Set two years before Dune: Princess of Dune is the never-before-told story of two key women in the life of Paul Muad’Dib—Princess Irulan, his wife in name only, and Paul’s true love, the Fremen Chani. Both women become central to Paul’s galaxy-spanning Imperial reign.
Raised in the Imperial court and born to be a political bargaining chip, Irulan was sent at an early age to be trained as a Bene Gesserit Sister. As Princess Royal, she also learned important lessons from her father—the Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV. Now of marriageable age, Princess Irulan sees the machinations of the many factions vying for power—the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood, the Spacing Guild, the Imperial throne, and a ruthless rebellion in the Imperial military. The young woman has a wise and independent streak and is determined to become much more than a pawn to be moved about on anyone’s gameboard.
Meanwhile, on Arrakis, Chani—the daughter of Liet-Kynes, the Imperial Planetologist who serves under the harsh rule of House Harkonnen—is trained in the Fremen mystical ways by an ancient Reverend Mother. Brought up to believe in her father’s ecological dream of a green Arrakis, she follows Liet around to Imperial testing stations, surviving the many hazards of desert life. Chani soon learns the harsh cost of Fremen dreams and obligations under the oppressive boot heel of the long Harkonnen occupation.
Praise for the Dune series:
“The magic lingers, even when the final chapters have already been written.” —Kirkus Reviews on Mentats of Dune
“[A] fun blend of space opera and dynastic soap opera.” —Publishers Weekly on Sisterhood of Dune
“Delivers solid action and will certainly satisfy.” —Booklist on The Winds of Dune
“The saga continues to embroider the original works with intelligence and imagination and also a stronger role for women.” —Booklist on Mentats of Dune
“Fans of the original Dune series will love seeing familiar characters, and the narrative voice smoothly evokes the elder Herbert's style.” —Publishers Weekly on The Winds of Dune
“This sequel to Paul of Dune is an important addition to the Dune chronology and will be in demand by Herbert fans.” —Library Journal, starred review, on The Winds of Dune
“Characters and plot are thus beautifully set up, the timing is precise...the universe...is so vast, complex and fascinating that the magic lingers.” —Kirkus Reviews on Sisterhood of Dune