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Children of Dune

(Dune #3)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  117,034 ratings  ·  2,864 reviews
The desert planet of Arrakis has begun to grow green and lush. The life-giving spice is abundant. The nine-year-old royal twins, possesing their father's supernatural powers, are being groomed as Messiahs.
But there are those who think the Imperium does not need messiahs...
Mass Market Paperback, 408 pages
Published May 15th 1987 by Ace Books (first published April 21st 1976)
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Mario the lone bookwolf
There are two opinions one could have about this series and they both are true because it´s so highly individual and polarizing:

If it could have been a bit less complicated and confusing it would have had the potential to be as good as the first two parts, but the characters are talking so much over the top complicated philosophical, religious, Dune specific stuff that it´s truly hard to follow. It just doesn´t work as well as in the first two parts. There was much potential, but it didn´t feel
Richard Houchin
The Dune series is remarkable in that each sequel gets progressively worse until it's unreadable.

The first book is truly excellent. It's mantra on fear alone makes it great.

The second book a very good sci-fi novel.

The third book is merely okay.

The fourth book is sub-par, but still interesting.

The fifth book is a pain in the ass to read.

The sixth book will leave you concerned about the author's health, so terribad is the writing.

But hey, the first book kicks ass!
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
One of Paul’s twins is supposed to become an Emperor of the mighty interplanetary Empire created by great Muad’dib. The only slight problem is that nobody at all – and I do mean absolutely nobody – wants this to happen. This includes the twins themselves. Plots within plot within plots are brewing and in the game with such high stakes all means of winning are fine, including slaughtering innocent bystanders wholesale. Another interesting problem is that it is not exactly clear whether the abovem ...more
Buddy read with Athena!

”This rocky shrine to the skull of a ruler grants no prayers. It has become the grave of lamentations. Only the wind hears the voice of this place. The cries of night creatures and the passing wonder of two moons, all say his day has ended. No more supplicants come. The visitors have gone from the feast. How bare the pathway down this mountain.

Paul Muad’dib, god and emperor of a universe divided, is gone. The religiously pantocratic Imperium has been left with his two nine
Dec 20, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
The third of the Dune and the slide away from the quality of the original masterpiece has begun in earnest.

Better than Dune Messiah, but only in that it is more ambitious and with a more cohesive plot. Herbert takes a more introspective narrative to prepare the way for Leto II. The concepts of shared DNA, collective memories and possession run astride a vehicle of rapid autocratic decline.

Some cool scenes, a few interesting new concepts, but ultimately Herbert's vision is starting to fray and th
Michael Finocchiaro
In Children of Dune, we learn of the destinies of Paul Atreides-Muad'dib's two children, the two pre-born Ghanima and Leto and the tyranny of their Aunt Alia. I found the story to be beautifully written and the action kept the pace throughout. The appearance of the Preacher was interesting (if the identity was somewhat predictable) and I liked all the intrigue with the would-be usurper and his particularly out of control mother and their plots against the Atreides twins. The Golden Path which wi ...more
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

- Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

"I do not have to be what my father was. I do not have to obey my father's rules or even believe everything he believed. It is my strength as a human that I c
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The conventional wisdom seems to be that only the first Dune book is good and that the rest of them are awful, but I've found this to definitely not be the case. This 3rd book in the series was gripping and exciting...I literally couldn't put it down! Don't listen to what everyone else says, read these books for yourself and make your own won't be disappointed! This one focuses on the children of Muad'Dib, as well as his sister Alia, wife-in-name-only Irulan, and the return of his ...more
Megan Baxter
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This may be heresy, but I think this is my favourite of the Dune books so far. I found Dune interesting, but oddly opaque. The second book was more accessible, but didn't really grab me.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Timothy Urges
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And I stood upon the sand, and I saw a beast rise up out of that sand, and upon the head of that beast was the name of God!

Children of Dune follows the aftermath of Paul’s decision at the end of Dune Messiah. The planet is flourishing but this weakens Dune’s greatest resource. Chaos begins to breed in the Empire and a savior is needed.

The narrative moves between several characters and their motivations, choices, and conspiracies. The pacing of this novel is much slower than the previous two boo
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
”I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing......Only I will remain."
If you have read at least Dune you must be familiar with the above “Litany Against Fear”. I don’t know about you but it gets old very fast for me. When it shows up in Children of Dune I read i
Apr 02, 2008 rated it liked it
There are two schools of thought on the Dune series. One is that they are epic, revelatory scifi all the way through, one is that after the glorious first book you traverse a lonely, winding path of diminishing returns in the sequels. I'm going to throw in with the latter group. Herbert created a fascinating, fully realized universe with Dune, and it was a joy to dive back into it: the Fremen, the litany against fear, the melange, the Atreides Battle Language. The point of Herbert's whole series ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Children of Dune (Dune #3), Frank Herbert
Children of Dune is a 1976 science fiction novel by Frank Herbert, the third in his Dune series of six novels. At the end of Dune Messiah, Paul Atreides walks into the desert, a blind man, leaving his twin children Leto and Ghanima in the care of the Fremen, while his sister Alia rules the universe as regent. Awakened in the womb by the spice, the children are the heirs to Paul's prescient vision of the fate of the universe, a role that Alia desperately c
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera, sf, classics
I rounded up a little because I didn't like this as much as the first book and it was hard to comprehend sometimes, but it's still a great work. This time I couldn't help thinking how much Star Wars was inspired by Dune, and when I searched on this topic, my suspicions were confirmed. I'm clearly reading a true seminal work. ...more
Josh Cutting
Apr 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The anti-George Lucas.

