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House Corrino

(Prelude to Dune #3)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  15,967 ratings  ·  303 reviews
The triumphant conclusion to the blockbuster trilogy that made science fiction history!

In Dune: House Corrino Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson bring us the magnificent final chapter in the unforgettable saga begun in Dune: House Atreides and continued in Dune: House Harkonnen.

Here nobles and commoners, soldiers and slaves, wives and courtesans shape the amazing destiny
Paperback, 667 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Spectra Books (first published October 2nd 2001)
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Buddy read with Athena!

Though grand events could take place in the politics of the Imperium, the desert itself never changed.

That sentence beautifully summarises this whole series. The houses are fighting wars in the shadows. Assassins are striking unknowing targets. Planets are being bombarded. People are born, and people die. But Arrakis… Dune… the desert… never changes.

House Corrino is a great conclusion to a great prequel trilogy. I had not expected this kind of enjoyment at the start of the
Mar 21, 2022 rated it liked it
Best of the three prequels, a great backstory to lead up to the events of Frank Herbert’s Dune.

In this 2001 novel we get to know better Emperor Shaddam and some other villains, especially, Count Fenring and Pieter Devries. Fenring is an intriguing character for many reasons and Brian and Kevin provide some insight into what makes him tick. Though not entirely a villain, Shaddam’s wife was also a character drawn with Shakespearean considerations.

Brian and Kevin make this more than just backstory
Chris Blocker
“A roundtable discussion leading up to the publication of Dune: House Crappito ” (April 2001):

Publisher: Welcome gentlemen. So we've read the draft for the fifth novel in your Prelude to Dune series, and we'd like—

Anderson: Third actually.

Publisher: Excuse me?

Herbert: It's the third in the series.

Marketer: I believe they're right.

Publisher: God, it certainly felt longer. Anyway, the third book you've written building on your father's classic work.

Editor: Will this be the last?

Herbert: The las
Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
House Corrino
(Prelude to Dune #3)
by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
I would suggest that anyone who tried to read Dune and was overwhelmed maybe start with this series. You have probably watched one of the movies and have some idea of what is going on. This series lets you get to know less characters at one time. Dune throws too many at you and all the places too. Its a lot. These books breaks it down a little better and are still exciting and leads the reader up to Paul in Dune. I found it fas
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Dune series by Frank Herbert was an awesome read when I was younger but i always felt that the story started in the middle of the epic. There was just to much back history referenced that I wanted to know. Well His son has made all that incredible history into an awesome prequel set. if you liked Dune you will love these. My Highest recommendation
Athena Shardbearer
Buddy Read with Markus!

BOOM! DONE! Loved it!!
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
There are contradictions and retcons abound in this book. Originally, Elrood had ruled for 34 years, not 138 as this trilogy claimed. Ix was ruled by a group, not House Vernius.

If Frank Herbert had decided to write a precursor to Dune, he could easily have done so in one book, not three. The drama between Leto, Kailea, their son (not Paul! Gasp!), and Rhombur was unnecessary filler, and the Baron is portrayed in this book as a rabid woman-hating man where in Dune he had been hinted at being gay,
Shelly - The Illustrated Librarian -
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Dune is one of my all-time favorite books, and this is a great addition to the canon.

It's so exciting to learn the histories of the well-loved characters of Dune. Brian Herbert's writing style is very similar to his father's, so the book (and the whole prequel trilogy) doesn't seem out of place in the Dune universe.

This last volume in the prequel trilogy brings the reader up to the original Dune novel. Story lines are tied up here. Leto and Jessica discover their true love, and Jessica takes a
Chris Gager
I guess I might as well wrap this up. This is the third book my brother-in-law loaned me because I'm a Dune fan. The first two were the first two books(pre-Dune chronology) of the second trilogy written by these guys. The third book should have been "The Battle of Corrin," but he gave me this instead. The second trilogy(pre-Dune chronology) was the first one written by Herbert and Anderson and this is the third book in THAT trilogy. In other words, this stuff is all happening in the immediate pa ...more
Aug 28, 2007 rated it did not like it
This book is a piece of minor evil.

A bad writer taking a world of such power and dignity, and using it to write a hack job political thriller. Just an awful book filled with broad caricatures of characters, dumb plot, and heavy handed writing.

Really a disgusting thing.
May 10, 2007 rated it did not like it
These books are complete trash and the writers should be embarrassed to be shitting on Dune's legacy. ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book sucks. I hardly even want to waste my time writing more of a review since I already wasted my time reading it, but I'll try. I love the original Dune series and I wish that Brian would have just left his father's legacy alone. Though it is sad that Frank passed away before he could finish the whole series, I'd rather have it that way than with all this inane garbage added in. These books (the house trilogy) read like find/replace highschool level scifi writing.


I was so gla
Richard Radgoski
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps it's the fact that I read many of the original Dune novels in the 80's and waited almost 30 years to return to Arrakis, but I found the entire Prelude trilogy to be excellent. I really enjoyed revisiting the world and many of the characters will finally meet in the kickoff novel Dune. More than that, we see the origins of so very many of them. We know who will eventually be in that novel, but we don't know their story -- and now I do. Some might say the events of the books are contrived ...more
This is the first of the books written by BH and KJA that just totally ignores Canon. Sigh. None the less I enjoy the expanded universe.
Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl
Truth often carries with it the inherent necessity for change. The most common expression when real change enforces itself is the plaintive cry: "Why didn't anyone warn us?" Truly, they do not hear - or hearing, do not choose to remember.

