Final Round: Ryodan vs. Reyes Farrow [Alpha Showdown 2013]


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownWow! This year’s Alpha Showdown has certainly been epic. We’ve had heated battles from the very beginning, surprise upsets throughout (we’re still surprised Vlad didn’t make it past the first round as he is the original Prince of the Night) and a whole lot of finding new reads. I hope you guys have had fun with this event and found yourselves some new book boyfriends.

That said, it’s time for the final two to battle it out. We’re changing things up a little bit for this final match. The polls will be unlimited. You can vote as many times as you like, and we’re extending the voting period through Monday.

So. Four days. Vote early and vote often.

It’s up to you if the 2013 Alpha Showdown winner will be Ryodan, one of the mysterious Nine, or Reyes, the son of Satan.

Reminder: Every (non-spam) comment on an Alpha Showdown post will enter you to win books featuring the final four alphas. So make sure to join the discussion and cheer on your favorite alphas.



Iced by Karen Marie Moning


You know him from: The Fever Series and Iced by Karen Marie Moning
First appeared in: Vocally in Bloodfever, physically in Dreamfever
Supernatural status: We’re too scared to ask

Championed by: Krista from Vampire Book Club

Every once in a while a character comes along who terrifies you, while at the same time obsessively intrigues you. You know you shouldn’t be attracted to them, but you just can’t help be dragged under their spell. Ryodan is this and so much more. The words alpha and omega should be defined by the standard he sets. So the final outcome of the Alpha Showdown 2013 is a foregone conclusion. To paraphrase Ryodan’s own words, if they’re stupid enough to show up, they’re stupid enough to die.

Some may argue that Ryodan is a more civilized version of Barron’s or the beta to Barron’s alpha but they would be wrong. This thin veneer only makes him more dangerous.

“She thinks he’s not an animal like Barrons. That he’s more civilized. She’s right, he is more polished. But it only makes him more dangerous. With Barrons you expect to get fucked up royally. With Ryodan you don’t see it coming.”

He’s the “devil in a business suit,” perceiving everything until finally making a decision. Then everyone who “pissed him off or offended him or just breathed wrong dies.” Ryodan isn’t the person who pushes you off the cliff. Instead he “allows” you to come to the conclusion that it was your own idea to jump off the cliff. Not that he couldn’t easily throw you off said cliff. It amuses him to do it this way.

“They don’t call him the master of manipulation for nothing. Barrons breaks heads. Ryodan turns them inside out. Barrons fucks you up. Ryodan makes you fuck yourself up. He pushes buttons and rearranges things to his own private, coolly sociopathic plan.”

He has the lethal magnificence of an ancient predator. He is at the top of the food chain and he revels in it. He has the crafted, impossible beauty of Greek statue, but the scars of a violent life. He doesn’t wear underwear because it chafes (“Too small and confining”). He likes sex for breakfast, “early and often.” He is the only man who can survive a fight with Barrons. The Nine (un-killable creatures like himself) are more loyal to him, than they are to Barrons.

Barrons calls him when he needs back up. He suffers no inner conflict on his choices, his needs or his actions. He is the ocean and everyone else is the earth that he shapes to his whims. He is everything which we should idolize and demonize at the same time.

There is no question in my mind and shouldn’t be in any other sane individual’s—Ryodan is the clear-cut winner of this Alpha Showdown. The rest are just pretenders. They may as well not even show up.

Ryodan says it best, “I’m King, Liege, Lord, and Master.” The rest of you are just cannon fodder.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesReyes Farrow

You know him from: The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones
First appearance is: First Grave on the Right (VBC review)
Supernatural Status: The Son of Satan

Championed by: Jo from Vampire Book Club | @Jo_VBC

I see a lot of vampires, some weres and even a dragon in this year’s Alpha Showdown… but only one son of Satan. That’s right, VBC readers, make way for the one, the only Reyes Farrow.

