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The Dune Chronicles
by Frank Herbert

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Heretics of Dune
Book Five

The plant Arrakis - now called Rakis - is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying. And the children of DUNE's children awaken from empire as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love...

We have gone through eleven of these Duncan Idaho gholas.. This is the twelfth. The old Reverend Mother spoke with deliberate bitterness ...Ten thousand years since Leto II began his metamorphosis from human into the sandworm of Rakis and historians still argue over his motives. Was he driven to save humankind from itself? ...We have only his own words about his Golden Path to answer this and I cannot accept the self-serving records of Dar-es-Balat. ..We are reduced to saying only that "He did it!"
  -The Metamorphosis of Leto II, 10,000th Anniversary, peroration by Gaus Andaud