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summary The Omen Machine, series The Omen Machine, book The Omen Machine, pdf The Omen Machine, The Omen Machine 6f0ea1d16c Hannis Arc, Working On The Tapestry Of Lines Linking Constellations Of Elements That Constituted The Language Of Creation Recorded On The Ancient Cerulean Scroll Spread Out Among The Clutter On His Desk, Was Not Surprised To See The Seven Etherial Forms Billow Into The Room Like Acrid Smoke Driven On A Breath Of Bitter Breeze Like An Otherworldly Collection Of Spectral Shapes Seemingly Carried On Random Eddies Of Air, They Wandered In A Loose Clutch Among The Still And Silent Mounted Bears And Beasts Rising Up On Their Stands, The Small Forest Of Stone Pedestals Holding Massive Books Of Recorded Prophecy, And The Evenly Spaced Display Cases Of Oddities, Their Glass Reflecting The Firelight From The Massive Hearth At The Side Of The RoomSince The Seven Rarely Used Doors, The Shutters On The Windows Down On The Ground Level Several Stories Below Stood Open As A Fearless Show Of Invitation Though They Frequently Chose To Use Windows, They Didn T Actually Need The Windows Any Than They Needed The Doors They Could Seep Through Any Opening, Any Crack, Like Vapor Rising In The Early Morning From The Stretches Of Stagnant Water That Lay In Dark Swaths Through The Peat BarrensThe Open Shutters Were Meant To Be A Declaration For All To See, Including The Seven, That Hannis Arc Feared NothingNew York Times Bestselling Author Terry Goodkind Returns To The Lives Of Richard Rahl And Kahlan Amnell In A Compelling Tale Of A New And Sinister Threat To Their WorldIn Addition To Concluding The Sword Of Truth Series, The Omen Machine Also Launches The New Series Of Richard And Kahlan

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    The Omen MachineBy Terry Goodkind Maybe Are we sure about this REALLY Did Terry Goodkind REALLY write this crap A review by Eric AllenBefore I get started I d like to make a point I ll do this by telling you a story it s called A Tale of Two Goodkinds It was the best of times It was the blurst of times, and if you don t get the reference, it s your loss Once upon a time there was an author named Terry Goodkind with a retelling of Arthurian legend he called The Sword of Truth book 1 Wizard s First Rule It was imaginative, but a little clich , and full of things that we, his fans, would come to know as his vices These things include his overuse of deus ex machina rather than letting characters think their way out of tight spots on their own cunning and abilities, and his need to preach to us for page after page see the entire novel of Naked Empire Despite these things, it was extraordinarily well written, especially considering his claims that it was his first attempt at writing a novel The characters were solid, three dimensional, and had very different personalities, strengths and weaknesses The world was vivid and realistic The dialog and interaction between the characters was witty and entertaining We came to know and love them through the good times and the bad His prose was excellent Despite an ending to The Sword of Truth the biggest cop out in literary history which I personally believe to be incredibly lazy and insulting to his fans, it was one of the better series of epic fantasy that I ve ever read.Goodkind number two reared his ugly head here and there throughout The Sword of Truth, most notably in Soul of the Fire, Pillars of Creation, and Naked Empire, but he didn t really come onto the scene until The Law of Nines, a supposed sequel to The Sword of Truth, which read like bad fan fiction The style of writing between The Sword of Truth and The Law of Nines, and now The Omen Machine, is completely different Gone is the perfect prose Gone is the witty banter between characters Gone is the depth to those characters and to the world they live in The difference is something akin to the difference in quality between the original Star Wars trilogy and the prequels They happen in the same universe, but the man that made the magic of the originals seems to be dead, replaced with a soulless, plaid wearing monster intent on brutally raping all of my favorite childhood memories in the name of the almighty dollar The Omen Machine was not written by the same man that wrote Wizard s First Rule The man that could write a book as powerful and beautiful as Faith of the Fallen did not write this book I do not know what happened to the real Terry Goodkind, but this sure as hell is not his work.Goodkind had his duds within The Sword of Truth Despite the fact that I didn t care for those books, they were still well written, well thought out, and bore powerful thematic messages sometimes a little too powerful, like the 700 page long rant that was Naked Empire Even at his worst during The Sword of Truth, Terry Goodkind was better than he is in The Law of Nines and The Omen Machine Don t think I m just saying what I m saying because I didn t like the story I m saying that this book reads like something written by a completely different author, one without the same imagination, depth, and skill of Terry Goodkind Either that, or he s succumbed to the dreaded wasting illness known as selling out Stephen King is the most notably afflicted carrier of this disease This is an illness wherein an author realizes that people will buy his books regardless of what s in them so long as his name is on the cover, and stops putting any real effort into telling a good story.Anyway, on with the review Let me first begin by saying that many of Goodkind s previous books cost me a lot of sleep in high school and college because I just couldn t put them down With The Omen Machine I had no trouble at all putting it down, even in mid scene, and then had a great deal of trouble forcing myself to pick it back up again Despite its ridiculously short length it took me over a week to read because I was just so disinterested and abhored by what I was reading.The Omen Machine begins a single day after the