Hunters Of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #7)

ISBN: 0340837489
ISBN 13: 9780340837481
By: Brian Herbert Kevin J. Anderson

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Hunters of Dune and the concluding volume, Sandworms of Dune, bring together the great story lines and beloved characters in Frank Herbert's classic Dune universe, ranging from the time of the Butlerian Jihad to the original Dune series and beyond. Based directly on Frank Herbert's final outline, which lay hidden in a safe-deposit box for a decade, these two volumes will finally answer the urgent questions Dune fans have been debating for two decades.At the end of Chapterhouse: Dune-Frank Herbert's final novel--a ship carrying the ghola of Duncan Idaho, Sheeana (a young woman who can control sandworms), and a crew of various refugees escapes into the uncharted galaxy, fleeing from the monstrous Honored Matres, dark counterparts to the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood. The nearly invincible Honored Matres have swarmed into the known universe, driven from their home by a terrifying, mysterious Enemy. As designed by the creative genius of Frank Herbert, the primary story of Hunters and Sandworms is the exotic odyssey of Duncan's no-ship as it is forced to elude the diabolical traps set by the ferocious, unknown Enemy. To strengthen their forces, the fugitives have used genetic technology from Scytale, the last Tleilaxu Master, to revive key figures from Dune's past-including Paul Muad'Dib and his beloved Chani, Lady Jessica, Stilgar, Thufir Hawat, and even Dr. Wellington Yueh. Each of these characters will use their special talents to meet the challenges thrown at them.Failure is unthinkable--not only is their survival at stake, but they hold the fate of the entire human race in their hands.

Reader's Thoughts

Dan Stein

Anyone who has read Frank Herbert's Dune masterpieces will be sorely disappointed by Brian Herbert's weak attempt at furthering his father's legacy. Brian's apology (I am not my father and will not endeavor to write like him) is a pitiful attempt to absolve himself of the culpability of writing such pathetic drivel. I read the final two Dune books because I wanted to know how the story ended. I knew that Brian had taken his father's notes, and I hoped some portion of the master's ability has rubbed off on his progeny. Unfortunately, this was far from the case. The true Dune devotee will be better served reading Franks notes, if they can be had, than slogging through this noisome tome. We would have all been better served if Brian had assigned the task to a second-year English major instead of fumbling with the attempt as he did. Be warned - if you've read the first six Dune novels, you will almost certainly be woefully dissatisfied by the final two.


What a waste of perfectly good hours. Only herculean effort can make Frank Herbert's Dune universe this mundane and banal. It's like somebody stole the Mona Lisa and drew over it in crayon.


Jesus! Does the writing suck! So much annoying exposition, plot lines that go nowhere, and a predictable ending. Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson are very far from the caliber of writer that Frank was. But the most annoying part is that they hardly impart any terror or horror in their representation of the 'Enemy'. Unfortunately, I can't help but read it because it's Dune and I have an obsessive need to know what happens next.


I think this was published by Zacky Farms. Yes it was a turkey :)When I read that Brian Herbert and Kevin J, Anderson had taken Frank Herberts outline and completed the final chapter of the Dune saga I was intrigued to sit down and finish it off. Dune 7, as it is sometimes called, contained so much that they had to split it into two books. This one and Sandworms of Dune, so this is only half the final book.First off.. narrative, narrative narrative. The first two thirds of the book contains so much background that there is almost no story as such. It's only towards the end of the book that the story starts to make sense and move forward. Then, it ends, to be concluded in the final volume. Worst of all there is an interview with the authors at the end. In this they admit that Frank Herberts outline was only about two and a half pages! Wow, that had to expand that into over 1,000 pages.If this had not been an audio book I would have had a tough time getting though it. The worst thing is, the story is not done but I want to know how it ends. I guess I will have to read Sandworms of Dune. At least there should be some decent action in the end.


