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Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2018
I read the first novel in 1984. Not sure why I didn't jump right into the second back then. Now I've read the second novel. I had a rough idea of where the plot would go from watching the Children of Dune miniseries on SyFy, but of course, the series couldn't touch the intellectual content of the original source material. In the forward, the author's son tells the reader that many people were disappointed by this first sequel when it was first published, and I can understand why. Paul seems to have achieved total victory at the end of the first novel. In the opening pages of the sequel we see that his reign is anything but benevolent, and by the end of the novel all we can really say is that things could have gone worse for the "hero" of the first book. We certainly didn't get any kind of repeat of the unqualified happy ending of the first installment.

Still, I really enjoyed it. My only complaint is that the author never made it really clear why Paul was powerless to stop the galactic jihad being waged in his name. If anyone can point me to any scholarship on this, I would be grateful.
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