Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 11: Griffin Sinta vs. Mercy Thompson


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownUpdate: This round is now closed. Mercy Thompson won with 81% of the vote. She will advance in the Alpha Showdown.

We’re into the quarter finals in our quest to crown the year’s Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world. (Check out the Alpha Showdown 2018 bracket here.)

Now the competition’s getting tougher. The remaining Alphas have been all battle tested and come out victorious. Griffin Sinta from Amanda Bouchet’s Kingmaker Chronicles defeated Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen with 70% of the votes in Round 3. Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson got 72% to best Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock in Round 7. Who knows what will happen when these two go head to head.

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Griffin Sinta vs. Mercy Thompson

A Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet // VBCGriffin Sinta
You know him from: The Kingmaker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet
First appeared in: A Promise of Fire
Supernatural Status: Human, but immune to magic

Championed by Suzanne from Under the Covers Book Blog
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In a world packed full of magic, gods, and mythological creatures it would be easy to discount a human. Until that human knocks on your door with his army and conquers the kingdom, that is. Which is exactly what Griffin and his family have done. Griffin is immune to magic but human in every other way. His discipline, loyalty and hard work have conquered the world and won him the love of a stubborn and powerful woman.

“I conquered a kingdom and found a treasure.”

A born leader, men and women follow him and battle for him. But not content to idly stand by, Griffin leads from the front, showcasing his deadly skill and combat prowess to anyone stupid enough to get in his way … or threaten someone he loves.

“I will never let you go, and I will never leave you. I would defy creatures, and Gods, and terrible, brutal queens to keep you safe and by my side. I would move Mount Olympus itself to hold you in my arms and feel your heart beat against mine. You are my soul, and yes, I will fight for you and protect you until my dying breath.”

So, anyone who wants to try and take down this Warlord better watch out, he’s faced mythological creatures, gods and pure evil. Yet, he always comes out bloody and victorious. Bring. It. The last thing any challenger sees will be cool grey eyes looking down at them.

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.


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70 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 11: Griffin Sinta vs. Mercy Thompson”

  1. Lisa says:

    It was a crime that Mercy beat Jane out. She’s not an alpha. Griffin all the way!!!

  2. Darchelle says:

    Definitely Mercy! Griffin is a new Alpha hero I’ve grown to love but Mercy has been a steady kickass heroine for eons.

  3. Liz S says:

    As much as I love Mercy, I have to vote for Griffin.

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  5. Twiser says:

    Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

  6. Jana Leah says:


  7. Faith says:

    Mercy, she consistently manages to beat her foes even when it seems impossible.

  8. Shannon says:

    mercy Thompson hands down

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  10. Joan Colbert says:

    Griffin all the way! No comparison.

  11. Pam says:

    Mercy all the way!

  12. Nicole Newman says:

    It’s getting good!

  13. Anne says:

    I’m listening to Moon Called right now so it had to be Mercy.

  14. Kandy says:

    Mercy! Griffin may be a Warlord but Mercy is a force of nature and will do the job.

  15. Chanpreet says:

    Griffin all the way! He’s an alpha but one who doesn’t hesitate to let his woman lead. And Cat is one strong alpha herself.

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  19. Sheri says:

    Mercy all the way!!!!

  20. Sheri Haataia says:

    Mercy all the way!!!!

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