The entire exercise is a bait and switch: Chapterhouse ends famously with Marty & Daniel reflecting: "'That would've been funny. They have such a hard time accepting that Face Dancers can be independent of them.' 'I don't see why. It's a natural consequence. They gave us the power to absorb the memories and experiences of other people. Gather enough of those and...' 'It's personas we take, Marty.' 'Whatever. The Masters should've known we would gather enough of them one day to make our own decisions about our own future.'"That and lesser passages tend to suggest that the pair are Evil Shapechangers. Not so fast, however--this new installment doesn't bother to revise that langauge, but simply ignores it in making Marty & Daniel into Evil Robots from the authors' prequels. It's actually extremely annoying. Sure, the Evil Shapechangers are still there, but it's not quite the same.The text at times reads almost like YA, to the extent that too much is explained. Consider the first example from my marginalia: we know that the Chapterhouse no-ship is the Ithaca, and yet we are told what Ithaca is geographically and mythologically, and then: "Similarly, Duncan and his companions needed a place to call home, a safe haven. These people were on their own great odyssey, and without so much as a map or a star chart" (25). Okay, yeah? Numerous other examples might be cited, rapidly moving from merely tedious to somewhat insultingThe real problem is revealed in the selection of narrators. A number of narrators are deployed once or twice, and then die, seemingly for no purpose. The Ithaca ends up with eight perspectives, all major persons in the setting, but virtually no intrigue. It is merely cumulation of narrators for its own sake, or perhaps also for the sake of "Cool! Bashar Teg!!!" Sure, there's factional debates among the passengers, but it's undeveloped.We also get a new Lost Tleilaxu perspective, not on the no-ship, who functions as a breeder until he gets fed to the sligs (and whose chapter is thereafter narrated from the perspective of a deliberately indifferent slig farmer--reckless POV discipline, that). There was no need for this breeder's perspective, as we already had a rogue Evil Shapechanger perspective who interacted closely with the Tleilaxu guy and who actually advances the narrative; the Lost Tleilaxu is merely a set of eyes to let the audience know about developments in the setting (usually redundant) and in the action away from the main part of the story--developments that presumably are important for the finale, but not obviously here.Events certainly happen--genocides, battles, transactions, alliances, betrayals, tortures, sex, drugs, haughty speech, candid introspections, mentat projections, eugenics, worms eating the shit out of idiot characters, weirdnesses, beauty, subversive ethical dilemmas, hypertechnology simultaneous to swordfighting, &c.--it's a friggin' Dune novel, so the normal roster of inventory is present--but the theology, the philosophy, the macro-ecology are not manifest, except as caricature. This is accordingly a platform to bring back all of the original characters as gholas, merge them with the existing post-Leto II cast, and then introduce a new group of power players (including the extremely silly "Oracle of Time"). There are definitely some good bits. Some of the chapter epigraphs are more than competent (unevenly so, however), and there's a great scene where some characters are reading about the life of Paul Atreides, which is described as the "stuff of legend" (327). Very plainly, those readers are reading the same books that we had read already, the original novels of Frank Herbert, which are referred to as epic, genius, fabled, saga, and so on in the Acknowledgments (7) and the Author's Note (9-11), which explains how this installment is based on a secret outline found in a safety deposit box after the father's decease--like Leto II's secret writings, kinda, I guess--stolen by his descendent, Siona, and used by her to assassinate him. The revelation about the identity of the Honored Matres is definitely kickass--one can certainly see how that concept grows directly out of the fifth and sixth novels of the father. And there's certainly something nifty going on with the copying of persons in this volume. Another annoying bit, though I may be dead wrong, is that the interstellar travel is expressly described numerous times as folding space, which requires spice to accomplish, unless we have fancy & forbidden Ixian machinery or stuff from Beyond the Scattering. IIRC, however, Dune did not deploy folding space at all, but rather explained that the the navigators needed the spice for the purpose of developing sufficiently prescient awareness that they might pilot the Guild ships at FTL speeds. It's an irritating revision that essentially adopts David Lynch's ultra vires film. Recommended only for deliberately indifferent slig farmers, ambulatory axlotl tanks, and cherubic boys with an amazing repertoire of scatological talents.


If you are looking for a true sequel to Chapterhouse Dune....this isn't it. Yes, it is technically a continuation of the original Dune Saga, and picks up where Chapterhouse left off. But Brian Herbert simply cannot fill his father's shoes. It isn't necessarily that he is a horrible writer...he's just a mediocre one. Almost any other writer would pale in comparison to Frank Herbert too. So instead of feeling like something epic and deep, it feels like something interesting but shallow. Like a really good episode of Star Trek the Next Generation or Babylon 5. He supposedly based it off of his father's notes, so if you are just DYING to know how the Chapterhouse cliffhanger ends, then go ahead and try this book. Just be prepared for a lot of disappointment. Reading the Brian Herbert novels is like reading a cartoon-drama version of the "real" Dune. Its just not the same. It does have some good spots...there is a point where Murbella confronts an Honored Matre and puts her in her place that literally gave me chills...that feels very much like the Murbella we know from Chapterhouse. But sadly these moments are few and far between. The magic died with Frank Herbert apparently.

