The Winds of Dune (Heroes of Dune Series #2)

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"Paul-Muad'Dib - cheered as a hero, worshipped as a messiah, hated as a tyrant - has vanished into the endless deserts of the planet Dune. Blinded in an assassination attempt and grieving after the death of his beloved Chani, Paul abandons his newborn twins and leaves his galaxy-spanning empire in the hands of his young sister, Alia. And the greatest empire in the history of mankind begins to crumble." "Living in self-imposed exile on Caladan, Lady Jessica and the faithful Gurney Halleck receive word that Paul has vanished and is presumed dead.

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Overview

"Paul-Muad'Dib - cheered as a hero, worshipped as a messiah, hated as a tyrant - has vanished into the endless deserts of the planet Dune. Blinded in an assassination attempt and grieving after the death of his beloved Chani, Paul abandons his newborn twins and leaves his galaxy-spanning empire in the hands of his young sister, Alia. And the greatest empire in the history of mankind begins to crumble." "Living in self-imposed exile on Caladan, Lady Jessica and the faithful Gurney Halleck receive word that Paul has vanished and is presumed dead. They race to Dune, the heart of Muad'Dib's empire, where they find a planet in turmoil and Jessica's daughter, Alia - along with the resurrected Duncan Idaho - willing to impose more and more extreme measures to maintain order." "Fueling the flames of dissent, the outspoken rebel Bronso of Ix - at one time Paul's closest friend - releases hateful treatises and disrupts sacred ceremonies, doing everything he can to destroy the myth of Paul-Muad'Dib and reveal the unvarnished facts about the man who - through his jihad and his corrupt priesthood - is responsible for more deaths than any other person in history." "Working with Princess Irulan, Paul's self-appointed biographer, Jessica tries to uncover the truth about her son. As winds of rebellion brew and treachery occurs both from outside the government and within, Jessica discovers that her son had plans that extend far beyond history and that Muad'Dib may have knowingly planted the seeds for his own downfall." Drawn from secret to secret, from revelation to revelation, Jessica at last will come to the truth about her son's prescience and visionary plans, a truth that will force her tochoose between the memory of her son and the future of the human race.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set immediately after Frank Herbert’s Dune Messiah (1969), this satisfying tale from Herbert’s son and Anderson (Paul of Dune) follows Jessica, the mother of galactic emperor Paul Atreides, as she returns to the desert planet Dune for her son’s funeral. Paul’s suicide after his mistress’s childbed death leaves his sister, the insane and brutal Alia, as regent for his twin children. Alia releases Princess Irulan, Paul’s wife and biographer, from house arrest on the condition that she present Paul as a god, even as Bronso of Ix circulates contrasting writings focusing on Paul’s humanity. Alia, Jessica, Bronso and Irulan can describe aspects of Paul, but no single narrative can capture him. Fans of the original Dune series will love seeing familiar characters, and the narrative voice smoothly evokes the elder Herbert’s style. (Aug.)
Library Journal
The holy war of Paul-Muad'dib has ended, and Paul, blinded by an assassination attempt, has disappeared into the deserts of Arrakis and is feared dead. His sister Alia rules as regent for Paul's twins Leto and Ghanima and seems bent on encouraging the deification of her brother, while Paul's mother, Atreides retainers Gurney Halleck and Duncan Idaho, and a former friend-turned-critic strive to remember the imperfect man rather than the flawless emperor. Filling in the gaps between the late Frank Herbert's classic Dune and its sequels Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, coauthors Herbert and Anderson focus on the reaction to Paul Atreides's success and the human cost of victory. VERDICT This sequel to Paul of Dune is an important addition to the Dune chronology and will be in demand by Herbert fans. [Coauthor Anderson makes his fantasy debut with The Edge of the World, reviewed in LJXpress 6/19/09.—Ed.]
Kirkus Reviews
With all the main events of Frank Herbert's Dune universe now in the bag, all that remains is for his team of successors (Paul of Dune, 2008, etc.) to fill out the corners. Chronologically, this one picks up immediately following Dune Messiah. The Mentat Emperor and omniscient Kwisatz Haderach Paul Atreides, blinded by an atomic weapon and no longer commanding his oracular vision, has walked off into the sands and is presumed dead. Paul's Bene Gesserit mother Jessica and warrior-troubadour Gurney Halleck return from Caladan to assist 16-year-old regent Alia. Duncan Idaho, the swordmaster ghola, clearly has regained all his former memories and will wed Alia in due course. Alia releases the Corrino princess Irulan, Paul's wife, from a dungeon and orders her to help counteract the propaganda spread by elusive gadfly Bronso of Ix. What Jessica knows, and Alia doesn't, is that Bronso was once Paul's boyhood friend (their story is told in flashback) and that Paul charged Bronso with the very task that Alia now condemns him for. The Dune juggernaut rolls on; pity it didn't occur to Brian and Kevin that the reason Frank didn't write Dune Messiah through Children of Dune as a continuous saga was that little of significance or interest occurs in the interim. Slim pickings, even for Dune fanatics.
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Praise for The Winds of Dune:

"Fill[s] in the gaps between the late Frank Herbert's classic Dune and its sequels Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. . . .  This sequel to Paul of Dune is an important addition to the Dune chronology and will be in demand by Herbert fans.”

