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The Battle of Corrin

(Legends of Dune #3)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  12,712 ratings  ·  320 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
Apr 08, 2022 rated it liked it
“Turn out the lights
The party’s over.

They say that all
Good things must end.

Call it a night
The party’s over

And tomorrow starts the same old thing again”

Brian “my dad was Frank” Herbert and Kevin “I get paid by the word” Anderson’s 2004 DEEP prequel about the origins of the Dune universe as we know it, winds up in The Battle of Corrin.

Frank purists and naysayers will decry this as a money grab but from this old SF fan, it was not too bad, this is good science fiction.

Now, having said that, I need
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
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!

May 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: readin2007, sci-fi, audio
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
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
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
Dane Cobain
Apr 05, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book is the last in the Butlerian Jihad trilogy which covers what happened during the fateful war between the humans and the machines. It was interesting to learn about that because it’s referenced so often in the other Dune books that it’s good to witness it first hand, as it were.

I suppose the only real downside here is that because it’s the final book in the series, there’s a kind of sense that the authors were so preoccupied with bringing all of the different loose ends to a close that
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
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
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. ...more
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
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.
Dec 31, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
3.5 stars
Liked this one better than the previous book: the war goes on, but more than just fighting and torturing happens, which was quite interesting. The characters remain unlikable as ever and there were some minor inconsistencies as to their character, at least that's how it felt for me.

Characters 7
Atmosphere 7
Writing Style 7
Setup 7
Plot 7
Intrigue 6
Logic 6
Enjoyment 7
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
Phillip III
Nov 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved the Legends trilogy. The Battle of Corrin was explosive - with so many ah-ha moments as we see the origins of the Bene Gesserit, and the divide between Atreides and Harkonnen families . . .

The characters introduced (and killed off) were so rich, and well-drawn. I am so enjoying my visit through the Dune saga!

I love Kevin J. Anderson's books - all of them, and these are equally as enjoyable as his Star Wars installments!

Onto the next trilogy (prequel) -- Sisterhood of Dune

Phillip Tomass
Jan 23, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Those who found themselves craving more after completing the Dune Series by Frank Herbert, Legends of Dune satisfies tremendously. It provides a fundamental understanding of the events leading up to Dune. I have heard that many Dune critics dismissed the later writings and film depictions of the Dune universe, but I would say you must read these three books, which are the Dune origin stories, to be a true fan.
Daniel Kukwa
Apr 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: other-sf-fantasy
It doesn't quite reach the heights of the previous two volumes, but there was no denying that it had be by the throat, and I was determined to finish the saga at all costs. Most of my concerns lie with the ultimate resolution to certain characters and plot lines, particularly ones that didn't seem to connect very well to the overall war (in particular, I was banking on Nora and her proto-guild master ships coming to the rescue in the nick of time...but that didn't happen). But I can't deny it re ...more
Nov 17, 2021 added it
While this book took me an eternity to finish, the last 50-100 pages were probably the best written in the whole series. I had many issues with these prequels, and I'm not going to pretend they don't exist, but at least Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson committed to their writing. They didn't leave very many loose ends, and I had my mind blown when I realized how they'd tied the ending of this book in with the events of books 5-6. That genius I suspect they gathered from Frank Herbert's notes ...more
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Jul 01, 2022 rated it liked it
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Jul 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, a great set-up for what is to come

So much history and the beginnings of a new empire. Well done. Vorian Atreides is my favorite character. Dune prequels have lived up to the legacy.
Philip Schuessler
Jul 22, 2022 rated it did not like it
My recommendation is to avoid all three Legends of Dune books unless you are a Dune completist. The writing is abrasively unsubtle and the story actively damages the spirit and mystique of the original novels. The Prelude trilogy, while a bit more tolerable, is similar in effect.
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
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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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