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The Omen Machine (Richard and Kahlan Series #1)

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by Terry Goodkind
     
 

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An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a

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An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for millennia. The machine awakens to begin issuing a series of increasingly alarming, if minor, omens. The omens turn out to be astonishingly accurate, and ever more ominous. As Zedd tries to figure out how to destroy the sinister device, the machine issues a cataclysmic omen involving Richard and Kahlan, foretelling an impending event beyond anyone's ability to stop.

As catastrophe approaches, the machine then reveals that it is within its power to withdraw the omen…in exchange for an impossible demand.

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“Mr. Goodkind's compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers. ” —RT Book Reviews on Faith of the Fallen
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This new entry in Goodkind's longstanding Sword of Truth series directly follows the events of the previous volume, Confessor (2007). Following the dreadful and debilitating war against the Imperial Order for control of D'Hara--though there are no bodies, no wounded or any damage; the main consequence seems to have been that the leading characters lost half their brain cells--Richard, Lord Rahl and his wife Kahlan, the Mother Confessor (she neither hears nor makes any confessions), settle down at the People's Palace to enjoy, so they hope, a period of peace and prosperity. However, everybody from the realm's assembled dignitaries to the lowliest peasant is suddenly obsessed with prophesy. Though the prophesies all come true, they seem fairly trivial, like "the roof will fall in," until scholars reveal that the exact same prophecies occur in an ancient tome. Then, during a terrible storm, a glass roof does fall in, causing the floor beneath to collapse and revealing the huge, ancient magic-powered machine of the title. The machine commences to churn out the same prophesies. Various unpleasant things happen, convincing the dignitaries that they should be ruled by the prophesies rather than Richard. And, despite the intractable idiocy of the protagonists, some enemies are revealed: the Hedge Maid, whose magic is proof against Richard's irresistible sword, and Hannis Arc, a naked, tattooed super-wizard with a grudge against the Rahls. Such is the general bewilderment that even favorite figures like the old wizard Zedd are given little to do except stand around frowning in puzzlement and stoically ignoring the obvious. There's general agreement that the series has gone downhill since book 6 or 7. This is book 13, dismally slapdash and often just plain dumb.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765366191
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Series:
Richard and Kahlan Series, #1
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
68,274
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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Terry Goodkind has been a wildlife painter, a cabinet maker, and a violin maker, before turning to the writing career that put him at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. With his wife Jeri, he spends the majority of his time in the desert Southwest.

