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The Battle of Corrin

(Legends of Dune #3)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  11,334 ratings  ·  245 reviews
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Following their internationally bestselling novels Dune: The Butlerian Jihad and Dune: The Machine Crusade, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson forge a final tumultuous finish to their prequels to Frank Herbert's Dune.

It has been fifty-six hard years since the events of The Machine Crusade. Following the death of Serena Butler, the bloo
Mass Market Paperback, 704 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Tor Books (first published August 11th 2004)
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Buddy read with Athena!

The distance between greatness and disaster can sometimes be so depressingly short.

The second half of The Machine Crusade was good enough to force a five-star rating from me, but all in all, the Legends of Dune trilogy has been the least impressive part of the Dune universe so far. And this was arguably the worst book of the three. I’ll not call it a huge disappointment, for with the aforementioned exception, this trilogy has been more or less on a stable level throughout.
Paul (formerly known as Current)
May 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008
Lavender eyes? Women with perfect bodies and blond hair always being slightly blown by a mysterious breeze which affects no one else? A man who worries about killing two million people after having killed over a billion? A cult of luddites out to remove the toaster from the households of all planets? A single, all-powerful, evil machine surrounded by a horde of evil minion machines--and two copies of itself (larry and larry?) A robot who likes to wear fancy bathrobes? People who want to be machi ...more
Athena Shardbearer

BOOK, you've put me through the WORSE book hangovers EVER!!! Not because you're perfect, but for that shitty ending!!!! ugh...

Thanks...thanks a lot!

Buddy Read with Markus!

Ivana Books Are Magic
Apr 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
None of the books in the Legends of Dune trilogy written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are serious works of writing, that much is obvious. They are trashy SF books at best, completely lacking the sophisticated philosophical and moral scope of Dune Universe created by Frank Herbert. That being said, the first two are at least readable. This one- not so much. Fortunately, I managed to make myself forget most of this book. I still remember the bad writing, though. I can't say I would recom ...more
May 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dune fans that are willing to give the trilogy a chance
Shelves: audio, sci-fi, readin2007
This is the last of a trilogy (Legends of Dune) that sets the stage for many of the key elements in the original Dune series. I read the first book (The Butlerian Jihad) in early 2005 and the second book (The Machine Crusade) in late 2006. I've also read the first two "house" prequels (House Atriedes and House Harkonnen) but I don't think that series is as good as this one.

These are huge books (actually did them all on audio about 22 CDs each) but I can honestly say that I don't remember being b
Aug 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Man alive - you'd think the titular battle would be even remotely worth the wait, wouldn't you? Well, you'd be wrong. "Disappointing" really doesn't even begin to cover this book.

My main problem with this entire Dune prequel-trilogy is that it just feels like filler through and through. We're shown the origins of all of the different guilds and groups and organizations from the "present-day" Dune universe, and it's just so neat and tidy that it doesn't feel even remotely real. It pretty much fee
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
I started this installment in the Dune series about 5 years ago, and it has been sitting on the shelf with a bookmark about 200 pages from the end ever since. This trilogy is less compelling that the Houses trilogy, which is less rich than Frank Herbert's original series. I'm invested in the story though, so every so often I have a compulsion to continue reading, in spite of the lack of richness and meaning in Herbert the Younger's continuation of the series.

Frank Herbert had so much to say reg
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This is actually more a review for the whole trilogy than just this one book...

This trilogy is a better read than the two horrid books that the Hacks Twain wrote for Dune 7. Despite that, this trilogy contains a good amount of retcons from the original Dune Novels and the Encyclopedia.