Delicious Strawberry

When I first heard that BH/KJA were writing Dune 7 based off some notes they claim to have found, I was all excited. Like any Dune fan after reading 'Chapterhouse Dune', I was left wanting more. I patiently read the Butlerian Jihad and Royal House trilogies, feeling disappointed in both and impatient for them to write Dune 7 already.Alas, this book was better off not written at all. I slogged through it, patiently reading about the struggle between the Bene Gesserit and the Honored Matres, the drama between the gholas on the Ithaca, Duncan Idaho struggling with his addiction, Sheeana trying to figure out her destiny, some drama from the Face Dancers, and a whole bunch of other junk. And then I came to the end of this book. What? After all that drama and meaningless action I have to wait for another book? I was hoping that Dune 7 would be better than the two trilogies penned by Brian and Kevin, but alas. This book holds NOTHING of the essence of Frank Herbert's Dune.

Bob Rawski

In Frank Herbert's Chapterhouse Dune (for which this book is intended to be a posthumous sequel penned by his son), the author cast out a complex web of characters and plot lines. Perhaps, however, too complex; like a tachyon net. Brian Herbert (Frank's son), with the help of Kevin Anderson, galantly attempts to trot us along each of these character threads, overlapping and weaving them together to make an interesting and satisfying read. Unfortunately, the span of Herbert senior's space is too large to allow his son (or any other mere mortal) to weave the web together into whole cloth, leaving many unfulfilling holes.This is evidenced by a sense of uneccesary acceleration of particular plot lines just to get them to some sort of "conclusion". The ironic thing is that the book ultimately ends with a big gaping un-conclusion (sequel of a sequel anyone?).Oh well, it's certainly better than what I could have done, and it's always fun to be in a Herbert Universe. So if you don't have too high of expectations for a tightly composed and uniformly balanced and executed story, this is a GoodRead.


After being very disappointed with Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson's "Legends of Dune" series, I'm glad to say that this book is the truest to Frank Herbert's style and vision that I've seen yet out of BH&KA. Based on an outline by Frank Herbert for the seventh Dune novel found in a forgotten safe deposit box (how's that for life imitating fiction?), you can often forget that it isn't Frank Herbert at the typewriter. If you liked Dune, and especially if you liked the last two books of the Dune series (Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune) this is definitely worth looking at.Edit: I spoke too soon. I just finished this. We're back to the !@#$ing war against the machines. Don't waste your solaris on this either....


Oh god.Anyone who has read any of the books of the original series--the ones that Frank Herbert wrote--will know what travesties of supposed science fiction are Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's contributions to the Dune universe.One of the many things which greatly endeared me to all of Frank Herbert's writing, and not just the Dune chronicles, was the absolute skill and efficiency with which he wrote his prose. What truly struck me was how he wielded his pen like a master swordsman; there were no unnecessary flourishes of purple prose, no scenes which did not intimately contribute to the plot or necessary characterization of the principle figures. Every word seemed to have at least one meaning. Furthermore, Herbert treated the reader as an intellectual equal; there was none of the spoon-feeding of character's traits and feelings, wince-worthy amounts of exposition, and tell-not-show demeanor that seems to have drenched all of Brian Herbert's efforts.While I support the completion of Frank Herbert's absolute masterpiece, its execution falls woefully short of the standards we have been given to expect from the original six books. It would be kinder far to publish and release the manuscript, outline, and assorted materials that Frank Herbert left behind than to cover the beautifully articulated skeleton of a novel with such gross, bulbous obese flesh such as Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson have done.