Born from the heat of supernova, he grew to be the General of Hell, leading thousands of soldiers in countless wars… and he gave it all up for a girl. That’s right, Rey’aziel (he’s name literally means the Beautiful One!) said a big FU to his dad and became Hell’s public enemy No. 1 to spend a mortal lifetime with Charley. He didn’t just turn his back on Hell though, he decided to stand directly in the path of what his father wants most, fighting on the front line to keep Heaven and Earth safe.

Inhumanly fast, bordering on indestructible and with an immeasurable IQ, he can take just about anything on. He can fight in his corporeal and incorporeal forms AT THE SAME TIME (yep, he can be in two places at once). When corporeal he’ll use that lethal body to take you out, but when incorporeal he’ll severe your spine without so much as a mark. He’s literally badass enough to scare the dead.

But it isn’t just all about the fighting, oh no. He can be compassionate and kind, he loves with his whole heart and would die in a heartbeat for those he holds close. He’s always willing to make himself look like the bad guy (or in some cases to actually be the bad guy) in order to protect someone else. His Alpha energy may intimidate people on an instinctual level, but for those who truly know him, he inspires unwavering loyalty.

Oh and he does all this looking like tattooed sex on legs, rendering most women speechless when he walks in a room.

Ultimate Alpha = Reyes Farrow. ‘Nough said.


This poll will be open until 11:59 p.m. CST on Monday, June 3. Alpha with the most votes will take the title.

567 Responses to “Final Round: Ryodan vs. Reyes Farrow [Alpha Showdown 2013]”

  1. Brandy says:

    Well it’s been a fun ride even though Reyes didn’t win. We gave it our best, and that’s all we can do. Hopefully this helped introduce more ppl to this awesome series. I’m thankful for this competition, it has introduced me to some great new reads!

    • dij says:

      I have to say that I had never heard of this book, nor Reyes, prior to this. But I’m definitely going to be getting it now.

      It is hard to find something I like as much as the Fever Series, so kudos to Reyes and his fans.

  2. Tegan says:

    I know I plan to look up a lot of these books, know and love several, just need to find the others. Is there a list some where of the all the series???

    • ducky says:

      I’m going back to look too. I want to know more anout the ones who beat Jane from the Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter. If you haven’t read her, please do. It’s a GREAT series.

  3. Chelsea says:

    I am so happy for VBC I hope this showdown helped you expand! Now everyone who went nuts voting (myself included) needs to go out and spread the word! About Reyes about Ryodan, Darynda, and KMM!!! Also about all the other Alphas, get the books read them, share them, tell your Libraries about them and Go for Reading Power! Yay!!! 🙂 Grimlet Power! #reyes4ever

  4. I almost forgot to thank the person who got us here in the first place!!!! Thank you, Jo, for championing Reyes. WOOT! You are the absolute bomb!

    The Grimlets and I would like to make you an honorary Grimlet. We would be honored if you’d accept.

  5. Mary says:

    Getting my last votes in for Reyes…Sigh.
    It has been a fun run and hope you all had as much fun as I did 🙂

  6. Melissa Drake says:

    I am an official Moning Maniac but this poll has turned me on to Darynda’s series which honestly, I’ was just introduced to thru this voting process so I hope everyone sees this as win-win because that is truly what it is.

  7. Chelsea says:

    Yes! Great job for Championing Reyes! You did a wonderful job! Sex on legs too true! 🙂 And as a fellow Grimlet said earlier #reyesorgasmthatneverends 😉 Grimlet Power! #reyes4ever

  8. Mama Grimlet says:

    Wow! I have loved every minute of this Contest. I have learned about some new characters and I can’t wait to read their books. I was already a hardcore Ryodan lover anyway, but Reyes will always be special in my heart. I can’t wait to read about Curran. One of the hardest parts was when Reyes was up against Trehan. I’m totally in love with the Dacians and all of Kresley Cole’s characters. Reye’s couldn’t have been beat by a better character. Thanks for hosting VBC. The team looks forward to next year. You’ve made us better and stronger. We’ve had soooo much fun. Reyes Forever~ Mama Grimlet 🙂

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  10. Chelsea says:

    Congrats officially Ryodan and KMM!!! Darynda and Reye you won in my world! #reyestheneverendingorgasm Grimlet Power #reyes4ever

  11. Isis Nocturne says:

    Reyes won in my world, but congrats to KMM, her fans, and Ryo.

