Scottish Prisoner

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A Breath of Snow and Ashes-Favorite Character

Halloooo fellow Outlanders!! What a frenzy, heh with Echo coming out today!! Darn, why didn't we move to Arizona, how cool would that be to be at the opening at the Biltmore. I won't get my copy until around 1st week of Oct from Amazon. I'll be turning off the phones, computer and my husband won't see me except all curled up on the couch with my nose firmly planted, I may come out of "Echo" hibernation to eat and pee, but don't expect much else people! Oh, except for when I watch Austin, but he does nap, drat, not much though, he takes mini power naps! Karen Henry has set up comment sections for each part in Echo, visit her blog at:

Anyway, here is my favorite character from ABOSAA. In all of the Outlander books, I try to choose a character that I really enjoyed other than Claire or Jamie. ABOSAA had many new characters introduced, I liked them all. Ian's story tears my heart out, Brianna is just ok, I don't know why I can't warm up to her. I've picked Roger twice already and Lord John once, soooooo I think it has to be Mulva Christie.

Claire took her under her wing as an apprentice/assistant and became delighted in Mulva's interest in medicine. Mulva does not have a mother, it's just her father, Tom and brother, Allen. Claire accidently comes upon Mulva being thrashed by her father and this act brings about a memory of Claire being "spanked" by Jamie back in Outlander. Claire and Jamie have a very interesting conversation regarding this again!

Anyway, I liked Mulva from the beginning because she seemed different than the other young girls, there is a mystery there. Mulva has a defiant attitude towards her father, Mulva has plans, but woman in the 18th century are treated for the most part, no better than slaves, most are extensions of the men in their family. So Mulva does what she must to survive and is put into a most troubling situation.

As the story of Mulva develops, you begin to see the predicament woman are placed in and the hardships they must endure. Revelations of Mulva's mother was quite unexpected as was her father's tormented feelings.

While Mulva's story is tragic, she spoke to me as strong-willed young woman just trying to survive and make her own mark when the men in her life only wanted to surpress her.


  1. I just stumbled onto your blog and it's nice to find a fellow obsessed Outlander fan! I just wanted to say that my sister can't warm up to Brianna either:)

  2. I have a problem warming up to Brianna as well. She seems distant even in her relationships with loved ones. Or am I missing something?

  3. I'm wondering if this is intential by Diana, I'm not sure. She's so good in all her other characters. Listening to audio, it's very obvious.

  4. Brianna is okay... I liked her better after my read with ABOSAA.
    Mulva...ummm...well I liked her and then really did not like her. Was she tragic? yes. Did she have choices? Yes although limited. Regardless, I did not like her in the end.

  5. I was looking in ABOSAA last night and I see I have misspelled Mulva, actually it's Malva! I'm blaming it on Davina's accent! HA!