Serial publication in Galaxy magazine 1969. First book edition 1969.
With millions of copies sold worldwide, Frank Herbert's magnificent
Dune novels stand among the major achievements of the human imagination
as one of the most significant sagas in the history of literary science
Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known – and feared – as the man christened Muad'Dib. As Emperor of the Known Universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremens, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne – and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.
And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul comes to his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family's dynasty.
Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr. (1920–1986) was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author. Though also a short story author, he is best known for his novels, most notably Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, deals with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics and power. Dune itself is the "best-selling science fiction novel of all time," and the series is widely considered to be among the classics in the genre.
Written by Elke 2014-09-10
Hmmm - it really can't be compared with the first book. However, it's not so bad like I expected. It is a pity, that Frank Herbert just skipped several years and as a reader you can't follow his ideas and thoughts how Paul, Alia and all the others would develop into. Personally, I didn't like the direction the story took but it was nevertheless an interesting read.
Written by Seregil of Rhiminee 2008-06-30
I liked Dune very much, but Dune Messiah isn't as good a book as Dune. Dune Messiah isn't a bad book, but it simply isn't as enjoyable as Dune. When I began to read Dune Messiah I expected to read something as fascinating and original as Dune, but unfortunately I was a bit disappointed. I guess my expectations were too high, because the first book was great. I can recommend this book to science fiction fans, but I must say that if you think that this book is as good as the first book, you'll be disappointed.