end of The Sword of Truth with dignitaries from all across the Empire of D Hara coming to pay their respects to the newly married Cara and Benjamin Let me repeat that so you can truly understand exactly when and where this book nukes the fridge The Omen Machine begins a SINGLE DAY after the end of The Sword of Truth.A sick child delirious with fever speaks some disturbing words to Richard and his wife Kahlan, before running off The boy s mother blatantly shoehorns a reference to the book s villain, the Hedgemaid, into the conversation with about as much subtlety as a meteor obliterating the Earth A fortuneteller gives him another strange prediction on his way to the palace.Uneasy about these two events Richard goes to confer with his grandfather Zedd and distant ancestor Nathan the prophet, as they are far experienced in such matters than he Nathan produces the Book of MacGuffin out of thin air, which has these same prophecies, word for word, in it.Through far too many chapters of confused and extremely repetitive dialog, the characters decide to do exactly nothing about this obviously contrived plot device and go on about their day Someone seems to be trying to watch Richard through mirrors Zedd basically pulls that explanation right out of his ass, again with the subtlety of a semi slamming into a smart car, and seems as surprised to have found it there as we are Yes Terry, I know that was a big plot point in your last book, but if it didn t work there, it sure as hell won t work here Plus, you re breaking your own rules for how it works by using it here Stop jingling keys in front of your readers, it s insulting People all over the city begin having visions of horrible things to come, and all of their predictions appear to be held within the Book of MacGuffin The visiting dignitaries demand that Richard reveal the prophecies he has in his possession that they might know what to do about it Let me remind you that this is a SINGLE DAY after The Sword of Truth and already these people are talking with almost religious fervor about reading prophecy as though it has been a lifelong obsession when yesterday they could not have cared a single bit less This painfully contrived setiment toward prophecy that magically appeared in the space of a few hours within previously loyal people begins to cause unrest in the Empire.Confusing events that really have nothing to do with anything ensue, and a machine is discovered by the power of contrived plot convenience that prints out the exact same omens that people all around the city are beginning to see visions of And it is obvious that neither Goodkind nor his editor owns a dictionary, because he seems not to know what the word omen means He only uses the word incorrectly about 7000 times during the course of the book An even painful bit of plot contrivance yeilds the book that deciphers what the machine is saying I can only think of the homocidal computer H.A.L from 2001 through most of Richard s interactions with the Machine The idea of a self aware machine in a FANTASY SETTING seeing the future is nothing short of uproariously laughable.There s a lot of trying to decipher things, and find the purpose of the machine There s a really pointless subplot about Kahlan having an infected scratch that is dwelt on far too much Pages upon pages of regurgitated garbage about prophecy, subplots about seers and dissidents, and an overly pointless subplot about rearranging the libraries that reeks of padding for a book that can t be than 70,000 words even with said padding The people become ignorant and belligerent about prophecy by the page until the Hedgemaid uses her magic to give Kahlan a sudden case of Damsel in Distress Syndrome What s Damsel in Distress Syndrome, you ask Why, that s when a strong, capable, intelligent and resourceful female character that has previously shown herself than able to fend for herself suddenly realizes she has a vagina, puts the back of her hand to her forehead and cries woe is me, I m nothing but a weak and helpless woman who can do nothing for myself Oh cursed feminity, if not for these damn breasts getting in my way, I might be able to escape, but alas, they weigh me down as well as shackles Then she sits down, starts crying, and waits for the male lead to rescue her with the power of testosterone instead of getting herself out of the situation as she s shown herself than capable of doing Richard rushes to rescue her and faces the Hedgemaid in her own lair in a final showdown that is as abrupt in arriving as it is in ending.The good There is nothing about this book that I would call good It was bad from page one to the end It was horribly written, boring, lacking anything resembling character, and it rambled all over the place to little point or purpose Goodkind was obviously stretching to make a novel length story out of something that should have been nothing than a short story at best The worst thing is that he has already published eleven perfect examples of how much a better writer he is than this Even the short story Debt of Bones featured in the Legends anthology was better concieved and written.The bad Where do I even begin First of all, I think I ll talk about the characters themselves Richard, a very smart, cunning, and generally likable protagonist comes off as of an angry douchebag that hates everyone in this book There s not a single chapter where he s not thinking about how annoyed at one person or another he is because he can t bludgeon them around to his way of thinking Kahlan has that sudden bout of Damsel in Distress Syndrome Zedd, Nicci and Nathan, all old, wise, and usually ready with a plausible explanation seemed to have all become utter idiots, repeatedly asking why What do you mean What s going on Why is this happening Where did my brain go And other such things that they never asked before because they were always wise enough to know the answers, or at least where to start looking for them This is a perfect example of classic role reversal Previously we had