically twice) for Pete’s sake!

  28. Candace says:

    I’m just putting this out there. I’m burning a metaphorical pile of aspen stakes in support of Ethan – I KICK ASS, TAKE NAMES AND DEFY WITCHES TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT – Sullivan. *tosses another stake on the fire*

  29. vinity says:

    I’ve read both series. No way Ethan stands a CHANCE! Atticus all the way. He takes out freaking Gods and as others have mentioned, he has ways of dealing with Vamps.

  30. saji says:

    Atticus….looks like i found a new hero to fawn over….i mean a new series to read…..i havnt read either…..still i think i m gonna go with atticus

  31. Voted Ethan even though that one book that must not be mentioned. He is sexy Vamp and his wit ( swoon).

  32. Inga says:

    well i love Ethan and voted for him, but after this i just have to get Atticus books in my hands, it sounds like it’s something amazing, we will see. 🙂

  33. Caro says:

    Ethan! But, I have to admit, I just started the audio of Hounded. So, not that familiar with O’ Sullivan.

  34. April says:

    I have never read the Iron Druid Chronicles. Thats going to be next after I finish reading the Otherkin series. My vote went to Ethan. I really enjoyed the Chicagoland Vampires.

  35. Ethan could stay in ashes for all I care. – Atticus forever! –

  36. Ethan can stay in ashes for all I care. – Atticus forever! –

  37. Lynn Antley says:

    Team Atticus! and his little (snick) dog, Oberon, too! I’ve read both series, but I’m all about the Iron Druid Chronicles.

  38. Jen says:

    Um, Atticus can too sprout fur and fangs… Just saying. He’s adorable as an otter, after all.

  39. Ellen says:

    Atticus all the way Baby!!!! With Oberon by his side.

  40. Vikki says:

    Wow, another close one but I have to go with the sexy Druid on this one 😉

  41. Hannah says:

    Ooh, this is tough. I mean, I love Ethan and I’ve never read the Atticus books, but on the other hand, the descriptions make it seem like Atticus would win in a fight.
    Decisions, decisions…

  42. Vicki says:

    Atticus! YEAH baby!!!

  43. Esmeralda says:

    This a though one…..*sigh*

    But if you read both series, you’ll have to admit that Atticus is the choice here.

  44. émeraude says:

    I need read “The Iron Druid Chronicles” now!!

  45. émeraude says:

    My vote goes to the druid, I really do not like Ethan.

  46. Joanna says:

    This one is close. I chose Atticus mostly because of age and experience. Plus the druid’s got some cool tricks;) Ethan sounds like he would get too cocky and screw up.

  47. Kristin says:

    Come on, folks, we all know who the real Alpha is…

    Atticus FTW!!!

  48. Mitch says:

    Atticus can unbind vamps with a couple words. Basically, they turn into little ash puddles. Sorry Mr Handsome, bad match for you. Onwards O’Sullivan!

  49. Marina says:

    It’s quite a battle these two Sullivan’s are having!my vote went to Ethan!

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