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I'm looking for the name of a Book series. The details of the books are as follows:

  • It was about a young man who was the son of the emperor by a concubine.
  • He was like 250th in line to the throne.
  • There was some conspiracy against his father and an attempt to take over the empire.
  • He traveled all the lands and the map looked a bit like the Mediterranean.
  • In the end the emperor and his family are killed and the main character becomes emperor.
  • I read it in the 80's.
  • the whole series was maybe a half-dozen thin(ish) books - not Tolkien sized (or Jordan or Martin for sure),
  • It was not for little kids; I was in my middle school library so about that level.

What is the name of these series of books?

closed as off-topic by Valorum, Moogle, The Fallen, Stan, Justin Ethier Aug 17 '14 at 13:17

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    What makes this question fantasy or science fiction? – James Jenkins Jul 12 '14 at 23:23
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I'm guessing this is Frank Herbert's Dune series, which matches all those points, except you seem to have missed the things that most people find memorable - Spice, sandworms, Bene Gesserit etc. It's not really YA either.

  • Really? You got Dune from that? What about "He travelled all the lands and the map looked a bit like the Mediterranean", sort of rules out Dune. – Binary Worrier Jun 19 '14 at 7:41
  • @BinaryWorrier Well, I beg to differ. Paul did travel all around Arrakis - it's an essential part of the Campbellian Hero's Journey, which Herbert was conciously reflecting - and IMO the Dune map does look kind of like the Mediterranean, with the Shield Wall as the sea. – Daniel Roseman Jun 19 '14 at 8:01
  • OK, I get where you're coming form now, it's been too long since I read Dune, and Lynch's movie has probably coloured my memories of the book. Apologies mate, I retract my previous statement. – Binary Worrier Jun 19 '14 at 9:14
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    The Dune books may be half a dozen (like Star Wars I don't count the prequels), but they are not thin(ish) books. Dune is 600 pages and even the thinnest, Dune Messiah, is more than 300 pages. – sigber Jun 19 '14 at 9:48

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