“Chapterhouse: Dune” Review

chapterhouseduneChapterhouse: Dune (Dune Chronicles #6), by Frank Herbert

3 out of 5 (Liked It)

The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now, the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune’s power, have colonized a green world — and are turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile.

Why I liked it:

Chapterhouse: Dune is the last novel in one of the greatest science-fiction works of all time. Frank Herbert ends the series with good action and a fairly satisfying conclusion.

There was better action in Chapterhouse and a better sense of a common enemy that had to be defeated than in Heretics. I did prefer this to Heretics, although I would still say I liked God Emperor a little better. There was better action in this book, but that one had slightly better characters in my opinion, like Leto II, and especially Moneo.

Why it only received three stars:

Again, this was not as good as the first three, but it was definitely better than the one before it. The ending left a few questions that need some answering, and I am going to read the last two add-on books written by the author’s son and another person, even though I have low expectations.

It can’t be denied that this series is a slow read. The language is sophisticated and intelligent, and there is much less dialogue than you might see in another popular work of science-fiction or fantasy. It is also a fairly dry read, since there is no humour from beginning to end, as the characters are serious at all times.

Final Series Rankings

1: Dune (#1)

2: Children of Dune (#3) – a very close second, it followed a similar structure to book 1. The Preacher is one of my favourite characters in any book.

3: Dune Messiah (#2) – I find this book is slightly underrated.

4: God Emperor of Dune (#4)

5: Chapterhouse: Dune (#6)

6: Heretics of Dune (#5)

NEXT BOOK: Reaper’s Gale.

© 2013 FOTS Fantasy


  1. Glad this book was better than the God Emperor (which was atrocious…) The series needed to go out on the right foot — and then his son’s resurrected corpses of Dune-related novels, best not talk about those…

    1. I did find God Emperor to be dull, although I still liked it. I agree, the series did end on a good note at least, but even though the new characters and plot were pretty good on their own, it just wasn’t the same. I’d say it deserves to be some of the best sci-fi ever, but as a whole it certainly isn’t among my personal favourites.

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