“Sisterhood of Dune” By Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson 

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By: Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
Series: Dune Saga, Book 4, Schools of Dune, Book 1
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (January 3, 2012)

While some people do not like the Dune prequels and sequels published by Kevin J. Anderson and Frank Herbert’s son, Brian Herbert, I’m a fan. This is for two reasons; first, because I’m a big fan of Kevin J. Anderson’s writings, and second I’m an even bigger fan of the Duneverse originally created by Frank Herbert.

Kevin J. Anderson was the one that got me to read my first Star Wars novel. I’ve never been a big fan of Star Wars, but seeing Anderson’s name on the cover on on book changed me to a bit more of a fan. a couple of years ago when I saw that he was coming to the Indian Comic Con (which I attend every year) I was anxious. I picked up this book had him sign it and got my photo taken with him and I was happy. I could have left the Con with only doing that and I would be happy.

This series of prequels focuses on the creation of the different “Schools” in the Duneverse. There is the Suk school which trains extremely loyal medical personnel, the Mentat school to train human computers, the navigator school which deforms humans in order for them to learn to fold space, and the Bene Gesserit school of “witches,” which is the focus of this book.

Starting just a few decades after the war between humans and the thinking machines, the Universe is starting to rebuild. The schools are being formed and each one has its secrets, most of those secrets are they are harboring some sort of computer or thinking machine. The radicals are coming in and trashing all forms of technology. They do this without regard of human life or the advancement of science. This makes these radicals almost as bad as the Thinking machines.

When this band of radicals receives support from the Emperor Corrino, all the schools and all of humankind are threatened.


Publisher’s Summary

It is 83 years after the last of the thinking machines were destroyed in the Battle of Corrin, after Faykan Butler took the name of Corrino and established himself as the first Emperor of a new Imperium. Great changes are brewing that will shape and twist all of humankind. The war hero Vorian Atreides has turned his back on politics and Salusa Secundus. The descendants of Abulurd Harkonnen Griffen and Valya have sworn vengeance against Vor, blaming him for the downfall of their fortunes. Raquella Berto-Anirul has formed the Bene Gesserit School on the jungle planet Rossak as the first Reverend Mother.

The descendants of Aurelius Venport and Norma Cenva have built Venport Holdings, using mutated, spice-saturated Navigators who fly precursors of Heighliners. Gilbertus Albans, the ward of the hated Erasmus, is teaching humans to become Mentats… and hiding an unbelievable secret. The Butlerian movement, rabidly opposed to all forms of “dangerous technology,” is led by Manford Torondo and his devoted Swordmaster, Anari Idaho. And it is this group, so many decades after the defeat of the thinking machines, which begins to sweep across the known universe in mobs, millions strong, destroying everything in its path.

In Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Sisterhood of Dune, every one of these characters, and all of these groups, will become enmeshed in the contest between Reason and Faith. All of them will be forced to choose sides in the inevitable crusade that could destroy humankind forever.

Tor Books 2012