Alpha Showdown Round 12: Raphael vs. Kate Daniels


VBC Presents: ALPHA SHOWDOWN 2011Magic will crackle as we see archangel Raphael from Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series step up to take on powerhouse Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews’ series. Both know how to take down large numbers of assailants, but who will emerge when it’s one-on-one? Your votes decide.

You can get a refresher on just what this Alpha Showdown thing is here, but a key point to remember: Each poll is open for only 48 hours. Then, the champion will advance to the next round until only one alpha remains. So, vote while you can. (Jump to the poll)


Angels' Blood by Nalini SinghRaphael

You know him from: Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh
First appeared in: Angels’ Blood (get a copy)
Supernatural status: Archangel

Championing for Raphael: Marcela from The Bookaholic Cat

Raphael is the epitome of an Alpha hero. He is powerful, dark, passionate, beautiful and sexy as hell. He is the son of two archangels and one of the most powerful archangels in the world. From his Archangel Tower in New York he rules all North America, including angels and vampires alike.

Raphael is an ancient being, some may call him ruthless because of his hard hand, but his ruling is a fair one. He is otherworldly and unique and is not afraid to love a mortal even thought that might made him weak. He is committed to Elena and is willing to give his life for hers.

And if all of this in not enough to win your vote, just think of his luscious body, his eyes blue as sapphires and those amazing glittered wings, imagine yourself enclosed by them while he glitter you from head to toe with angel dust or imagine those powerful arms holding you while his searing wings takes you to the sky to “dance” with him. *swoon*

Magic Bites by Ilona AndrewsKate Daniels

You know her from: Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites (review | get a copy)
Supernatural status: Mage (and then some!)

Championing for Kate: Kristin from My Bookish Ways

Kate Daniels isn’t your typical heroine. Yes, she’s tough and feisty, and can handle herself in a brawl, but she’s also vulnerable, and finding love hasn’t been easy for her. However, like a champ, she takes her licks and keeps on truckin’, while all hell is usually breaking loose around her. Loyal to a fault, she’ll protect her friends to the death, and is constantly throwing (yes, throwing) herself into harm’s way to defend the innocent.

Armed with her trusty (and powerful) sword, Slayer, plenty of attitude, and the ability to call powerful magic at the tips of her fingers (and that ain’t all), Kate is not a girl to be trifled with. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s mate to the Beast Lord Curran, second-in-command in charge of more than 1,000 tough-as-nails shapeshifters (nice back-up to have, huh?). Kate is also stubborn enough to put up with His Crankiness’ disposition and keep him on his toes (and coming back for more.)

If you ever have to battle any manner of shapeshifter, rakshasha (nasty, nasty, things), or rogue vamp, Kate is someone you’ll want at your back!

The Alpha Showdown isn’t over, but it’s definitely getting tougher. You can see the full bracket, and keep updated on which polls are open by visiting the Alpha Showdown page.

50 Responses to “Alpha Showdown Round 12: Raphael vs. Kate Daniels”

  1. Christine says:

    Kate Daniels is in to win it! LOL.

  2. Sophie says:


  3. wont says:

    Without question, it’s Kate.

  4. Christina says:

    Yup Kate would totally own him on this one.

  5. Kat says:

    Kate xD

  6. Paula B. says:

    Love Raphael but gotta go with my girl Kate on this one.

  7. kara-karina says:

    Look, Kate has already proven she can kill gods, so Raphael has nothing on her :))

  8. Sara H says:

    Kate vs an Arch-Angel? Kate’s got this one in the bag.

  9. Elenariel says:


  10. Kristin says:

    My girl is kicking butt!

    of course!

  11. Diane says:

    Go Kate!

  12. Viki S. says:


  13. Christina says:

    OMG that would be awesome if Kate won the whole thing! LOL — freaking Barrons is going to take her down though 🙁

    • Sarah B says:

      I have to think that Kate will actually win the fight. She’s death with her sword and has words of power. I’m not sure how her magic would affect him, but as far as fighting, he relies on his brute strength. Kate is smart, she can send balls of flame shooting from her hands, she’s taken down all sorts of insanely strong and powerful beings like rakshasas and fomorians. Kate would find something to take him down.

    • Kate L. says:


  14. Steph says:

    As depressed as I am about having to vote on Curran versus Barrons, at least it looks like the Beast Lord and his mate won’t have to battle against each other. THAT would be too much to take. Kate is going to own this round.

