Capturing all the complexity and grand themes of the original, this prequel to the Dune series weaves a new tapestry of betrayal, passion, and destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than 30 years ago.
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"Dune: House Atreides chronicles the early life of Leto Atreides, prince of a minor House in the galactic Imperium. Leto comes to confront the realities of power when House Vernius is betrayed in an imperial plot involving a quest for an artificial substitute to melange, a substance vital to interstellar trade that is found only on the planet Dune. Meanwhile, House Harkonnen schemes to bring Leto into conflict with the Tleilax, and the Bene Gesserit manipulate Baron Harkonnen as part of a plan stretching back 100 generations. In the Imperial palace, treason is afoot, and on Dune itself, planetologist Pardot Kynes embarks on a secret project to transform the desert world into a paradise." (Amazon.com review)
"Though the plot here is intricate, even readers new to the saga will be able to follow it easily (minute repetitions of important points help immensely), as the narrative weaves among the many interconnected tales. The attendant excitement and myriad revelations not only make this novel a terrific read in its own right but will inspire readers to turn, or return, to its great predecessor." (Publishers Weekly)
I had planned to skip the prequels and go straight to Dune. A friend recommended I at least read the "House" prequels. I'm so glad he did; this book was fantastic. I would say the politics and court intrigues make this somewhat of a sci-fi Game of Thrones. The narrator handles the different characters well. His portrayal of the Harkonnens is especially convincing. I can't wait to read the next prequel.
I was wary, very much so, on the sequels and "prequels" to the original "Dune" books written by Frank Herbert. Usually so far and away different when best-intention authors try to keep the premise fresh & new while retaining the story line to keep the magic going...... and am I happy! Thank you, Brian, for the gift. In my opinion, you've done your father proud and kept the magic going; these books keep the story going and with most excellent success! I've been happily introduced (RE-INTRODUCED) to characters in such a way (a different time and the "younger" version) compleltley captivating readers who stop and figure out that they aren't imagining things--they just met the younger version of a character from "Dune", presented in a fresh way, from BEFORE (Dune) and allowing you to get to know the character from a completely different time (in the character's development ). WOW.
can be a bit dry, maybe occasionally tropey, but only the barest and slightest. it's hard not to compare to Frank Herbert himself. which means the resemblance is very strong. thank you for writing these continuations of the Dune series ♡
So utterly syllogistic in tone and thematic substance to the original novels, I pray you take your time to enjoy his story well. There's only one first time.
Learning about plans within plans before Paul makes for a much different reading of Dune.
I actually am only 16 hours in so far but I've enjoyed every minute of this book. from the diverse characters to the superb narrarator. the whole thing so far has been really captivating. my first dune book but certainly not my last.
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This book held up very well, It makes me want to read the other book of doon, and I know I will.
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