“Heretics of Dune” Review

hereticsofduneHeretics of Dune (Dune Chronicles #5), by Frank Herbert

3 out of 5 (Liked It)

The planet Arrakis–now called Rakis–is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying. And the children of Dune’s children awaken from empire as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love…

Why I liked it:

Heretics of Dune is another great addition to one of the greatest science-fiction works of all time. Frank Herbert’s writing style is top-notch as is his vision of a far-future society filled with power struggles and constant plotting between a small number of very different factions who all are aiming to control humanity for their own purposes. Every action is a part of a very dangerous galactic game, a game where some moves are not realized until generations later. This scheming plot is very interesting as you come to understand what is happening and what is at stake. Everything can change in an instant.

The characters have always been interesting and we are given a brand new set of them in book five. This is because book five and six take place some 1,500 years after the previous book (which itself was a 3,500 year gap from the one before). The series fits together but it kind of goes 3-1-2 (plus 2 made after the author’s death).

The ending was exciting and pulled everything together. I do want to know how this all ends.

Why it only received three stars:

The first three books in the series are a part of their own trilogy and they are certainly the best of the series. The truth is, it has been going downhill since then. Still though, Heretics of Dune is a good book and definitely worth it for those who have found any enjoyment in the previous novels.

Heretics was a lot like the fourth book in one area. They are fairly slow reads and when action does occur, it is not as exciting as action in other fiction. While it was pretty decent in the second half of Heretics, when I hit the 200-page mark or so I found myself realizing that, honestly, not much had happened.

Frank Herbert’s style feels strange in that it stands on its own and nothing else is like it. He is imaginative yet at the same time precise and technical. His characters are all extremely aware and intelligent and in many cases, barely human. I suppose one issue is that since every little action has an impact in the complicated schemes between the characters, something small can have a great impact on the plot, however, by itself, that small thing may not be that interesting.

Heretics of Dune was a good read and worth the time, although in my personal rankings I place this in the 5th spot after five books.

NEXT BOOK: Chapterhouse: Dune.

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