This third instalment in the Dune series from Frank Herbert surprised me many times. Not only it is very well written and does the book ooze with lore about Arrakis, the Atreides family, and the Fremen, it is all so rich and vivid.
In this story we follow the children of Paul Atreides, or Muad’Dib, who was the protagonist of the first two books in the series. There are still a lot of old players in the political and religious game, who all try to plot against one another. It is very clear to me that Frank Herbert thought out every detail of this series. The characters are deep, and rich and the story itself both a tragedy and wondrous look into the human psyche.
One of the best things about the Dune series is still the fact that each chapter starts off with a short fragment from scriptures, songs, or poetry. Not only do these serve as a short introduction to the chapter, they also reveal just how enormously rich the Dune universe’s lore is. It really makes you believe that the scope of the work by Herbert was beyond measure, and it makes the world come to life.
I was thrown off-guard by several twists in the plot and during the last chapters I was unable to put the book away. I can’t wait to continue my journey in the universe of Dune. What a wonderful read!