Eric Allen

Hunters of DuneBook 7 of the Dune Saga (Dune 7 Book 1)By Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson Based on an outline left by Frank HerbertA Dune Retrospective by Eric AllenBeginning with Heretics of Dune, Frank Herbert set out to bring an end to his Dune saga with a trilogy of books detailing the end of times for the Dune Universe. Unfortunately, he died before he was able to complete the final volume. We were left with a cliffhanger ending in Chapterhouse Dune for quite a number of years. Unsatisfied with the open ending, his son Brian Herbert wanted to write an ending to the series, but as Frank Herbert had left little in the way of notes for the final book, he was hesitant. Anything that he wrote would be more what he thought should happen, and less what his father envisioned. Several years later, he discovered two safe deposit boxes that his father had left no reference to behind. Inside he found a twenty page outline for “Dune 7” along with a large gathering of notes having to do with the back story of Dune, things that happened between books, and character profiles, as well as a number of unused chapter epigraphs. Enlisting the help of his friend Kevin J. Anderson, a relatively well established and respected science fiction writer, they set to work on completing Frank Herbert’s Dune saga.They ran into some problems along the way, mostly that what the outline called for were events that had no explanation for in any of the previous books, and by this time, interest in the Dune Saga had fallen off and it was in danger of being forgotten. No one would have a chance to read the end if no one remembered. And so they wrote several prequel books to Dune to serve the dual purpose of reminding people that Dune exists and was unfinished, and to delve into the back story of the series to better set the stage for the final volume. The most notable of these is the House Trilogy, which was rather entertaining if you’ve got the time to sit down and read, but I will not be reviewing it in this retrospective. At last, with the stage set, and interest in the Dune series coming to an all-time high, they set to work on Dune 7. Unfortunately, the scope of the story was such that it could not be finished in a single volume, and so it was split into Hunters of Dune and Sandworms of Dune.At the end of Chapterhouse Dune, Duncan Idaho, sensing the trap of an unknown enemy tightening around him, destroyed the navigation computers of the ship that he and the Bene Gesserit refugees were fleeing the new unified sisterhood in, sending them out of control into the vast, unknown reaches of unexplored space.With enemies on every side, unsure how to continue onward, and a looming threat to all of humanity on the horizon the refugees aboard the now dubbed Ithaca, set a plan into motion that they hope will bring options to a vague and hopeless future. They begin resurrecting figures from the past, in hopes that together these minds will be able to see the path through to the future.Meanwhile Morbella, having united the Honored Matres and Bene Gesserit into one sisterhood begins building an army the likes of which has never before been seen by humanity. First she crushes the remnants of rebel Honored Matres and then sets to the task of readying and unifying humanity against the coming threat of the unknown enemy. Ghosts from the past even older than the Kwisatz Haderach have been growing and festering beyond the reach of human occupied space for fifteen thousand years, awaiting the chance to strike and lay waste to those that cast them out, bringing many startling revelations with them out of the murky past of the old Empire.The Good? Okay, at the risk of inviting nerd rage the likes of which even God has never seen (see what I did thar) I’m going to say that Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are much better storytellers than Frank Herbert was. And before you start mailing me envelops of anthrax and setting bombs on my car let me explain. Frank Herbert was, generally, an excellent writer. He was good with words, and poetry. He had excellent prose and a vast and interesting imagination for coming up with great stories. He also sucked at telling them. There is a difference between being a good writer, and being a good storyteller. It’s a distinction that few people care to make, but it does exist. Let me give you an example. Throughout Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune Frank Herbert was building up the final epic confrontation at the end of the Dune Saga. By the end of the final book he was able to complete I still had no idea what was going on, who any of the characters were, what motivated any of them, or why I should care. Two books and I still couldn’t tell you what the story was about, or why any of the characters were doing anything that they did. Within the first ten to fifteen pages Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson accomplished what Frank Herbert could not in two entire