The final and shortest book in the Prelude to Dune Trilogy. I was thinking House Corrino might be the least intriguing of the three, but it builds nicely to a triumphant conclusion, bringing together threads from the previous two volumes.

Favorite Passages:

Jordan Anderson
Jul 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, 4-stars, 2022
Most fans find the Harkonnen book as the most boring of these prequels but I would argue that Corrino is, in fact, the slowest and weakest of the bunch.

To me, this one just never really grabbed me in the same way the other 2 did. I actually felt this one was too long by about 25-30 pages.

However, as the last of the prequel trilogy to Dune itself, Corrino still does a pretty good job in explaining the world of Frank Herbert’s classic and still manages to tie up all the lose plots from previous
Elwin Kline
Aug 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
As much as I love the Dune universe, this is just terrible.

One thing I significantly dislike are "erase buttons." My go-to example of this are magic chairs, like the one found in The Flash series, where an entire season of content is wiped in a single moment. This technique makes what you have spent many hours/days reading all go away in a single paragraph and wipes the slate clean. This makes me cringe more often than not, and it makes the whole experience seem like a waste and actions that ch
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
It felt almost like reading something from Dune Series. Not on the same level but almost like...
I think it is the best book from the trilogy and now I feel even more motivated to re-read DUNE to check some facts and possible discrepancies there might be (yeah, I am DUNE nerd). But overall, really well written, good plot, several moments of "oh, didn't see this one coming" so now after finishing the entire trilogy I can easily say it was truly worthy to read this prequel. And learn the history o
Jun 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved it again. Great ending and great begining to one amazing saga.
Elisha Quintois
Aug 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a very good book. It nicely ties the three books in the series together, and gives some closer and hope for the future. A.K.A. the original Dune series by Frank Herbert
May 01, 2021 added it
I personally really enjoyed House Corrino. I feel the writing of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson is better than that of Frank Herbert's and more engaging, and that in this book they finally hit their stride with it. The plot was very interesting, with many different threads being weaved together to completion. However, it wasn't always a page turner. This may have just been the fact that 8 hours a day in front of a screen is not great for focus (hence why finishing the book took so long, pre ...more
John Shumway
Nov 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
*Same review for the Dune Universe*
GREAT books! VERY time consuming! Worth the time!

Ok here is the deal. If your not sure about starting a series this big, here is what I would do.
1. -- Read the 1st one by Frank Herbert "Dune" if you like it...

2. -- Read the "Legends Of Dune" series. Its 3 books written by Frank's son Brian and a author I really like by the name of Keven J. Anderson. Its a prequel that is so far in the past that it doesn't spoil the Original Dune series in any way, and you could
It's been a few days since I finished reading this and I have to say that the story is already starting to fade away. That said, I really enjoyed reading it at the time and decided it is definitely the best of the 'Preludes' I have read so far.

All the scheming that the Harkonnen's and Corrino's have done so far, comes to a crashing conclusion in this book, while the Atriedes' come across as the heroes, which is just as well really! As with the other books in the series, it isn't just as simple a
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
House Corrino is the final book in the House trilogy and takes the reader on a journey of the events leading up to pinnacle of the Dune saga series, Dune.

Jessica is pregnant with Duke Leto's son and had gone against Bene Gesserit's orders and had a boy instead of a girl. Has she wrecked centuries of breed programs? Rhombur is finally ready to re-take Ix. Will he triumph with all of Atreides military force or will the evil, disgusting Bene Theiluxu triump again? And Shaddam is settling into his
Aug 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Not too bad, it finishes the House saga. Nothing is as good as the originals. But, like Star Trek, the stuff that came later could be good too, just different and opposed by purists to the franchise. Like all the non-Frank Herbert books, it lacks the scale and character of the original series. One of the more jarring aspects of this book, for me, is the pacing. Up until about page 500 or so the book follows a leisurely pace, then, all of a sudden, everything seems to happen at once. Some of the ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm glad this is the last of the prequels. They are good in their own right, but I am definitely ready to move on to the real stuff.

The series dragged on for longer than it probably needed to. There was some decent action in this book, but most of it came hurriedly at the end. Much more interesting I think are the books of the Butlerian Jihad. The House Series is more like an appetizer for what is to come.

If you are looking for something to pass the time, then this book, and the whole series, i
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really did enjoy the first two books of this prequel trilogy. Were they perfect, no? But they were better than House Corrino by far. I found myself always having something better to do than read this book. I found that until the last 100 pages I could easily put it down. And the last 100 was more of a "I can finally finish this" rather than it being actually interesting.

So while in general I would recommend the Prelude series, you could (and probably should) just read a summary of events for t
Aug 29, 2008 rated it liked it
Pretty good. The third in the series. It lead the reader up to 15 years before Frank Herbert's first Dune book. Some things were not quite as resolved as I would have liked, but I recognize this is hard with an expansive series like Dune. ...more
Steven  Wetter
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the fact of knowing a bit more about the Corrino House even they seemed a bit inconsequential in the original series. I was way more interested in the parts of Hasimir Fenring. Great story and keeps up with the tradition of the Dune saga.
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