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The Winds of Dune (Heroes of Dune #2)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  5,547 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Between the end of Frank Herbert's DUNE and his next novel, DUNE MESSIAH, lies an intriguing mystery: how a hero adored by a planet became a tyrant hated by a universe. Paul Atreides is the man who overthrew a corrupt empire and then launched a terrible jihad across the galaxy, shedding the blood of trillions. The now-hated tyrant, the blind emperor Paul Muad'Dib, has walk ...more
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Published October 1st 2009 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published August 4th 2009)
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It was a good book. Originally titled Jessica of Dune, Jessica does play a major part in the story, which is fun. There is a lot of Gurney and Duncan and Alia as well. It felt comfortable and familiar, like a visit with old friends.

The most enjoyable part was watching how the authors wove this new story in between the previously existing tales. This book takes place after book 2 of the Dune saga and before book 3 begins. It adds layers to the characters, and their histories and motivations that
Delicious Strawberry
I could go on and on and ON AND ON AND FREAKING ON about all the plot inconsistencies and what not of this new book. But I'm not gonna waste my breath. I wrote a detailed review for Sandworms and Paul of Dune. I decided this time around, I'm not going to waste my time going over all the inconsistencies and finer points of BH and KJA ignoring FH's previously established Dune facts, especially when all the flaws of this book have been expounded upon by the other honest reviewers as well as the dis ...more

Centering on Lady Jessica, and through her, Paul Maud-Dib; it paints a deeper portrait than previously seen. I love the new additions to Dune. And The Winds of Dune is yet another excellent addition the the Duniverse I love with all my heart. With each interquel, I get a better understand of the main characters and what drives them. I will never get enough of Dune. I hope it continues forever, as long as it stays interesting.

Perfect closing line: In time, all things came back to Dune.
We can only
Adam O'brien
The Dune universe is such a beloved item for fans, ever since the first novel Frank Herbert wrote there have been followers, all the way to the new series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. For the last ten years Brian and Kevin have made an epic scope, from the Prelude series set before Dune to the Legends of Dune where they showed the Butlerian Jihad—the war against the machines, then after setting up the massive back story they tackled the sequel to Chapterhouse Dune, with two fantastic ...more
I must not have a conscience. Conscience is the sales killer. Conscience is a minor detail, that brings forth needless complications.
I must not fear my conscience. I must jovialy piss on my father's grave. And when I finish my hack-writing job, only character derailment, soulless crap and disgrace to a once great book series will remain...
Adam O'brien
The Dune universe is such a beloved item for fans, ever since the first novel Frank Herbert wrote there have been followers, all the way to the new series by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. For the last ten years Brian and Kevin have made an epic scope, from the Prelude series set before Dune to the Legends of Dune where they showed the Butlerian Jihad—the war against the machines, then after setting up the massive back story they tackled the sequel to Chapterhouse Dune, with two fantastic ...more
This book was nowhere near the caliber of Mr. Herbert's father. All through the book there were hints of something to come, and when I got to the end of the book, I saw there was no purpose to those hints within the book (probably to be continued in the next book).

I didn't appreciate the way the authors included that bit of extra story leading up to nothing.

I could also tell this book didn't have the depth of story that Frank Herbert incorporated in his books.

Overall though, I thought it was a d
This book was the kind of book you want to read right through - suspend your life until it's finished - but you pace yourself - because it's such a good book. Now I know all the flack around the new Dune versus the original Dunebooks. I decided a long time ago, I didn't care. I love the original series - have read them and reread them lots of times.
I admit I was leary of the prequel set of books, but I liked the story. I crave more Paul, Jessica, the Duke, Irulan, the Bene Gesserit, the Fremen
I can't put my finger on why, but I really liked this book. Perhaps more than the others the authors have written that keeps the Duniverse alive. This book came out after Paul of Dune but it follows Dune Messiah chronologically. Given the title Paul of Dune I thought this book would have been called "Jessica of Dune", since she was the central character. The next book to come out is called "Throne of Dune" and will probably come out next year, I am looking forward to it. It is likely to be the d ...more
Not my favorite Dune book, even of the new series, but it does fill in the blanks between Dune Messiah and Children of Dune. The Lady Jessica and Gurney Halleck play central roles in this part of the story, telling us what they had been up to since they left Dune to govern Caladan, the Atreides home world. They return to Arrakis to attend Paul's funeral, and to meet Paul's infant children, who have been left under the regency of Paul's sister Alia. As usual, intrigue, secrets and lies abound in ...more
WOW. Just wow. So many stories within the story. But the author is good at keeping everything woven together and relevant. I like the quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

I go back and forth with ideas about the main 'theme' or 'moral of story'.... and it keeps changing. I am like 2/3 through and currently my theme is "Cults are Bad" (yes, the b-Jesuits).

We'll see. I like all the twists and turns.

