Reviews of Dune Messiah (1969)
Review by MuadDib (2003-03-20)
Dune Messiah is the second book in the Dune series. It is best evaluated as the middle book in a trilogy consisting of Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune, as these deal with the immediate lives of the characters introduced in Dune.
Dune Messiah is much maligned in contrast to the novel Dune, and certainly it is hard to compare the sequel to the original, which is viewed by many as one of the greatest science fiction or fantasy works to date. In it's own way, however, Dune Messiah is perhaps even more powerful than Dune as Hebert deals more strongly with the issues he raises in the first book. The result of this treatment is that the sequels take on a darker tone and do not end with the same feel good ending as Dune. Despite this, Dune Messiah is a very worthwhile read that will make you eager to read Children of Dune as soon as you turn the last page.