Dune Messiah: Frank Herbert

image of hardback cover with author photo torn out

I ended up with a battered copy of Dune Messiah because I will always purchase the book with the personal note or other lively characteristic. This particular copy was missing a vital part of its dust jacket. I can only hope that a devout fan has that picture tacked next to their bed or writing desk.

There was no glossary to lure me into knowing more than the characters. This second volume of the Dune series captured my attention, I finished it in two days, yet I felt like it was missing something vital. Maybe I am reading too many series at one time (the count is only at two, and a third is under consideration), maybe the passion that was lacking was Paul’s passion.

Indeed, Paul is filled with foreboding and even loses his eyes, though not his sight. Eventually, I realized that he wasn’t going to make it through this book and the series would live on without him. I’m not sure how I feel about this concept, that I am supposed to be more attached to a family line and a planet than one single character. A difference between Dune and Harry Potter. Maybe a difference between science fiction and young adult fiction.

The world of Dune continues to evolved and Paul becomes a Messiah as the title indicates. A circle is complete and now we will enter the new lush world of Dune and learn of Paul’s godly children, and I can only hope that Jessica makes a cameo.


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