novels. Within the first chapter I knew what was going on, who the good guys were, what motivated them, who the bad guys were, what motivated them, and why I should give a crap about any of them. And honestly, that was really all I was looking for. I just wanted to know what was going on and who to care about. Frank Herbert never gave me these things. Frank Herbert was the better writer, the better visionary mind, but Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson were the better storytellers BY FAR. I like to think of it like this. George Lucas had great ideas with Star Wars, but the best films in the franchise were the ones where he gave the ideas over to others and stood back to supervise while they handled the scripting, direction and generally everything else story related.This book may not be as well written as Herbert Senior would have given us had he lived to complete it, this is true, and the difference in prose is very noticeable, HOWEVER that does not mean that the book is badly written. In fact, it is really very well written. The narrative flows along at a good pace, and never feels as though it’s moving too slowly or too quickly. The events play out well, building to an excellent climax that leaves me wanting more, and desperate to grab the next and final book to see what happens.The Bad? There’s just two things I’d like to address in the negative category for this book. The first is this. There are right reasons to finish a series after the original writer has died, and there are wrong reasons. For the most part, Brian Herbert seems genuinely interested in finishing his father’s work and nothing else. However, on the other hand, Frank Herbert’s name does not appear anywhere on the cover or copyright page of my copy of the book. Now, one could make the argument by that fact that he is simply trying to capitalize on his father’s name and work, however, I think the lack of Herbert Senior’s name on the cover was simply a stupid oversight by the publisher and nothing more. Brian Herbert really seems to have a passion and genuine desire to see his father’s epic series come to a satisfying conclusion for all of us fans that were left hanging by Chapterhouse. I’ll leave it to you to decide which it is. I for one, think that he was in it purely to tell the story that his father was unable to tell and for nothing more.The other thing is not so much a bad thing in my opinion, however, I have seen quite a few fans bemoaning it so I will address it here. Without giving any spoilers, there were two characters introduced in the final chapter of Chapterhouse, an old man and an old woman, the leaders of the unknown enemy that threatens mankind. From the dialog that these characters give, it seems as though they are one thing, but they turn out to be something completely different. In my opinion what they REALLY turn out to be is incredibly epic and even better than what they appeared to be in the first place. It ties things in from the distant past of the Dune Saga, and was, in my opinion, a really mind-blowing plot twist that made the ending all the more awesome. However, a lot of people feel that Brian Herbert cheated them out of what Frank Herbert planned with these two characters, and changed the outline left by his father to make for a better story. I do not believe this is the case. Like I said before, he seems to genuinely want to finish his father’s unfinished work to the best of his abilities. However, just be aware, that where these two characters appeared to be going at the end of Chapterhouse is not where they actually go, and it might seem, to some, as though Brian Herbert meddled in the plotline and changed things around to put his own flair on things.In conclusion, though this book is not exactly what I would have expected from the original author of the series, it is extraordinarily good. It is one of the best books in the series. Nothing will top the first two, in my opinion, but the two books making up Dune 7 are the next best thing to them. Hunters is perfectly paced, builds to an exciting climax and sets up for an epic conclusion for the series. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson succeeded in clarifying plot elements and character motivations where Frank Herbert left them far too muddled for me to even really care. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who was a fan of the original six Dune books published by Frank Herbert. I understand the apprehension involved when picking up the end to the series as written by a different author, but the new authors do a very good job of tying things up and explaining things and setting up for a great conclusion. Don’t let the fact that the authors are different keep you from picking this book up, you’re cheating yourself out of an awesome conclusion to a pretty good series. Check out my other reviews.P.S. Sorry it took me so long to post this on Goodreads. I meant to get it up two weeks ago, but I completely forgot about it. I hope you enjoy.


