Top 10 List & Giveaway: Rhiannon Held’s Favorite Werewolves & win Tarnished

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Rhiannon Held’s Top 10 Favorite Werewolves

I’ll start this off with a little note that these are my top ten favorite werewolves, subject only to my idiosyncratic taste and whim, not the top ten most influential or famous ones. Several you probably won’t have heard of—in fact, I’m hoping so, so you can go out now and discover them too!


Van Helsing, Van Helsing

Who doesn’t like a little Hugh Jackman? Despite its many faults, I love this movie for atmosphere and looks. The nod to black and white horror movies is great, and the masquerade scene captures the bright, beautiful, sharp allure of the vampires perfectly. Van Helsing himself is a decent guy trying to do a decent job, which is something I always want to see more of, so I include him even though he’s not a werewolf for long.


Lucian, Underworld

The Underworld movies are also a guilty pleasure of mine primarily for their atmosphere. While some of the older vampire characters can be kind of dried-up and boring, and the protagonist—once you realize how much of her supposed personality is her leather-clad ass—can be kind of bland, Lucian is one of the more interesting characters. His people got a shit deal, and he’s fighting to fix that for them.


Ruby, Once Upon a Time

I’m sure Red Riding Hood being the wolf herself isn’t a new idea, but Ruby certainly does it with style. In a fairytale world populated with characters who are sometimes a bit evilly evil, or goody good, she’s confident and self-assured, but still struggles with her wolf side in a way that’s easy to identify with.


Dyson, Lost Girl

Dyson has had his moments of stupid, over the series, but he definitely makes up for it the rest of the time. He has a great mixture of feeling grounded in the present with a passion for life, but being influenced by his deep past. He’s also refreshingly pragmatic, willing to kill when necessary, but also willing to avoid violence if that’s the best course. And he’s hot, of course.


Derek, Kate Daniels series (Ilona Andrews)

I’m not completely caught up on the series, so if he dies horribly in the latest book, no one tell me! I love Derek because he’s the epitome of a rather sweet, slightly naïve secondary character getting caught up in the bad shit that inevitably goes down when the protagonist rides into town. How he can still be sweet when we know lycanthropy has a good chance of sending him homicidal is one of the mysteries of good characterization. But as the somewhat innocent one, he reminds us of just what the protagonist is fighting to save.


Billy the werewolf, Harry Dresden series (Jim Butcher)

Billy’s another steady, decent guy caught up by the whirlwind of the protagonist passing by in the plot. Even if his efforts are sometimes misplaced or outmatched, you know that he doesn’t care that he’s a secondary character, he’s going to keep on fighting for the side of good anyway. He also has the added bonus that while it’s only in small bursts, we get to see him grow up and grow into himself over the books, which is a ton of fun.


Ruby Cates, Wolf Lake

Here’s the one that I suspect many of you won’t have heard of. Wolf Lake was an amazing TV series back in the early 2000s—amazing not for the plotting or acting (which were still good!) but for doing something original with their werewolves. It featured a town with a whole functioning society of werewolves, even going to far as to hint at their history. All the werewolf characters on the show are cool in various ways, but Ruby (another Ruby, I know!) is the one who ventured out to interact with the rest of the world.


Professor Lyall, Parasol Protectorate series (Gail Carriger)

Professor Lyall is delightful, not just because as a bespectacled intellectual, he forms a fun contrast to the burly, growling, soldierly types. He’s the beta, and holds his position of power against all comers with great aplomb. In fact, his intelligence gives him an almost ninja-scary level of competence that I love to see winning out over grunting and throwing punches.


Monroe, Grimm

In best sidekick fashion, I find Monroe to often be the most interesting character on the show. He does occasionally struggle with his violent side, but you can really tell how he’s had enough time and practice setting that aside to really develop into himself and be self-confident. He’s knowledgeable and is great at applying his knowledge to problems when other characters want to just bite or shoot them. And his love of clocks and crush on Rosalie are just adorable.


Adam, Mercy Thompson series (Patricia Briggs)

Continuing my unintentional trend of ignoring protagonists, my top werewolf is a love interest instead of the main character. In my defense, I would have picked Mercy herself, but she’s not actually a werewolf! I enjoy Adam not just for being a hunk, but also for being an alpha who considers his actions carefully and has a deep sense of hon

Rhiannon Held is the author of SILVER, the first book in an urban fantasy series from Tor. The second, TARNISHED, will be out in 2013. In her day job she works as a professional archaeologist. Unfortunately, given that it’s real rather than fictional archaeology, fedoras, bullwhips, aliens, and dinosaurs are in short supply. Most of her work is done on the computer, using databases to organize data, and graphics programs to illustrate it.

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40 Responses to “Top 10 List & Giveaway: Rhiannon Held’s Favorite Werewolves & win Tarnished”

  1. Phyllis Marshall

    Good Morning ladies! Thanks, Rhiannon, for sharing with us. As you said, some on your list I have heard of, some not. Never heard of Ruby, Once upon a Time, and will now have to look it up. I absolutely adore Monroe on Grimm and agree with you that he really can steal many a scene there. Wolf Lake is a fave of mine and I am just sorry that there are not more episodes to watch as I have played them ad infinitum!!! As for Dyson on Lost Girl, I liked him best in the first season. Don’t know what they did to his character or the show…but not into it as much anymore. My fave werewolf, though, is Alcide! 😉

  2. Anne

    I’m a Derek, Adam and Monroe fan too. I’m also old enough to remember Wolf Lake. They never used to give supernatural shows enough time to develop an audience. For pure eye candy though, Alcide wins.

