Hey Marcus, I'm writing to you in regards to your review.
First of all, I think it's extremely unfair you're going to vote-bomb my review just because you think its score is high. Whatever happened to making reviews based on fair assessment? Can you really claim that making a one-star review when even you yourself admits that you consider it a 8/10 story to be "fair"?
Lastly, regarding 'the bride'. Yes Sylviane was intentionally written as a "foil character". Kaede acts as she does because she recognizes the fact Sylviane and Pascal has a 'special relationship', and that if she goes against it she might turn her one reliable ally (Pascal) against her. Thus she bids her time. As noted from the very early chapters, Kaede is written as a diplomat/mediator type character.
I can understand that. Hence why I'm just asking you to be fair about it. Especially when the review attacks Kaede as being "passive" just because she has patience and her own plan to go about achieving her goals. Or "I disagree with ONE of the characters politically so this entire fiction must be politically-motivated."
I wrote a foreword warning people that this is not a story for everyone for a purpose. As it's not the same type as most on this site.