I'm glad I read it, but Brian Herbert's style is so different from his father that it's almost an entirely different series. Brian Herbert is more "Star Wars", where his father was much more Poe, in that Frank Herbert gave his writing a lot of depth. This book seemed to drag on, and I kept waiting for it to get to the point...

Francis Gahren

I re-read this before reading the finale “Sandworms of Dune” because I couldn’t remember a whole lot of the story line (read it too fast, I think). Here is a good summary of the book from Wikipedia:Hunters of Dune is the first part of the seventh book (until recently, called Dune 7) of the original Dune series, along with Sandworms of Dune. It was written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson and is based on notes left behind by Frank Herbert. The book was released August 22, 2006. It follows up on the themes explored in God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, and Chapterhouse Dune about the danger posed to humanity by a remote, unnamed, but ever-present "great enemy."Plot summaryThe first main plotline follows the adventures of the passengers of the no-ship used by Sheeana and Duncan Idaho to flee from Chapterhouse as a result of Sheeana's disagreement with Bene Gesserit leader Murbella's plans for the Sisterhood. The second plot involves Murbella's attempts to unite the Bene Gesserit and Honored Matres, while conquering rebellious factions of Honored Matres on various planets and attempting to prepare for a confrontation with an Ancient Enemy. This unknown enemy was responsible for driving the Honored Matres back into the Old Empire.For several years, the no-ship (named the Ithaca by its passengers) has been in an alternate universe, carrying the gholas of Duncan Idaho and the famous military commander Miles Teg as well as the Bene Gesserit Sheeana, who has the mysterious power to control sandworms. Other passengers include the last Bene Tleilax Master Scytale, some Bene Gesserits, a group of Jews saved from Honored Matre oppression on the planet Gammu, and seven small sandworms that can produce spice. Finally, there are four captive Futars, fierce half-man/half-cat creatures bred to hunt Honored Matres. The mysterious Oracle of Time speaks to Duncan and brings the no-ship back into the 'regular' universe. However, it is soon discovered by the "old man" and "old woman" Daniel and Marty, first mentioned at the end of Chapterhouse Dune, who have unknown designs on the Ithaca and its passengers. The no-ship is nearly caught in their tachyon net, but escapes using the space-folding Holtzman engines.Meanwhile, Murbella is trying to prevent civil war on Chapterhouse, the only known source of melange ('the spice') left in the universe (other than the sandworms on the no-ship). She meets an emissary sent by the Spacing Guild, which is desperate for spice. Murbella refuses their requests due to the help the Guild gave to the Honored Matres, and demands the Guild's future loyalty, threatening to cut them off completely. Unbeknownst to the Guild delegation and the rest of the universe, the sandworms on Chapterhouse are not yet producing much melange; the Bene Gesserit are making it seem so, using their own stockpiles. Later, Murbella stops a brutal fight between some polarized Bene Gesserits and Honored Matres.Though the Honored Matres had destroyed all Bene Tleilax worlds, their descendents (the Lost Tleilaxu) have returned from The Scattering. Supposedly under their complete control are their improved Face Dancers, creatures who can mimic other humans exactly and go undetected by all known means. It is soon revealed that the Face Dancers have their own will and motives, as they kill the Tleilaxu Elder Burah and replace him with their own duplicate. They have now replaced all the Lost Tleilaxu Elders, as well as countless humans on various planets in the Old Empire. Their leader Khrone sends the scribe Uxtal (presumably the highest-ranking, if only, Lost Teliaxu left alive) to serve the renegade Honored Matre leader Hellica, who has proclaimed herself Matre Superior and now rules the conquered Bene Tleilax homeworld, Tleilax.The desperate Spacing Guild Administrators go to Ix to find an alternative to the use of their own Navigators (who require spice) for space travel. Unbeknownst to the Ixians or the Guild, Khrone and his Face Dancers have infiltrated Ix. While carefully executing his own plans for Face Dancer domination of the universe, Khrone is doing the bidding of Daniel and Marty by offering their advanced navigation technology to the Guild as if it were of Ixian design. The Guild agrees to the development of this technology if they have a monopoly on it.On Tleilax, Uxtal has been forced (by threat of death) to use Tleilaxu axlotl tank technology to produce the adrenaline-enhancing drug used by Honored Matres. Khrone also tasks Uxtal to make a ghola from recently-found cell samples, which turn out to be those of Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. From the start, the young Baron is as sociopathic as the original. Later, Khrone obtains the blood of Paul Atreides from a religious relic on the Atreides homeworld once known as Caladan, and has Uxtal make a ghola of Paul. He plans to twist this Kwisatz Haderach ghola (using the Baron Harkonnen ghola) into a weapon for Daniel and Marty's conquest of the universe. Later, the Guild Navigator Edrik comes to Tleilax seeking Uxtal's knowledge of axlotl tanks; the Navigator fears his kind's obsolescence when the Ixian navigation technology becomes available. He seeks an alternate source of spice to break the Bene Gesserit monopoly, but even Uxtal believes that secret has died with the Tleilaxu Masters murdered by the Honored Matres. Eventually he is able to access the genetic material of deceased Master Waff, and through an accelerated process creates several (ultimately flawed) Waff gholas, hoping to unlock the secret of producing melange in the tanks. The entire universe is unaware that