The Bluebeard of the novel is D'Albert, a cruel, unscrupulous father to Sybella and also one of the suitors for the Duchess' hand in marriage. The thought of that in itself is repulsive as D'Albert could as well as be the father of the Duchess of Brittany with both a middle-age paunch and a leer characteristic of a greedy fifty-year-old man. Much of Sybella's emotional turmoil revolves around D'Albert as she first yearns to escape from the confines of his residences and then plots to take her revenge by assassinating him. However, the truth behind Sybella's motivation for revenge is shrouded behind a fog as we know close to nothing about her childhood and the real reason which propelled her to escape into Mortain's convent.
Yet, Sybella's carefully planned strategy is thwarted by the appearance of a new prisoner in the dungeons of D'Albert's castle-- Beast, our hero of the tale and the strongest knight in the realm. As she is currently undercover as one of the Daughters of Death to aid the rescue of Beast, she struggles between her duty to the convent in carrying out the rescue and her desire to stay and take the life of D'Albert.
A series of heart-pounding events follow, as Sybella gets thrown off her original track of plans into a whole new adventure. The dark and frightening thoughts that plague Sybella's mind are at times disturbing, but mostly fascinating and illuminating. We are repulsed-- not by her, but by the hands which administered the brutality of her childhood. But, ultimately, we are empowered with the beautiful strength of Sybella, rising from the dust and walking out of the shadows into a future that she never once imagined was hers to be blessed with.
Addictive and brilliant, Sybella is a true triumph of a character, in every sense of the word. Dark because of the past; triumphant because of the present.