How to read all 26 Dune books in chronological order

With stunning visuals, a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and star cast members like Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya Coleman and Austin Butler, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: part 2 hit the big screen on March 1 – and it’s the must-see movie right now, whether you’re a sci-fi fan or not.

For the uninitiated: the Dune movies (both Dune: part 1 and this final second episode) are based on the first book of the groundbreaking sci-fi Dune saga (1965). The original series, written by Frank Herbert, includes six books, which he completed before his death in 1986. Since then, the core series has exploded, with sequels and prequels written by Herbert’s son, Brian Herbert, and science fiction writer Kevin J Anderson. .

Now there are no fewer than 26 books to sink your teeth into. If the film has inspired you to delve into the depths of the Dune world, but you’re not sure where to start. There are a few ways you can go about this – and we’re here to help. First, you can choose to read the books in the order they were published, or you can pick them up in chronological order. And of course you can also just read the first book as a standalone book and stop there if you want.

Here we look at where you can buy the first six novels and to help you kickstart your books Dune reading journey, we have also listed the complete series in both orders below.

‘Dune’ by Frank Herbert, published by Hodderscape: £8.99, Amazon.co.uk

(Hodderscape)

Published in August 1965, the first book in the Dune series introduces us to Arrakis, an inhospitable desert planet. Here, rival factions battle over a precious, psychedelic drug called ‘spice’. This coveted substance, created by enormous sandworms, can extend human life and increase consciousness. Expect to explore themes of religion, technology, and our relationship with our environment in this groundbreaking science fiction book.

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‘Dune Messiah’ by Frank Herbert, published by Hodder Paperbacks: £7.78, Amazon.co.uk

(Hodder paperbacks)

The second book of Hubert’s Dune saga, Dune Messiah, was published in 1969. After the conflict in the first book, House Harkonnen is defeated and Paul Atreides – now called Muad’Dib – is the immensely powerful Emperor of the planet Arrakis. But with unrest and war still raging across the universe, he must deal with the threat of his dethronement and hope to lead humanity to a future less doomed.

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‘Children of Dune’ by Frank Herbert, published by Gollancz, £8.97, Amazon.co.uk

(Gollancz)

The third book in the series is Children of Dune, published in April 1976. It has been almost ten years since Paul Atreides disappeared, lost to the barren Arrakis desserts, for no reason. His two children, twin siblings Leto and Ghanima Atreides, can predict events. This is a prophetic ability that their Aunt Alia, the new ruler of the empire, hopes will help her maintain her rule as she faces uprisings, betrayal and an uprising led by an enigmatic figure,” The Preacher’.

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‘God Emperor of Dune’ by Frank Herbert, published by Gollancz: £9.19, Amazon.co.uk

(Gollancz)

Hubert’s sci-fi epic continues God Emperor of Dunethe fourth book in the series, published five years later Children of Dunein 1981. We are now thousands of years later, in the aftermath of the events of Children of Dune. Paul Muad’Dib’s son Leto, the God-Emperor of Dune, is now nearly immortal, but at the cost of his human morality. In an effort to preserve the human species, which he knows is doomed unless they follow his plan, “The Golden Path,” he becomes a tyrannical ruler and a rebellion ensues. The plot explores themes of politics, total power and the human condition.

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‘Heretics of Dune’ by Frank Herbert, published by Gollancz: £7.11, Amazon.co.uk

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The penultimate book in Hubert’s original six-book Dune series, published in 1984, is Heretics of Dune. Hundreds of years after the events of the previous book, the planet Arrakis (now called Raki) is no longer thriving, but is now barren and desolate again. Many people had left when civilization collapsed, but now they are fighting for what was left. Featuring a supernatural sisterhood called The Bene Gesserit, and a Sheeana, a girl who can control the sandworms of Arrakis, the book touches on religious themes.

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‘Chapterhouse: Dune’ by Frank Herbert, published by Gollancz: £7.14, Amazon.co.uk

(Gollancz)

Which brings us to the final novel in the Dune saga, Chapterhouse: Dune, which was published in March 1985. Arrakis lies in ruins, and a violent matriarchal sect called Honored Matres is chasing the supreme power and conquering every planet and faction it needs. the understanding. The novel’s name refers to the planet Chapterhouse, a secret base for the mystical sisterhood Bene Gisserit, as the group will not give up so easily, with the lucrative spice-producing sandworms at their disposal.

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Here’s how to read the Dune series in order of publication:

  • Dune (1965)
  • Dune Messiah (1969)
  • Children of Dune (1976)
  • God Emperor of Dune (1981)
  • Heretics of Dune (1984)
  • Chapter House: Dune (1985)
  • House Atreides (1999)
  • House Harkonnen (2000) House Corrino (2001)
  • The Butlerian Jihad (2002)
  • The Machine Crusade (2003)
  • The Battle of Corrin (2004)
  • Hunters of Dune (2006)
  • Sandworms from Dune (2007)
  • Paulus van Duin (2008)
  • The Winds of Dune (2009)
  • Sisterhood of Dune (2011)
  • Mentats van Duin (2014)
  • Navigators of Dune (2016)
  • The Duke of Caladan (2020)
  • The Lady of Caladan (2021)
  • The Heir of Caladan (2022)
  • Princess of Dune (2023)

Here’s how to read the Dune series in chronological order:

  • The Butlerian Jihad (2002)
  • The Machine Crusade (2003)
  • The Battle of Corrin (2004)
  • Sisterhood of Dune (2011)
  • Mentats van Duin (2014)
  • Navigators of Dune (2016)
  • House Atreides (1999)
  • House Harkonnen (2000)
  • House Corrino (2001)
  • Princess of Dune (2023)
  • The Duke of Caladan (2020)
  • The Lady of Caladan (2021)
  • The Heir of Caladan (2022)
  • Dune (1965)
  • Paulus van Duin (2008)
  • Dune Messiah (1969)
  • The Winds of Dune (2009)
  • Children of Dune (1976)
  • God Emperor of Dune (1981)
  • Heretics of Dune (1984)
  • Chapter House: Dune (1985)
  • Hunters of Dune (2006)
  • Sandworms from Dune (2007)

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