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Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
Dune Messiah is an inevitability. It is the necessary byproduct of the swirling events of the original novel. It is the ruin bred of the marrying of religion and government under one mythic, all-seeing leader. Muad'dib's Jihad is a thing of recent memory; it raged under the Atreides black and green for twelve years. The Jihad is past, but its effects are not. When destiny meets terrible purpose. When myth meets man and all is swept away in the name of righteousness. When the future reveals itself to you.. can you change it? Can you do anything when the eddies of Time grip you, other than cling for dear life and hope the path you've chosen was the right one?

Twelve years after the Jihad began, it comes to an end. But rampant unrest throughout the universal Empire is just beginning to brew. Concealed conspiracies against the deified Muad'dib.. there are those who crave the old days, the old ways of the desert.

Dune Messiah is a worthy successor. From the very first chapter the feeling of the novel is instilled in the reader; plans within plans within plans. Right away we are witness to pieces of Herbert's universe that we have never seen, or were perhaps only mentioned in the first novel. Guild Navigators. Tleilaxu Face Dancers. Wallach IX. There is a heady sense that there is much more to discover here; that we can go deeper. And I think at least part of the reason I enjoyed this read so much was that I already knew and was accepting of the fact that do not witness Paul's Jihad. It's a skipped piece of story. Knowing this ahead of time, I was no longer so put off by its absence. I was able to enjoy the sequel for what it is, rather than what I though it should have been. It's a brilliant piece of writing. Frank's prowess is on full display in all sorts of conversational interplay, merciless statecraft, and deep, insightful characterization. Herbert's characters are phenomenal; be the new ones like Scytale, or old like Paul and Alia. Paul's development in Dune Messiah is every bit as interesting as in Dune, as he wrestles internally with all that his Empire, and his Oracle, has wrought.
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