Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 13: Connor Rogan vs. Mercy Thompson


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownUpdate: This round is now closed. This was insane. This is probably the closest Alpha Showdown match in our history. Mercy Thompson has won with 51% of the vote. This match came down to 15 votes! Make sure to rally your friends for the final matches. We’ve reached the semi-finals in the 2018 Alpha Showdown. It’s almost time to crown the Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world! (To see how we got to this point check out the bracket.)

But first we’ll have to pit two of our favorite authors against each other. Both semi-final rounds feature an Ilona Andrews vs. Patricia Briggs match up. This is going to be fun!

Connor Rogan from Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series defeated former Showdown Champion Reyes with an impressive 68% of the votes in his last round. He’s taking on Briggs’ Mercy Thompson who bested Griffin from the Kingmaker Chronicles with a whopping 81%.

I suspect this will be a much closer contest.

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Connor Rogan vs. Mercy Thompson

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews // VBC ReviewConnor Rogan
You know him from the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in Burn for Me
Supernatural Status: Telekinetic Prime Mage

Championed by Tanya from Rantings of a Reading Addict
Find her at @readingaddicted on Twitter and Facebook

What happens when Connor “Mad” Rogan is confronted with evil? Cities will fall. There’s a reason they called him The Butcher of Merida. The power contained within this gorgeous, muscular body is capable of ripping apart any that dare go up against him. Killing to save someone he loves or cares for is just another mundane task to check off his to-do list. Rogan is so powerful, he can even save you from something as scary as a weather mage creating deadly tornados. Just by creating a null space for you, those tornados will pass right around without so much as messing up your hair.

If you capture his attention, beware. He has the patience of a snake and will work his magic on you until you are dying to have him sweep you up and hide away with you. His witty remarks and rough exterior may have you wondering why you would want him, despite his good looks. But he will win your heart when you start to understand him. Then you’re a goner.

Rogan is someone you will want to have your back. He is protective but gives you enough rope to either overcome your adversary or sink. If you start to sink, he’ll jump in and save you, but he’ll never hold you back from testing your power limits. He will have faith in you and will not smother you. There is just something sexy in fighting side by side, then coming home together to burn off that excess energy left over.

With Rogan’s strength, loyalty and power, he is not a man that you’d want on your bad side. He is capable of tearing apart cities and making you swoon at the same time. He’s such a well-rounded man, his qualities make him a sure win.

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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86 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 13: Connor Rogan vs. Mercy Thompson”

  1. MaggieD says:


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  5. Darchelle says:

    Love them both but hands down Connor!!

  6. Liz S says:

    Mad Rogan for the win!

  7. Beth C. says:


  8. Karen says:

    I love Mercy but…Conner!!

  9. Vickie says:

    Love them both but….

  10. Nicole Fobert says:

    Mad Rogan all the way

  11. Kim says:

    Love both, but going with Mercy!

  12. Pam Blome says:

    Mercy, though Connor’s magic is pretty awesome

  13. Nicole Newman says:

    It’s getting hot in here! The voting is getting tougher with each new level.

  14. CJ Bergeron says:

    No contest, Mercy. Others will end up covered in blue dye.

  15. Susan Blakeney says:


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  17. Kerryn says:

    No contest ….Connor!

  18. Diane_D says:

    Oh, no! Two very different, terrific characters. I love Mercy the best (my favorite series, period!) BUT… I think in a showdown, I’m afraid I’ll have to give my vote to Connor. So I’ll support my SECOND-favorite UF author[s], as It turns out.

  19. Lisa says:

    I still don’t get why Mercy is even here, she is NOT an alpha. Connor Rogan all the way!

  20. Shannon says:


  21. Soniya says:

    This is really hard, but I’m going to go with Mercy..

  22. Susan B says:

    Connor is cool, but Mercy is Awesome!

  23. WraythRose says:

    Tough choice in some ways, but Connor for alpha here, mercy is sneaky but not really an alpha? Hmmm

  24. Dawn Roberto says:

    Mercy all the way!!!!

  25. Morgane says:

    Rogan !!!

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  29. Things says:

    Definitely, definitely Mad Rogan!!! 😀

  30. Sarah says:

    No contest here, Mad Rogan every time!

  31. Lisa says:

    Urrgggg!!!! I hate I missed this one! Rogan would crush Mercy, ya’ll peeps are nuts!!!!

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