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In this fully satisfying conclusion (after Dune: House Atreides and Dune: House Harkonnen) to the authors' "House" trilogy, Emperor Shaddam Corrino tries to grasp greater power than any emperor before him and to rule the Million Worlds solely according to his whims. On the captured planet Ix, the research Shaddam directs into the creation of a synthetic spice, amal, that will make him all-powerful spirals out of control, putting the entire civilization at risk. Meanwhile, the enslavers of Ix must contend with threats from exiled Prince Rhombur Vernius, who wishes to rule the planet instead. Tumultuous times are also in store for the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, whose breeding plan has been thrown off course one generation shy of its end. Tension between the houses Atreides and Harkonnen builds to a dramatic showdown. While the intricacy of the first prequel is absent here, so is the filler of the second. Because Herbert and Anderson are extrapolating from someone else's ideas and characters, they tend to overuse catch phrases (like "the Golden Lion throne") from Dune and its sequels with a resulting flatness of language. The inevitable derivative features aside, this is a good, steady, enjoyable tale, and readers who haven't read the first two books can easily follow the plot. A bold, red-and-gold dust jacket, with illustration by Stephen Youll, is a real eye-catcher. Fans who will be sorry to see the end of this series will be heartened by the hint that the Dune saga is far from over.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
First House Atreides. Then House Harkonnen. Now, continuing to plunder the material left by Frank Herbert, the authors finish off the trilogy that serves as a prequel to Herbert's immortal sf epic, Dune.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Loved these pre-Dune books.. Actually enjoyed them more than Dune itself..Published 1 month ago by Mojoski
a great and worthy addition to the series that really fleshes out the supporting cast of charecters from the original DUNE as well as the universe that they inhabit . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Snowkids
This was a awesome read. If you like Lord of the rings you will love this story line with a sci-fi kick to it. I have never felt so engrossed in a story line.Published 4 months ago by lance culpepper
I found the book fascinating and held my interest throughout. It tied up many loose ends and plots developed in the preceding two "House" novels. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alan J. Witten
I do not normally review books. I am a big Frank Herbert fan and I want to warn other Frank Herbert fans that they may be very disappointed with this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark 711