Review of 'Prelude to Dune: House Harkonnen'

Prelude to Dune: House Harkonnen by Kevin J. Anderson, and Brian Herbert
Book 2 of the Prelude to Dune series

The second book in the “Prelude to Dune” series, this book continues the story from House Atreides, following the young Duke Leto but concentrating on the exploits of House Harkonnen, specifically the young Rabban and his rebellion (and much more) against his father. <p>This book is a MUCH darker picture than the one first glimpsed in House Atreides but compels the reader through the intertwining story lines. Herbert and Anderson seem to be settling into the Dune story very quickly and the style is somewhat similar to Frank Herbert though I personally found it more engaging, to a certain extent (but then again, perhaps I should re-read the original…).</p><p>I found this book hard to put down and very easy to read (despite the often predictable atrocities performed by the Harkonnens). Being familiar with the original Dune books certain elements of the story are, necessarily, obvious to me but this did not spoil anything. Here we see the young versions of all the familiar characters of Dune and insightful information about their personalities. If you read the first one, you have to read this one.</p>

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Genre: Science Fiction


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