The third and final book in the Dune Houses Trilogy.
(From Amazon.com) As Emperor Shaddam IV seeks to consolidate his power as Emperor of a Million Worlds through the monopoly of the spice trade, other forces array themselves in opposition to his increasingly tyrannical rule. Herbert and Anderson conclude their trilogy (Dune: House Atreides; Dune: House Harkonnen) chronicling the years leading up to the events portrayed in the late Frank Herbert’s Dune with a war for the liberation of the conquered planet Ix and the birth of a son to Duke Leto Atreides and his Bene Gesserit wife, Jessica. Though dependent on the previous books, this complex and compelling tale of dynastic intrigue and high drama adds a significant chapter to the classic Dune saga.
The battle for Ix. It’s been a long time in coming and (while short) is very tense and definately rewarding to the reader.
And I thought they skimped on Yueh’s character in the last book! No mention of his wife’s capture, or setting up any of his future betrayal. Did we forget something guys?
Originality: Not as original as I’d hoped, but that’s to be expected of a prequel. 3 out of 6.
Imagery: Again, the authors outdo Herbert’s original by be more descriptive about the worlds of Dune. 4 out of 6.
Story: All the running plot threads are tied up nicely. 4 out of 6.
Characterization: We see the final moves that set up the characters we know from the original novels, and it all works. 5 out of 6.
Emotional Response: Same old prequel problem. We know what’s going to happen. It’s only a matter of when. There is, however, a sense of elation when Shaddam gets taken down a notch. 3 out of 6.
Editing: I would have flip-flopped the last two chapters. But that’s just me. 4 out of 6.
Overall: A fun read, especially if you liked the short-lived characters (Leto, Kynes, Shaddam, etc.) from the original. 5 out of 6.
Total: 28 out of 42
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