I finished the book – it was great.
When I started the book, I assumed that it would complete the story in one book – but it doesn’t. The book sets up the Butlerian Jihad and introduces us to the founding members of the groups we are familiar with in Dune.
After I finished the book, I checked out the official Dune website and found out that this book is the first of the Legend of Dune trilogy. The next one, The Machine Crusade, is scheduled for Sept 2003. The last book, The Battle of Corrin, is scheduled for Sept 2004. It is great reading these, especially when you see how the events will impact the future.
I would give the book a thumbs up.