Alpha Showdown 2018 Championship Round: Mercy Thompson vs. Kate Daniels


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownUpdate: The round is now closed and your 2018 Alpha Showdown Champion is Kate Daniels. The final count was 63% Kate, 37% Mercy. Thanks to all who voted for making this another great battle!

This is it!

The final round!

And it’s going to be a good one!

When the dust settles, we’ll either have our second consecutive female Showdown Champion or our first repeat Champion. (To see how we got here, check out the bracket.)

But first you’ll have to choose between two of our favorite heroines from two of our favorite authors. Mercy Thompson defeated Mad Rogan by the narrowest of margins (possibly ever) to advance to this final round. Kate Daniels beat out Adam Hauptman with 64% of the votes in her semi-final match. Now these two formidable female Alphas will face off for the Alpha Showdown title.

Did I mention that this round is also a rematch of last year’s finals? It was a close one with Kate earning 58% of the vote. Will Mercy get her revenge this year?

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Mercy Thompson vs. Kate Daniels

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs // VBCMercy Thompson
You know her from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
First appeared in Moon Called
Supernatural Status: Native American walker

Championed by Beth from VBC
Find her at @biblioholicbeth on Twitter

Mercy Thompson is unique—she is a Native American walker, so she can shift into a coyote at will. While many would not be willing to pit a coyote against other creatures such as vampires or werewolves, it is those coyote qualities that will give her a leg up (HA!) here.

While Mercy doesn’t have magic of her own, she can use the pack bond to access THEIR magic. In addition, she is immune to most magic—so anyone attempting to use their magic to best her had better have a backup plan. And unlike most, Mercy can see ghosts—and command them.

Like the coyote, Mercy is quick and smart. She may not be as strong as some of the other creatures, but she can find her way around almost any rule, and she is incredibly adaptable. Like the original Native American Coyote, she can—and will—use deception to achieve her goals. She knows her strengths—and her weaknesses—so she also carries a gun, just in case. She is also mechanically inclined, which is helpful. Just watch any Scooby Doo episode to know how important it is to be able to fix a broken vehicle before all hell breaks loose.

Also like the coyote, Mercy is “highly flexible in social organization” and that works to her advantage. She has varied friends and family—werewolves, a gremlin, and even a vampire. There are few that can take on Mercy and her group and hope to come out on top. She is also fiercely determined and has a lot of heart—she will fight for what she believes in, and she is willing to die for it. That heart, believed by opponents to be a weakness, becomes the last mistake they will ever make. She is loyal to her loved ones—and they are loyal to her.

Mercy Thompson is unique—and that is her biggest strength. She embodies her animal form even when human, and those she faces often underestimate her because of her size and lack of magic. They do so at their peril. Mercy is a force of nature—and a force to be reckoned with. Add in her friends and family? She may be damaged, even close to death, but she will be damn sure she takes her enemy with her if she goes.

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews // VBCKate Daniels
You Know Her From: Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews
First Appeared In: Magic Bites
Supernatural Status: Magical Sword-wielding Badass

Championed by Amy from VBC

All Hail the returning Champion!!

That’s right folks, last year’s winner is back to defend her title!

So why vote for Kate again this year?

As if I even need to answer that question, but here we go:

It’s because everyone knows Kate is the only Alpha on this list who could easily best any of the other contenders. Vampire? Staked it. Shifter? Beat it. Mage? Ensorcelled it. God? Banished it. Etc., etc.

And as of this year we can add badass mother to this list! Nothing is fiercer than a mother and I think this new addition only adds another advantage for Kate. When the stakes are higher she’ll fight harder.

There is nothing that Kate has faced that she’s backed away from, no fight that she didn’t triumph. Even putting herself in the line of fire to protect the innocent and those she loves, and she’s got an equal number of people who support and love her right back.

We’ve seen her push back against her megalomaniac father and come out on top time and time again, and each time she gets stronger. But unlike her equally powerful father, Kate doesn’t let her power go to her head. She could probably build towers and be the precursor to the rise and fall of civilizations, but she doesn’t take that path. She remains humble and modest preferring to do what is right and just.

