Saturday, 16 October 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: The Winds of Dune - Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson

Release Date: 03/06/10


Between the end of Frank Herbert's Dune and his next novel, Dune Messiah, lies an intriguing mystery: how a hero adored by a planet became a tyrant hated by a universe. Paul Atreides is the man who overthrew a corrupt empire and then launched a terrible jihad across the galaxy, shedding the blood of trillions. The now-hated tyrant, the blind emperor Paul Muad'Dib, has walked off into the endless desert of the planet Arrakis, known as Dune, leaving his turbulent empire without guidance. It is up to his mother Jessica, with her daughter Alia, the brave troubadour-warrior Gurney Halleck, the resurrected Duncan Idaho, the Fremen leader Stilgar, as well as Paul's wife-in-name and biographer, Princess Irulan, to try and hold an empire together even as it tears itself apart from within and without.


Since the series began, many people have often wondered how Paul Atreides went form hero to tyrant. Here in this offering we get this untold offering and when it fits so well into an already well established universe, it’s a tale that many fans will be more than satisfied in receiving.

What Kevin and Brian do is bring a voice to the fore that has long since been silent and whilst it may have differed from what the original author had planned it is something that works well. The characters step from the page, the prose is damn good and the dialogue with the spartanesque descriptiveness is what this tale needed. A treat and definitely one to be enjoyed when you have the time.

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