Grand Central Publishing, Paperback, 9780446675604, 336pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2000
Suddenly, both father and daughter are thrust into the brutal world of New Half-Way Tree. Here monstrous creatures from folklore are real, and the humans are violent outcasts in the wilds. Tan-Tan must reach into the heart of myth and become the Robber Queen herself. For only the Robber Queen's legendary powers can save her life . . . and set her free.
"Deeply satisfying...succeeds on a grand scale...best of all is the language....Hopkinson's narrative voice has a way of getting under the skin."
-The New York Times Book Review
"Caribbean patois adorns this novel with graceful rhythms...Beneath it lie complex, clearly evoked characters, haunting descriptions of exotic planets, and a stirring story...[This book] ought to elevate Hopkinson to star status."
"Spicy and distinctive, set forth in a thoroughly captivating Caribbean dialect."
"Hopkinson's rich and complex Carib English is...quite beautiful...believable, lushly detailed worlds...extremely well-drawn...Hopkinson owns one of the more important and original voices in SF."
"...employs Caribbean folk elements to tell a story that is by turns fantastic, allegorical and contemporary."