Man, the Atreides are one rough family.
I mean, I’m really glad to be reading The Dune Chronicles, but jeez this family is dysfunctional, I feel like The Lannisters have less going on than them.
Regardless, this chapter focuses on Leto II and Ghanima, the twin children of Paul Atreides as they reach ten years old and realize that pretty much everyone in the world wants them dead. Alia, who’s succumbed to the genetic memories of the evil Baron Harkonens (YESSS, Dune world weirdness), their grandmother Jessica, who has returned to the fold of the Bene Gesserit and who know they’re a threat to the plans of the order. Their cousins of House Corrino who want to regain control of the Impirium.
So, anyway, they fake Leto’s death, (sure) and Ghanima has to convince everyone that their cousin Faradn’ is absolutely the last person she’ll ever marry ever. Also, they’re ten. But they have the full genetic memories of both the Atreides and The Fremen.
Oh, right and there’s a mysterious preacher running around who might be Paul (it is) preaching that the followers of Mua’dib have lost their way. (They have)
Leto ascends to a new level of consciousness, marries his sister and blackmails Faradn’ into being the father of her children (he is no longer human and is thus sterile, or something?) Oh, also Duncan Idaho gets killed again.
I like this one much more than Messiah, and I definitely invested in the characters this time around. (Stockholm Syndrome? Finally just all in? Dunno, but I care now) and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. It’ll be a bit before I can pick up God Emperor Of Dune because I’ve got some stuff I want to read before hitting a bookstore again.
Overall though, I’m so glad I’ve jumped into this world, really, it’s been so much bonkers great fun.
Up next is part 5 of The Epics Project, Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes…my destiny calls and I go…