Richard a na ve and inexperienced protagonist who was guided, taught and led by these three characters at different points of the series This gave the author a perfect way to explain aspects of his world to us, the readers, without sounding like he s lecturing us The need arises to explain things to the reader again in this book, but now Richard seems to just know everything because the plot says so, and these wise old teachers of his are the ones constantly asking questions to which they should already know the answers for our benefit.Not just the characters, but the dialog and the general wording of the whole book reads like a very dumbed down version of Goodkind s previous work None of the witty banter seen in previous books can be found in this one The characters all seem like two dimensional cardboard cutouts that only speak when the plot needs someone to ask why so Goodkind can pull an explanation out of his ass with no real explanation as to where it came from.None of these characters are even a shadow of who they were They re all cold, emotionless drones dancing on the strings of the book s plot rather than driving it like they used to The Dignitaries, people who supported Richard in his war for freedom JUST YESTERDAY, begin to fall away because they seem to have suddenly remembered a lifelong obsession with prophecy that never mattered AT ALL to them until today They all seem extraordinarily gullible, every one of them believing obvious lies about the man they trusted and practically worshiped for so long because some stranger happened to say so The ease with which they are talked into rebellion is completely, mind numbingly astounding Some characters are introduced only for the shock value of their inevitable, brutal demises An example would be that of a pregnant woman introduced two chapters before being ripped to shreds by wild dogs Yes Terry, it s sad that a pregnant woman died so horribly, but we don t know this character so when she dies horribly, we don t care The only character trait we re given is that she is pregnant To REALLY shock us, she should have been a big player in the story up to that point, rather than a faceless piece of cannon fodder Using her as such was in very poor taste.The plot is rambling, boring, and nonsensical Nothing in it happens for any visible reason except to move on to the next scene This entire book is incredibly, blatantly, and painfully contrived It s extremely fake and feels very forced Compare this to Goodkind s earlier, character driven books and you will see why I m making a point of this Things in this book simply happen for no other reason than because the plot says so As a result it s boring, sterile, and highly predictable.The book is packed full of false tension False tension is where rather than actually building tension with events and the skillful manipulation of mood and tone, the author simply tells you that there s tension, tries to fake you out, or withholds information that you can plainly see every character in the book is already aware of It is not tense when everyone knows what s going on except the reader, who is, by the way, the ONLY ONE THAT COUNTS Rather than asking what happens next, it leaves you impatient to just get on with things already There was not a single moment in the entire book where I actually cared about the characters, or about what was happening, because there was no emotion The only attachment comes from previous books and does not really carry over to this one There was no tension at all because I didn t care what was happening or who it happened to.The Ugly Once again, I have to bring up Kahlan s Damsel in Distress Syndrome Kahlan has proven herself time and time again to be the absolute most capable character in this entire series She has led troops to war She has fought off pursuers single handedly She has personally led daring raids She has found answers to questions that other, much wiser characters could not She has battled wizards with her bare hands and WON Even when she d lost her memory and was a prisoner of the Sisters of the Dark she was ALWAYS looking for a way out, or to lessen the numbers of her captors She is the perfect example of a strong female lead She s faced rape, brutal beatings, the horrors of war, survived an extermination attempt on her people, and was literally born and bred to lead nations She proves that she can do everything a man can, and some things they can t, and still retains her femininity Despite some weaknesses that really only illustrate the fact that she s only human, she is probably the strongest character in this series, hands down To have her suddenly lose all of that, and become nothing than a whimpering mockery of her former self that does nothing but cry about being rescued by her man is not only insulting, it s unforgivable Capable women do not suddenly look down, realize they have breasts, and turn into cowering weaklings It s actually, physically painful to see such a strong woman brought so low only to give the male lead of the story something to do at the end She doesn t even TRY to think of a way out herself This is a woman that walked willingly into the freaking UNDERWORLD to save her people in the first book, and she only got stronger from there The Kahlan I know would have been fighting every step of the way with her mind racing on what she could do to escape or to help anyone that came to rescue her.The writing is just plain bad and repetitive The same thing will be repeated ten times in a single conversation if you re lucky, most times The same thing will be repeated ten times in a single conversation if you re lucky, most times This, again, reeks of padding Characters that once had life and depth are cardboard cutouts, seemingly following the scripts of whatever stereotypes Goodkind has suddenly decided that they are It really reads like a fanfic written by a fourteen year old with no real understanding of the characters he s writing about None of the characters got character descriptions, as if Goodkind