The Omen Machine (Richard and Kahlan Series #1)

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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 ...

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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 room.

Since 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 more 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 barrens.

The open shutters were meant to be a declaration for all to see, including the seven, that Hannis Arc feared nothing.

#1 New 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 world.

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A mysterious device appears that seems to possibility of telling the future. At first, its predictions seem merely novel and harmless. Nevertheless, Zeddicus believes the Omen Machine must be destroyed, an edict quickly forgotten when the mechanical oracle lays down a cataclysmic future that will tear apart the lives of Richard and Kahlan. A Sword of Truth you will never forget.

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“Goodkind’s greatest triumph: the ability to introduce immediately identifiable characters. His heroes, like us, are not perfect. Instead, each is flawed in ways that strengthen, rather than weaken their impact. You’ll find no two-dimensional oafs here. In fact, at times you’ll think you’re looking at your own reflection.” —SFX on Blood of the Fold

 

“Few writers have Goodkind’s power of creation—phenomenal piece of imaginative writing, exhaustive in its scope and riveting in its detail.” —Publishing News on Temple of the Winds

 

“Mr. Goodkind’s compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers.” —RT Book Reviews on Faith of the Fallen

“Outstanding… Highly recommended.” —San Diego Union Tribune on Temple of the Winds

 

“Makes an indelible impact.” —Publishers Weekly on Faith of the Fallen

Kirkus Reviews
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469201511
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Richard and Kahlan Series , #1
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Goodkind

Terry Goodkind is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. His books include the eleven-volume Sword of Truth series, beginning with Wizard’s First Rule, the basis for the television show Legend of the Seeker. Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school. Alongside a career in wildlife art, he has also been a cabinetmaker and a violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world — each with its own story to tell, he says. While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with his own hands, in recent years he and his wife Jeri have created a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the majority of his time.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    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 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.

    39 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2011

    I could buy it for the Kindle...

    Why on earth can't I buy this as a nook book??

    20 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    Fast Paced & Magnificent!

    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.

    19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    GET THIS BOOK...COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!! :)

    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 :)

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Very Fun Read

    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.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Don't waste your time!

    Mr. Goodkind obviously is in dire need of $$$$. He has started out this new series the way he ended the last.....stretching for dollars. The story line is interesting enough but since he is paid by the word he has added way too many. It DRAGS and DRAGS so much that you can scan and skip whole pages at a time. I noticed this in the last 4 "Sword of Truth" novels. Repetition and boredom. I promised I would never buy another of his books but lo and behold....I did. If I could get a refund I would. Terry.....you are a talented author. Don't cheat us.

    10 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    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 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.

    10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Absolutely adored the Sword of Truth series!

    I can't wait for this book to come out! Terry Goodkind is a masterful writer, and his books have been some of the best I've ever read. This one appears to be shorter than his other novels, but I'm sure it will be just as good.

    10 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Don't waste you money or your time.

    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.

    8 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Disappointing is putting it mildly

    I feel like I read a different book than what inspired most of these reviews-I thought it was absolutely horrible. The writing was simplistic and Goodkind clung to the preachy style he honed to boring and insulting perfection in the last few books. Once again Richard and his close friends are portrayed as the only beings capable of independent thought. If the Midlands masses were really so ignorant the only sensible thing for Richard to do would be to create yet another world and leave them to their own devices.

    8 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    Enjoyable, but not Terry's best

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2011

    Ummmm.... love the sword of truth series, however.....

    As much as I loved the sword of trthu series I think it was good to end the series when it did. I really enjoyed Law of Nines and was looking forward to the supposed two additional books that were to make it a trilogy. Apparently Tor threw enough $$$$ into Goodkinds face to convice him to come back despite him saying it was done and over and he had moved on. Im sure it will be a good book and I am not ragging on him because he is a great writer, I was just at the point of looking forward to the Law of Nines series and apparently it has been left with a permanent cliffhanger (of sorts). This is just my thoughts. I will be of course buying this book it is released. Also for a good replacement to Terry Goodkind I have been reading the amazingly good and funny series by Jim Butcher "The Dresden Files". Its another great series by a very talented writer......

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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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 August 23, 2011

    I am so disappointed.

    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.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    Very excited for this book

    It's the 14th book by Terry Goodkind and it begins immediately following the end of the Sword of Truth series, apparently within hours of Confessor ending. That alone makes this a can't miss. Knowing it is a "Richard and Kahlan novel" makes this one of the most exciting releases of the year. I've been following this book ever since it was announced last year. It's been an agonizing year and a half or so but finally, the book is just a couple weeks away. Won't miss.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    Disappointment

    I have been anxiously awaiting this book, and was very happy when it was published on Aug 16th - I got it the same day. I wish I hadn't. Story is the biggest bunch of bull, boring, not what I've been used to Terry Goodkind producing. Law of Nines was a piece of crap as well. Hang it up Terry.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    Must check this out!

    Can't wait for this to come out. Love the Sword of Truth series!!

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Where did the nook go?

    Went to dl the book today to find out that it is no longer available on the nook... Waiting on response as to why this option disappeared on what should of been the release date. Still looks available on kindle

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2011

    No ebook version yet.

    I do not know what people are complaining about. This book will not be released on e-book format until November, 2011. The Kindle version comes out the same day as the Nook version. You can only pre-order at this time. The publisher does this to gauge demand; if you really want it, you will buy the hard cover. If you can wait, you will save. It is the same as not buying a book until it comes out in paperback. The longer you wait, the more you save.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

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    Highly Recommended! Go and Read..:)

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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