  12. Mary says:

    Thank you so much Vampire Book Club for hosting and tracking the contest…I think I have a whole new group of authors and hot Alphas to catch up on!! Congratulations to Ryodan and all the Alphas who were in the race…I know they are all winners to each of us.

    Reyes for Ever ~ Grimlet Mary D

  13. Jess says:

    VBC thank you for the showdown. It gives us avid readers an opportunity to find new alphas to drool over. KMM thank you for giving us such great alphas. Looking forward to meeting the others real soon.

  14. Amy says:

    I don’t think the top alpha took it home this year. The final round was the choice between two characters I actually dislike quite a bit. But I voted my ass off these last few days and am overjoyed that Reyes lost. TBH that was all I wanted.
    -fan of Curran, The Marrok, Vlad, and pretty much everyone besides these two wackos

    • Rachel Queens says:

      Well your obviously one of a very
      few that felt this way. Curious…have you read the fever series? Or have you only read Iced?

  15. Rachel Queens says:


    • Rachel Queens says:


    • Widgeta says:

      Congrats to KMM.

      I am a huge, long time KMM fan, however, not a fan of Ryo. You CAN love an author and their world, but not neccessarily every character from it. I hope by the end of Dani’s trilogy Ryodan isn’t the character he is now…I am honestly kind of baffled that people love Ryodan so much after only one book he leads….*shrugs*

      Great showdown!

  16. Mayte Ozoria says:

    Yay! I am happy Ryo won. I am also very happy that I have new series to look forward, too. ANyone who can give Ryo a challenge, is someone I am interested in.

  17. Tina says:

    Congrats to Ryo on his win and congrats to Reyes for making it to the finals! This was a lot of fun!

  18. Jary says:

    I am very proud of my fellow Grimlets, we sure held our own against the Maniacs. This was a great contest and we are all winners. I hope those of you who have not read the Charley Davidson series will give it a try. I am also a KMM fan although not a Ryo fan (so far), hopefully his character will stop being such a db as this new spinoff progresses. Thanks VBC for hosting this I had so much fun!

  19. Raeven Hawkes says:

    Had fun and Reyes will always be a winner for me….hope next time, Bones is included..he is so much more than Vlad, though I enjoy Vlad also but still…..NH fans…remember this? “Want you? Kitten, I still love you!” Ok……nuff said!

  20. Jen Parsons says:

    Reyes gets my vote.

  21. Steph C Brentson says:

    *wipes forehead* that was pretty close! I love both char acters, but I had to go with Reyes this time. We Grimlets did a fine job! I’d like to wish KMM and Ryodan a big congratulations!!!!

  22. Mandy says:

    Thank you so much Vampire Book Club for hosting the contest…Congratulations to Ryodan and all the Alphas who were in the race…we all have our favs. It was a blast!

    Reyes for Ever
    Grimlet Mandy

  23. ducky says:

    Thank you Vampire Book Club for hosting this contest for the 3rd year. We were so happy to have Amanda putting Jane Yellowrock in the contest this year. We loved all you said to get her in the running. Thank you Amanda. Also thanks to all the other Alphas who were in the contest.You are all great! I will be looking at all the books y’all are from. I love finding new authors, alphas and books to enjoy. Next year, Jane is gonna win!! Beast Claw Denise

  24. Marie says:

    “Born from the heat of supernova, he grew to be the General of Hell, leading thousands of soldiers in countless wars… and he gave it all up for a girl.”
    Just on that showed that he is NOT a fucking alpha kkkk

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