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House Corrino

(Prelude to Dune #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  13,624 ratings  ·  213 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 of a tumu
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 first book,/>House/>Though
Chris Blocker
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chris by: Carlos Velez
“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 last in/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>
Athena Shardbearer
Buddy Read with Markus!

BOOM! DONE! Loved it!!
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
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
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 a
Shelly - The Illustrated Librarian -
Jan 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Any Dune fan
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 huge
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.
Davien Thomas
Oct 02, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Frank Herbert's universe, and the way he allowed the characters, the theme, and the implications of various technological advances to change and adapt over time to paint a broader story across his books.

So, I thought I would give the "prequels" that were co-authored by his son a chance. However, not only did this book fail to capture anything relevant of the universe, but it managed to almost feel juvenile in comparison.

The characters were shallow, the
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.
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
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 D
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
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
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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.


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 who
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.
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.
Jeremy Michael Gallen
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-sw-sci-fi
The third in the Prelude to Dune series, I'm not sure it would be possible for a reader to understand House Corrino without having first read House Atreides and House Harkonnen as there is no recap/catch-up at the start of this final installment. It took me a while to find a copy of House Corrino after reading Harkonnen, but once I started reading, the events of the previous two novels came back to memory easily enough.

Scientists are testing a synthetic form of spice in the hope that it can put
Jorge de la Vega
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fitting end to a rather maligned series (as has been every piece of Dune not written by Frank Herbert himself, because purist fanbases simply can't help but be, well, purists), but all in all a worthwhile read, entertaining and informative about a whole different side of the Dune universe not particularly explored in the original books. Political intrigue was not, I daresay, Frank Herbert's strong suit. He was all about the theological conflict contrasted with the heroic myth despite having cr ...more
Lora Shouse
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This third book of the series of prequels to the original Dune series is a satisfying tapestry of politics, intrigue, and action leading to the birth of Paul Atreides and the settling down of the turmoil that has been the Imperium throughout the three-book series. Of course, the new calm and order will only be temporary we know, as more mayhem and disorder will break out at the point where the original Dune novel begins.

As it happens, pretty much everybody has declared war on everybody else. The se
Dora Milaje Crochet
The writing was weakest in this novel of the trilogy for me. In addition the breaks with the original FH canon are just too great to ignore. I forgave the manner in which Lady Jessica is conceived, we know from Dune both in the novel and the appendices in the back that this was seduction, not blackmail. How Lady Jessica joins Duke Leto as well as her function in Leto's household. Again both Dune in the body of the novel, as well as the appendices, tell us that Lady Jessica was 16 when she was ch ...more
Florin Constantinescu
The "Prelude to Dune" trilogy is actually just one book split into three for publication purposes, so one review should satisfy them all.
This is the first incursion by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson into "holy ground". The Duniverse is one of the most difficult book settings to write into, and they decided to start their foray by using well-known characters from the original "Dune" book and tie in to some loose plot threads started there.

Reading about the original characters
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the prequel trilogy to Dune and would recommend all three to sci-fi readers. It is very entertaining and perhaps my favorite of the prequels. I had some minor quibbles about this book, mostly in terms of overall continuity. There is information in this book that characters discuss that they seem to be unaware of in "Dune" and that there are some big reveals in that book that are discussed openly here.

Maybe I should re-read "Dune" but the Bene Gesserit mothers know a little too much ab
Zoran Hranj
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the Prelude to Dune trilogy and this is satisfying finisher to the trilogy. What I really liked about this series (and of course this book also) is the fact that you as the reader are at all times aware of all the threads in this huge ball of wool, and yet the book is still interesting and exciting to read. If you thought GoT is rapidly killing off characters, prepare to be mind blown with this one.

Now, I believe I'm ready to finally read the Dune. I look forward to
Robb Coulter
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ok probably 3.5 but whats a .5 in an epic multibook trilogy prequal? Lots of continued brutality and overt prejudice towards the unwashed masses and plenty of intrigue and action spread across millions of worlds, all the while developing the characters we will soon meet in Frank Herberts original masterpiece DUNE! Im rereading all the books in the Dune universe but this time in chronological order rather than date of publication....try it....clears up a lot of confusion and makes a lot more sens ...more
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Brian Patrick Herbert is an American author who lives in Washington state. He is the elder son of science fiction author Frank Herbert.

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Prelude to Dune (3 books)
  • House Atreides (Prelude to Dune #1)
  • House Harkonnen (Prelude to Dune #2)
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