I can't say enough good about Lilith's Brood and Octavia Butler's works in general. Her prose is very good (always important to me) but her characters and the situations they face are really amazing. She explores the "light" and "dark" sides of love, family, and social bonds from angles I've never seen in any other writer's works. Soul-torturing choices between loyalties that go as deep as any Greek tragedy, and a perspective on the inherently coercive nature of society, make her work creatively disturbing and provocative. I RECOMMEND YOU READ ALL OF HER WORK!