Alpha Showdown Round 8: Kate Daniels vs. Rose Hathaway


VBC Presents: ALPHA SHOWDOWN 2011Today’s the final preliminary round of the Alpha Showdown. We couldn’t make it an easy one. We have two feisty, strong woman up this time. Will you go with Kate Daniels, who wields both magic and one hell of a sword, or Rose Hathaway, who has killed so many strigoi that we’ve lost count?

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)


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!

Vampire Academy by Richelle MeadRose Hathaway

You know her from: Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
First appeared in: Vampire Academy (review | get a copy)
Supernatural status: Dhampir

Championing for Rose: Lily from ShadowKissed.com

So who is the ultimate badass? That alpha to rule all others? Rose Hathaway, of course.

An alpha is the one that everyone else relies on, the one to whom they look to for guidance, and the one who can encourage others into battle, even when all hope is lost. Rose Hathaway has all these attributes.

At the same time, Rose is loyal, dedicated, incredibly brave and she is always ready with some smartass comeback whenever the chance arises. Of course, it helps if your body can fill the checks your mouth writes, something Rose is well able to do. You can’t spend however many years on the run from the biggest, baddest paranormal creatures around without developing a skill or two in the meantime (although the years at St. Vladimir’s probably helped, too).

One thing that differentiates Rose from some of the other contenders is the value she places on human life. Some of the others just don’t seem to understand it. Even though some humans may have done despicable deeds in their lifetime she is hesitant to kill, and remorseful when she does.

Rose is quick with her fists, and her words, sprinkling her dialogue with laugh out loud sarcasm and snarkiness. Rose will fight until the end for what she believes in, never backing down. Even though she may not have the physical strength to rival some of her opponents, who think they have the right to this title, she will use her wits and creativity to find a way to defeat them. As soon as they step a foot out of line they will find out the hard way.

And lets face it… She landed Dimitri didn’t she? Who is an alpha in his own right.

Come back tomorrow when it’s time to step up to the next round of battles. Tomorrow things get difficult as we pit Cat and Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series against one another. (Hey, it’s your fault. You voted for this one.) You can see the full bracket, and keep updated on which polls are open by visiting the Alpha Showdown page.

67 Responses to “Alpha Showdown Round 8: Kate Daniels vs. Rose Hathaway”

  1. Christina says:

    Go kate!

  2. Elenariel says:

    Obviously Kate!
    And someone prepares popcorn if she goes against His Furriness!

    • Becca says:

      That’s probably the only reason I’m voting for the Alpha Showdown: I want to see them against each other (cue the blood? XP)

  3. Dee says:

    Kate gets my vote!

  4. Jessica says:


  5. Sara H says:

    You set Kate Daniels against a YA heroine? Do you not like this Rose Hathaway character? Is there some sick reason you want her to be destroyed by Kate Daniels – because she will be.
    Go Kate go!!

  6. Kat says:

    Kate xDD

  7. HellyBelly says:

    Kate is my girl!

  8. tatyanna says:


  9. Karen says:

    Kate Daniels

  10. I tried to vote for Kate Daniels but it didn’t work.

  11. Sophie says:

    Voting doesn’t work… :/

    But… Go Kate! <3

  12. I voted no problem.


    She has so much power it’s scary. She fights, gets hurt, then gets back up to go another round. And I totally want to be her best friend.

  13. Sue says:

    Kate hands down.

  14. Viki S. says:

    Kate for me!

  15. Nicole says:

    To be fair rose is the best mate you dont know what your chatting on,
    shes ababe and she could kick you ass any day mate, and shes not even real check yourself befor you reckyourself yer!
    wayyyy ROSE is a babe xx

  16. folly says:

    At first, when I read Rose, I thought it was Rose from Ilona’s Edge series. Now that would have been a more fair fight. But I am afraid Kate would put a whoopin on Rose Hathaway! Yes Rose is tough, but really, it’s not much of a match up.

  17. Julie says:

    No contest here. Kate all the way. She’s just…made of awesome!

  18. Beatriz Lins says:

    OOooh, Rose is losing! Noooooooo =X

  19. Emily B says:

    Rose will lose. Rose has the potential to be as kick ass as Kate in 10 more years. She just needs a little more time. I love Rose, but Kate wins this one hands down.

  20. marina says:

    Come on girls share some LOVE for ROSE! After all she got the sexy russian guy back from Hell!!!

  21. Shamu says:

    Has Kate’s name written all over it. She is so awesome, she appears against the dictionary definition of the aforementioned word. Oh and she is tres Alpha. Beast Lady indeed. 😀

  22. Christine says:

    Rose might have some Russian guy, but Kate has Curran. It’s Kate hands down. There is no contest.

    • Kate L. says:

      Yes, no contest here, I love my Kitty! 🙂
      But very sad… Kitty is loosing his one contest!
      Pls. go and vote for the Beast Lord! LOL

  23. Heather says:

    Rose! She knows how to kick some Strigoi butt. 🙂

  24. cate says:

    kate Rules!!!! go Kate!!!!

  25. Jessie says:

    Kate! Kate! she will rule your face! lol <3

  26. Erika says:

    Kate all the way. No real contest.

  27. ALE says:


  28. Bryanna says:

    I vote Rose. Love her snarky come backs. You gotta love her and Dimitri. Can’t wait for bloodlines coming out in August.