Here in this trilogy, the foundation of the Bene Gesserit School of Thought and the Suk Medical school doesn't quite work. If the Sorceresses of Rossak valued psychic powers so highly, you'd have thought that the B
Nov 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
I have no idea what compelled me to read as many of these as I did. Maybe it was hunger for the original ideas, worlds and people created by Frank Herbert. Unfortunately, they're only here in name only. Brian has no ideas and these books are the poor reflection of Frank's worlds you might see if you looked at them in a puddle of piss, trying not to gag on the smell.
Paul Verity
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Finally the set up for the events to happen in the DUNE series is complete. I really enjoyed seeing the ground work laid for such an epic series. Its clear that Brian Herbert and Frank Anderson worked very hard and took painstaking efforts to get everything set up. Highly recommended for fans of the series and Sci-Fi in general.
Cian Beirdd
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I appreciated the finale. It successfully goes back and forth from the personal (Vorien and his father, Vorien and his children) to the grand (The Battle of Corrin, the rise of the royal house). It does, unlikely as it may seem, manage to explain everything in the Dune universe neatly and all at one time. However, the uncertainties, the chances taken, the unlikely and lifelike directions (the cure of Vorien's daughter, the mad mindset of the plague survivors and the rise of their own Bible) of t ...more
Aug 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Dune fans, please tell me if there are any Dune books after this one that are *must* read... because I don't see any reason to continue. The writing on this one was flimsy, the plot was full of holes and unrealistic scenarios. And when I say 'unrealistic,' I don't mean that in a "fantasy" way; I mean that the interactions between the human characters are not realistic, not human. And even the robots start acting inconsistent from previous books.

I'm finding that Brian Herbert's novels are short o
Mar 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
Ugh. They got me this far but no more. Will not read another of this series or any other Herbert book. Pablum and goop.

The Dune backstory should have been in three novels and had some end to some of the characters. I felt these series were driven by money on the back of Frank Herbert's fine work. With a little more work and less padding, six books into three perhaps, the series could have done something. And perhaps the actual death of some of the characters?

Not another dime to the Herbert heir
May 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've read this just for not losing the main plot of last dune books but remember:
books of "legends of dune" are ordinary books! (not like frank Herbert's works)
dark sides:
1-the story is told for lazy people with no imagination.
2-anyone can write books like these. (any serious sci-fi reader)
3-the characters are one-dimension. (except Vorian)
4-why these books are weaker than "Prelude to Dune"! they wrote them before this series.

bright sides:
1-you will have a background for main dune.(although not
Holden Attradies
This was by far the best of this trilogy, and the first half of the book felt exceptionally good. The epidemic the machines released on the human empire felt like something machines would do, and the chapters seeing the planet infected fall apart were incredibly haunting, perhaps the passages that sand out most to me in all of Brian Herbet and Kevin J Anderson's collaborations.

Like I said, this one was the best in my opinion. The machines acted more alien, the human jihad finally had the overt
Wow, I just finished this book, Star Wars: The Battle of Corrin, and boy oh boy was it ...terrible. Sure it had the proto-Jedi knights with their every ready pulse-blades and the wicked sorceresses replaced the vile Sith Lords, but for book three of the Legends of Star Wars ... Wait ... ah ... Legends of Dune?! What's going on here?

Seriously, as a novel attempting to create a narrative on the Dune Universe this is a mildly interesting, at best, chapter for a Star Wars trilogy. During the last tw
Jason Schneeberger
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
So after reading the first two books in this trilogy and enjoying them quite a bit, I was anxious to see how this story wrapped up, but sadly, this was easily the worst book out of the three. The situations were very far reaching at times, a lot of the characters were different in this book, making it hard to feel the emotional connection that the other books had, and the same problems of the other books plagued this one. As with the other books, this one was poorly written for the most part, ha ...more
Scott Rhee
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Slightly better than the previous two books in the series, "The Battle of Corrin" still suffers from horrendously melodramatic dialogue and lots of extraneous characters and scnes. Still, it does succeed in showing how some of the events in the previous two books would later influence the events of Frank Herbert's classic "Dune"" series: the importance of spice melange and why planet Arrakis is so politically important, the bitter rivalry between the Atreides and Harkonnen families, the establis ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
I was thrilled about the Dune series books #8 and #9. I also enjoyed the Prelude to Dune trilogy but Legends of Dune has been a grave disappointment. As soon as the writer duo stepped out of the comfort zone of characters and story lines already set in motion by Frank Herbert, the quality of these novels dropped dramatically. Too many repetitions and cliches, the characters are rather one-dimensional and boring and the foreshadowing was way too obvious. Meh :(
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic, science-fiction
All the seeds of what will become my beloved Duniverse are planted here.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In telling the ancient history of the Dune universe Brian Herbert weaves an exceptional story. Here we see the beginnings of much of what was mentioned in the Dune novel. Highly recommended
Jed Ziegenhagen
Sep 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Sucks all of the mystery out of the oddness of the Dune universe. Explains the Dune backstory in a trite, routine way that is akin to laying bricks. Why, why did I read this??
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t regret reading this trilogy...

