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The Omen Machine (Richard and Kahlan Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

40 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

Faster paced book than previous and a very fun read

I am a fan of the earlier books in the Sword of Truth series and will always love the characters Kahlan and Richard, but I fell off a bit during the later series books when things became a little too preachy. I received my copy of The Omen Machine from B&N a little ear...
I am a fan of the earlier books in the Sword of Truth series and will always love the characters Kahlan and Richard, but I fell off a bit during the later series books when things became a little too preachy. I received my copy of The Omen Machine from B&N a little early yesterday and was able to dig in and read most of last night and today.

It's a quick read, with a great pace. About 2/3 the size of previous of books, which I think is a very good thing. The story is awesome with a great sense of danger and a truly unbelievable finale. A great setup for more things to come.

Everything about the book feels like a refreshed take on the world I love, but now with a very contemporary feel. It's the right formula for Terry and I believe, like me, his fans are going to be very pleased with what they find here.

I'd still recommend this book even to people that have never read a prior Sword of Truth series novel because this one stands well on its own and feels like the start to a new series. While it helps knowing the backstories of these characters a little more, it's definitely not required and really won't lessen your satisfaction with the book.

Overall, I give The Omen Machine a solid 5/5 stars for being a great read, with a very enjoyable plot, wrapped around an excellent, refreshing pace with a terrific new direction for the characters. Great book.

posted by BorderConvert on August 17, 2011

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11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Where is the rest of the book?

I pre-ordered this book sometime last year when it was first announced. To say that I was excited that Terry Goodkind was returning with another story based in the SOT realm would be an understatement. After reading it (in like 4 hours...), I was left with the feeling...
I pre-ordered this book sometime last year when it was first announced. To say that I was excited that Terry Goodkind was returning with another story based in the SOT realm would be an understatement. After reading it (in like 4 hours...), I was left with the feeling that this new trilogy is really one book that they split into three.

First off, the font is ridiculously large. We are talking 16 point. I pulled out one of the other hardcover's I have in the series to verify that my eyes were not deceiving me. It is night and day difference. Even with the bloated font size, the book barely hits 500 pages.

Secondly, there is a certain repetitiveness in this book that I have never seen out of this author. Do I really need 8 chapters in a book describing the same scenery with different characters viewpoints? That is literally almost 10% of the book devoted to a chase scene - twice!

TG has done a great job in the past developing characters. He doesn't need to spend a lot of time in new books rehashing what they stand for, why they make the decisions they do, blah blah blah. Even with the villains in the book, he did a good job building why they were evil. With this book (TOM), I almost feel as though he dumb-ed (Not a word i know) down all of the returning characters that you know and love. He may have spent a total of 3 or 4 chapters dealing with this books villain and perhaps a couple more than that on the villain from future books (or later on in the rest of this book that is missing).

Maybe this "trilogy" will get better as more books are released. If you are a big fan of TG or the SOT series, by all means, take an afternoon or lunch break to read this short story. If you are new to the realm, pick up one of the first three books before attempting this. As a standalone novel, this book would probably turn you off to the whole series.

posted by jbayness on August 25, 2011

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Good, but simple and rushed

    Love SOT series and Goodkind writing overall. This book was fun, but a bit too "light" and seemingly rushed so it feels like it takes away from the overall series power. Font was big and there was some of repetition describing surroundings and such that was not necessary. Many chapters were very, very short, when made for the feeling of a "fast" read, but certainly took away from the feeling of depth and detail of the story. I have to say the ending was the most disappointing...there was a decent level of build-up and anticipation for the climax of the ending, (and without trying to spoil the story too much) then Richard swoops in to save the day, defeats an enemy that was built up to be very menacing and powerful in a simple and quick way, and we are left somewhat hanging for the nice wrap up and left with unanswered questions with a "the end". It is a good story and fund/fast read...but it could have been another SOT series "great" book with some more time, detail and length put into it.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Disappointed big time

    After the first 5 chapters I was wondering - did I not read something, exactly when did Richard and Kahln take stupid pills. I got the feeling I was reading a new book with characters that are do devoid of the ability to reason that no problems would ever be resolved. I have loved the entire series and this one book in the continuation was either poorly edited or poorly written, I'd like to think the former. Just the thought of a ruler with massive power, being treated like a woods men and some of the ¿new¿ court polices were so dumb it baffled the mind. Yet, on a scale of 1-10 I'd say it was entertaining at around 6. I hope future installments will be up to standards.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2011

    Why is ebook not released with hardcover??

    I want to read this book so bad! I love Terry Goodkind and have read all his books. Im really upset that you can buy this in hardcover but not on ebook yet. I exclusively read on my nook and I would happily pay more (hardcover price) to be able to buy this now on ebook if they would just give us the option..

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    Cash grab

    I am disappoint

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    3 stars

    3 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Pages missing...

    Some pages are missing from my copy like page 890. Has this happened to anyone else?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2013

    Good, but...

    I was extremely pleased and perfectly content to let the series end with confessor (edge of your seat madness, all wrapped up in a cute little bundle, that one was) until i found out about this one, so of course i just had to read it...the book picks right up where confessor leaves off but by the end there are more questions than answers as to what's going on. It really needs to be the start of a new series, even though it has the same characters I've come to love throughout the series. But seriously, the kahlan gets kidnapped & richard haphazardly races off into unknown danger alone to find & rescue her is getting old...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    Trepidation

    I really want to read this, but at the same time, fear to. SOT series was brilliant up until the last few books. Once those hit, there was a ton that happened that never had any resolution to it. And the tie on to the real world was a major buzzkill. I loved the previous books, FotF being by far my favorite, but considering how the series ended, I'm not sure I want to read this one. If this continues Richard and Kahlan's story, then I think I'll feel cheated, because it was a major part of the plot in the series and had no resolution at all.

    I don't want another big let down...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    Eh

    It wasnt what i was expecting. I love thse characters and the previous books but this one doesnt have that epic journey feel. He has the next book out though so unless you wanna be lost your gonna have to get through this one

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Not bad, not as good as the other books in the series. Unless th

    Not bad, not as good as the other books in the series. Unless there is going to be a new series the ending left a lot of loose threads and questions unanswered. Overall the ending felt very rushed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Not as good as previous Sword of truth books

    As excited as i was to read another Richard &Kahlan book, this book just wasn't enough. It was an elaborately drawn-out set-up for Omen machine sequels. It lacked the excitement of the other books and left me moreso frustrated than wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Not impressed.

    I have read all of the SoT series and loved most of them. Now Terry Goodkind is just dragging the series out. He is a very talented writer I just hope he starts on something different soon instead of beating a dead horse any more than he already has with this series.

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