  15. Shamu says:

    Kate without a doubt.

  16. Joanna says:

    Raphael…Dont knw the other one.

  17. Raonaid Luckwell says:

    Since I read both books, I have to go with the Arch-angel on this one.

  18. LuigiGirlNZ says:

    Oh Good God! I can’t choose which one!!!!

  19. Keira says:

    I’ve read both and I say, without a doubt, Kate.

  20. Kini says:

    Kate Daniels all the way……….

  21. Andy Swanson says:

    Kate for the win 😉

  22. Jennifer says:


  23. Keira says:

    Not really a debate going with this one…

  24. Christine Shaffer says:

    Kate all the way!!! : )

  25. Karen says:

    I soooo choose KATE! She’s probably my favorite heroine right now. There just isn’t a female out there that can kick ass the way she does. Well, I guess there are, but Kate isn’t a junky & she’s not screwing six different men in one afternoon. GO KATE!!!

  26. Regina says:

    joining Pamela. Well… SHIT!

  27. Lisa says:

    No one is more Alpha than Raphael.

  28. Carrol says:

    Such a hard choice but I had to go with Kate!

  29. Jodie B. says:

    Kate or Raphael ~ You are killing me here. BTW – I agree with Pamela!

  30. Ren Puspita says:

    LOL, so much Kate’s fans 😀
    But I still go for Raphael, he’s my alpha 😉

  31. Hannah says:

    Raphael of the gold and white wings, with the power to flatten cities and kill Archangels, who loves even though it physically weakens him, who can command and make legions of vampires (and angels), inspire fear and awe wherever he goes, find the loophole necessary to make another angel in order to save the life of his Elena, who has battled against impossible odds to save the world many times (starting with his first -failed- attempt when he was a child against his mother gone mad) who has witnessed and survived horrors upon horrors and managed to become the youngest Archangel in history.
    Then there is Kate. Who is awesome and amazing but essentially a loner. Though she may eventually get the awe and respect of the Pack now that she’s the Beast Lord’s Mate she has a long way to go.

  32. SLion says:

    Raphael is the way to go. He can stand against anything.

  33. hscool says:

    Definitely Raphael!!!

  34. Mist says:


  35. Rochelle says:

    Kate definitely. She’s just something different. She’s not the dumb protagonists from most flimsy paranormals.

  36. syd says:

    Kate is a loner, not a leader. Her power with the pack is derivative. She’s an acting alpha because she’s mated to Curran. She has not really earned her alpha stripes for me yet. Raphael however is ALPHA. He rules. I’m going with the archangel on this one.

  37. Mopraha says:

    Kate will cute him in so many pieces that … well i don’t know how to finish this sentence but she will kick Raphael’s ass without a doubt lol

  38. Barb says:

    I love this! Oh and I have a question about this part I quoted;

    “It also doesn’t hurt that she’s mate to the Beast Lord Curran, second-in-command in charge of more than 1,000 tough-as-nails shapeshifters”

    So the qoute above seems to say that Curran is second in comand??? If so…that’s wrong. Hey maybe I’m wrong…but Kate is not second in comand either. Not that I have read of anyway.

    • Amanda says:

      As the Beast Lord’s mate, Kate is second in command of the pack. Her word is almost as good as his, if he is incapacitated for some reason, the pack is supposed to listen and follow her commands as if they were Currans. 😛 Hope that helps.

  39. Abby says:

    OMG!! This is terrible! I love both series…It’s so hard to choose. I don’t know if I can do it :O

  40. Katharina says:

    I love both series and I love both characters. But against Kate? Oh no, Raphael has noch chance!

  41. Yui says:

    I don’t think it’s fair to make the ladies compete with the males. I’m glad I missed Round 9. The Bones VS Cat round. Some voters may take into account the abilities of the contenders but mostly the result will be based on the book’s popularity. So what happens when it’s characters from the same novel that’s competing? Both lead characters like in Round 9? I guess what happened there is that there’re more female voters than male so Bones won. It surely can’t be based on the book’s popularity since both are from the same novel and it wasn’t because Bones is stronger than Cat too.
    Sorry I’m just venting cause I don’t know what to do when it’s Kate Vs. Barrons.So Unfair 😛

  42. Helen Gonzalez says:

    Raphael… No other choice even compares!

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