Severus Snape (Harry Potter) defeated Lestat (Anne Rice's Vampire books) and Quick Ben (Malazan Book of the Fallen) beat Pug (Riftworld) to duke it out over champion of the New Crobuzon division. I have a lot of faith in Snape here. The man is ruthless and dispassionate. He's a survivor. Then again, I know next to nothing aout Quick Ben.
My Pick: Snape, due to his sheer tenacity. He won't go down easy.
Martin the Warrior (Brian Jacques Redwall series) will be fighting Perrin Aybarra (Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series) for the championship of the Ankh Morpork Division. Before I discuss my pick for this fight, I have a few words about the previous matches that these characters have won.
I want to call shenanigans on the Martin vs. Katniss (Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy) fight. Martin is a mouse. There is a lot of debate within the Suvudu comments about size and just how big Martin is compared to Katniss. Brian Jacques never specified size and left that detail up to the readers' own imaginations. I know the people have spoken and Katniss has lost. But to lose to a mouse, no matter what size, rankles. Katniss has preternatural archery ability and hard core survival skills. I was betting on her to win. But, this is all for funsies at the end of the day, and even though people liked Martin more, I still call BS.
As for Perrin and Paul (Frank Herbert's Dune), I suppose I didn't really expect Paul Atreidas to win, even though he should have logically. But, one of the really cool things about these cage matches, even in the case of Katniss and Martin, is seeing how authors and Suvudu writers twist a character's abilities to that character's favor, even if said character is not the logical choice to with the fight.
All of this being said, I think Martin will go down in this round. Perrin is a powerhouse that will only be stopped by Jon Snow (George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series) or Zed (Terry Goodkind's Swort of Truth series). And... Martin is a mouse. C'mon people... mouse.
My Pick: Perrin
Be sure to head over to Suvudu to cast your votes. Voting on this set of matchups ends Sunday. Voting for the Rama and Minas Tirith Divisions ends tomorrow. This might shape up to be another battle between George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan, but it's all still up in the air.