Round 3: Vlad vs. Christian MacKeltar [Alpha Showdown 2013]


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownIt’s officially time for Alpha Showdown 2013!  You made your nominations and we have 16 of the most badass, alpha characters from urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels locked into the bracket. Only one will be named champion and today’s first bout is sure to end in a knockout.

Round three offers two very different princes. A vampire of legend with a penchant for fire finds a suitable opponent in the always-changing, wants-to-be-good and can’t-help-but-be-bad Christian MacKeltar. Will they use weapons of old? Will their icy stares work on one another? You decide.

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. Remember, alphas don’t share titles. Your votes decide who advances in the Alpha Showdown 2013.

New for 2013! 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.



Once Burned by Jeaniene FrostVlad

You know him from: The Night Huntress and Night Prince books by Jeaniene Frost
First appeared in: The first book with Vlad as the main character was Once Burned (VBC review)
Supernatural status:  Master vampire with bonus pyrokinetic skills

Championed by: Candace from Vampire Book Club | @cpblackburn73

*cracks knuckles* Okay, listen up. It’s time. Hell, it’s past time. Hot Hands stepped off Menchere’s helicopter in elegant fashion in At Grave’s End, and he’s been patiently waiting for his moment to be recognized as the true Alpha that he is. Me? I’m not so patient. I’ve been screaming VLAD IS ALPHA, HEAR HIM ROAR! for three years now. But Vlad’s been patient and reckoning has arrived.

I’m not even looking at the other names in the Showdown right now because they don’t matter. I’ve got a 600-year-old pyrokinetic vampire with regal origins who has a torture chamber. Yeah, that’s right, a bonafide dungeon in the bottom of his Romanian castle. They call him the Impaler. Uh huh. The. Impaler. Just let that double entendre sit a bit and let’s get back to the Vlad the Fanged Pyrokinetic Torture King who makes weaker vampires wet their pants. These guys facing him probably have Depends stashed in the bathroom. Why?  Vlad is power personified. Feel that? It’s Vlad and he’s here to fight.

In a field fighting people raised from the dead, Vlad simultaneously tore through the undead and sent his pyrokinetic prowess to destroy someone without even looking at them. He flambéd a ghoul’s goodie bits. He sat in a graveyard and let himself be used as bait for wraiths and begged for more. His closest friend is Mencheres and we all know what kind of power that older-than-dirt vampire wields. Power hangs with power, my friends.

Now let’s get back to that Impaler business. No one, and I mean no one, has ever made scars sexier. If you have an argument against that, fine, bring it. While Vlad effortlessly roasts your guy, we sit off to the side, have coffee or hot chocolate and when he’s done, Vlad can toast marshmallows for us.

Once Burned…with Vlad, that’s all it takes.

Iced by Karen Marie MoningChristian MacKeltar

You know him from: The Highlander, Fever and Fever World series by Karen Marie Moning.

First appeared in: Kiss of the Highlander, by mention only, but got his feet wet in Darkfever (VBC review). He played a prominent role in Iced, but we won’t hold that against him. Other things will get held against him.

Supernatural Status: He is a super-powerful druid by birth and a walking lie detector.  However, a series of events, including a stint in dark fae prison, change him into Unseelie royality. Every girl wants a prince, right?

Championed by: Mary from Vampire Book Club

Och. There are very few men with the stamina to keep our interest across multiple series of books, but Mr. MacKelter manages to find a way to please his fans. Doona be thinking that he takes a conflict lying down. This Alpha manages to stay on top of all conflicts. No matter what the situation, performing sacred druid rituals, hurtling through dimensions, or doing a pub crawl, he gets the job done with finesse and authority.  This is a character whose presence grows more sizable with each encounter, who knows his way around a fae love shack, and who has said that he believes in making a lasses dreams come true.

Okay, enough innuendo.  A true Alpha is someone that is continually evolving, being tested, and struggling, but who always comes back better and stronger. Christian has changed significantly over the course of the Fever books, but he always asserts himself as one of the top players, critical to the success of every endeavor, and managing to do things his way.

So, as you vote for this year’s Alpha, keep Christian in mind. If you haven’t read the Fever series, check it out.  You won’t be disappointed, not with Christian on the page. I will leave with my favorite quote from Christian, found in Shadowfever:

“Bring that sweet ass over here and I’ll show you what God made women and well-hung Scotsmen for.”

Well, okay.


This poll will be open for 48 hours. Alpha with the most votes will advance.

138 Responses to “Round 3: Vlad vs. Christian MacKeltar [Alpha Showdown 2013]”

  1. There is no contest here: Vlad is Alpha all the way. Anyway who can survive what he did and have a will to match IS the Alpha.

  2. Chelsea says:

    I love Vlad, he is such an Alpha Male, plus from the Night Huntress to his own Night Prince Series he has MORE than proven he is an Alpha!

  3. Ariana says:

    Oh come on! where are all the MacKeltar fans!!! Christian is the Alpha, hold my hands down! *cough* I mean hands down. He is a warrior Druid AND deadly sexy Unseelie Prince. Those are 2 delicious combinations. He can take anything thrown at him, including his guts ripped from him and knitted. Can’t say the same for Vlad. And let’s face it….Well.Hung.Scotsmen. Nuff said.

  4. Tina Lane says:

    That was a tough choice!! I voted for Vlad but I could have voted Christian too!!! I wish they were going against other people!!

  5. Kathryn Lierly says:

    Vlad has this in the bag

  6. Tammy Robards says:

    Christian MacKeltar!! Hands down!! The Mackeltar!!

  7. Athena W says:

    This one was hard. But Christian is still in an angsty, it’s everybody’s fault but mine, whiny stage whereas Vlad owns who he is and could outmaneuver impulsive Christian easily

  8. Arlene Lewis says:

    Vlad’s got this! He has no fear & he will cut down anyone who threatens what he considers his! Team Vlad!

  9. Kylie says:

    Vlad all the way!

  10. Anna says:


  11. Emy says:

    Voting for Karen Marie Moning all the way. LOVE HER!

  12. Isis Nocturne says:


  13. Emy says:

    Christian McKeltar is top Alpha here.

  14. Aly P says:

    *sigh* I was rooting for Vlad

  15. Barbara says:

    Tough choice but I had to go with Vlad!

  16. Aoibheal says:

    Wow! It’s going to be complicated to choose one if he and Ryodan get to “fight” 😀

  17. Michelle says:

    This one is kind of hard but I’ll go with Vlad.

  18. Yvette says:

    Team McKeltar all the way, even though I love Vlad too.

  19. Stacey says:

    Christian all the way!!

  20. Jasmine Hunter says:

    I didn’t get to vote but I would have totally voted for Christian MacKeltar!

  21. Pyper541 says:

    I really though Vlad had this one… Congrats Christian, you beat a very worthy opponent, you better go all the way now LOL.

  22. Pamk says:

    Vlad all the way

  23. Liz S says:

    Can’t believe Vlad lost to Christian! No way! Vlad rules!

  24. Joanna Ts says:

    Well color me stupid! I thought Vlad had this one!:/

  25. Barbara says:

    Vlad, all the way, he is the classic tall, dark, hansom, and dangerous. What woman could go wrong with that image.

  26. Aimee says:

    This was one of those rounds where I didn’t even want to vote, because either way would feel like a betrayal. I really love both characters.

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