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The Winds of Dune have some force but won't blow you over...
Reviewed in the United States on December 16, 2016
Originally with the working title of Jessica of Dune, Winds of Dune follows the stories of main characters Lady Jessica, Gurney Halleck, Alia Atreides and others as they struggle with Emperor Paul's departure towards the end of Dune Messiah. Who's in charge? What's to become of the terrible jihad that has begun? It's a sequel that gives the reader mostly more insight into Lady Jessica, Princess Irulan, Paul's early years and a character that was introduced briefly in the original series named Bronzo who was a voice of dissent against the Atreides regime. Again, the backstories are interesting for someone who loves all things Dune but are weighed down by the dialog and some forced elements that just don't quite make sense or add anything valuable to the narrative...editing that Frank Herbert might have done that was missed by his son Brian and co-author Kevin J. Anderson. As the story is about trying to keep the empire together and setting the stage for Children of Dune, there is at least some hopefulness in an otherwise dark set of sequels.