Alpha Showdown Round 14: Curran vs. Kate Daniels


Alpha Showdown 2012 at Vampire Book ClubYou saw it coming. Curran and Kate from the Kate Daniels series must battle each other in Round 13 of the Alpha Showdown.

A quick note to commenters asking how these two ended up in the same bracket: Placements in the bracket was decided by seeded position. As in, the number of nomination votes determined where in the bracket each character was placed. The most likely to win (Bones had the most nomination votes) was paired against the person with the least votes (Rachel Morgan). This is what the small numbers on the bracket indicate — the seeded position 1 being top, 16 being bottom.

Now that we have that housekeeping complete, let’s talk about what we’re in store for in Round 13.

Curran, the Beast Lord, has dominated werewolf Hawke and master vampire Ethan Sullivan.

Kate Daniels has taken out enforcer Terrible and Viking vampire Eric Northman. See all the Showdown results here.

Only one in the couple can advance to be named the ultimate Alpha.

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 30). Remember, alphas don’t share titles. Your votes decide who advances in the Alpha Showdown 2012.



Magic Bites by Ilona AndrewsYou know him from: Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites (Kelly’s review at On A Book Bender, VBC review, Buy it at Amazon)

Supernatural status: Lion shifter, Bad-Ass Beast Lord

Championed by: Kelly from Reading the Paranormal | @soulswallo

When you hear about a character long before you ever pick up the series, you know they’re Alpha material. And Curran? He’s the Alpha-iest of them all. He commands legions! He has strength and cunning in spades! He is CURRAN! Hear him roar! That’s right, folks, he’s the Alpha’s Alpha and he’s not going to let anyone drag him away from that top spot.

Besides his physical strength, which is very impressive, Curran has stamina. *holds up seven fingers* He’s battled hordes of warriors, a really pissy secret society, and an army of demons and he still has time to romance his lady. The way he stalks his prey puts every other Alpha on the list to shame. He might not be the smoothest shifter on the block, but his technique leaves Kate swooning and I don’t hear her complaining.

Big, smart and ruthless enough to keep the largest band of shifters on the East Coast in line, Curran is more than deserving of the title of 2012 Alpha Showdown Champion!

Kate Daniels

Magic Burns by Ilona AndrewsWhere you know her from: Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites (VBC review, Buy it at Amazon)

Supernatural status: Magic-wielding badass

Championed by: Julie from Yummy Men and Kick Ass Chicks

Kate Daniels is the ultimate Alpha. Really that is all I should have to say to convince you, but I know that it is part of our makeup as human beings to doubt what is said to us outright – that it is in our nature to require more information before deciding on anything important. And seeing that choosing only one Alpha *whispers “Kate”* is probably the most important verdict you will have to make this year, I will grant you what you need: I will tell you exactly why Kate is the only Alpha and I will do so so thoroughly that you will not have a single doubt in your mind.

When you think Alpha, you think strong, loyal, dependable, smart and willing to die to guard those they are sworn to protect. Kate is all those things and more.

She can battle the creepiest vampires, monsters and deities you will ever see. She is loyal almost to a fault; throwing herself into impossible situations because she sees a threat to someone she cares for. Hell, she would die to protect even those she didn’t know just because she felt that standing up and fighting is the best thing to do. She has walked through fire and even stabbed herself in the stomach because it was the best way to save those around her. And if she wants an opponent dead, they will be dead, pure and simple. She is a skilled fighter and one of the most (if not the most) powerful magic users around. Her Power words are scary they are so potent. On top of all that, she has the entire shifter population bowing down to her as she is already their Alpha through being Curran’s mate.

Think about it: She has fought twenty-two shifters to keep Curran in his rightful place as Alpha. That’s no easy feat considering shifters are crazy badasses. So what does it make you if you conquered 22? The Ultimate Alpha that’s what!

I mentioned that she is Curran’s mate. She is a force to be reckoned with on her own, but with Curran by her side, she is even more unstoppable. She never uses him as a crutch nor does she rely on him to help her save the world – she can do that all by herself thank you very much. It’s just nice to have her BFF Andrea and her mate Curran by her side for support sometimes. She is loyal to them therefore they are loyal to her and they would walk into battle just because she asked them too. That right there is proof that she is an amazing woman and that she is capable of leading.

Men want to fuck her, women want to be her. She is fair and just. She can make you laugh and she can bring you to your knees. She is unbreakable, trustworthy, strong and totally kick ass. When voting, she is the best choice. The only choice. Why?