  3. erinf1

    Oz (Seth Green) from Buffy the Vampire Slayer 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  4. Jamie .M

    Jason is my favorite wolf from Anita Blake series.

  5. Viki S.

    First – I am SO glad you put Monroe on your list. I love him :).
    My favorite werewolf is Garreth MacRieve of Kresley Cole’s IAD series.
    Thank you.

  6. wanda f

    So many awesome werewolves out ther eto choose from Id have to say for me its a tie between Alcide and Lachlain MacRieve .

  7. Shirley

    I can’t pick just one… honestly, so here’s a short list:

    ANY of the werewolves from Moira Rogers’ Southern Arcana series. If I had to pick just one, it would probably be Nick, just because she is so alpha for a woman.

    TJ from Vivian Arend’s Granite Lake Wolves series because he is so lovable and adorable.

    Malcolm Cole from Heather Killough-Walden’s Big Bad Wolf series…. because, well, he’s Malcolm Cole. 😉

    I also liked some of your choices too – especially the ones that I didn’t even think about until you mentioned them. Like Derek from the Kate Daniels series and Professor Lyall from the Parasol Protectorate series.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Jocelyn Barnette

    Thanks for the list! I haven’t heard of some of these and need to check them out. Currently, my favorite wolf would have to be Dyson from Lost Girl! I reserve the right to change my opinion later.

  9. Grannie

    Currently, my favorite werewolf is Alcide from the Sookie Stackhouse series. Next would be Adam, Mercy’s mate. But then, there is also Charles from Patricia Briggs’ pack.

    O.K. O.K. There are just too many really cool werewolves. Alcide is my fave!

    Thank you for this giveaway.

  10. Beth H.

    One of my MANY favorite werewolves is Leidolf Wildhaven from Terry Spear’s Heart of the Wolf series. I just love a sexy red-headed alpha wolf! Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Sarah

    This is terrible, but I do love Jacob from Twilight xD. Ruby from Once Upon a Time is great too 🙂

  12. KimG

    Dyson is my favorite on this list, but as with several others, Alcide is a close second. Thanks for the contest!

  13. leannessf

    Love Adam from The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs!

  14. Natasha

    Alcide from the Sookie Stackhouse series is my favorite.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Jae Lee

    Adam from the Mercy Thompson series, hands (paws) down. Despite the wolves having some really gross gender injustice, I think that Adam sees Mercy as a whole person and not “merely” a woman who needs protecting (even though he wants to do that). And when Mercy starts to address some of the gender imbalances in the pack, he recognizes her concerns as valid and doesn’t try to squash her. Not being a sexist jerk is kind of a low bar to set, but a lot of UF has major issues when it comes to sexism.

  16. Michele A

    Tie between Dyson from Lost Girl and Alcide from Sookie Stackhouse

    • Michele A

      ….I can’t believe I forgot about him, but my favorite is actually Shaz from Trina M Lee’s Alexa O’Brien series!! Dyson and Alcide are very close behind,but Shaz does win out

  17. Kai W.

    Monroe is my favorite werewolf. I also love Jacob from the Twilight series.

  18. Coley

    LOVED WOLF LAKE. Sucks that it didn’t last very long.

  19. [email protected] cats & burning soup

    I’m not entering since I have such a backed up tbr list but just had to *sigh* over Adam with you. He’s my favorite wolf. Yum. I know a couple of your other picks but haven’t met some. Man alive I need to just close my eyes b/c I really don’t need to add any more books to the pile. LOL

    Tarnished sounds great by the way!

    herding cats & burning soup

  20. munchkin

    i loved the list !
    we too had really enjoyed wolf lake- then 911 happened and it was gone 🙁

  21. Katy L

    I could write a whole essay on which are my favorite werewolves, and why, so I’ll keep it short, and just list them. In no particular order: Rule Turner from Eileen Wilks’ Lupi books, Clayton from Kelly Armstrong’s Otherworld books, and Bran and Charles from Patricia Briggs’ Alpha & Omega series.

    I loved Silver, and am looking forward to Tarnished. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  22. Eva Millien

    Okay, this is a tough one. I love Jason in Laurell K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series,
    Dyson from Lost Girl, Adam from Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson & Kitty from Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty series.

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  24. Diane D.

    You’ve got a nice assortment, plus I can come up with several more. To me, a hero worth reading/watching strives to be ethical, despite a capacity for being dangerous, and deals with emotional vulnerability that keeps them “human”. (English needs a more inclusive word, don’t you agree?)
    Hmm, I don’t know that I can pick one favorite …
    * Maybe ~any~ of Patricia Briggs’ were protagonists: Charles, Adam, Anna, Bran; even (to stretch the were-point) the teen son [Jess?] from her Raven duology who struggles with his nature as Guardian.
    * Thanks to Katy L for mentioning Eileen Wilks’ wonderful Lupi series, especially Rule, but also Benedict, or even the outrageous Cullen.
    * Gail Carriger’s PARASOL PROTECTORATE is lots of fun — Maccon reminds me of Elizabeth Peters’ hist-myst Emerson [“Mr. Amelia Peabody”], & I love Lyall — but it’s not “deep” enough to make #1.
    * Above all, I think I’ll make a push for the thinner ranks of FEMALE weres out there: Kelley Armstrong’s Elena Michaels or Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville, both now leading their own packs! (Ruby doesn’t have a big enough role in most episodes of OUaT.)