  29. Jade says:

    Kate! I like Rose but Kate is a mature character and its not so self centered. Plus she’s got Curran.

  30. Clare says:

    Go Kate! Go Kate!

  31. CL says:

    Kate! Like Aunt B said, “Anyone able to snap the legs off two hundred demons with one word isn’t to be taken lightly.”

  32. Aly Anz says:

    I hate to say it because I love both, but Kate wins. Rose doesn’t have any supernatural powers to speak of. Kate has magic on her side. Rose is half Moroi, yes, but Kate is half ROLAND. No contest. Rose would die, then Dimitri would fight, and he would die because Curran would get into the game… wahhhh 🙁

  33. Keira says:

    Rose is pretty tough in her own rights, but come on….when you compare her to Kate, Rose would land flat on her ass every time. Every time. Kate is quicker, stronger, more supernaturally powerful, has a higher ranking in her supernatural world, is very compassionate and selfless and a better thinker than Rose. And if there was a couple fight, good God, Kate and Curran would have Rose and Dimitri’s heads in less than five minutes! Sorry Rose, but…KATE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!! Best supernatural heroine EVER!

  34. keziah says:

    Are You KIDDING ME?!?1?!!?!? Rose doesn’t stand a chance againt Kate. She’s like…….. the DEFINITON of Bad-ass. She has wayyyy more experience than Rose . I mean she’s been killing since she was 13!! while Rose was making out with boys. Not to mention her loyalty and kindness example she adopted Julie , quit her job to save the shifters and kept Andrea’s secret. Read her books… proof that she’s smart , cunning , a little stuborn and funny all around

  35. Kristin says:

    Go Kate! Go!!!

  36. wont says:

    I have no doubt Kate could steam-roller Rose. Heck, she could steam-roller most men. She hasn’t begun to show the extent of her power in the books. Though she is powerful in her own right, with Curran at her back, forget about her losing.

  37. Tiffany says:

    As someone who’s read Vampire Academy and Kate Daniels. I can honestly say that Kate would definitely use Rose to pick her teeth with.

  38. Candace says:

    Kate. Enough said.

    She picked up a bottle with the intention of beaning the Beast Lord upside the head with it. She is badass personified.

    Now let’s send this poor Rose girl some flowers for wasting her time and watch the vote for tomorrow commence. Bones vs. Cat? Pfft. That one is going to end up in a bedroom somewhere.

  39. Kaz says:

    Rose Hathaway rules the universe!! She is the ultimate kickarse goddess. No contest. I would follow her into battle and out the other side. Any woman who can fight like her, flirt like her, care like her AND have Dimitri Belikov is one hell of a woman.

  40. Jessica says:

    i dont know who Kate is but i see she uses all types of weapons and magic when Rose doesn’t use any! Kate may be badass but Rose is a natural badass and doesn’t need weapons to kick some ass.

  41. prakriti says:

    rose all the way

  42. Joani S says:

    My vote is for Kate this time. She’s totally kick ass!

  43. Patty says:

    I have read both series and I gotta say Kate hands down. I think she could probably take most people in this poll except maybe Barron or Curran. What a showdown that would be!

    • Keira says:

      It’s kinda funny how all the people who have read both series are voting for Kate…hinting sat something perhaps?

      KATE FTW!!!!!!!

  44. Bree says:

    Haven’t read whatever story Kate’s in but i now Rose can kick ass! Win..i personilly don’t know with Kate’s magic but in a fist to fist fight Rose will kick her ass!

  45. Mary says:

    Roseeeeeeeee Roseeee and of course Rose!!!

  46. Kate says:

    Sorry, Rose, but with Kate’s bloodline and kickass abilities/magic she’s going to wipe the floor with you. She’s not only strong and powerful, but has the heart of an Alpha. And with a name like Kate how could she not win. :))

  47. artichoke8 says:

    Come on Rose kicks ass with just her physical attributes…no sword necessary!

    • wont says:

      Not to demean Rose, but Kate does plenty without her sword. She is trained in various defense methods. She’s been training to kill since she was ten! The sword is just one of her weapons. Her fists, her feet, her mind…all are lethal.

      • Keira says:

        Though Rose is trained as a fighter, Kate is more so. All of the items you listed are some of her advantages, but she also has connections. She’s the Beast Lady, Consort, Mate-thing now. That’s more than 1500 shapeshifters at her back at a moments notice. She knows people in the Guild. Before the fourth book Kate would’ve also been able to get the Order at her back. Rose has a handful of teenage friends and Dimitri. And Kate can even use her blood as a weapon. Gotta respect that.

  48. Awe-sauce says:

    I can’t believe that someone actually voted for Rose. I mean, Kate’s the daughter of the most powerful being to ever exist. Whole pantheons of gods are scared of her father, and she’s slowly but surely inheriting all of his powers. But most important of all, Kate’s a cold blooded killer, she doesn’t let compassion and remorse slow her down like Rose. Not a chance Rose, give up now.

  49. Kim says:

    I had to pick Kate over Rose, just because Kate is an adult and has been taking care of business since she was a teen. While Rose is still, well a teen. It’s not really Rose’s fault, they pitted a YA heroine against an Adult Read heroine. There’s really no contest. 🙂

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