Dune Chronicles #6
Ahh, Frank, to think this was your last book. The mysteries of Dune just beginning to truly unfold and you leave us.
So, this book delves even deeper into Herbert’s sexual obsession. Everything in this story revolves around sex, or some sort of sexual perversion [addiction, child rape, etc].
If you can get past all that, there is actually a good story. Humanity has scattered into the great unknown after Leto II’s stifling influence is removed. Now a part of that scattered humanity has returned, bent on conquest and domination: The Honored Matres.
But as the story unfolds, we learn that all is not as it seems. Do the Honored Matres return for pure dominance? Or is there another, a deeper, more chilling reason? One that the Million Worlds SHOULD be very afraid of?
Just as the tension ratchets up, the Bene Gesseret’s plan for survival enacted, the book ends. And we are left hanging, wondering.
I can remember reading this in highschool, and feeling betrayed and wondering how an author could do such a thing as dying with a series unfinished. Ahh, the naivete of youth. Robert Jordan hadn’t died, Rand Al’thor hadn’t been in my mind yet. So this was my first experience with Story Interrupted.
And I stoically accepted it and let it scar my soul.