Dune Messiah is the 2nd novel in the Dune Chronicles series. The first novel left the reader feeling that the Atreides were perhaps the only family with morality or basic decency in the entire empire. This book immediately calls that belief into question. The dreaded jihad has begun and hundreds of thousands have been killed in the name of Muad'Dib - the name Paul Atreides chose for himself when he meets the Fremen in Dune.
Dune Messiah focuses on the feelings of Paul as he is caught up in his own legend and forces beyond his control. As the empire aligns against him, can he forge a path for himself and Chani that enables them to live peaceful lives and raise children?