- Create your FREE Amazon Business account to save up to 10% with Business-only prices and free shipping.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.
Sisterhood of Dune: Book One of the Schools of Dune Trilogy (Dune, 8) Mass Market Paperback – December 24, 2012
|New from||Used from|
Enhance your purchase
It is eighty-three years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind.
The war hero Vorian Atreides has turned his back on politics and Salusa Secundus. The descendants of Abulurd Harkonnen Griffen and Valya have sworn vengeance against Vor, blaming him for the downfall of their fortunes. Raquella Berto-Anirul has formed the Bene Gesserit School on the jungle planet Rossak as the first Reverend Mother. The descendants of Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva have built Venport Holdings, using mutated, spice-saturated Navigators who fly precursors of Heighliners. Gilbertus Albans, the ward of the hated Erasmus, is teaching humans to become Mentats…and hiding an unbelievable secret.
The Butlerian movement, rabidly opposed to all forms of "dangerous technology," is led by Manford Torondo and his devoted Swordmaster, Anari Idaho. And it is this group, so many decades after the defeat of the thinking machines, which begins to sweep across the known universe in mobs, millions strong, destroying everything in its path.
Every one of these characters, and all of these groups, will become enmeshed in the contest between Reason and Faith. All of them will be forced to choose sides in the inevitable crusade that could destroy humankind forever….
Frequently bought together
Special offers and product promotions
“With their useful fidelity to the vision of the late Frank Herbert, coauthors Herbert (Frank's son) and Anderson (The Winds of Dune) continue to illuminate heretofore hidden areas of the Dune time line. Fully realized characters and intricate plotting will put this title high on fans' to-read list.” ―Library Journal Starred review
“Characters and plot are thus beautifully set up, the timing is precise….the universe conceived by Frank Herbert is so vast, complex and fascinating that the magic lingers.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“[A] fun blend of space opera and dynastic soap opera…The narrative is broken into short, jazzy chapters studded with familiar names like Atreides, Harkonnen, and Arrakis that will grab the attention of longtime Dune fans.” ―Publishers Weekly 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
“Unquestionably, Herbert & Anderson can spin a great yarn; while technically producing a vivid, mystifying universe, filled with characters that are both endearing, and loathsome. I recommend this one highly, but be warned, if this is the first Dune book you are reading, get ready to hit the bookstore, because I promise you, it will not be the last!” ―BookSpotCentral on The Winds of Dune
“Drawing on Frank Herbert's massive body of notes, the coauthors of the new Dune series continue their expansion and illumination of the unexplored pieces of one of the genre's most significant and powerful stories. A priority purchase for libraries of all sizes. Highly recommended.” ―Library Journal, starred review on Paul of Dune
“Dune addicts will happily devour Herbert and Anderson's spicy conclusion to their second prequel trilogy.” ―Publishers Weekly on Dune: The Battle of Corrin
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, including The Dark Between the Stars, as well as Wake the Dragon epic fantasy trilogy, the Terra Incognita fantasy epic with its two accompanying rock CDs. He also set the Guinness-certified world record for the largest single-author book signing, and was recently inducted into the Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame.
- Publisher : Tor Science Fiction; Reprint edition (December 24, 2012)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 736 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765362619
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765362612
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.02 x 1.55 x 7.65 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
About the authors
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
What I did like about it is the depiction of a struggle in the evolution of what would become the Sisterhood. A lot of people have a tendency to accept the fact of the sisterhood as fait accompli, but it provides realism that would exist in the struggle to build and great organization, and sometimes I was in suspense as to the fate in that evolution.
All in all, not a bad book, but not, in my opinion, Dune level.
Plenty of people are happy to dismiss these supplemental prequels, sequels, and gap-filler novels...but I'm not one of them. I won't deny it's an easy perspective to adopt, considering that neither Brian nor Kevin have the literary prowess Frank Herbert displayed...and the vision isn't quite there either, but expecting them to somehow match Herbert's writing would be absurd anyhow. There are plenty of people out there, like me, who feel the aching need to keep diving further into the universe that Dune created, otherwise there wouldn't have been bestsellers in what they've released...so I have plenty of company in still loving these books even with the faults and shortcomings.
This novel goes a step further than the trilogy that preceded it in delving into the development of the powerful organizations that later come to majorly influence the universe in which Dune takes place. In addition to providing intimate glimpses into the early stages of the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, a good deal of the story focuses on the Suk medical practitioners, the Mentat schooling, the transportation company that later becomes the Spacing Guild, as well as a little bit more detail of the Swordmaster training program.
The overall theme of the narrative is dedicated to a conflict between unreasoning superstition and rational thought...which seems a bit on the nose as far as the political climate in America is concerned, but it wasn't handled so poorly as to be irritating.
I'm terribly biased where all things Dune are concerned...so I enjoyed the book. My judgment is questionable though, but that's probably always true.
It ends with an open-ended quality that makes it clearly pave the way for Mentats of Dune, which I haven't picked up yet, but plan to...and I must admit it would be nice to see how the Butlerian anti-technology fanatics get reigned in sufficiently that the technologically advanced planets of IX and Richese are able to flourish and become what they are by the time Dune and the immediately preceding trilogy come along. So, here's for hoping that these two authors follow up and add yet another volume to the expanding literary universe of Dune. I know that I'll read it.
Top reviews from other countries
Looking forward to the 2nd and 3rd books in this trilogy.
Thanks for the reading enjoyment of the Dune milieu.