thought that it wasn t necessary because you could remember it from the previous books The attention to detail was highly lacking There was no tension at all except the false tension, and the plot didn t feel as though there was anything driving it Things simply happened for no real reason, and people did things that were highly out of character for them because the plot said so.Goodkind has always been a firm believer in deus ex machina solutions in his books That is where a seemingly inextricable problem is suddenly and abruptly solved with the contrived and unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability, or object The whole point of a story is for the characters to learn and grow to the point that they are able to overcome the antagonist on their own merits And in Goodkind s books, they rarely do, often finding some new magic, or some artifact, or some sort of book with all the answers to their problems in it The biggest example was the series finale to The Sword of Truth, or the end of Naked Empire I can forgive a few uses of deus ex machina here and there, so long as the characters have learnt, grown, and struggled to find their answers But when the main character literally pulls the solution to the problem out of his ass at the end without a single word or thought on the matter, things are going just a little too far Richard seems to have been endowed with the power of deus ex machina, and has no need to suffer through trials to be able to save the day at the end of the story He simply appears and defeats the undefeatable with no real explanation of how he came to his conclusion of how to do so.In conclusion, don t read this book Save your money for a GOOD book, like The Way of Kings, or A Dance with Dragons Go read Wizard s First Rule, Stone of Tears or Faith of the Fallen again, and remember the good times you had with Terry Goodkind, rather than seeing for yourself the lazy sell out that he s become today Every single word of this book was horribly and painfully contrived It feels so fake and forced, with all of the color and emotion leeched out of the world, and no real tension making you want to continue It s boring and nonsensical, and it turns all of your favorite characters into blithering idiots that couldn t tie their own shoes There really are no words for how truly awful this book is I see other reviewers that can t give it enough praise and I wonder if they actually read the thing before posting Whatever book they read, it sure as hell wasn t this one If you absolutely HAVE to read this book either for completion s sake, or just to see the train wreck for yourself in morbid curiosity, check it out of the library and read it first before spending money on it.I give The Omen Machine 1 star because the rating doesn t show up with 0 From a writer of Terry Goodkind s caliber, this book is unforgivable The absolute worst part of it all is that I KNOW he s capable of so much better than this What happened to you Terry You used to have passion, now you re just turning in crap for a paycheck After The Law of Nines and now The Omen Machine I doubt I will ever buy another Terry Goodkind book without reading it first Check out my other reviews.

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    Being a big fan of this series I m sorry to say this book was a huge disappointment It seems that all of the characters who were very intelligent and insightful have become idiots who need to be explained every detail over and over Zed in particular didn t seem to have a clue most of the time until it was all laid out for him Not what you would expect from Zeddicus Zu l Zorander wizard of the First Order It was like I was reading a fantasy for dummies book At this point in the series characters should have a better understanding of prophecy and magic and to be able to think a little out side of the box instead of running around clueless.

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    Dafuq This book earns a star solely because Goodkind mostly resisted his natural urges to retell every goddam story he s ever written before, which must have been hard for him So hard that the story suffered horribly.Now, The SOT novels were my first real venture into fantasy written for adults I was 13 and fell in love with WFR I think I ve attached a lot of sentimentality to the series because of this It is, undoubtedly, my favorite genre to read, and I m grateful to these books for the introduction.I loved every single book in the series, even the ill received Pillars of Creation Yeah, even Naked Empire I defended them The story couldn t always be as good as WFR There had to be some downtime, no All action and magic and discovery just isn t practical I m not going to go on to review the books now, and I likely won t any time soon Suffice it to say, I was blinded by the world, the potential of it all, and the memory of what was Not that I don t still hold a soft spot in my mind for them I think I rated most 4 5 , but I know they wouldn t all hold up to another reading Most would likely earn 2 or 3 of 5 stars.So, I read Law of Nines And it was TURRIBLE Not just terrible Only my love for the characters and their world kept me going.Then came news of a new Richard and Kahlan novel YES I was so excited The excitement was tempered by having discovered newer, better authors, but still Excited But then Goodkind kinda started being a serious dick on his Facebook fan page He outed someone for pirating his book and encouraged retribution I m not advocating that, but dude, get you fucking shit together Not cool Use legal means, but don t release a guy s information to your rabid fans Actually, thinking of that makes me a bit mad I read this book, but not entirely, because I have it on loan from the library, and I will NOT be buying a copy, so I m not actually supporting him, but still Anyhow So, I stopped following anything he said, and basically didn t give any thought to the new novel until I was at the library, scanning the shelves, and noticed