Review of Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

Children of Dune takes place 9 years after Dune Messiah. And yes, this final volume includes even more, “plots within plots within plots…”

The twins Ghanima and Leto are 9 and unfortunately, their father, Paul Muad-Dib is gone. Alia is in control of the “religious government” of Arrakis and her mother Jessica, returns to this planet of turmoil as the story begins.

The real question I had to keep asking myself while reading this was, “Who is really in control?” Is it Alia? She has apparently been in control for 9 years but is she losing that control? And does she lose more control when her powerful Bene Gesserit mother returns? Alia actually does the worst thing imaginable to retain the control she has, she becomes what the previous books foreshadowed her as being, an abomination.

But where is Jessica in all of this? Because of the ghola carrying out Alia’s plot to abduct her mother, Jessica spends the majority of her time on another planet, Salusa Secundas. She becomes an integral part of a new character, Farad’n, and his Bene Gesserit training.

The twins have their own plots. What begins as a plot to stay alive turns into a massive turn in the story for Leto to find his father and become something that may not be entirely human. Ghanima plays a mainly supporting role in Leto achieving his goals, while still having an incredible story of her own. And by the way, do not call her a “child”!

Overall, Children of Dune is even more intriguing and epic than either Dune or its sequel, Dune Messiah. I highly recommend this series not only because it’s great, but also because it is a must-read for scifi and fantasy fans. The ideas that were created in the making of this masterpiece live on today in the modern era of these genres.

Thanks for reading my review! Next I’ll be reading and reviewing Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Happy Reading!!

Review of DUNE Messiah by Frank Herbert

The sequel to Dune takes place 12 years later. And yes, there are even more, “Plots within plots within plots…”

They’re trained to believe, not to know. Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous. “

on the Fremen, Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

I feel like this book has a lot to do with the Fremen way of life. Almost making them out to be a people that have a wild nature that can be compared to animals. Especially as seen in the end of this book. And yes, as the quote suggests, manipulation is the core of this book.

The story continues with Paul, Chani, Alia and Stilgar. The one character that is not at all represented and is barely spoken of is Jessica, Paul’s mother. This honestly led to some confusion for me about her status but it is cleared up immediately in the climax to the trilogy, Children of Dune.

There are some other new characters that are immediately introduced making, “Plots within plots within plots…” And there is a very interesting reintroduction of one of the original characters in Dune.

One of these characters is a very interesting type, called a Face Dancer. Face Dancers can change their face/body to appear and sound like anyone else. But how does a Face Dancer get by Paul who sees everything you may be wondering? Don’t worry, Frank Herbert has a very creative answer to that as well… but does it work?

Dune Messiah is unique in that it doesn’t take place fully in the desert. The Fremen are living an Arrakeen life that does not completely revolve around sand. Also, Paul has been busy these last 12 years with a jihad that has given him complete control over many other planets. But if you were paying attention in the first book, you would have to ask yourself, is this what he really wanted?

While this sequel to Dune answers many questions, it also leaves me with… dare I say it? Questions within questions within questions, HA! Where do we go from here? The ending left me devastated and hopeful. I am counting on you, Children of Dune, to really sum up this journey I’m on.

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DUNE by Frank Herbert, a review

Fear is the Mind-Killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past me I will turn to see fear’s path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain. “

Paul, DUNE by Frank Herbert

This is a saying used by those following the ways of the Bene Gesserit. “Fear is the Mind-Killer.”, is an often used quote in Dune. I believe this shows how religion is interpreted in this series. There is a lot of emphasis about a religious leader not only being able to have absolute control over their own mind but the minds of others as well. This is most often associated with using a specific tone of voice with the spoken words to create the wanted outcome.

Religion is a major theme in this first book to the series but so is the Ecology of the planet. Arrakis is a planet of sand, with little water and an abundance of the cinnamon smelling Spice. At first the desert lands seem a scary unknown place, but the reader will soon learn the ways of living in this land. Sandworms are something to be feared initially as well, but they can also be used advantageously. The reader will find it is not impossible to harness “Desert Power “.

WATER!” She snapped, “Everywhere you turn here, you’re involved in the lack of water!”

Jessica, DUNE by Frank Herbert

Water, or the lack of, is the other major theme. Frank Herbert came up with some creative ways to deal with this. The Fremen, a desert tribe of millions, use stillsuits to preserve all the water their bodies create. ALL OF IT. As mentioned in the book, this doesn’t produce a great smell! Not surprising, but although it may not be the most enjoyable of things, it is the perfect solution to a huge problem.

The Spice, melange, is a very controlling force on this planet. It changes the physical appearance of a person, creates an addiction that makes going off planet almost impossible and is most interestingly, used in religious rites as a drug that allows the user to enter a trance like state and truly experience another form of sight.

This book was so much fun to read. There are entertaining fight sequences that lead up to an ultimate fight scene at the end, and learning the way of the Bene Gesserit is incredibly interesting. There is as much physical action as there is psychological, which makes for an intriguing start to the series and something I’m looking forward to learning more about as I continue with Dune Messiah.

I hope you enjoyed a look into Arrakis and will follow my blog to continue this journey into the Dune series by Frank Herbert.