Library Journal (starred review)

"Delivers solid action and will certainly satisfy."

—Booklist

“This satisfying tale from Herbert’s son and Anderson follows Jessica, the mother of galactic emperor Paul Atreides. . . .  Fans of the original Dune series will love seeing familiar characters, and the narrative voice smoothly evokes the elder Herbert’s style.”

—Publishers Weekly

"Unquestionably, Herbert & Anderson can spin a great yarn; while technically producing a vivid, mystifying universe, filled with characters that are both endearing, and loathsome. I recommend this one highly, but be warned, if this is the first Dune book you are reading, get ready to hit the bookstore, because I promise you, it will not be the last!"

—BookSpotCentral

"The Winds of Dune is filled with the same psychological complexities that were a hallmark of Frank Herbert’s books. It twists and turns on matters of trust, loyalty and the meaning of honor. Familiar characters are brought back to life with poignant clarity and the suspense and tension never let up. Even knowing what comes next in Children of Dune, I was hooked by this tale and enjoyed it immensely. It is a worthy addition to the Dune saga."

—IN Denver Times

Praise for the bestselling novel, Paul of Dune:

“This vital link between the first two books of the Dune saga begins immediately after the close of Dune. . . .  This is good reading. . . .  Standing well enough on its own for Dune novices, it goes without saying that it’s must reading for established fans.”

Booklist

“Drawing on Frank Herbert’s massive body of notes, the coauthors of the new Dune series continue their expansion and illumination of the unexplored pieces of one of the genre’s most significant and powerful stories. A priority purchase for libraries of all sizes. Highly recommended.”

—Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for Dune, the timeless classic that began the epic story:

“One of the monuments of modern science fiction.”

The Chicago Tribune

“I know nothing comparable to it except The Lord of the Rings.”

—Sir Arthur C. Clarke

“A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed . . . a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas. . . . An astonishing science fiction phenomenon.”

The Washington Post

“Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious.”

—Robert A. Heinlein

“Herbert’s creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics, and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction.”

Louisville Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765322722
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/4/2009
  • Series: Heroes of Dune Series , #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 557,946
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Herbert

Brian Herbert, the author of numerous novels and short stories, has been critically acclaimed by leading reviewers in the United States and around the world. The eldest son of science fiction superstar Frank Herbert, he, with Kevin J. Anderson, is the author of Hellhole and continues his father’s beloved Dune series with books including House Atreides and Sandworms of Dune, among other bestsellers. He also wrote a biography of his father, Dreamer of Dune. Herbert graduated from high school at age 16, and then attended U.C. Berkeley, where he earned a B.A. in Sociology. Besides an author, Herbert has been an editor, business manager, board game inventor, creative consultant for television and collectible card games, insurance agent, award-winning encyclopedia salesman, waiter, busboy, maid and a printer. He and his wife once owned a double-decker London bus, which they converted into an unusual gift shop. Herbert and his wife, Jan, have three daughters. They live in Washington state.

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PART I

10,207 AG

After the overthrow of Shaddam IV, the reign of Paul-Muad'Dib lasted fourteen years. He established his new capital in Arrakeen on the sacred desert planet, Dune. Though Muad'Dib's Jihad is over at long last, conflicts continue to flare up.   Paul's mother, the Lady Jessica, has withdrawn from the constant battles and political schemes and returned to the Atreides ancestral home of Caladan to serve there as Duchess.

In my private life on Caladan, I receive few reports of my son's Jihad, not because I choose to be ignorant, but because the news is rarely anything I wish to hear. -Lady Jessica, Duchess of Caladan

The unscheduled ship loomed in orbit over Caladan, a former Guild Heighliner pressed into ser vice as a Jihad transport. A young boy from the fishing village, apprenticed to the Castle as a page, rushed into the garden courtyard. Looking awkward in his formal clothing, he blurted, "It's a military- equipped vessel, my Lady. Fully armed!"