in the events of Chapterhouse Dune, Scytale had given the passengers of the Ithaca the secret, and it was in use on the no-ship as the primary source of spice.On the Ithaca, Scytale is desperate. The Tleilaxu had always sustained their lives indefinitely through the use of gholas; his current body is slowly dying, and he does not have another to replace it. Needing to grow a new ghola of himself, he has only one secret to use as a bargaining tool: a hidden nullentropy capsule containing cells carefully and secretly collected by the Tleilaxu for millennia, including the cells of Tleilaxu Masters, Face Dancers, Paul Atreides, Duke Leto Atreides, Lady Jessica, Chani, Stilgar, Leto Atreides II, Gurney Halleck, Thufir Hawat, and even legendary figures dating back to the Butlerian Jihad, including Serena Butler and Xavier Harkonnen. The Bene Gesserit have a vicious debate over whether to create gholas of any of these historical figures. Sheeana believes they may prove useful, while others fear the return of such 'mistakes' as Leto II. Despite the controversy, gholas are created, a few at a time. Scytale is allowed to have his own once the first few have been born.On Chapterhouse, Murbella trains an elite strike force of Bene Gesserit using the combined skills of Bene Gesserits, Honored Matres and 'lost' Sword Masters of Ginaz. Her 'Valkyries' attack the rebel Honored Matre strongholds on other planets with success, in the process discovering that some of the Honored Matres are Face Dancers in disguise, undetectable until death. A former Honored Matre herself, Murbella eventually accesses the Other Memory from her Honored Matre ancestors, and learns their true origins. The core of the Honored Matres were vengeful Tleilaxu females, freed and assimilated by Fish Speakers and Bene Gesserits fleeing in The Scattering. The Tleilaxu women had been used as axlotl tanks by their males for millennia; though the current Honored Matres did not know their own origins, this explains to Murbella why they had been compelled to so mercilessly decimate the Tleilaxu worlds in the Old Empire. Murbella also 'remembers' the attack by a renegade Honored Matre that first antagonized the unknown Enemy.On the no-ship, an attempt by rebel Bene Gesserits to murder the Leto II ghola is foiled by the child himself, seemingly able to change into a sandworm at will. The Paul ghola wants to remember his past; with the help of the Chani ghola, he steals and consumes an overdose of spice. He has a vision in which he has been stabbed by another, evil Paul Atreides. After being discovered by the Bene Gesserit, he concludes that it is prescience. Sheanna’s own visions bring a warning from the legendary Sayyadina Ramallo of Arrakis about the use of the gholas. She stops the ghola program from continuing until she can make sense of it all.Daniel and Marty inform Khrone that they have no further need of his Baron Harkonnen and Paul Atreides gholas. They insist they have lured the Ithaca into a trap, and will soon have the Kwisatz Haderach they have calculated is on board. Khrone, however, continues to prepare the gholas. He finally manages to restore the Baron's memories, and instructs him to train the Paul ghola (named Paolo), who does not yet have his memories. To the Baron's disquiet, he finds the mocking voice of his granddaughter Alia in his thoughts soon after recovering his memories. She also later threatens him should he try to harm Paolo.Murbella contracts Ix's competitor Richese to provide as many armed ships and weaponry as possible, in preparation for the confrontation with the unknown enemy. Later, the Honored Matres destroy the entire planet of Richese to cripple the Sisterhood. In a final assault on Tleilax, the most powerful of the rebel Honored Matre strongholds, Murbella and her Valkyries are victorious. It is revealed that Matre Superior Hellica and several of her elite guard were, in fact, Face Dancers. Many of the surviving Honored Matres then join with Murbella. Uxtal is devoured by hungry sligs, and the sole remaining Waff ghola escapes. He finds refuge with the Spacing Guild, offering Edrik something better than artificial melange — the genetic knowledge for the Guild to create their own, optimized sandworms.The Ithaca stumbles upon the homeworld of the Handlers, masters of the Futars. An exploratory party from the no-ship returns the man-beasts, and soon discovers that the seemingly bucolic Handlers are actually Face Dancers, tasked with their capture. Sheanna and her companions barely escape with their lives. Some Face Dancer ships manage to crash into the Ithaca before its escape, and potentially missing bodies in the wreckage have the no-ship's passengers wondering if the enemies are now among them. The emergency forces Miles Teg to reveal his hidden power of superhuman speed, unlocked in him during torture by Honored Matres in Heretics of Dune. He has kept this ability secret because the Bene Gesserit are suspicious of any males having any 'wild talents', lest another Kwisatz Haderach be created. To them, Paul Atreides and Leto II were disasters never to be repeated.It is revealed that Daniel and Marty, the Ancient Enemy, are in fact new incarnations of the machine overlord Omnius and the independent robot Erasmus, who were destroyed in the Butlerian Jihad. Before its destruction, the Giedi Prime Omnius launched 5,000 probes capable of constructing new machine colonies on any planets encountered. One of these probes eventually intercepted a signal transmitted by the last remaining Omnius on Corrin before it too was destroyed. Its forces finally reassembled, the new version of the Evermind is on the way back to the Old Empire to destroy all humanity.The story concludes with Murbella, in complete control of the Honored Matres and Bene Gesserit, preparing a defense against the forces of Omnius. The Oracle of Time is revealed to be the living consciousness of Norma Cenva, somehow still in existence millennia after the Butlerian Jihad.

