Yesterday, I finished Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert, the second book in the Dune series. Dune Messiah takes place 12 years after the events in Dune, with Paul Atreides (“Muad’dib”) ruling as Emperor. It centers around conspiracies against Paul as well as Paul’s need to produce an heir.
Although I loved Dune, I found it hard to get excited about Dune Messiah. Most of the book was just okay, though the ending was interesting. I’ve heard that it’s worth reading through at least the fourth book, God Emperor of Dune, though, so I’m sure I’ll keep reading. 🙂