Reading the book, you would assume the story isn’t about Nissoue as much as it is about the character of Edward. Who is the main character?
The story is told from Edwards perspective beginning from childhood up to becoming an adult. He embodies the culture of today’s youth and I feel very relatable for that reasoning. He’s being raised by a very progressive mother who he loves and soaks in every word she says like a sponge only to have her influence stifled due to Nissoue’s quest for immortality. His older brother is ostracized from his life and he is burdened to a life he doesn’t want as a future plantation owner. Edward knows she is evil and that her dark cloak settles over all on the plantation he gets a sort of tunnel vision on Nissoue and trying to stop her. So you really do get to familiarize yourself with Nissoue via Edward.