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Dune. House Harkonnen
Other title(s):
House Harkonnen



Publication Information:
New York : Bantam Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
viii, 603 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Number in series:
General Note:
Prequel to: Dune / Frank Herbert.
Shaddam sits on the Golden Lion Throne, but he must produce a male heir, and his leadership is further threatened by Baron Vladimir Harkonnen whose primary targets are House Atreides and the mysterious Bene Gesserit Sisterhood.


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Dune: House Harkonnencontinues t he unforgettable saga begun inDune: House Atreides, as a vast array of rich and complex figures strives to shape a sprawling universe of mystery and vivid universe revealed in the thrilling pages of Frank Herbert'sDune. Dune: House Harkonnen At last Shaddam sits on the Golden Lion Throne, his precarious position as ruler of the Known Universe dependent on producing a male heir. But his leadership is further threatened by the ambitious Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, whose insatiable thirst for dominance leads him to plot against some of t he most powerful forced in the Imperium, hoping to elevate his own ruthless House to unprecedented heights of power. His primary targets: House Atreides and the mysterious Bene Gasserit Sisterhood. The Sisterhood are unaware of this threat as they prepare to culminate the work of centuries in the creation of a god-child who will sweep away emperors, houses, and history itself in a terrifying new order of religious tyranny. The desert world Dune, the machine world IX, and countless other conquered planets groan under the numbing slavery of cruel new masters determined to exploit their resources - most notably the addictive spice melange found only on Dune. But small bands of renegades begin to fight back, lighting the spark of freedom against overwhelming odds. New, unexpected heroes arise: young and resourceful Liet-Kynes on Dune, wily and patient C'tair on IX, and the unyielding Gurney Halleck in Giedi Prime, driven to vengeance against his Harkonnen overlords. For Leto Atreides, grown complacent and comfortable as ruler of his House, it is time of momentous choice: between love and honor, friendship and duty, safety and destiny. Leto has finally produced an heir to House Atreides, Victor, and will make whatever choices necessary to protect the young boy and ensure his legacy as Duke. Ultimately, however, for House Atreides there is just one choice - strive for greatness or crushed.

Author Notes

Brian Herbert is an author and the son of Frank Herbert, the creator of the Dune series.

Brian Herbert has had several stand-alone novels published but he is perhaps most well-known for his books that expand on his father's Dune novels. Written with author Kevin J. Anderson, these novels have been commercially successful and generally well received by the public.

Brian Herbert is the co-author of the Dune novels House Atreides, House Harkonnen, House Corrino, The Butlerian Jihad, The Machine Crusade, The Battle of Corrin, The Road To Dune, Hunters of Dune, Sandworms Of Dune, Paul Of Dune, The Winds Of Dune, and Sisterhood of Dune.

Brian Herbert has also edited several works relating to the Dune universe and to his father. In 2003, he authored Dreamer of Dune, the biography of Frank Herbert, a Hugo Award finalist nomination.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Kirkus Review

Second installment of the authors' prequel (Dune: House Atreides, 1999) to Frank Herbert's mighty Dune series. In the far-future galactic empire ruled by House Corrino's Shaddam IV, the genetic-whiz, pariah Tleilaxu continue their occupation of the machine planet Ix. The exiled Ixian leader Dominic Vernius smuggles melange, the miraculous spice produced by Dune's giant sandworms; unaware of Dominic's fate, his children, Rhombur and Kailea, are guests of Duke Leto Atreides on Caladan, where they plot revenge. Against his better judgment, Leto takes Kailea as his mistress; she bears him a son, Victor, but soon the relationship sours. Warrior-troubadour Gurney Halleck, first a slave on the Harkonnen home world Giedi Prime, escapes and joins Dominic. Duncan Idaho studies the art of swordplay on Ginaz. The evil Baron Vladimir Harkonnen learns that the Bene Gesserit witches are to blame for his debilitating and disfiguring illness. The baron's nephew, Beast Rabban, murders his gentle, well-meaning parents. Shaddam's assassin-confidante, Hasimir Fenring, conspires with the Tleilaxu to develop an artificial source of melange. And Leto takes Jessica, a Bene Gesserit, as his concubine, unaware that Jessica's secret orders are to bear him a daughter who eventually will mate with Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen to produce the Kwisatz Haderach, the superman who can see both past and future. Authoritative, no. Still, the scenario's extraordinarily well developed and continually fascinating, and most fans will conclude that ersatz Dune is better than no Dune. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

In Dune: House Atreides [BKL S 1 99], three men struggled with the demands and temptations of power. Shaddam Corrino conspired to acquire it, Baron Harkonnen seized and extended it, and Duke Leto Atreides struggled to hold it with justice and mercy. Unbeknownst to those three, Pardot Kynes and his son, Liet, led the Fremen in the secret battle to make Arrakis into a green paradise. Ten years later, Shaddam sits on the Peacock Throne, Leto has married the exiled daughter of Duke Vernius of Ix, and Baron Harkonnen, a victim of biological warfare, decays a little every day. Even the exorbitantly expensive Suk doctor, Wellington Yueh, can't cure the childless baron. To consolidate his clan's future influence, the baron turns to the family of his despised, outcast brother. Abulurd Harkonnen, a man of integrity and kindness, has survived his vicious relations by withdrawing to an icy world of furred whales and arctic monasteries. His sons show the vile Harkonnen temperament, however, and repair to the baron for encouragement. Meanwhile, Duncan Idaho trains with the elite sword masters of Ginaz, and Lady Margo Fenring, wife of Arrakis' imperial ruler, makes secret contact with a Fremen priestess. The power all these characters wield has great effect. Whether it be insinuating a lady in waiting into the Atreides household or secretly aiding rebels on Ix, each action lays another stone in the remarkable construct of the world of Dune, which Herbert's father began. Despite its huge cast and complex story, the second Dune series is proving to be exceptionally accessible and entertaining. --Roberta Johnson

Library Journal Review

Second in a triology that serves as prequel to the phenomenal Dune, this collaboration from Herbert, son of Dune creator Frank Herbert, and sf novelist Anderson investigates the legendary Harkonnen dynasty. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.