More difficult to follow and get into than the first book. The last chapter was best. Just enough to make me consider getting the next in the series.
I am an Anthropologist (in training), Koreanist, and former EFL teacher who grew up on R. L. Stine and Stephan King with a fondness for SF.
I loved the return (?) of Duncan Idaho, who was my favorite character in Dune, and the dilemmas posed by the Dulla (no idea if this spelling is correct) mode of resurrection.
Heavy weighs the crown... The story continues with Paul Mujahdib now the emperor of the known universe. Worshipped as a God, he struggles with ending a jihad being prosecuted in his name.
All the while the nets of the various forces gather ever closer with a host of powerful conspirators seeking his destruction... But it is not easy to entrap a being who can see future events before they happen.
This book delves deeply into heady concepts like prescience and the traps of it. plans within plans within plans. All the power brokers in the known universe unite to trip up Paul and his Sister Alia. Will Paul succumb to their traps or find a way to use them all in his own plan for the universe.
It's not the original Dune, this isn't an adventure story. But if you liked the political subterfuge of the first book, this book is driven by it. A great conclusion to Muad'dib's story, taking the reader from a place of fear and slight disgust to once again, awe and admiration. Definitely worth the read if you enjoyed the original Dune.