Kneeling beside a rosemary bush, Jessica snipped off fragrant twigs for the kitchens. Here in her private garden, she maintained flowers, herbs, and shrubs in a perfect combination of order and chaos, useful flora and pretty pleasantries. In the peace and stillness just after dawn, Jessica liked to work and meditate here, nourishing her plants and uprooting the per sis tent weeds that tried to ruin the careful balance.

Unruffled by the boy's panic, she inhaled deeply of the aromatic evergreen oils released by her touch. Jessica rose to her feet and brushed dirt off her knees. "Have they sent any messages?"

"Only that they are dispatching a group of Qizarate emissaries, my Lady. They demand to speak with you on an urgent matter."

"They demand?"

The young man quailed at her expression. "I'm sure they meant it as a request, my Lady. After all, would they dare to make demands of the Duchess of Caladan- and the mother of Muad'Dib? Still, it must be important news indeed, to warrant a vessel like that!" The young man fidgeted like an eel washed up on shore.

She straightened her garment. "Well, I'm sure the emissary considers it important. Probably just another request for me to increase the limits on the number of pilgrims allowed to come here."

Caladan, the seat of House Atreides for more than twenty generations, had escaped the ravages of the Jihad, primarily because of Jessica's refusal to let too many outsiders swarm in. Caladan's self- sufficient people preferred to be left alone. They would gladly have accepted their Duke Leto back, but he had been murdered through treachery at high levels; now the people had his son Paul- Muad'Dib instead, the Emperor of the Known Universe.

Despite Jessica's best efforts, Caladan could never be completely isolated from the outside storms in the galaxy. Though Paul paid little attention to his home planet anymore, he had been christened and raised here; the people could never escape the shadow cast by her son. After all the years of Paul's Jihad, a weary and wounded peace had settled over the Imperium like a cold winter fog. Looking at the young messenger now, she realized that he had been born after Paul became Emperor. The boy had never known anything but the looming Jihad and the harsher side of her son's nature. . . .

She left the courtyard gardens, shouting to the boy. "Summon Gurney Halleck. He and I will meet the delegation in the main hall of Castle Caladan."

Jessica changed out of her gardening clothes into a sea- green gown of state. She lifted her ash- bronze hair and draped a pendant bearing a golden Atreides hawk crest around her neck. She refused to hurry. The more she thought about it, the more she wondered what news the ship might bring. Perhaps it wasn't a trivial matter after all. . . .

Gurney was waiting for her in the main hall. He had been out running his gaze hounds, and his face was still flushed from the exercise. "According to the spaceport, the emissary is a high- ranking member of the Qizarate, bringing an army of retainers and honor guards from Arrakis. Says he has a message of the utmost importance."

She pretended a disinterest she did not truly feel. "By my count, this is the ninth 'urgent message' they've delivered since the Jihad ended two years ago."

"Even so, my Lady, this one feels different."

Gurney had aged well, though he was not, and never would be, a handsome man with that inkvine scar on his jaw and those haunted eyes. In his youth he'd been ground under the Harkonnen boot, but years of brave ser vice had shaped him into one of House Atreides's greatest assets.

She lowered herself into the chair that her beloved Duke Leto had once used. While scurrying castle servants prepared for the emissary and his entourage, the director of the kitchen staff asked Jessica about appropriate refreshments. She answered in a cool tone, "Just water. Serve them water."

"Nothing else, my Lady? Is that not an insult to such an important personage?"

Gurney chuckled. "They're from Dune. They'll consider it an honor." The foyer's oaken castle doors were flung open to the damp breeze, and the honor guard marched in with a great commotion. Fifteen men, former soldiers from Paul's Jihad, carried green banners with highlights of black or white. The members of this unruly entourage wore imitation stillsuits as if they were uniforms, though stillsuits were completely unnecessary in Caladan's moist air. Glistening droplets covered the group from the light drizzle that had begun to fall outside; the visitors seemed to consider it a sign from God.

The front ranks of the entourage shifted aside so that a Qizara, a yellow- robed priest of the Jihad, could step forward. The priest lowered his damp hood to show his bald scalp, and his eyes glittered with awe, completely blue from addiction to the spice melange. "I am Isbar, and I present myself to the mother of Muad'Dib." He bowed, then continued the bow all the way to the floor until he had prostrated himself. "Enough of this. Everyone here knows who I am."

Even when Isbar stood, he kept his head bowed and his eyes averted. "Seeing the bounty of water on Caladan, we more fully understand Muad'Dib's sacrifice in coming to Dune as the savior of the Fremen." Jessica's voice had enough of an edge to show that she did not wish to waste time on ceremony. "You have come a long way. What is the urgency this time?"

Isbar seemed to wrestle with his message as if it were a living thing, and Jessica sensed the depth of his dread. The members of the honor guard remained silent as statues.

