Dune Messiah - Frank Herbert

Dune Messiah

By Frank Herbert

  • Release Date: 1974-04-01
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4
From 2,200 Ratings


Book Two in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time

Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known—and feared—as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the known universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremen, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne—and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.

And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul comes to his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family’s dynasty...


  • 3 1/2

    By CJ0722$!
    Ehh, it’s okay… mostly anti-climatic and ethereal philosophy over characters and action.
  • A departure from the first book

    By Apple 895
    Very abstract, nothing much of consequence happened for the first half of the story. Abstract, high-brow stories can be good, as long as they are grounded with character actions. Also there is a large gap between the end of Dune and the start of this story. Not just in terms of time, but Dune ends with Paul slightly realizing the purpose of the holy war, but Dune Messiah begins with Paul already committing the holy war. It’s pretty much a completely different character. It feels as though there should’ve been an intermediate story in between Dune and Messiah that bridged the gap.
  • yes

    By the truth 24
    I really liked messiah, the characters, world and the religious aspect. Time to get the 3rd book !
  • 3 Stars for the series, 4 as a standalone

    By TriggaTrey95
    Like the title says this book by itself is a really solid read. Characters and events feel real and descriptive. For the series, this has been my least favorite book. Coming off the first book, so connected and understanding of all characters, it’s hard to watch them continually make frustrating decisions.
  • Great book…

    By Joshsuwbdnsj
    A fitting end for an emperor
  • Different Book Same Dune

    By Jensssuuuhhh
    Dune: Messiah putting it simply is more of everything you loved about the first book, while some portions were a bit slower paced, building the narrative payed off with a fulfilling conclusion.
  • A great follow up

    By Corrosive 7
    The world is already built from the first installment so this one plops you right into it. It also adds more interesting story elements, new characters, and brings back some old ones. The philosophical, religious, and ecological themes of the book are still as top notch as the first. This one dives deeper into the politics of the emperium. If you’ve just finished the first book and are looking at reviews and wondering if you should continue the saga, this is your sign.
  • It was a hard act to follow…

    By Zach 金哲凯
    Messiah wasn’t horrible, but just like many second acts, Messiah faced the impossible task of following a generational tale. Skippable.
  • Worthwhile

    By Beat bike
    A bit of a slog but worthwhile, nonetheless.
  • Underrated

    By CommendedSphinx
    People are mixed on this book but I thought it was an excellent addition to the Dune series!