Cage Match 2012: Round 1: Jonathan Strange versus Stony Mayhall


The Contestants


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Jonathan Strange
Strangeite Magician
Age: Late 20s
Race: Human
Weapons / Artifacts: None

Stony Mayhall
Age: Technically mid 40s
Race: Zombified human
Weapons / Artifacts: None
Rips you apart with his zombie strength

The Breakdown


  • One of the few practicing magicians in England
  • Willing to dig deeper into the mysteries to further his skill
  • Strong-willed

  • Zombie strength
  • Can take almost any physical punishment
  • Unlike many zombies, able to think, speak, and act

  • Bit of a dandy…

  • Fire…bad!

  • N/A

  • N/A

How Brent Weeks thinks the fight will go

“Dear god,” Jonathan gasped. “You’re…you’re quite a pungent fellow, aren’t you?”

“Me?” Stony asked incredulously. “You’re from the early 19th century—was bathing a daily thing for you?”

“My word…you can speak?”

“Yes, I can speak! For someone who used to raise the dead during the Napoleonic Wars, you seem a bit skittish about dead people.”

“Just because I was around death doesn’t mean it’s something I’m comfortable with,” Jonathan scoffed.

“Well, I don’t really have a choice. Granted, I’m not really ‘dead,’ per se.”

“Not yet, you mean.”

“Not ever. I’m not letting some fancified charlatan get the best of me.”

“What…what are you doing?”

But Stony didn’t bother to answer. He calmly moved forward on Jonathan, and as the magician struggled to come up with the words of a spell that might make a difference, Stony was in his face. Grabbing Jonathan by the upper-arms, Stony pulled with all his zombie strength. Jonathan’s screams exploded through the arena as his tendons and ligaments snapped and his arms were wrenched from their sockets. Stony deliberately waited until Jonathan fell on the ground…and then beat the magician with his own arms.

“What do your books say about that, Strange?”

Not surprisingly, Jonathan didn’t answer. Somewhere in the audience, though, a man with thistle-down hair laughed uproariously.

Predicted Winner: Stony Mayhall


Check out the previous match!

Check out the Bracket

Stay tuned for Round 2, March 12, 2012!

Jonathan Strange is a character from Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke; Stony Mayhall is a character from Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory

Jonathan Strange image courtesy of Bloomsbury. Stony image courtesy of Del Rey Books

Cage Match fans: We are looking forward to hearing your responses! If possible, please abstain from including potential spoilers about the books in your comments (and if you need spoilers to make your case, start your comments with: “SPOILER ALERT!”


  • Alice Moore

    What I like about the Cage Matches is that it brings to light new authors like Patrick Rothfuss and series like Locke Lamora’s. I never would have read these if I hadn’t heard of the Suvudu Cage Match.

  • Mouette

    Zombie has fire, bad. Haven’t read the Strange book (yet!) but fire is generally one of the basic attack magics. Siding with the wizard(?) on this one, cause most magic users throw fire at anything threatening as an instinctive first reaction.

  • David

    Is the magic of Jonathan Strange this impressive? Someone clue me in here.

  • jonathan

    If a zombie can think, and he knows he is going up against any type of spellcaster. he’d either use ambush or some other suprise/ranged attack. slowly strutting to close distance and get into melee with a caster’s is reckless and a quick way to die in any setting. However, every living being is subject to pain; and given the right amount of it no one would be able to retaliate to prevent being ripped apart. There are no statistics if zombies can feel pain, but there are quite a few instances that suggest that even if they did, a shot that didn’t kill a zombie outright wouldn’t stop them.

  • Brandon D’alessio

    Jonathan Strange is described as having an extremely intuitive grasp of magic, so I don’t think he would ever stumble over the words of a spell because that isn’t exactly how his magic works anyway. I’m going with Jonathan Strange on this one.

    also are the comments the only place to vote? I seem to remember last year there was a poll on every page but I can’t find it.

  • Brandon D’alessio

    nevermind it just appeared. weird

  • I hope Richard Rahl gets his perfect little butt kicked.

  • Alice Moore

    I am reading “Raising Stony Mayhall” now. (Thanks Suvudu!). Susanna Clarke’s novel is also in the docket. Stony, as an earlier poster said would not run headlong towards a spell caster. Delia wouldn’t let him and Stony has more smarts than that.

    I haven’t read Jonathan Strange, but, I’m betting he wouldn’t want to head to head in a conflict either.

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