"Out with it, man!" Gurney ordered.

The priest blurted, "Muad'Dib is dead, my Lady. Your son has gone to Shai- Hulud."

Jessica felt as though she had been struck with a cudgel.

Gurney groaned. "Oh no. No . . . not Paul!"

Isbar continued, anxious to purge himself of his words. "Forsaking his rule, the holy Muad'Dib walked out into the desert and vanished into the sands."

It took all of Jessica's Bene Gesserit training to erect a thick wall around herself, to give herself time to think. The shutdown of her emotions was automatic, ingrained. She forced herself not to cry out, kept her voice quiet and steady. "Tell me everything, priest."

The Qizara's words stung like sand pellets blown by a harsh wind. "You know of the recent plot by traitors among his own Fedaykin. Even though blinded by a stone- burner, the blessed Muad'Dib viewed the world with divine eyes, not the artificial Tleilaxu ones that he purchased for his injured soldiers."

Yes, Jessica knew all of that. Because of her son's dangerous decisions, and backlash from the Jihad, he'd always faced the very real threat of assassination. "But Paul survived the plot that blinded him. Was there another one?"

"An extension of the same conspiracy, Great Lady. A Guild Steersman was implicated, as well as the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam." He added, as an afterthought, "By order of the Imperial Regent Alia, both have now been executed along with Korba the Panegyrist, architect of the cabal against your son."

Too many facts clamored at her at once. Mohiam, executed? That news shook her to the core. Jessica's relationship with the old Reverend Mother had been tumultuous, love and hate cycling like the tides. Alia . . . Regent now? Not Irulan? Of course, it was appropriate. But if Alia was the ruler . . . "What of Chani, my son's beloved? What of Princess Irulan, his wife?"

"Irulan has been imprisoned in Arrakeen until her involvement in the plot can be mea sured. Regent Alia would not allow her to be executed with the others, but it is known that Irulan associated with the traitors." The priest swallowed hard. "As for Chani . . . she did not survive the birth of the twins."

"Twins?" Jessica shot to her feet. "I have grandchildren?"

"A boy and a girl. Paul's children are healthy, and-"

Her calm façade slipped dangerously. "You did not think to inform me of this immediately?" She struggled to or ga nize her thoughts. "Tell me all that I need to know, without delay."

The Qizara fumbled with his story. "You know of the ghola who was a gift to Muad'Dib from the Tleilaxu and the Guild? He turned out to be a weapon, an assassination tool created from the slain body of a faithful Atreides retainer."

Jessica had heard of the ghola grown from Duncan Idaho's dead cells, but had always assumed him to be some sort of exotic performer or Jongleur mimic.

"Hayt had the appearance and mannerisms of Duncan Idaho, but not the memories," the priest continued. "Though programmed to kill Muad'Dib, his true personality surfaced and defeated the alter ego, and through that crisis he became the true Duncan Idaho again. Now he aids the Imperial Regent Alia."

At first, the idea amazed her- Duncan, truly alive and aware again?- then her focus returned to the most pressing question. "Enough distractions, Isbar. I need more details about what happened to my son."

The priest kept his head bowed, which muffled his voice. "They say that through prescience, Muad'Dib knew the tragedies that would befall him, but could do nothing to prevent what he called his 'terrible purpose.' That knowledge destroyed him. Some say that at the end he was truly blind, without any future sight, and he could no longer bear the grief." The Qizara paused, then spoke with greater confidence. "But I believe, as do many others, that Muad'Dib knew it was his time, that he felt the call of Shai- Hulud. His spirit is still out there on the sands, forever intertwined with the desert."

Gurney wrestled with his sorrow and anger, clenching and unclenching his fists. "And you all just let him walk off into the dunes, blind?"

"That's what blind Fremen are compelled to do, Gurney," Jessica said.

Isbar straightened. "One does not 'let' Muad'Dib do a thing, Gurney Halleck. He knows the will of God. It is not for us to understand what he chooses to do."

Gurney would not let the matter drop so easily. "And were searches made? Did you attempt to find him? Was his body recovered?"

"Many 'thopters flew over the desert, and many searchers probed the sands. Alas, Muad'Dib has vanished." Isbar bowed reverently. Gurney's eyes were shining as he turned to Jessica. "Given his skills in the desert, my Lady, he might have survived. Paul could have found a way."

"Not if he didn't want to survive." She shook her head, then looked sharply at the priest. "What of Stilgar? What is his part in this?"

"Stilgar's loyalty is beyond question. The Bene Gesserit witch, Korba, and the Steersman died by his hand. He remains on Dune as liaison to the Fremen."