I don’t regret reading this trilogy chronicling the much-hyped, pivotal Buterlian Jihad. Further, I’ve long ago abandoned any expectation I had of BH + KJA reaching anything close to FH’s cerebral literary abilities.

The pages kept turning. At very few points did I feel trapped in quicksand as I read the Battle of Corrin or the other two preceding books. I think this series captured the religious zeal that is necessary for mankind to accomplish big things, a
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson dedicate the third and final installment of their Legends of Dune trilogy to “Renaissance” editor Pat LoBrutto, with the acknowledgements singling out both authors, who are analogized to the Navigators in the Duniverse. The tertiary entry opens with fictitious quotes from various Dune characters such as the initiator of the Butlerian Jihad, Serena Butler, who says that the billions slaughtered by thinking machines in the Great Revolt shouldn’t be calle ...more
Joe Pranaitis
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author's Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Amderson brings us the last book in the Legends of Dune trilogy with the Battle of Corrin. Beginning 108 years before the creation of the spacing guild, Ominus has created and sent to the League of Nobles worlds a plague known as the Scourge. This forces Supreme Commander Vorian Atreides push the League Viceroy to authorize a purge of the Machine planets using space folding ships retrofitted by Vankee Enterprises. Vor leads his armada but as he reaches the end h ...more
Jorge de la Vega
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Probably the most disjointed book in the whole trilogy, though not in a bad way. The struggle against the thinking machines comes to an end in this volume, and while perhaps not as satisfactory in terms of the ultimate fates for the characters, it managed to tie pretty well to the original Dune timeline, as well as its families and concepts, from the Harkonnen/Atreides feud to the Great Schools of Dune: Navigators, Mentats and Bene Gesserit. Furthermore, characters who seemed to be unidimensiona ...more
Cathy Skipworth
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The final book in this trilogy but only the third the the massive Duneverse (excluding short stories) is yet another long read. Unlike the first 2 books this one has more action and is much easier to read.
Of the 3 this one is much more like a novel and less of a history lesson and finally brings together all you have learnt so far into the battle to save all humanity.
Yet still there are side stories that only distract you from the main story and serve only to lengthen the book.
While I understan
Florin Constantinescu
The "Legends of Dune" trilogy is one long novel split into three for publication purposes, so this review will apply to all.
The "sons" of Frank Herbert decide to write just one more prequel trilogy before tackling on the long-expected "book 7" that should wrap up the original sequence. Did we really need this one? They claim we do. And I tend to concur.

So previous "House" trilogy was decently written, enjoyable, but didn't bring anything useful or new to the universe. Only managed to dilute it.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Incredibly disappointing. After my gripe about how long the jihad was in the last book, we encounter the same BS in this one? Gimme a break. Especially the actual Battle of Corrin... and the whole thing with Abulurd was so wishy-washy and ultimately so unconvincing. If he'd had a history of doing things like that throughout the books, but no.

Look, it was never going to be Frank Herbert. I knew that, but dang if it just felt empty even so. The only real highlights for me was seeing the beginnings
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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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