Frank Herbert, that is. His science fiction universe has come to embody everything that another seminal epic of our time, “Star Wars,” cannot: subtlety and mystery. “Children of Dune” is the third installment in the series and centers on the vicissitudes of a power struggle involving Paul Atreides’ sister and his children. This in a vacuum created by Muad’Dib since his disappearance into the desert at the end of the second novel, “Dune Messiah.”

Arrakis will ever be the st
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, classics
I can’t say enough how awesome this series is! I loved it! I can see rereading the trilogy very soon! I love this world and I already want to go back.
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Children of Dune" starts agonisingly slow, but despite the fact that those first ~40% of the book is used just to set a plot and explain, what is going on and who is scheming against whom, when it finally starts, it really starts.

Again it is a great tale of treachery, manipulation, politics and mysticism. And though "Children of Dune" are not as good as "Dune"- barely -, it's quality, vision and grandeur can be matched by only just a few books.

Beware though - "Children of Dune", as well as Dun
Eric Allen
Sep 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Children of Dune
Book 3 of the Dune Chronicles
By Frank Herbert

A Dune Retrospective by Eric Allen.

This book is a bit of a hard one for me to rate, because parts of it are so good, while others are so not. Everyone likes to say that Dune Messiah is a bridge between the events of Dune and Children of Dune. However, most people do not realize two things about this series. First was that Herbert meant to stop after Dune Messiah. And Second, when he finally decided he had more story to tell, seven ye
Brooke Nelson
Easily one of the best books I've ever read, even compared to its predecessors.

Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
The classic biblical conundrum - are the sins of the father really inherited by the son?
Yes, CoD went a lot further in analyzing religion and society than the previous book which I found interesting, but more interesting was the current day metaphor with society's "progress" without regard to the costs involved. Who is going to pay for our excesses today, and how will they go about fixing them?
The Preacher seemed a powerful figure at the beginning of the story, but by the end I almost felt sorr
Apr 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Man, I keep reading these things cause I hear number four is pretty f'd up in an entertaining way, but after this one I'm beginning to wonder if it's possible for Herbert to write an entertaining book. Well, won't that be egg on my face...

Also: You know how when you read any given fiction, no matter the quality, you manage to find one character who you like/can emphasize with/who you're sort of rooting for to not get totally screwed over by whatever's happening. Man, not the Dune books. I came t
5.5 stars. I am absolutely blown away by how good this series is. While I rated Dune slightly higher than Dune Messiah and this book (simply based on it beign the first of the series and therefore getting the nod for originality and the groundbraking nature of the narrative), I actually ENJOYED Messiah and this book even more than book 1. Definitely don't stop after Book 1. A must read for all science fiction fans. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!

Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Nov
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a step up in quality from the second book, which seems like it was mostly a setup for this one. But this one was fantastic, especially the ending. Leto and Ghanima weren’t quite Paul for me, but both were interesting characters, and their relationship as siblings added a new element to this story.

This entry also set up some interesting storylines for the rest of the series, both with the characters the story is now focusing on and the planet itself. I can’t wait to see where it goes, a
Ivana Books Are Magic
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dune is a hard series for me to review, and I think it's because I love it so much. I get nervous talking about it. The immensity of Herbert's vision can feel a bit overwhelming at times. So, let me take a deep breath and explain why I like this one. It's really simple when I look at it this way. I like this book because I enjoyed everything about it: the writing style, the characters and the story itself. Children of Dune is the third novel in the series, one following the lives of Paul's child ...more
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
With a third of the book to go, I lost interest. The mystical (and often contradictory) mumbo-jumbo, the increasing sense that I was simply reading a recasting of Dune, the endless pregnant speeches that suggest more than they deliver, just drove me into the ground like a tent post. All of that said, I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Herbert's endless wheels-within-wheels plots, revenge, the weird cultures, etc., are pretty cool. However, by the end (among various outrages) I thought ...more
Love of Hopeless Causes
Imagine Count Chocula raising his voice for the female parts and reading Dune aloud. "ONE, yes One Atreides, is nevah enough!" That's close to this 17 hour audioslogfest. However, I was ready to abandon the series after the searing ear dehydration that was book two, and now I'm back on the team, looking forward to the second most hyped book: God Emperor of Dune. ...more
Skylar Phelps
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series as a whole is mind bending. It is a tough read, with lots of complexity, an unprecedented amount of world/universe building and a tedious new vocabulary but it’s well worth it. I just finished Children of Dune and my brain feels like it’s cooling down from a hefty workout. In a good and satisfying way.

If you read the series, stick with it and prepare to be amazed.
Aug 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, speculative
“The landscape which met their gaze was beyond pity, nowhere did it pause – no hesitations in it at all.”

There is something relentless to Children of Dune. It was the most difficult hurdle yet in my project of rereading the entire series.

It is a bit of a surprise this became “the first hardcover best-seller ever in the science fiction field” and also won the 1977 Hugo, because there is undeniably truth in David Pringle’s assessment of the book being “convoluted stuff.”

There’s a paradox to this v
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Frank Herbert was a critically acclaimed and commercially successful American science fiction author.

He is best known for the novel Dune and its five sequels. The Dune saga, set in the distant future and taking place over millennia, dealt with themes such as human survival and evolution, ecology, and the intersection of religion, politics, and power, and is widely considered to be among the classi

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