*queue lightning strikes and thunder claps*

Because she is Kate Daniels and she IS the ultimate Alpha!

What, too much? Never.


88 Responses to “Alpha Showdown Round 14: Curran vs. Kate Daniels”

  1. kiera says:

    Oh, Chelsea, Hanne is right…next alpha showdown should pit couples against couples. Now THAT would be an awesome amount of Alpha-ness. Make it So!

  2. Caro says:

    Neither one would hurt the other!!! Curran would not like her going up against Bones. I think Kate is very powerful. But, I am go with the BeastLord.

    • ancameni says:

      haha that is the same reason I have for voting for Kate. Curran could not hurt her but Kate does everything to win

      • Caro says:

        You are right. That is why, she killed all the Alpha-want-a-bes, to protect him. That is why, this one was so hard. I didn’t want to choose. But, I think, she can take Bones. Which saddens me.

  3. JAB says:

    This one is easy.
    If the Magic is up = Kate
    If the Magic is down = Curran

    And like in Midnight Games, for entertainment the magic will be up.
    So Kate wins. As Curran said to Kate in Magic Slay, “you can do all this magic but you never use it”. Just because she doesn’t use it doesn’t mean she doesn’t have it. She is the daughter of the most powerful man on earth(Roland, not Curran)! She has power, real power like her dad even if she isn’t quite there yet.

  4. Alison Robinson says:

    OK, finally voted for Kate but last I looked she was 440 votes (441 with me) and Curran was 433 – really close call

  5. Both are kick ass but I want Curran to win it all this year so my vote is for the Beast Lord.

  6. HOS BEFORE BROS! Stickin with my girl Kate!

  7. Lilian says:

    Curran is close!

  8. Ligaya says:

    I think Curran would win vs Kate he’s immune to Kate’s magic words and wards… but it’s just HARD I vote fo the Beast Lord

  9. Megan says:

    I gotta give this to Kate, because even tho Curran is the Beast Lord, and all, I honestly don’t think he’s the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  10. Annika says:

    Nooooo! How cruel! But ok, judging from what I’ve seen in the books I think Curran would win..I’m sad to say this since usually I always vote for the female in a Male vs. Female Showdown. But yeah, I have to vote Curran. I feel like I just betrayed my gender now..feel slightly dirty and in need of a shower..

  11. Word of Power says:

    If there were no holds barred, it would be Kate. Curran is not completely immune to her words of power. He didn’t kneel but he froze and that’s enough for a killing blow. She never uses her magic first, it doesn’t mean she couldn’t.

  12. Lilian says:

    If Kate wins, people will say: “oh she pilotes vampires”, the finals will be boring, girls.

  13. KateL. says:

    Magic is down – Curran is winning! I so wanted to kick Bones, he is soooooo – don’t know – missing the words! But Curran is gonna eat him! I make sure of that! 😉

  14. Readsalot81 says:

    This is the ultimate. Even if you lose, you win. And vice versa. SO. Hmmm. Dammit. This really will have to be eeny meeny miny mo for me. I can’t decide. I’ll have to flip for it. I’ll go with Kate. B/c she’s absolutely an alpha and damn funny to boot.

  15. Jane MacDonald says:

    This is so close – Kate is only winning by 5 votes. Come on Curran supporters!

  16. Samina says:

    This is going to be so close. I love Kate to bits but CUrran has been doing the job of an alpha longer.

  17. kayla says:

    both kate and curran are alpha kate is just as alpha as curran anyone who is willing to jump on a sword to save her shifter friends so that they can get the diamond so the other shifter could survive show that she is alpha material, im not saying curran isnt either but kate is just as good as him. But in experience wise i would go with curran but kates got the determination to win no matter what it takes. Neither of them could really fight each other seriously though you wouldnt want to hurt the person you love and both of them could do serious damage to on another, Curran wouldnt break kate and kate would want control over curran. Both are alpha in their own way, But i say curran would want the psition more so ill give it to him.

  18. Kat says:

    I think there is a lot we don’t know yet. He scares the Angel of Death, who says Curran’s magic is even older & stronger than Kate’s!

  19. Juliette says:

    I’m voting for Kate, but I would be ok either way, I adore Kate and Curren, but Bones is my literary love, so either way, I will have to vote against them eventually! Now, I need to go finish reading Magic Burns!!

  20. KateL. says:

    I told you – we found an agreement! Curran didn’t want me to kick Bones! *grin*

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