You obviously know Kate is worthy of the Alpha Champion title since last year she was the first female winner. Let’s give her another first and make her the Two Time Consecutive Alpha Showdown Champion! Has a nice ring to it huh? 😉


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132 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2018 Championship Round: Mercy Thompson vs. Kate Daniels”

  1. Sue says:

    My vote goes to Mercy. It’s only fair since Kate won last year.

  2. Jen says:

    Had to go with Kate!

  3. Janie McGaugh says:

    I have to go with Kate!

  4. Clarin says:

    Kate all the way

  5. Helen says:

    Love them both, but think I have to go with Mercy

  6. Skipper says:

    Kate won last year, this year I vote for Mercy. ❤️Them both.

  7. Shana says:

    Mercy this year!

  8. Janet says:


  9. M says:

    I love Mercy, but it is Kate for the win.

  10. Anca B. says:

    Kate all the way!!

  11. AmyM says:

    Kate, definitely Kate!

  12. AnnTe says:

    Kate’s last book is this year. This will likely be the last chance for her to be Alpha. Also she is a total badass. 🙂 Kate!

  13. Anne says:

    I can’t tell you how much it hurts to choose, but Kate wins.

  14. WraythRose says:

    Such a difficult decision! But Kate for me

  15. Marty says:

    I love Mercy, but Kate has more up her sleeve and would be able to take her.

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  18. Ruby says:

    I love both Mercy and Kate, and they are both badasses. But Mercy has gone through a lot of shit, especially in Iron Kissed, and come through it like a boss!! Mercy for the win!!!

  19. Mindy says:

    Mercy all the way!

  20. Dawn Roberto says:

    Both ladies are form-able but I have to go with Kate as she edges out Mercy by a hair. 🙂

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  23. snapdragon says:

    I am going with Kate. I adore Mercy too, but I just cringe picturing them in a field getting ready to rumble. For some reason, I just don’t see Mercy coming out the victor. :/

  24. Gillian payne says:


  25. Yvonne A says:

    This year Mercy

  26. Viki S. says:

    It’s Kate.

  27. Sarah says:

    No question, it has to be Kate

  28. MaggieD says:

    Even though the trend seems to be Kate, she won last year so I’m giving Mercy a vote this year. Hard choice but I love them both.

  29. Ezisen says:


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  31. Jessie H. says:

    I’m totally fine with either one of these fine ladies winning but it was a hard choice just to choose one. I’m going with Mercy because I love her and Kate won last year. 🙂

  32. Jane MacDonald says:


  33. Katie says:

    Since Kate already won ill go with Mercy!

  34. Margaret T Rippon says:

    Kate kate kate kate!

  35. S Dhawan says:

    I love them both so much. The authors are my favourite authors. Why are they up against each other? They are both alphas.

  36. Patty M says:

    Mercy Thompson

  37. Amy says:

    Mercy, she is the daughter of coyote, she survives the most improbable situations. In the end those she has saved and helped would rally around her. Including the wolves. Bran, samuel Arianna Charles an a, asil, The Fey and not just tad and z, but uncle Mike and the creepy girl, the witch, the vampires. Stephan and Marcil would help because she owes the pack. Mercy brings people together and has luck. I vote for her

  38. Mary says:

    Kate of course

  39. Reggie says:

    Love both of them, but, I have to vote for Mercy!

  40. sarafina says:

    Kate last year, this year, and FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Jana Leah says:


  42. Liz S says:

    Kate for the win!

  43. Shannon Propst says:

    Good goddess you made this hard. I went for Mercy this year. Somehow I think she would talk Kate out of the fight and then win her over with brownies. ❤

  44. Corrina says:

    Kate! Kate! Kate!

  45. Eva Millien says:

    I have to be honest and tell you that I had to close my eyes and pin one! I Love them both, they are both great heroines that I just can’t get enough of, so it was taking me too long to pick!

  46. Mary mcelroy says:


  47. Putter says:

    This shouldn’t even be close. Whether by sword or magic, Kate would win without any help from a pack or her daddy. Doesn’t matter who won last year. Kate wins now.

  48. Meggin says:

    Wow this is hard I ❤️ both of these heroines!!! But I have to say Kate would win any day over Mercy. Mercy is strong in her own way but she’s no match for Kate.

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