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Dune: The Duke of Caladan (The Caladan Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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“This is a fast-paced, fun read, and it’s sure to help with the pangs of missing out on the film this year.” ―Big Shiny Robot
“Dune: The Duke of Caladan is the first of a trilogy set just before Dune, and is a great entry in the series, perfect to read just before tackling a reread of the main cycle.” ―Grimdark Magazine
“Characters and plot are thus beautifully set up, the timing is precise...the universe...is so vast, complex and fascinating that the magic lingers.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Sisterhood of Dune
“Delivers solid action and will certainly satisfy.” ―Booklist on The Winds of Dune
“Fans of the original Dune series will love seeing familiar characters, and the narrative voice smoothly evokes the elder Herbert's style.” ―Publishers Weekly on The Winds of Dune
“This sequel to Paul of Dune is an important addition to the Dune chronology and will be in demand by Herbert fans.” ―Library Journal, starred review on The Winds of Dune
About the Author
Kevin J. Anderson has written dozens of national bestsellers and has been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the SFX Readers’ Choice Award. His critically acclaimed original novels include the ambitious space opera series The Saga of Seven Suns, the epic fantasy trilogy Wake the Dragon, steampunk adventures Clockwork Angels and Clockwork Lives (with legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart), as well as the thrillers Stake and Kill Zone (with Doug Beason). He is the publisher of WordFire Press and the director of the graduate program in publishing for Western Colorado University. He also set the Guinness-certified world record for the largest single-author book signing. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B082RT5ZJJ
- Publisher : Tor Books (October 13, 2020)
- Publication date : October 13, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3303 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #48,803 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Duke of Caladan takes place in the year before the Atreides travel to Arrakis to take over spice production. The first book in the new trilogy picks up where the Prelude to Dune trilogy ends. You definitely don't need to read the prelude books (the house books) but it fits together with this one nicely.
Anytime I can get back into the Duniverse, I am a happy camper. This book sucked me right back there. The worst thing I can say is that it will feel like forever before I can read the next book.
I won't regurgitate the description but I will summarize it from my point of view. The book is about coming of age as Paul kind of discovers who he is, what he is capable of, what his duties are, and to a degree, what he wants from life. With Paul, Leto, and Lady Jessica it is also about integrity and honor and making the best choice when the right choice is not obvious. Loyalty and fidelity can't help but make an appearance when talking about the Atreides.
The cast you are expecting is there in various capacities. We see quite a bit of Gurney, a bit of Thufir, and not enough Duncan (although he does have a part to play). The Baron, the emperor, and Mohaim have roles to play too.
There is a new enemy. I won't spoil anything there but it is an interesting topic and takes us to places on Caladan we haven't seen before. We get some new lore and cultural details. I enjoyed the exposure to more Caladanian flora and fauna.
This is a page-turner and I burned through it. It is not a difficult read. If you liked Prelude to Dune, you will like this new trilogy. I'd say it is on par with those books. The Legends of Dune (the earliest books dealing with Omnius and the Buterlian Jihad) is my favorite set of books in the expanded Duniverse but if the second and third books in this trilogy keep pace with the first one, they will be worthy of a spot in my bookcase.
If I had to pick a nit, I can really only find one and it did not impact my enjoyment. The book ends with most conflicts unresolved. I expect the next book to pick up minutes after the first ends. That's not an issue for me as I plan to read the next two. I like that, in the end, it will be a massive related read. But I know some people are turned off by that. If you want all the conflicts resolved before you buy, wait for the trilogy to be complete.
I recommend that all dune fans add this to their library.
By John B on October 22, 2020
The book starts what I am sure is another 3 book arc where there are minor storylines that are only seen in this book along with major ones that develop through the three books. The story takes place just before the events of Dune and i believe causes some issues. In picking this point to insert this story, it makes the writing seem cramped since they are so close to the events of Dune and cannot make any major changes in the people or events that lead up to Dune. The authors are limited on all sides by the original novel and are forced to make the story hurry along since they do not have much time to resolve the whole arc before the characters have to be at the point they are in for Dune to start. A move of the timeline back a couple of years would have helped this issue.
All in all, this is a good story and some of the storylines are interesting, but as I mentioned above, seem to be stilted by the time constraints the authors place on themselves in order to fit this story in. I would still recommend this book to someone who wants to read a Dune novel, I would be wary recommending it to someone like myself who has been reading the novels all the through the years and sees all of the storylines from previous books in the series. All that said, I will still be pre-ordering the next book in the series as soon as it is announced which shows my faith in the series and the authors.
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Also the difference is the title DUNE on the Poland printed version being in all WHITE and the other dust jacket version being in the Yellowish - Orangish color.
Other than that the actual plot is alright. Nothing extraordinary. It's great if you are dune fan and just want to explore a bit more nuances of the Dune universe.
I have read all of the previous works by the authors and this is up there with the best of what they have done.
I can't wait for the next one detailing what happens with the Lady Jessica!!