Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert

Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaced by vague ritual.

Dune Messiah is the second book of the Dune series written by Frank Herbert, first published in 1969. The story continues from the first book as Paul Muad'Dib becomes the new emperor of the known universe by the power of Arrakis' "spice" melange. While Paul and his true love, Chani, were burdened by the thought of producing an heir for his throne, a new threat approaches from enemies and traitors that want to topple down Paul's reign by the wicked mean of reviving Paul's trusted friend, Duncan Idaho, back to life.

This series has always been a difficult one to read. The problem is because it's too immersive, I think. There's a lot effort needed to understand most of the dialogues because the characters always reference every tidbit of the lore and inner-knowledge of the universe. It's very hard for me as a casual reader to follow the characters' motives and sayings. There are some intriguing philosophical moments and charming dialogues that keep me from getting completely bored by the eventless story of this book, but overall, I don't think I want to experience reading this book again, at least not without proper preparations.

Moreover, the book feels more like a small chapter than a proper fantasy book. There's so little happening and it ends with a cliffhanger. After reading two of his books, I don't think I'm the biggest fan of the author's writing style, but I want to see through this series till the end. Hope it's worth the effort.

Dune Messiah
Frank Herbert
First Published
October 1969