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The Omen Machine: A Richard and Kahlan Novel 3.7 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 235 reviews.
BorderConvert More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goodkind brings us another brilliant escape into the lives of fantasy, magic, love, and relationships. Richard & Kahlan are back and as good as ever... Another Goodkind classic. I couldn't put it down.
KendraElizabeth1 More than 1 year ago
Was lucky enough to get my copy last night, and could not put it down, THE OMEN MACHINE is faster-paced and more exciting than previous books. I won't spoil it for all you TGoodkind fans but I know you will fall in love with the story! Happy reading :)
ScarletJosey More than 1 year ago
Great characters (the Hedgewitch and Hannis Arc are amazing), very fun plot, fast paced, thrilling read, and a really good beginning to something new. Overall, I give this book an easy recommend. In a weird way, it's probably a great starting place even for someone that hasn't read anything else by Goodkind. It's just a more enjoyable read than some of the longer, bigger books in the past series.
Travis Robertson More than 1 year ago
First of all I must say shame on TOR for pushing the release of the ebook back to Feb. 2012. As for the book itself, it was great to continue to read the story of Richard and Kahlan following Confesor. The story, however, was both uneventful and rushed at the same time compared to his other books. Too much time was spent in dialog saying the same thing that we read in a previous conversation 50 pages earlier. The plot had major flow problems, taking to long to advance at times, while rushing through key points at others. I may be being a little too critical, but only because my expectations for Goodkind's books are so high. I've enjoyed the series so much up to this point that Im disapointed that the book is merely good instead of great. I'd recomend the book to anyone that enjoyed the original series, just don't expect it to be on the level of Faith of the Fallen or Wizard's First Rule.
jbayness More than 1 year ago
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.
Ichrus More than 1 year ago
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.
Sisraeli More than 1 year ago
I've been reading the SOT books for years, I've read the previous 11 installments over and over. I loved the intricacies and the plot complexity, the character development and the philosophy woven in. I assumed when I bought this book that it was going to be the same caliber of writing and I couldn't wait to read it. What a disappointment. Huge font to try and hide how short this book is, chapters that were less than three pages long? Not to mention the generic, undeveloped plot, the lack of any further attempt at character development and the grammar errors all over the place. Characters that had been incredibly deep and interesting like Cara and Nicci were suddenly shallow and superficial. There was no humor, no meaningful theme, no philosophy. I especially did not appreciate the quick mention of the machine spouting wizard's rules which was not elaborated on at all. On the whole, this was a half-hearted attempt signaling that the series should have ended with the last book, Confessor. I realize this sounds harsh, but after the high expectations of 11 previous novels that were all amazing, this is such a disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it is a great culmination to an amazing series if given the chance read all of the sword of truth books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good not great
NYC_fantasy_reader More than 1 year ago
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.
StevePatterson More than 1 year ago
Fantastic figures (the Hedgewitch as well as Hannis Arc are fantastic), extremely entertaining scheme, action-packed, exhilarating read, as well as a really great start to something totally new. General, I actually give this book a straightforward highly recommend. In a bizarre manner, it really is most likely an excellent kick off point even for somebody that hasn't already read any other thing by Goodkind. It is every bit a much more pleasurable read than a number of the longer, even bigger books in the past collection.
SD_Whale More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of the original series. I loved the characters, dialogue, and the world. This book was painful to finish. Cardboard characters, characters have lost there soul. The plot is pedestrian. My favored character is Kahlan Amnell. She was the best of a strong female lead character. In this book she became a simpering twit. If you must read this get it from the library. If you must own it get it used or on the bargain rack.
god-guns_gloryJF More than 1 year ago
I have read every single book Terry has written and have enjoyed each and every one of them. Of course, I have my favorites and The Omen Machine just made the top five list. The story itself is fast paced and easy to follow while maintaining its intelligence and attention to detail. The Omen Machine picks up shortly after the events that took place during the extensive Sword of Truth series. However, it is not necessary to read the series to enjoy The Omen Machine as it is a true stand alone story. With that said, if you find you enjoy The Omen Machine, I would highly recommend reading Wizards First Rule, Terry Goodkind's first book.
Brian_Anderson More than 1 year ago
This book was a great start to a new series of books about Richard and Kahlan. We are introduced to the overall storyline that will be going on and there is a major plot point that is developed and resloved in this book. For people complainig about the story not being finished? I honestly do not think you read any of Terry's books. This is how he has always written. There is the overall arc of a series,then there is a story in the book that gets resolved by the end. The characters were great to read about again. It was wonderful to see how the characters relationships develope when they are not separated or in the middle of a huge battle. The little touches of what it is like for the characters to be a couple and be around each other is well developed and great to see. Yes the book was a but shorter then past novels, but that is not a bad thing. With shorter novels we may see books come out faster. People always complain that authors take too long to write a book. Well you can't have it both ways. You get a long book and wait for it, or you get a shorter book and you get them faster. The book being shorter does not affect the story or quality. Sorry for no details about plot, but I hate reviews that spoil the book. It was a great story and a great start to a new series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, Series continues in a great manner,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit talky in some places but once past those areas it was a totally enjoyable Goodkind reading experience
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am disappoint
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3 stars
bushnook More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed the Sword of Truth series from the start. The last book from the end of the war was a let down but Terry Goodkind is back in the groove with this one. Look forward to following Richard through many more pages of his tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for telling "The Rest of The Story". I have missed Richard & Kahlan. I must admit I was glad when the first series ended. I was ready for the war to end and for everyone to get on with their lives. I am so glad that Mr. Goodkind is telling it. Please ignore anyone that complains that the books are too long. When the story is as well done as these all are why gripe? He could have made three times the money by writing a 300 or 400 page novel. I have paid the same for novels 1/4th the size of some of Mr. Goodkinds novels. Quality and quanity! That is what you can expect from Terry Goodkind. I read "The Law Of Nines". That was the last book before my e-reader. I enjoyed it. However I am thrilled with this new series. Thank You! Sanna7125
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For such powerful characters they sure are easily beaten. He is a Rahl for crissakes and was so easily stymied. Not up to the original series standards. Repetitive beyond belief.. sorry I was surprised too..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked returning to the world of Richard and Kaylan; however I was disappointed in this effort. The characters had less depth and the logic flaws in the plot left the story well short of what I expect from Goodkind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As others have posted the book was very predictable/simplistic. I hope the next book is better.