Everyone is remarkably dumber in this story. The conflicts and resolutions feel forced. Completely different than what Terry Goodkind has shown us he is capable of.
man. this story could have been great. there were several moments though when the characters just seemed dumb. Zed is not a dumb old man, and when he apparently doesnt understand simple things it makes me so upset. nicci too. they were just really dumbed down in this story.
Make the Omen machine and Third Kingdom one book. There was far too much time spent on the race to the hedge maids lair for both Richard and Kahlan with only two characters and dance and chanting that went on there. There was not enough on the omen machine and the back ground on the dark lands.
The learning of a new language. Kahlan and Richards long race to the hedge maids lair.
I know it is probably necessary - to make each book a stand alone - , but the constant rehash of what Richard and Kahlan felt about prophecy and who and what it was is a waste of words and explanation when you have read and listened to all the books.
Get a New Narrator.
It was important to get some of the details needed to know how the dark lands and the third kingdom played into the story line, but because I had already read the book, I found myself fast forwarding though some of the long winded dialog (by a poor narrator) to get to the parts that were good. I would not listen to the whole book - ever - unless I fell asleep while listening.
If I had not wanted to see how the book sounded being read by someone else - I would probably not purchase the book unless a different narrator ( Christina Traister) were to redo the book.
Sam did a better job this time that he did on Confessor, but only because he did not have a cold this time.
I was a huge fan of Goodkind's master work, Sword of Truth series. Thus, I was excited to see a continuation of the Sword of Truth characters. The Omen Machine was a bore. I just wanted it to end. The story line, only mildly interesting, PLODDED along. Before I finished Omen Machine, I had already decided that it wouldn't be going on to the other books in the series.
I do not plan to read any more of Terry Goodkind's books in this series.
There are to many plots left opened . The flow was different from the other books. some characters have just vanished. Tell us who a live and where they maybe or if they are coming back.
I tried to read this when it first came out bit I could never make myself sit down and read it. When I found it on audible, I decided it was time to give it a fair shake. It was definitely worth it. The story was typical Goodkind, taking you through the thought processes of the characters, mainly Richard.
Long Story short, well worth the listen.
I've worked my way through all of the sword of truth books by listening to them on audio. The beauty of audio is it doesn't matter if something distracts you for a moment because Goodkind repeats stuff so much that you'll hear it again a few minutes later. I'm pretty sure he gets paid by the word and his editor is afraid to tell him to tighten things up. A lot. Plus he has an annoying habit of simply dropping things if someone points out that his major plot point is a massive inconsistency. (Ex: Richard and Kahlan can't have a kid because if it's a son it will be the offspring of a confessor and a wizard, and therefore be uncontrollably evil. Sure, okay. Except that confessor abilities always inherit to daughters. Zedd married a confessor, they had a girl and she was raped by a wizard. Richard was the offspring. The son of a confessor and a wizard. So, Richard is the evil bad guy he's told his child would be? Made no sense and I kept waiting for ANY of the characters to point this out but instead, Goodkind just dropped the whole thread without ever resolving it.)
In the same way that none of the characters ever seem to grasp the obvious, this entire book falls along the same line. Even the main characters are blindingly ignorant of the obvious facts right in front of them. I'm astonished that Richard and Kahlan have both devolved so badly. It's one thing for the masses to be idiots, but R and K are supposed to be clever, and indeed, used to be portrayed that way (except for the having kids part). The plot is so slow, tedious, and obvious that I don't even care what happens next. I'm done with this series and I'm done with this author. There is so much other better fiction out there to listen to or read that I will no longer waste my time on Terry Goodkind.