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Mainly for Dune fans, not essential if wanting to read Frank Herbert's original novels!
on 13 October 2014
I'm a big fan of the "Dune" series and I'm happy that there is enough interest in the franchise to keep the series alive. In all honesty no novel is ever going to equal Frank Herbert's original design, although Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have done a pretty good job with their "Legends of Dune" trilogy and the "Prelude to Dune" trilogy. I had hoped that there would be more from the character of Vorian Atreides (the main protagonist of "Legends of Dune" and ancient ancestor to the main characters of Frank Herbert's "Dune" novels) but in this new series (known collectively as the "Schools of Dune" trilogy) he seems to be taking a bit of a back seat. But this entry into the series is not a bad novel, it just seems like it is an unnecessary part of the whole "Dune" mythology and will certainly only appeal to die-hard fans of "Dune".