Sunday, November 05, 2006

The Machine Crusade

The Machine Crusade (Legends of Dune, Book 2)

Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Date: 03 August, 2004   —   $7.19   —   Book

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Fiction, Science Fiction

Continuing the story of humanity against the machines, The Machine Crusade begins several decades after the events in the Butlerian Jihad. Once again, the war is stagnating, which distresses Serena Butler, Priestess of the Jihad, but it distresses Iblis Ginjo, leader of the Jihad, even more. He has seen where his power lies, and his goal is to prolong the conflict as long as possible while isolating Serena.

Much like the previous novel, this is an action sequence that fill in the history before Dune. The threads of multiple lives take on a significance in the wider scheme, especially as events heat up on Arrakis, newly discovered source of spice. The balkiness of the slave population and the villages that are raided for slaves increases as the League Worlds reach a crisis point, and threatens to completely sabotage the war effort. And Xavier Harkonnen and Vorian Atreides, the leaders of the war effort, struggle to find a winning strategy in the face of predictable but increasingly steep odds. I am looking forward to the third, when a number of questions will finally be answered.

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