Synopses & Reviews
Frank Herbert's award-winning Dune chronicles captured the imagination of millions of readers worldwide. By the time of his death in 1986, Herbert had completed six novels in the series, but much of his vision remained unwritten. Now, working from his father's recently discovered files, Brian Herbert and bestselling novelist Kevin J. Anderson collaborate on a new novel, the prelude to Dune
—where we step onto the planet Arrakis decades before Dune
's hero, Paul Muad'Dib Atreides, walks its sands.
Here is the rich and complex world that Frank Herbert created, in the time leading up to the momentous events of Dune. As Emperor Elrood's son plots a subtle regicide, young Leto Atreides leaves for a year's education on the mechanized world of Ix; a planetologist named Pardot Kynes seeks the secrets of Arrakis; and the eight-year-old slave Duncan Idaho is hunted by his cruel masters in a terrifying game from which he vows escape and vengeance. But none can envision the fate in store for them: one that will make them renegades—and shapers of history.
Capturing all the complexity and grand themes of the original, this prequel to the Dune series weaves a new tapestry of betrayal, passion, and destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than thirty years ago.
About the Author
Brian Herbert, the son of Frank Herbert, is the author of twenty-five books. He has won literary honors and has been nominated for the highest awards in science fiction. In 2003, he published Dreamer of Dune, the Hugo Award–nominated biography of his father. His earlier novels include Timeweb; The Web and the Stars; Webdancers; Sidney's Comet; Sudanna, Sudanna; The Race for God; and Man of Two Worlds, coauthored with Frank Herbert. Since 1999, Brian has written nine Dune series novels with Kevin J. Anderson, all of which have been major international bestsellers. In 2004, Brian published The Forgotten Heroes, a powerful tribute to the U.S. Merchant Marine. Kevin J. Anderson is the author of more than ninety novels, forty-one of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists. He has over 20 million books in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for numerous prestigious awards, including the Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader's Choice Award, the American Physics Society's Forum Award, and the New York Times Notable Book Award. By any measure, he is one of the most popular writers currently working in the science fiction genre. Anderson has coauthored eight prequels and sequels to Frank Herbert's classic Dune, with Herbert's son Brian. His Star Wars Jedi Academy books were the three top-selling science fiction novels of 1994, and his three original Star Wars anthologies-Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, Tales from Jabba's Palace, and Tales of the Bounty Hunters-are the best selling science fiction anthologies of all time. He lives in Colorado with his wife, writer Rebecca Moesta. Scott Brick has recorded over five hundred audiobooks, has won over forty AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has twice received Audie Awards for his work on the Dune series. He has been proclaimed both a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and Publishers Weekly's 2007 Narrator of the Year. Scott has recorded Frank Herbert's Hellstrom's Hive, Whipping Star, The Dragon in the Sea, and The White Plague for Tantor Audio.