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.
I was shocked and thrilled with this book. This is my second time reading it in under one decade. I have decided that because I have read so many books within the expanded and original universe of dune, that this book makes for such a powerful and deeply probing experience into the motives of all the races and characters and their philosophy THAT Messiah is my new favorite and I plan to read it before the end of the year. I have read all original! Dune books by Frank Herbert and the two books following Chapterhouse in sequence. Then I read the interquels (Paul of Dune and Winds of Dune), and just before reading this book I listened to the Houses of Dune prequels and the Butlerian Jihad series. The newest books in the series Sisterhood and Mentats, I have yet to read. I will read those though even though Frank Herbert far surpassed Kevin and Brian for depth of meaning and philosophical subtext. Dune is such a great book and listening experience that it would change society in such a way that would leave Star Wars philosophers at a loss for words, stumbling like a clumsy Gungan.
Messiah because the deep reaching truths and connections to every other book in the Dune series deserves my attention and may move to the top of my list for all time best book in the series, although God Emperor of Dune (pending and reread) is my favorite now.
Dunes allure continues with this masterful retelling of Frank Herbert's second book. it will not disappoint!