After reading this book (and the first) I wanted more! I had high hopes after reading the first book, and this was no disappointment. Many Dune fanatics will probably disagree with me, but I prefer to focus on the story itself. The characters were even given more depth, more writing was involved in the giving of their personalities and their hopes/dreams/thoughts and more importantly their actions. Each chapter is fairly short, which helps if you only have a few spare moments to read a bit, yet focused. The story does tend to swap between characters each chapter, which can be a little disorienting to some, but the consequences and actions of the characters are plainer to see than they would be if each section of the book was dedicated to a different character. There were a few predictable moments, but I didn't feel that this detracted from the story at all. In short, a very good read and it had the added bonus of making me want answers to further questions it posed, such as what happened even before the first book.