Excellent book by Frank Herbert's successor: his son. This is part of the prequel series. Although it focuses on the royal house, other history is included. Although well-written in its own right, it's flavor is slightly different from Frank's writing.
One of the Dune series prequels, this one takes place during Duke Leto's plans to free Ix. Lady Jessica has just become pregnant with a boy, and the Emperor is plotting against Dune. A good read for those who have read the Dune books, not a good introduction to the series as a whole. Start with the originals, then branch out.
Solomon R. reviewed House Corrino (Dune: House Trilogy, Book 3) on
I'm sure we're all aware of books and movies that are part of a series that are'nt able to stand alone (they need the other books or movies to make the story make sense) and while this book is like that, I do recomend this book.
I'm a huge fan of the DUNE book series (and while brian herbert's additions don't compare to Frank's) I do welcome any addition to the dune story because I like the story and established characters....If you don't want to buy the whole Dune series, you should at least get Frank Herberts stories.
I do like this series of books but it seems like the "good" characters are almost too "good", and the "bad" characters leave no question whatsoever that they are bad.
As long as I'm including the discription of other books will say that in "The Machine Crusade" book there is a part about an asteroid-like space ship that is too much like an idea that Canderous describes in "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic" and there was also a Star Wars book that Kevin Anderson worked on that has the asteroid space ship with the same projectile weapons as described in that Dune book.
That said, the stories are entertaining and I look forward to the new movie adaptation that is coming out soon, even though from what I've heard, it is supposed to be Another Movie version of Frank Herberts 1st Dune story (even though there has already been 2) the sci-fi channel did a decent adaptation of Dune Messiah and Children of Dune meshed together to make the "Children of Dune" mini-series so we already have that stuff on DVD, and while David Lynch's version was only loosely based on the book, the sci-fi channels version was as close to the book as film and CG would allow, so I think the next step is to make a film version of "God Emperor of Dune", Heretics", and then "Chapterhouse", and maybe even "Hunters" and "Sandworms" if they still have enough money and the studio is still willing to invest in a worthy project.....It boggles the mind how "Ernest" was able to repeatedly get the movie studio's to back his projects, but the best selling science fiction series of books, of all time, can only get studio's behind the introduction story.
I have been ordering the Dune Books for my 13 year old son, he has read them thoroughly and quickly! He loves this series! He read House Corrino in only 2 days! We got it Saturday, he started reading it Saturday night and Monday Morning he told me "Mom, I finished House Corrino, It was really Good!"
There is no higher praise than that !