Children of Dune

Opening line: ‘Muad’Dib’s teachings have become the playground of scholastics, of the superstitious and the corrupt.’

For eight years the Atreides Empire has been ruled by a regency that grows increasingly corrupt and violent. The Jihad spreads ever further, and in its wake follows a self-interested bureaucracy. Outside Arrakis, the planet of Dune, the Bene Gesserit continue to weave conspiracies and the fallen House of Corrino schemes on Salusa Secundus. On Dune itself, factions split the Fremen. Tensions rise, breaking forth in civil war. In the midst of all this are the Atreides twins, fighting within themselves to avoid the fate of their aunt. Myths and curses rise as mirages out of the sands, and out of the deep desert walks The Preacher speaking heresies, but whose voice no one can silence…

I must admit, I was not expecting to read Children of Dune right away after finishing Dune Messiah last week. Something about the planet of Dune stuck with me though; I wanted to know what happened next. The further along I get in the series the harder it is to summarise without giving plot details away. So I will only say that I continue to like Lady Jessica, Duncan Idaho, and Stilgar, and that Ghanima is my favourite out of the twins. A friend of mine warned that the ending of this book was enough for him to stop reading the series, but fortunately it was not as bad as I feared it would be. I’m willing to read the next novel, God, Emperor of Dune simply to see what happens to the empire, to Ghanima, and to Harq al-Ada.

One thought on “Children of Dune

  1. Sarah Williams says:

    Oh my goodness…I NEED to unpack my books!! (and David’s got to finish Dune, so I can reread it….though I suppose I could just read it during the day when he’s gone!)


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