The book further chronicles the life of Paul Atreides in two different parts -- five years before House Atreides moved to Arrakis, and their involvement at that time in the War of Assassins of 10,187 AG. The second part of the book involves the life of Muad'Dib, and the immediate years after his ascension as Emperor of the Known Universe.
The following is the write-up from Dunenovels.com :
Frank Herbert's Dune ended with Paul Muad’Dib in control of the planet Dune. Herbert’s next Dune book, Dune Messiah, picked up the story several years later after Paul’s armies had conquered the galaxy. But what happened between Dune and Dune Messiah? How did Paul create his empire and become the Messiah? Following in the footsteps of Frank Herbert, New York Times bestselling authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are answering these questions in Paul of Dune.
The Jihad of Muad’Dib is in full swing. His warrior legions march from victory to victory. But beneath the joy of victory there are dangerous undercurrents. Paul, like nearly every great conqueror, has enemies--those who would betray him to steal the awesome power he commands. . . .
And Paul himself begins to have doubts: Is the jihad getting out of his control? Has he created anarchy? Has he been betrayed by those he loves and trusts the most? And most of all, he wonders: Am I going mad?
Paul on Caladan
Paul of Dune begins with the Emperor Paul Atreides Jihadi forces scattered through the Imperium, fighting the rebel houses that refused to recognize him as Emperor. While Paul visited Caladan with his mother, the Lady Jessica Atreides, and his appointed temporary suzerain of the water world, Prince Xidd Orlaq, Paul was presented with the good news that the Fedaykin have captured Kaitain. Paul immediately installed his mother as Duchess of Caladan, and departed on the next heighliner to the former Corrino capital.
Alia Reigning on Arrakis
While Paul was gone to Caladan, he left his four year old sister, Alia, as acting ruler in his stead. Alia received guests from the Guild, whom she ordered back to their planet of origin when they did not show her the respect due her position. She also watched as Korba, Paul’s chief aide and counselor, killed and dispatched the former Emperor Shaddam’s chamberlain, Ridondo. The Corrino servant had gone to Arrakis from Salusa Secundus to petition the Emperor and his court, to terra-form the nuclear devastated world as he promised when Shaddam was deposed a year earlier.
The Corrino Plot
On Salusa Secundus, the former Imperial ruler, Shaddam, gave the Emperor's Blade to his Sardaukar chieftain, Zum Garon, and charted him with the task of finding his former childhood friend, the former Count Hasimir Fenring, and bringin him back to the devastated planet. Garon’s travels led him to Thalidei, on the planet Tleilax, where Fenring, his wife Margot, and their daughter Marie, were taking refuge. Garon gave Fenring the Emperor’s Blade, but Fenring replied that he would have to think about rejoining the former Emperor.
Paul on Kaitain
When Paul arrived on Kaitain, Paul allowed the former Emperor Shaddam IV's Palace to be demolished and destroyed by the over-eager Fremen, the news of which he knew would spread throughout the galaxies as a warning to rebels. Soon afterwards, Paul addressed the hastily gathered Landsraad, and informed them that tariffs and penalties will be imposed upon dissident Houses that did not bow to his will. During the banter during the question and answer session after the Emperor’s speech at the great Oratory hall; Earl Memnon Thorvald addressed the Known Universe’s assembly , and vowed to all gathered that he would nor would a great deal of others bow to another mad and misguided Emperor, and then stormed out.
Afterward, when Paul left the Lansraad gathering with Princess Irulan, Paul met his old recognized friend, the Swordmaster of Ginaz Whitmore Bludd, who was in the service of House Ecaz and was a friend to Paul's former mentor, Duncan Idaho. Bludd, who had knowledge of architecture, was asked by Paul to help him construct the grandest palace and citadel in the universe, in Arrakeen on Arrakis, to which Bludd agreed and accompanied him back to Dune.
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