With their usual skill, Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson have taken ideas left behind by Frank Herbert and filled them with living characters and a true sense of wonder. Where Paul of Dune picked up the saga directly after the events of Dune, The Winds of Dune begins after the events of Dune Messiah.
Paul has walked off into the sand, blind, and is presumed dead. Jessica and Gurney are on Caladan; Alia is trying to hold the Imperial government together with Duncan; Mohiam dead at the hands of Stilgar; Irulan imprisoned. Paul's former friend, Bronso of Ix, now seems to be leading opposition to the House of Atreides. Herbert and Anderson's newest book in this landmark series will concentrate on these characters as well the growing battle between Jessica, and her daughter, Alia.
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The Winds of Dune
I find Herbert and Anderson's contributions to the Dune series as more than adequate. Frank set the stage with his deep thoughts on religion, politics, and human emotion that would be impossible to duplicate. These books do not have the same power but they do inform and expand on the original. I found this book to be particularly pleasing, and like all good books, I was somewhat sad to have it end.
Love this book; Love the series....
First of all, I have over 300 audio books and get at least 2 audio books a month month, and read physical books, about two books a month in physical reading.
I own a First Edition of Dune which I purchased many years ago, and have reread this book many times since I was a teenager. Like many others I could not get enough of the original series of books. When I learned that Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson were adding to to series, I must say I was skeptical about this new series, but to my utter delight I have found that they are a great companion to the original series. Wonderful to read, and especially delightful to have my favorite audio actor, Scott Brick, read most of the books in this series. It is great to hear Scott pronounce all these very complicated names, and I love his readings so much.
For me it was interesting to listen to Paul's early development and see the world mostly through the eyes of Jessica. I especially loved the development of the Face Dancers and Bronso of Ix. It was also wonderful to hear how Margo and Hasimir Fenring dealt with a Bene Gesserit sister. It is also interesting how the authors are interweaving the the myth of Maud'Dib and Kwisatz Haderach and the reality of what Paul wanted. Very interesting.
I loved how everything just added to the story of Dune. It is a wonderful addition to the series of books, and it makes me want more. I hope that Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson will write more of these books in the future because I just can't get enough of Dune.