Jessica tried to imagine the uproar that would occur across the Imperium. "And when did all this happen? When was Paul last seen?" "Twenty- seven days ago," Isbar said.

Gurney roared in astonishment. "Almost a month! By the infinite hells, what took you so long to get here?"

The priest backed away from the man's anger, bumping into members of the entourage. "We needed to make the proper arrangements and gather a party of appropriate importance. It was necessary to obtain a sufficiently impressive Guild ship to bring this terrible news." Jessica felt pummeled by blow after blow. Twenty- seven days- and she hadn't known, hadn't guessed. How had she not sensed the loss of her son?

"There is one more thing, my Lady, and we are all disturbed by it," Isbar added. "Bronso of Ix continues to spread lies and heresy. He was captured once while Muad'Dib was alive, but he escaped from his death cell. Now the news of your son's death has emboldened him. His blasphemous writings demean the sacred memory of the Messiah. He distributes treatises and manifestos, seeking to strip Muad'Dib of his greatness. We must stop him, my Lady. As the mother of the Holy Emperor, you-"

Jessica cut him off. "My son is dead, Isbar. Bronso has been producing his tracts for seven years and you haven't been able to stop him- so his complaints are hardly news. I have no time for trivial conversation." She rose abruptly. "This audience is at an end."

CHAPTER 2

Yes, I am haunted by memories from my past, but not all of them are sad. I recall many joyous times with Paul Atreides—Paul, not Muad’Dib, mind you. As I consider those times now, I feel like a man who has been served many fine banquets.—Gurney Halleck, “Memories and Ghosts,” Unfinished Songs

Scenting prey, the gaze hounds bayed, and Gurney ran with them.

The cool air of that afternoon burned his lungs as he crashed through the underbrush, subconsciously trying to run from the devastating news.

The muscular gaze hounds, with gold- green eyes, wide set and bright, had vision as acute as an ea gle’s, and a keen sense of smell. Protected by thick coats of russet and gray fur, the beasts splashed across brackish puddles, ripped through pampas grass, and howled like a choir performing for the tone deaf. The joy of the hunt was palpable in their actions.

Gurney loved his hounds. Years ago, he had kept another six dogs, but had been forced to put them down when they contracted the bloodfire virus. Jessica herself had given him these puppies to raise, and he resisted placing himself in a risky emotional position again, resolving not to become attached, considering the pain of losing all those other dogs.

That old grief was nothing compared to what he felt now. Paul Atreides, the young Master, was dead. . . .Gurney stumbled as he lagged behind the hounds. He paused to

catch his breath, closed his eyes for just a moment, then ran on after the baying dogs. He had no real interest in the hunt, but he needed to get away from the castle, from Jessica, and especially from Isbar and his Qizarate cronies. He could not risk losing control in front of others.

Gurney Halleck had served House Atreides for most of his life. He had helped to overthrow the Tleilaxu and reclaim Ix for House Vernius, before Paul’s birth; later he’d fought at Duke Leto’s side against Viscount Mo ritani during the War of Assassins; he had tried to protect the Atreides against Harkonnen treachery on Arrakis; and he had served Paul throughout the years of his recent Jihad, until retiring from the fight and coming here to Caladan. He should have known the difficulties were not over.

Now Paul was gone. The young Master had walked into the desert . . .blind and alone. Gurney had not been there for him. He wished he had remained on Dune, despite his antipathy toward the constant slaughter. So selfish of him to abandon the Jihad and his own responsibilities! Paul Atreides, Duke Leto’s son, had needed him in the epic struggle, and Gurney turned his back on that need.

How can I ever forget that, or overcome the shame?

Splashing through sodden clumps of swamp grasses, he abruptly came upon the gaze hounds barking and yelping where a gray- furred marsh hare had wedged its bristly body into a crack under a mossy limestone overhang. The seven dogs sat back on their haunches, waiting for Gurney, fixated on where the terrified hare huddled, out of reach but unable to escape.

Gurney withdrew his hunting pistol and killed the hare instantly and painlessly with one shot to the head. He reached in and pulled out the warm, twitching carcass. The perfectly behaved gaze hounds observed him, their topaz eyes gleaming with alert fascination. Gurney tossed the animal to the ground and, when he gave a signal, the dogs fell upon the fresh kill, snapping at the flesh as if they had not eaten in days. A quick, predatory violence.

A flash of one of the bloody battlefields of the Jihad crossed Gurney’s memory vision, and he blinked it away, relegating those sights to the past, where they belonged.

But there were other memories he could not suppress, the things he would miss about Paul, and he felt his warrior self breaking down, crumbling. Paul, who had been such a huge, irreplaceable part of his life, had faded into the expanse of desert, like a Fremen raider evading Harkonnens. This time, Paul would not be coming back.

