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With Frank Herbert's death in 1986, the science fiction phenomenon known as the Dune series seemed fated to end with its sixth volume, Chapterhouse: Dune. But Herbert's son, Brian, working from his father's files, collaborated with Kevin J. Anderson on a series of three prequels, concluding with Dune: House Corrino. Taken together, they form an introductory series that can proudly be touted as a robust addition to the original epic work.
Emperor Shaddam IV continues to extend his rule as he oversees the research and development of a synthetic spice on the captured machine world of Ix. The banished Prince Rhombur Vernius, along with Duke Leto Atreides, each do what they can to free Ix and prevent the emperor from controlling the million worlds of the known universe. Shaddam's evil and ambitious adviser, Count Fenring, has his own plans for making use of the manufactured melange, even while the mystical Bene Gesserit must deal with the fact that their one great hope lies now in the unborn child of Leto and his concubine, Jessica. As House Atreides prepares to go to war with House Harkonnen, all await the birth of a child that will change the course of history.
In a gripping and forceful manner, the authors meet the extraordinary demands set before them and again prove themselves capable of the same imaginative reach and intricacy as found in the original books. Audacious, complex, and highly engaging, the three prequel novels are destined to develop a vast readership of their own. Dune: House Corrino manages to bring a fascinating and wholly satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, even while creating a resurgent interest in Frank Herbert's enigmatic series. You won't be able to read the first page of any of these chronicles without immediately feeling the burning need to devour all the other books as well. Fans of the original novels will welcome any return to their cherished Arrakis, and new readers will leap at the chance to delve into the mystical sands of Dune. (Tom Piccirilli)