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. gabbyg says:

    Atticus has to take it!!! Come on he took on the Norse pantheon. Valkyries.

  2. Terry says:

    Atticus is as smart as they come – he has Fragarach, which can cut through any thing and has the ability to draw speed AND strength from the Earth. Let’s not forget he can UNBIND vampires. A few words later and Ethan is a puddle of goo.

  3. JadeL says:

    Atticus must win. Ethan- not as strong or capable as described. Atticus is the main character in his books. Ethan is NOT.

  4. Lege Artis says:

    Atticus all the way!

  5. Lexi says:

    Gasp, Atticus is behind! He has uber power and laughs in the face of gods!

  6. Maria D. says:

    Had to vote for Ethan….he’s just sigh worthy!

  7. Kirsten says:


  8. Dawn Roberto says:

    I voted for Atticus since I liked how he sounded and frankly Ethan just doesn’t appeal to me. I know shocking but I think I am going to give Kevin Hearne’s series a try…sounds fabulous. Thanks VBC for this…got some new reads to check out.

  9. Brenda D. says:

    I’m not familiar with Atticus but I love Ethan.

  10. Faith Hines says:

    I haven’t read about Atticus yet, so I went with Ethan. Will definitely be adding The Iron Druid Chronicles to my to-read library though…

  11. Kristin says:

    Come on guys!! We all know who the real Alpha is here (At-ti-cus! At-ti-cus!)

  12. vinity says:

    Come on people. Seriously, Atticus would wipe the floor with Ethan and be funnier doing it.

  13. Z.N. Singer says:

    Major oversight in your description of Atticus, Chelsea. I know I’m not the only one to remind you, but Atticus has a special advantage against vampires. Normally he’s not allowed to use his powers of binding and unbinding directly on his opponents, but because Vampires are already dead they don’t count. And it has been proven that the strength the Earth can give him rivals a vampires, even one that’s older than HE is (People know automatically what a vampire can do so Atticus should really have been described more carefully). Ten seconds of arm wrestling, and Ethan is so much molecular mass. Votes will favor Ethan of course, because vampires are all in, but Atticus would hand him his butt in a fight. Simple fact. He’s just got a unique and overwhelming advantage against an undead opponent. Almost anything else would give him more trouble.

    Oh yeah, and what about Fragarach? No one’s even MENTIONED that he has an incredibly powerful magical sword. Come on, this is practically predetermined here, but you made it sound even.

  14. Z.N. Singer says:

    Atticus is behind because Ethan is a sexy vampire. More people here will have read HIS books, and those who haven’t, are defaulting through sheer weight of public popularity. It’s kinda stupid really.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Powered by WordPress | Designed by Elegant Themes
Malcare WordPress Security