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Fantasy Cage Match: It's the Final Countdown

[You can buy prints of this at my store. ~BK]

Doo-doo doo, doooo... doo-doo-doot doot doooo....

Suvudu's March Madness showdown between characters in the fantasy fiction world has reached its Final Four.

Jon Snow (George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series) whomped Alvin Maker (Orson Scott Card's Tales of Alvin Maker series) to become the champion of the Rama Division. Cue Final Fantasy leveling up music here. This really came as no surprise, but I wonder at the logistics. I haven't read A Song of Ice and Fire since Feast for Crows came out, so I need a refresher. Maybe Jon Snow is more powerful than I remember? But he struck me as a kind of angry kid who wasn't quite sure of himself there until the fourth book.

In what I consider an upset, Vin (Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series) took out Zed (Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series). Now, I have my issues with The Sword of Truth. Frankly, I only got about halfway through Naked Empire before kicking it across the room in frustration and I never read any of the subsequent books. But my issues are mainly with Richard.

I like Zed. Zed is powerful and wise and seemingly invincible. At the very least, I figured his greater age and experience would give him a win. I scrambled to do research on Sanderson's series because out of all the contestants so far, Vin has fascinated me the most. Good for her for winning against a major fantasy powerhouse. The Mistborn trilogy is on my short list of books to read ASAP as soon as I finish with Kvothe's adventures in Rothfuss' A Wise Man's Fear. That thing is a brick...

So, looks like Jon Snow will go up against Vin to move on to the final round. I can't make an honest prediction here. Both characters are powerful and have major fanbases. I'm more familiar with Jon Snow, but girl power calls...

My Pick: I'll be voting for Vin.

Quick Ben (Malazan Book of the Fallen) proved me wrong and took down Severus Snape (Harry Potter) to be crowned champion of the New Crobuzon Division. I feel Snape had a really good run and accounted well for himself. At the very least, he didn't get beaten by a mouse.

Perrin Aybarra (Wheel of Time) finally ended Martin the Warrior's (Redwall) reign of tiny terror in the Ankh-Morpork Division. Finally. Martin should never have made it that far. I'm still frosty over the fact that he beat Katniss (Hunger Games).

I admit, I still have a lot to learn about Quick Ben. The beauty of these matches is that I get interested in a whole lot of new reading material because of them. My reading list has become quite long. I hate to say it, but I think this whole cage match has been a long slog to a final match between Perrin Aybarra and Jon Snow. Maybe Vin or Ben's fans will prove me wrong.

My Pick: I think Perrin is going to win this fight.

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