As he watched the gaze hounds tear the meat apart, Gurney felt as if parts of himself had been torn away, leaving raw and gaping wounds.

That night, when Castle Caladan lay dark and quiet, the servants retired, leaving Jessica to mourn in private. But she could not sleep, could not find peace in an empty bedchamber that echoed with cold silence.

She felt off balance, adrift. Due to her Bene Gesserit training, the valves of her emotions had been rusted shut with disuse, especially after Leto’s death, after she had turned her back on Arrakis and returned here.

But Paul was her son!

With a silent tread, Jessica glided down the castle’s corridors to the doorway of Gurney’s private chambers. She paused, wanting someone to talk to. She and Gurney could relate their common loss and consider what to do now, how to help Alia hold the already strained empire together until Paul’s children came of age. What sort of future could they create for those infant twins? The winds of Dune— the politics and desert storms— could strip a person’s flesh down to the bone.

Before she knocked at the heavy door, Jessica was surprised to hear strange sounds coming from within— wordless animal noises. She realized with a start that Gurney was sobbing. Alone and in private, the stoic troubadour warrior unleashed his sorrow with an unsettling abandon.

Jessica was even more disturbed to realize that her own grief was not nearly so deep or uncontrolled: It was somewhere far away, out of her reach. The lump inside her was hard and heavy. And numb. She didn’t know how to access the emotions beneath. The very idea upset her. Why can’t I feel it the way he does?

Hearing Gurney’s private sorrow, Jessica wanted to go in and offer comfort, but she knew that would shame him. The troubadour warrior would never want her to see his naked sentiments. He would consider it a weakness. So she withdrew, leaving him to his own grief.

Unsteady on her feet, Jessica searched within herself, but encountered only hardened barriers that surrounded her sadness and prevented a real emotional release. Paul was my son!

As she returned to her chambers in the dead of night, Jessica quietly cursed the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. Damn them! They had stripped away a mother’s ability to feel the proper anguish at losing her child. 

Excerpted from THE WINDS OF DUNE by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.

Copyright © 2009 by Herbert Properties LLC.

Published in September 2009 by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    A New Dune Book

    The Winds of Dune was great book that adds to the tapestry of the Dune Universe.
    When Frank Herbert wrote the original (and still classic) series, he left a good many years uncharted during the course of the series. This new set of books (starting with Paul of Dune) does a good job of filling in some unanswered questions. I enjoyed the flashback scenes in this book quite a bit.
    Frank Herbert, undeniably a master storyteller, could sometimes be a little dry in his writing. Herbert and Anderson do a good job at making the narrative a little more approachable. The writing was crisp and it flowed well.
    Starting from Jessica learning of her son's death and dealing with Alia's learning how to run an Empire, this book moves swiftly from start to finish. There were quite a few parts where I couldn't put this book down.
    The least interesting character in this book was Irulan. But then, she never was one of my favorite characters. She's never really felt well-rounded to me. She still doesn't in this book.
    All in all, I enjoyed this book (and the previous book in the trilogy) and would highly recommend it to other sci-fi fans.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2009

    This book is politically correct and re-chewed piece of gum.

    This book, like others by B. Herbert and CO. is lacking brilliancy of the original creator of Dune. The original wholesome personality heroes of Dune now became muddied by constant self-reflection. Instead of them influencing the history , they became slaves of environment. Somehow the light, intriguing language of original Dune become boring pontifications about good of humanity.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 12, 2009

    With their usual skill is right!

    I don't know how any fan of Frank Herbert's Dune series can seriously consider this book well written. I introduces even more inconsistencies to the original books. Frank Herbert wrote about Paul's childhood, it didn't include running away and planet hopping with the circus. The only reason I tried to make it through this book is to point out how bad it is to real Dune fans. STAY AWAY!

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

    THE WINDS OF DUNE: Jessica's Time

    THE WINDS OF DUNE: Jessica's Time



    In THE WINDS OF DUNE by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, the jihad of PAUL OF DUNE and DUNE MESSIAH gives way to counterrevolution and growing complications among the principal characters, especially the women. After Paul is presumed dead, Alia acts as Regent for the infants Leto and Ghanima, and Irulan waits in prison for her destined role. Bronso of Ix attempts to topple the messianic image of Paul, but overshadowing that image is the character of Jessica.

    The authors face the inevitable dilemma of building suspense in a novel which is both prequel and sequel, yet they manage it with practiced aplomb. The greater challenge is, however, living up to stylistic comparisons with Frank Herbert while fashioning an original contribution to the Dune canon. The master's "vertical layers," "Victorian poses," and epic dialogue inform characters. His free indirect narration and compressed or "coital" structure continue. Even a cursory study of the first page of THE WINDS OF DUNE reveals character, setting, mood and figurative language worthy of the original DUNE.