UPDATE: I just realized that this is the second book in a series. Gosh this is like the third
The novel was originally slated to be called JESSICA OF DUNE,
and it certainly would have been fitting. Much of the book is from
her perspective. Changing the title to THE WINDS OF DUNE is also
fitting. This volume inserts itself into the Dune
chronology directly after the events of DUNE MESSIAH, in which
Paul-Muad'Dib, the Emperor of Dune, abandons his children and his
life by simply walking into the desert of Arrakis, leaving his
16-year-old sister, Alia, to serve as Regent. As such, the winds of
I actually enjoyed this book. It *almost* fits into the Dune story line. There are only two things in this book that do not line up with what is in Children of Dune. The first is Jessica's relationship with the Bene Gesserits. The events between Jessica and the Bene Gesserit leaders in this book change the relationship in an irrevocable way that does not match with the relationship in Children of Dune. Children of Dune talks about past event between Jessica and the Bene Gesserits, but they refer ...more
I have to admit to approaching this book with a little bit of dread. After deciding to read all the Dune novels, new and old, in chronological rather than publishing order, I was extremely disillusioned with the last 'new' book - 'Paul of Dune'. So I wasn't sure what this one would bring, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The books focuses more on Jessica, as she struggles with her grief over the loss of her son, while trying to maintain some sort of control over Alia. The story isn't quite as good
I guess I'm not a fan of books that tell stories between books. To put it another way, the book read like a big flashback and I've never been a fan the recon flashback. Perhaps had I read this in order, I might have liked it more. I doubt it, because I not exactly sure the familiar characters behaved in the way they should.
Though there will never be another Dune, it is always a pleasure to return to the Dune universe. This book explores the early years following Muad'Dib's death primarily from the point of view of his mother and good friend Bronzi of Ix, of whom he asked a great favor.

The book begins rather slowly, but ends quite well.

Jack Hope III
I almost feel guilty for reading this book. Sheesh. Same issues as the other Dune Junior books, repetitive in places, somewhat shallow and generally disappointing. It's as if I were introduced to the ocean, then shuffled off to the kiddie pool.
actually got this as an audio book ( won it in a twitter contest ) not the best dune book - actually - pretty useless as far as the 'story' is concerned - I felt it was mostly filler material about unimportant characters
I got about 1.5 chapters in to this and decided I couldn't myself through it. It felt like watching a b-grade movie with bad actors. :(
Kevin Xu
could have done without this book, done to cash in for a few extra dollars!
I think this marks the point of time when I am officially done with the Dune series.

I have read the majority of the prequels and in-between sequels, and I felt rather tortured by The Winds of Dune. At least in the early prequels, there was room to be creative, but that's impossible for a book which already has multiple sequels after it.

All the characters are weak caricatures of their former selves. Jessica and Alia are barely recognizable. All wisdom and cunning has flown out the window.

The Winds of Dune continues the saga following Messiah yet before Children of Dune. This book was originally titled Jessica of Dune, but was changed. As the cover suggests, Lady Jessica, now a Duchess, takes center stage. Paul has wandered off into the desert, the Jihad begins to wind down, Alia's regency tries to outshine Paul, only to become more violent and brutal, all while dealing with the schemes of the Sisterhood and the Corrino's. The Dune universe has always been complex with many layer ...more
If you're reading the Dune book series, I would go so far as to say one should read this one out of order. That is to say, if you've read "Dune Messiah", read this title before picking up "Children of Dune". Although there are elements that will serve to be spoilers, it is a very good piece of work that fits nicely between the two works (as I am sure it was intended to be). Staying within the author's tradition, the stage set for the next book (between the three - Jessica, Gurney, and Duncan) wa ...more
Brian Conway
** I got an ARC copy of this book*

Wind of Dune is the newest novel in the Dune Universe by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. It takes place just after the end of Dune Messiah, when Paul Artreides, Emperor of the known Universe, has walked off into the desert to meet his fate as blind Fremen.
Intrigue is the name of the game as Alia struggles to show the universe that she is capable of ruling the Empire until Paul’s children come of age, while trying to stamp out a propaganda campaign by Paul’
As the “Dune” story continues to grow into the ever-expanding saga of action, betrayals and discovery, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson have been consistent in providing the main ingredient: Adventure.

In “The Winds of Dune”, you get the story of “Bronso” of Ix. This is a character that Frank Herbert touched upon in the classic, “Dune Messiah”. For years I have wondered how this being had played into the vast story that is “Dune”. Now, at last, it is revealed.

You also get a better understan
Ronald Tobin
As several other reviewers have stated, this is a 'midquel' book. The story takes place after Dune Messiah and before Children of Dune. To be really effective, such a story would have to explore some new ground, take some roads unimagined in the previous books. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson did this rather well in the Butlerian Jihad series and the House series. This book falls rather flat. Alia as regent becomes tyrannical, killing people wholesale over minor issues. Jessica comes back fr ...more
Much as I enjoy reading the Dune series, I can't help but be bothered by the way entire planets are pigeonholed into one defining characteristic encompassing the entire planetary population. All of Ix is one giant technology center? No one does anything else? Everyone on Caladan's western continent are fishermen? We're not talking about isolated towns and villages - we are treated to entire civilizations that are portrayed as having one single function. How much sense would it make to substitute ...more
Cyndy Aleo
Frank Herbert's Dune Legacy left readers with six books. His son, Brian Herbert, with the help of Kevin J. Anderson, took up the mantle with novels that fit neatly into the Dune timeline, including The Winds of Dune.

::: Where It Fits :::

The Winds of Dune picks up where Dune Messiah left off. Muad'Dib, the god-like Emperor formerly known as Paul Atreides, has walked off into the desert after being blinded in an attack and after his beloved concubine Chani has died giving birth to their twins.

These additional Dune books by Frank’s son and fellow co-writer Anderson are like run-of-the-mill chocolate to many a premenstrual woman. That is, I can’t help myself – even though I know that it will be mediocre at best. And their latest collaboration is just enough of a pot-boiler – or is that brain candy? – to lightly entertain me for a couple of days until I’ve sped through its easy-to-read four hundred pages that muses again on adage that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolute ...more
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