Ruy Asan

To paraphrase Roger Ebert: I hated this book. Hated hated hated hated hated this book. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant reader-insulting moment of it.Not just this book, but the entirety of the Brian Herbert body of work that relates to Dune. You may assume this is simply because Brian's writing style does absolutely no justice to his father's work. It doesn't of course -- accusing his writing of being "amateur grade" would be an undeserved insult to many talented amateur writers. Or maybe it's just because the series makes for a flat and unsatisfying ending, which is also the case.But these are all failings that would simply leave me, at worse, very disappointed. Surely "hate" is too strong an emotion to direct towards a weak pulp sci-fi series. Surely we can be adults about this and simply try and forget about this whole business, without having our experience of the original Dune works diminished, because, surely, such a thing isn't really possible, at least not beyond some sort of petulant yet temporary displeasure stemming from the aforementioned disappointment. As it happens, against all reasonable expectations, the Brian Herbert series of books have succeeded in doing exactly that. They have actually managed to ruin the original works retroactively. All the intricate social, political and religious machinations of Dune have been exposed as being driven by extremely trivial, utterly tired science fiction tropes all along. Everything that was magic and mysterious about the universe turned into cheap parlor tricks.The truly unforgivable aspect of it all is that these ridiculous story lines are, undeniably, based on Frank Herbert's own notes and long-term plans for the series. It really was there all along - you can go and re-read the original books and there is no avoiding the fact that yes, all this Micky Mouse shit was in the background all along, just wisely kept out of the foreground by a much more competent author. It is possible Frank would have revealed everything in due time without making the concept insufferable. It is more likely however, that the reason he had so much trouble with "Dune 7" was exactly because he found no way out of the corner he wrote himself into. Hunters/Sandworms of Dune as well the House-prequels and (probably the worst of the bunch) the Bhutlerian Jihad series are awful books written by an awful writer which have the uncanny ability to turn a beloved science fiction classic into hateful garbage. Nobody should ever read these books under any circumstances.


When I finished Chapterhouse Dune, I was afraid to start this one, because you're always sceptical, when somebody else finishes a work of a really good author. And I even had more doubts about this one being good, because many people told, that despite last two books' main plot was found in a flopy disc, that Frank Herbert left in a bank, it still looked like a fanfic. And I'm a biiiig fanfic hater. But I decided to give it a chance, because I'm also a spoiler lover and the spoilers seemed quite good in wikipedia. And I was very happy, that I did that, because Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson made a really good job. 1.They kept the atmosphere and the writing style of previous books. 2. The plot was perfect. We actually went back to first Dune book. WIth plans within plans within plans within plans and SPOILERS all this gholas. 3. finally we had a glance on a Butlerian Jihad events (I know that there's a book about that, but in the Dune series it was only slightly mentioned). And the amount of potential Kwizats Haderachs is so big, that you know, that epicness is in the air. 4. A lot of answers were given. SPOILERS. Starting with Honored Matres origins and how they provoked the Enemy and finishing with something huge as "What is Letho's Golden Path". In Hunters it isn't 100% clear, but still, you know, that every single event in the books actually braught to this conclusion. 5. I liked so much the thinking machines. Omnius with some kind of Oedipus complex and Erasmus, who saw actually the perfection in human flaws and liked very much our cliches.But! There were some minuses too. 1. Mostly the fictional quotes in the start of each chapter were quite weak and simple unlike in previous books. 2. I was mad about Paul Atreides in messiah of Dune, when he was thinking more about Chani, than the whole Universe, that depended on him. And now again????? Someone as important as was Paul back then makes THE SAME mistake for several times, knowing, that it can bring to very bad ending just because he was imprinted by a whore, with whom he wasn't even romantically involved???Duncan? Seriously? And he did the same thing not just once??? 3.There is a problem with the gholas. When they introduce Duncan's first ghola Heit in Messiah of Dune, he was the same age, as dead Duncan, so he was around 25-30 or smth like that. But 25-30 years didn't pass after his death. Back then we just thought that axlotl tank is something, that can provide an adult, but if this ghola was just born, then he couldn't be that age. And teh same with the Duncan gholas in God Emperor book. This is just a technical thing, but still. And espite those minuses, the book was amazing!

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