The Omen Machine sitting pretty right there in front of my face I figured, hey, they had lost the next Dresden Files book I was there to check out originally I ll be buying those as soon as I can , so why not If you re scanning this review looking for the ACTUAL review, here it is It s been said, but I ll say it again The font size was irritating You think you re getting a decent sized story 525 pages , but really it reads nothing like that many pages More like under 300 If that The story Yeah, it s a tiny bit intriguing, but not at all suspenseful Thankfully we don t hear too much about how Richard was a simple guide back in the day, and Kahlan was utterly unloved and secluded because of her Confessor ability, so that was nice But lacking all the repetitive backstory that every.single.goddam.book before utilized, the story was short It wasn t developed It was like a bad fanfiction, I d imagine Someone thought they knew the characters and could flesh them out, but they couldn t It was predictable HA And I swear, if I read the word omen one time, I was going to scream It was as bad as phantom in the final trilogy before this.More on the characters They were shells Just, empty shells The cunning, bravery, intelligence, wit, sarcasm, just every goddamn thing you might expect from these once wonderfully fleshed out characters was gone GONE Don t bother trying to find it because it s nowhere to be found That was possibly the most disappointing aspect of this book Richard, Kahlan, Zedd, Cara, even freaking Nathan they all fell so flat that it s an insult to flatness to call them flat I don t even know what I mean by that The grammar was atrocious The most glaring example was when Goodkind was telling us and he did nothing but tell about a feast Kahlan got together to entertain the guests at the palace There was a particular sentence about Kahlan eating herself I couldn t get past it, and 300 pages later, I m still like, what the fuck He meant that she, herself, did not eat But he wrote that she didn t eat herself There were so many times I was like, really Really, Goodkind, you creepy motherfucker THOSE are the words you chose to use when you have the whole fucking English language at your disposal So irritating and so many passages would have benefited from fewer words I m one to talk, right and a lot clarity.BUT The ABSOLUTE most irritating thing of all is that this book is quite obviously not the end He s writing Not just the First Confessor novel, but MORE With this story arc Which means eventually, I will likely be reading of this because I really cannot help it It s like how I got back together with my first boyfriend a few times, despite being utterly repulsed, because he was something special at one time Shit I m an awful human being.Goodkind, get your shit together Write novels like WFR, knock it off with the repetitive junk, keep the deus ex machina shit FAR away because that isn t going to fly I was once completely enraptured with the SOT world, and I could be again He seems to have laid off the Rand, which was a pretty big irritant with some of the later SOT novels But his writing needs to get back to what it was I m not asking for another WFR or FotF, but dude is CLEARLY writing for the money he s getting because suckers like me are all sentimental about what the series used to be.

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    while Goodreads only supports full stars, one star is indeed too much for this book If you go to our site via the link above, you will see that we gave this book a half star.The Omen Machine is the thirteenth installment in Terry Goodkind s persistently popular Sword of Truth series and marks the author s return to the fantasy genre after a short lived stint with contemporary fiction While no doubt many fans have been eagerly anticipating the continued adventures of Goodkind s signature characters, Richard and Kahlan, the reality is far from ideal Unfortunately, the novel reads like rather rushed and repetitive amateur fantasy at the best of times and one cannot help being left with a niggling suspicion that Goodkind merely wrote this book to fulfill a contract, investing only minimal effort in the endeavor.The Omen Machine picks up almost immediately from where the previous book, Confessor, left off The war is finally over and Richard and Kahlan now rule over D Hara from the People s palace The city is full of well wishers who have come to celebrate the nuptials of Mord Sith Cara and General Benjamin However, what should be a time of celebration takes a horrifying turn for the worse due to a series of strange and disturbingly accurate prophecies and the discovery of the ancient machine that seemingly gives rise to them While Richard and his confidants attempt to discover the mechanism and purpose of the machine, civil unrest brews as the people of D Hara demand answers that their rulers cannot provide Yet our protagonists troubles don t end there eventually the Omen Machine issues another omen, which, if fulfilled, may see Richard and Kahlan torn apart forever.Repetitive and condescendingDespite weighing in at over 500 pages, the plot of the novel is rather simple some might say overly simple While a straightforward plot is not necessarily a bad thing, The Omen Machine contains a phenomenal amount of seemingly unnecessary padding that does nothing to contribute to the story Relatively basic descriptions of people or places are often drawn out into multiple sentences, each containing slightly reworded variants on the same concept This repetition becomes even noticeable when the same key phrases constantly reappear throughout the novel, sometimes to the point of appearing at least once on almost every page At one stage, I was almost convinced that the entire book was an ill conceived personal joke or a badly disguised experiment by Goodkind to determine how many times he could work the words red leather into each chapter Personally, I found the constant repetition very wearing and consider it one of the main