    As plot unfolds, the devoted reader knows where Paul is. He is in the desert. The dramatic irony experienced during his funeral could not have been had in the Theatre of Dionysus, yet the invisible hero has attained a stature reminiscent of Oedipus, wandering toward Colonus. Soon it becomes apparent that, wherever we find Paul, he will be upstaged by Jessica, and the reader must discover how others will contribute to some change in her, hinted in the winds.

    Jessica stands at the hub. She must be connected with Alia, Irulan, Leto, Ghanima, Gurney, Bronso and others in ways not yet revealed. Long flashbacks describe chapters which are structurally identical to remaining chapters. They are campfire accounts told by Jessica. A more daring stylist might have shifted to first person narration, but within the larger scheme these flashbacks work. In particular, the boyhood stories of Paul and Bronso evoke our own childhood dreams of circuses as well as Dorothy's journey to Oz, deftly balancing the familiar with the unfamiliar. And the show goes on.

    Ecological, political and religious parallels notwithstanding, Frank Herbert's great literary contribution begins with the idea of the hero. From the Houses of Atreus and Oedipus, to the modern Byronic and code heroes, this character as theme has pervaded Western literature. Through Paul we are warned about the disastrous consequences of our devotion: "May god save us from a messiah of our own making." Our hero becomes the father; the father becomes the son. But what of the mother? At the conclusion of DUNE Jessica says to Chani, "We who carry the name of concubine?history will call us wives." At the conclusion of THE WINDS OF DUNE Jessica might have hoped that history would still call her Mother.



    J. Walker Williams


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Good read

    This was a good read. Didn't like having to read a section, read another book of the series, go back to the next section in the book....just to read the series in chronological order. However, i really enjoyed this book!

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    I Really Liked It/I Loved It

    9-14-09 'The Winds of Dune' explains the events and actions of Lady Jessica Atreides between the time gap of 'Dune Messiah' and 'Children of Dune', after Paul-Muad'Dib walks into the sands of Dune to die. Naturally, there is a lot of animosity between mother and daughter, Jessica and Alia. Alia is desperately and tyrannically holding on to the status that her brother is the messiah. But Jessica is beginning to think that she made a mistake when she did not follow the orders of the Bene Gesserit, and gave Duke Leto a son. The obvious romantic relationship between Lady Jessica and Gurney Halleck is finally talked about. However, the most powerful plot in the book is that of the friendship between the two Landsraad Houses, Paul-Muad'Dib and the ex-ruler of Ix, Bronso. There are two flashbacks in the conversations of Jessica and Princess Irulan, about Paul and Bronso's friendship, that give reason to why they cannot stand in the way of Alia's actions in capturing and executing Bronso of Ix. 7-11-11 In my opinion, 'The Winds of Dune' continues to be a powerful and insightful installment in the Dune saga, even the second time read. This book shows us the human, ruler, and deity sides of the two most powerful Atreides women in the universe. As the events described in the previous review unfold, the complex minds and actions of the 16-year-old, regent, and abomination Alia and the mother, duchess, and Bene Gesserit Jessica are explained. Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert are excellent creators and corroborators to these intense and highly entertaining stories. I'm glad and excited that the two authors are continuing this superb saga.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    I Really Liked It/I Loved It

    9-14-2009 'The Winds of Dune' explains the events and actions of Lady Jessica Atreides between the time gap of 'Dune Messiah' and 'Children of Dune', after Paul-Muad'Dib walks into the sands of Dune to die. Naturally, there is a lot of animosity between mother and daughter, Jessica and Alia. Alia is desperately and tyrannically holding on to the status that her brother is the messiah. But Jessica is beginning to think that she made a mistake when she did not follow the orders of the Bene Gesserit, and gave Duke Leto a son. The obvious romantic relationship between Lady Jessica and Gurney Halleck is finally talked about. However, the most powerful plot in the book is that of the friendship between the two Landsraad Houses, Paul-Muad'Dib and the ex-ruler of Ix, Bronso. There are two flashbacks in the conversations of Jessica and Princess Irulan, about Paul and Bronso's friendship, that give reason to why they cannot stand in the way of Alia's actions in capturing and executing Bronso of Ix. 7-11-11 In my opinion, 'The Winds of Dune' continues to be a powerful and insightful installment in the Dune saga, even the second time read. This book shows us the human, ruler, and deity sides of the two most powerful Atreides women in the universe. As the events described in the previous review unfold, the complex minds and actions of the 16-year-old, regent, and abomination Alia and the mother, duchess, and Bene Gesserit Jessica are explained. Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert are excellent creators and corroborators to these intense and highly entertaining stories. I'm glad and excited that the two authors are continuing this superb saga.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    The Winds of Dune