factors that contributed to my lack of enjoyment of the novel.Stilted dialogue and profoundly unintelligent charactersThe dialogue is just as repetitive as the description and frequently feels unbelievable and forced The characters reiterate the same points over and over in a single conversation just in case the reader missed something that might be important later For instance, we are treated to a chapter long discussion on how to order the books in one of the castle s libraries, which culminates in the characters deciding to leave each book exactly where they found it Later in the novel, lo and behold, the position of one particular book turns out to be relevant to the story.This, along with some rather nonsensical actions, contributes to Goodkind s characters coming across as almost inconceivably unintelligent Some of the most obvious examples of this stupidity include an instance where the Omen Machine issues forth a prophecy regarding Kahlan which Richard finds extremely personally upsetting Instead of acting to prevent the prophecy s fulfillment, Richard gets angry and attempts to cleave the machine in two with his sword as we all know, violence is the answer to every problem Yet this doesn t work, so he recruits various other accomplices to come and try their hand at destroying the machine Eventually, some time later, they realize that this course of action is not achieving anything and Richard finally goes to check on Kahlan, who has been left alone sleeping this whole time Imagine his surprise to find that the prophecy has been fulfilled and that she is nowhere to be found Another memorable example occurs early in the book when Cara and Benjamin admit that they had a strange feeling they were being watched by some malevolent disembodied presence on their wedding night Their excuse for their inaction was that they were otherwise occupied Forgive me if I m being a prude, but is that not even reason to investigate Or are we supposed to believe that spectral voyeurs are an accepted aspect of D Haran life Just in case you missed the pointGoodkind has never been accused of being too subtle in conveying his point and the way he does so throughout this novel may seem a little overdone and somewhat condescending For instance, we learn that prophecy is bad and that such knowledge is disastrous in the hands of the masses, as they lack the intelligence to view it objectively Instead, it must be left to the select few who supposedly know how to deal with it in this case, Richard and Kahlan He proceeds to hammer this point home by depicting those who oppose this view as ridiculously irresponsible and having them die rather horrible deaths In case this still wasn t enough to convince us, we are provided with various instances in which loving parents proceed to gruesomely murder their own children after receiving prophetic visions of their deaths Apparently, this is their way of acting to prevent the prophecies from being fulfilled.Some small comfortsOn a positive note, one of the antagonists, a Hedge Maid called Jit, is actually quite creepy and disturbing This is possibly due to the fact that we do not really see much of her until the very end of the book so there is not as much time for the horror to be dispelled by repetitive description.Readers may also be pleased, or disappointed, to hear that The Omen Machine contains none of the sadomasochistic sex that featured in some of the previous novels, and that there is a less dominant focus on the Objectivist values that permeate Goodkind s other works.Why should you read this book I believe that every book has something to offer its reader, even if it is just to help us determine what we do or don t enjoy or agree with, and as a result I would never flat out tell someone not to read a particular book However, there are countless other novels I would suggest over this one Personally, I probably wouldn t have finished the novel had I not promised to review it, and I found it such a tedious read that it took me well over a month to finish In good faith I could only recommend The Omen Machine to the most dedicated Goodkind completionists, fans of Robert Newcombe, or those who genuinely enjoy being force fed conservative values The unresolved ending would seem to to indicate that the series will continue, so we can only hope that the following installments show a vast improvement on this one.

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    I wasn t optimistic about the idea of a continuation of the SOT series taking place after Confessor Terry Goodkind did such a fantastic job of wrapping up all the loose ends in the eleventh book that I was afraid a twelfth installment would just be beating a dead horse I m afraid to report that my gut instinct was correct Although I will admit that I sat down and read this book cover to cover in an afternoon a compelling plot has never been a problem with the SOT series , I was thoroughly disappointed Terry Goodkind s writing is entirely predictable I honestly had all the major plot points figured out within 100 pages and fraught with grammatical errors, which are sometimes serious enough to impede meaning He relies heavily on stock characters and makes no effort to further develop his protagonists Further, although The Omen Machine was already less than half the length of most of the books in this series, he was in serious need of a harsh blue pencil I spent most of the day feeling as though I was being talked in circles, hearing the same contrived conversations repeated over and over again If you like myself are one of the unfortunate people who simply must read this book solely on the grounds that is a continuation of our beloved Richard and Kahlan, I would advise you to lower your expectations If you haven t been lured into this world yet, there are plenty of fantastic books out there go read one of those Or at least start at the beginning with Wizard s First Rule, that way you ll have a few thousand pages of enjoyment before you get to this disappointing finale.

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    This is somewhere between four and five stars for me, though I think the tendency toward the fifth star is because I m just so darn happy to be back in D Hara with Richard and Kahlan I m gonna go old school with a pro con list on this review Let s start with the bad news, because, frankly, there s very little of it CONS The trouble all starts the day after Cara s wedding sad wail I really thought we were settling in for a good long period of peace and prosperity after all that Jagang mess I understand the gathering as a vehicle for the diplomats to be in the palace but I wish it had been handled differently Have Richard host an annual summit of his leaders or something A couple of weird copy edit things slipped through One sentence near the beginning had six 6 prepositional phrases that s a lot Little things like that sprinkled through that affected the overall pace of the story, because they pulled you out of it in order to figure what the heck we re talking about PROS It s freaking Richard Kahlan The pace of this novel was tighter, like a blend of Goodkind and James Patterson, than previous tomes Bad example, because I don t particularly love Patterson, but there s no denying the frenzied feeling his books convey, and mixing a dash of the freneticism in with a complex, tightly woven story was a good move The aforementioned complex, tightly woven story This is one of my favorite things about Goodkind He reveals the villain early on, so we see a lot of the behind the scenes stuff happening, and we are able to piece the story together along with our heroes, instead of getting a humongous blow by blow at the end A new, believable villain Jagang has been defeated, and this isn t a Hydra esque reincarnation of his empire It s not a new branch of the Imperial Order, it s a whole new villain, one who watched that skirmish from afar and is now stepping forward I was relieved to see this too many authors fall back on the first big, bad guy The violence was tempered this time around Still definitely adult but not so brutal as the previous stories, and I liked the change in scenery.I don t know where most other people stand on this, I haven t checked the other reviews yet, but I actually liked the sci fi twist on it There is, indeed, a machine involved in this story, which when the title was revealed I was skeptical about A machine In high fantasy Is he going steampunk on us No He s not It fits and I liked it The political and social commentary returns, and in an interesting twist Where there had been bad guys declaring THIS IS MY WAY against Richard saying THIS IS MY WAY NOW WE WILL BATTLE there is instead whisperings, back room deals and subtle plays of power The reader may know this person is on the wrong side, but nobody else in the room story does and it makes for an interesting conversation If you re a fan of Goodkind, this is a must read If you have sort of enjoyed some of his work in the past, but aren t a big fan, I submit that you should give him another try this time around The narrative is cleaner, the pace is faster, the story complex without being overwhelming You do need to have read Wizard s First Rule to understand this book, but anything beyond that isn t completely necessary this is a whole new series It is the start of a new series 3 books at least, I heard Somebody correct me if necessary and while the end is tied off neat enough for me, there will be those who do not like the fact that there is most definitely a sequel coming I wouldn t call it a cliff hanger, but a cliff stradler PARENTAL ADVISORIESSex 2 5 Lustful forms, some kissing among tangled sheets, a mention of being distracted on one s wedding night, one fade to black makeout scene Violence 5 5 Brutal violence is the modus operandi for Goodkind, and this is no different A pack of savage hounds are attacking, and they leave horrific deaths in their wake including one of a very pregnant woman and her unborn baby this one is described in the most detail of them all Some people resort to murder and suicide to avoid the dogs Some super scary things are watching us in the dark scenes Dark magic is used in a violent way to slowly drain hundreds of victims of their blood An attempted assassination We see the Mord Sith in action very little, but they are there Language 1 5 One b word, that actually serves a purpose Substance Abuses 1 5 Some wine is served at a feast, a couple drink wine together.

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    Between this and the Law of nines, its really hard to say why I even like this guy any The first 5 books of the Sword of Truth series were PHENOMENAL The characters were growing, they interacted well, and the entire story developed with twists and turns that added to its overall flavor After the 5th book, though, the series took a dive The Pillars of Cration wasa waste A one off book that had nothing to do with the main storyline of the SoT Goodkind picked it back up some with the following book, but he didnt really return to the meat of the series until the last 3 books, which really should have just been one The Omen machine is terrible I am not going to lie It sucks It feels like Goodkind wanted to just churn out another Richard and Kahlan story to make a paycheck There is nothing fresh here The characters are wooden, and the entire concept of the story a machine buried in the halls of the People s Palace is preposterous and lame I am not ashamed to say I didnt actually FINISH this book, and for me that is indeed a crime I hope to all the gods above and below that his e book about Magda Searus is better than this

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    After reading Chain Fire I really didn t expect much Somehow I was still massively disappointed I m sure that others have already said it better than I care to, but I wouldn t wipe my ass with these pages It didn t have the voice or style of Terry Goodkind it didn t really have voice or style at all Maybe the omen machine wrote this book It felt hollow enough It was like SOT on sesame street These were not the characters that have been building in complexity over the years There were so many loose ends and plot problems that I can t even begin to recount them If you re like me and figure that you have been a loyal fan for so long that you should just give it a try..DONT This book is a slap in the face to all SOT fans Try something like Name of the Wind by Rothfus you will be glad you did P.S I ve never written a review before.this book was just that bad and disappointing I hope that I save someone the time I ll never get back form reading this garbage.