    Didn't Quite Live Up To Paul of Dune, But Still A Must Read!
    "The Winds of Dune" explains the events and actions of Lady Jessica Atreides between the time gap of "Dune Messiah" and "Children of Dune", after Paul-Muad'Dib walks into the sands of Dune to die. Naturally, there is a lot of animosity between mother and daughter, Jessica and Alia. Alia is desperately and tyrannically holding on to the status that her brother is the messiah. But Jessica is beginning to think that she made a mistake when she did not follow the orders of the Bene Gesserit, and gave Duke Leto a son. The obvious romantic relationship between Lady Jessica and Gurney Halleck is finally talked about. However, the most powerful plot in the book is that of the friendship between the two Landsraad Houses, Paul-Muad'Dib and the ex-ruler of Ix, Bronso. There are two flashbacks in the conversations of Jessica and Princess Irulan, about Paul and Bronso's friendship, that give reason to why they can not stand in the way of Alia's actions in capturing and executing Bronso of Ix.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    The Winds of Dune has me looking forward to the next book.

    I believe that Frank Herbert would be pleased. Readers of the Dune series already know most of the story so for us it is special to have the blank spaces filled in. Keep up the good work!

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    Dune continues

    The authors continue to enlarge the story of Dune. I have read and enjoyed every book in the Dune saga, and this is a great addition.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

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    I hope they keep coming!

    For Dune fans, another must. Provides insight into Frank Herbert's earlier Dune books.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    Superb craftsmanship!

    Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have crafted a novel that not only harkens back to the original Frank Herbert titles, in many ways the story satisfies even more, because so many loose ends are tied up in this release. The reader is drawn into the story from the opening page. This is a masterpiece in the series.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

    Once again, Herbert and Anderson fill in the blanks...

    "Winds of Dune", the latest collaboration in the Dune series written by Brian Herbert and Kevin K. Anderson, begins in Caladan at the court of the Lady Jessica, now Duchess of Caladan, in the days immediately following the presumed death of her son, the Emperor Paul Muad'Dib, after his final walk into the desert of Arrakis. Blind and feeling as if there is nothing left to live for after the death of his mate, Chani, Muad'Dib leaves Imperium and Godhead behind. The care of the Imperium and his infant twins has now been thrust into the hands of his sister, Alia, a teenager who was born with all of the memories of a Reverend Mother of the Bene Gesserit. As Alia struggles to face the difficult choices lain before her, her appetite for power increases.
    In the hopes of assisting her daughter in these tumultuous early days of the Regency, the Lady Jessica leaves her peaceful life on Caladan to return to Arrakis and the deification of her family. It is not long before Alia wonders if her mother is indeed her ally or is trying to steal the reins of power from her.
    Alia's problems increase as Bronso of Ix's propaganda against her late brother infiltrate the Imperium at an alarming rate. Bronso's works contradict everything that Muad'Dib's priesthood of the Qizarate and the Princess Irulan's histories have said. Like a Coriolis storm, everyone's lives are thrown about in their own bitter struggles: Alia struggles to maintain control of the Regency, Gurney Halleck has his own inner turmoil confronting his most forbidden desires, the Naib Stilgar is torn between loyalty to Muad'Dib's children and the Regency, Princess Irulan is torn between Alia's wishes to deify Muad'Dib and Paul's secret wishes to present him in a more human, fallible light.
    "Winds of Dune" carries us through the early days of Alia's Regency with flashbacks onto Paul's youth and early days of his Empire. A host of new characters is introduced, older ones revisited, all of whom help to tie in events of the past to events of the original Frank Herbert novels, yet it leaves the reader with enough loose ends to wonder what happens in those years between "Winds of Dune" and "Children of Dune". We are left with tantalizing glimpses of Alia's growing lust for power, Irulan's role as caretaker to the Imperial Heirs, and Jessica's struggle to choose between a peaceful life on Caladan and concern for her young grandchildren.
    If you enjoyed this novel, please feel free to keep up on other works by Kevin J. Anderson by visiting the following sites:
    http://www.wordfire.com (Kevin's main site)
    http://www.wordfire.com/kjablog (Kevin's main blog)
    http://www.anderzoneshop.com (the place to buy signed books and other items from Kevin)
    http://www.myspace.com/kevinjanderson (Kevin's MySpace page)
    http://www.twitter.com/TheKJA (Kevin's Twitter feed)

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