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    Thank you for destroying a decent series with a hurried and poorly thought out conclusion It is almost as if Goodkind had a gun pointed at his crotch and a knife poised above his right hand, with red hot pokers in front of his eyes And then being told to type on an archaic typewriter Quickly Or Die Left handed.Thank you for destroying a decent series with a hurried and poorly thought out conclusion It is almost as if Goodkind had a gun pointed at his crotch and a knife poised above his right hand, with red hot pokers in front of his eyes And then being told to type on an archaic typewriter Quickly Or Die Left handed.Thank you for destroying a decent series with a hurried and poorly thought out conclusion It is almost as if Goodkind had a gun pointed at his crotch and a knife poised above his right hand, with red hot pokers in front of his eyes And then being told to type on an archaic typewriter Quickly Or Die Left handed.I repeated myself there Did you get the similarity between the above and Goodkind s last SoT book

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    At the risk of repetitively purposeful irony I will briefly summarise the major beefs I share with the majority of likeminded reviewers.This book begins immediately after Confessor, the day after the biggest war in history, a gathering of the most powerful rulers in the Empire of D Hara These rulers have lead their people through horrors beyond imagination and are quite used to postures of head down and bottom up singing prayers to their mighty Lord Rahl in both fear and love Not one would be foolish enough to gainsay him, let alone insulting a Mord Sith But yes they do the very next day, they act like a bunch of spoilt silly children and jump up and down about prophecy for the first time as if born to it TG may have been able to carry this off if the baddie person had some magical brainwashing thingie to make such a drastic change but alas no, we have to just accept this ie.The highly developed characters from previous have all been struck down with a stupidity mallet Not a one seems to have retained even the common sense granted to a 12yr old, I was especially sad to see this happen to Zedd.There is no plot or story, there is no tension, the book is a nothing We have the dumbed down good guys, something bad is identified, baddie then killed not even by good writing skills, just something pulled out of a place the sun doesn t shine, just when it is needed like almost every plot piece in this book There are no twists or turns, just a plain piece of ungifted lazy writing I never felt a thing about any character or thing in the book, even the omen machine itself You expect a new book to start a bit slow to introduce you to the new this whole book could have been condensed into a couple of chapters without much trouble, then TG could have gotten on with an actual tale utilising his past and proven awesome writing skills.We have a new baddie, let s stick with the hedge witch as the other fellow is only being introduced and I expect him to flower a bit in future offerings The hedge witch doesn t do much at all She and crew of evil familiars are identified then described to each pustule, rash and dribbling bit of slime The epitome of a cardboard evil witchy poo Then terminated Compared to past evil types like Jagang the hedge witch is not even a footnote How the heckery did Richard know to plug ears Small spoilerThe whole book was a fail But the biggest one to me was..Something attacked Richard and Kahlan in their bed one night, it magically escaped cool something interesting finally happened later, Kahlan s infected hand sent her to bed, lets skip the bit about no trusted Mord Sith guarding in the actual room Richard ties two mirrors face together as it is suspected baddies jump out of mirrors I m fine with this as it is a normal fantasy novel plot point but he still leaves the mirrors in the room with his much loved wife, still unguarded from the inside Later he and mallet struck Zedd hear terrible screams from the room, Richard mentions the tied mirrors and how a baddie was scared by its reflection They laugh like it is a great jape and walk off smiling, thinking how smart Richard was leaving a great evil in the room with his supposedly loved wife, an evil they haven t identified and don t know its capabilities Man that is dumb, maybe it was a stupidity Mack Truck and not a mallet that hit them TG.All in all there were many other low points I cannot bother mentioning The only point of interest I noted was a rogue Mord Sith I like this idea Telling you not to read this useless novel won t work as it is a TG book and his name alone will sell the book I do suggest however not to waste your money, read your friends copy Let s all hope TG returns to form next book If he looks at the reviews and forgets pride he will see a large part of his readership will disappear if another offering similar in quality to the omen machine is produced.PS Did TG really write this book

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