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.
The story was good, although it lacked the depth of the previous books.
It felt more like a short story that has been fleshed out into a novel.
Terry Goodkind had the chance to start a new story in any direction he wishes to go. He decided to make a whole book about prophecy and keep the whole book in the Dahran Palace. This book was unbelievably boring and hard to keep focus. By far the worst book to date. Terry has really sucked the enjoyment, excitement with each book. This book left a bad taste in my mouth , and not really look forward to the next. Of course I will continue because I have invested so much time in the series I want to see how this train wreck is going to end. Also, the whole Khalan getting capture and Richard having to go to the rescue is getting so old. Seriously, stop Terry. For the love of God stop
The finding of a hugely massive prophesy machine that seems to be sentient under the garden of life, the Palace of the People, the plateau and the Azeroth Plain seems to imply that the machine came long before any of the above! This gives rise to any number of story lines! Richard's relationship to and with this machine will be very interesting!!! An exciting beginning to a new story tract!!! ...and a new set of characters for Richard and Kahlan to interact with.
Not necessarily, I have listened to all of Goodkind's books before this and really enjoyed them. However, I feel like this book and subsequent books is dragging out and ruining an amazing series.Confessor ended, and it was an perfect ending It should have stopped there though and left on a high note. I also started to notice in Phantom and more so in Confessor but Goodkind repeats himself endlessly. The same arguments are rehashed by different characters over and over again. He didn't do this in his past books, but was very precise in his writing. However, in The Omen Machine there seems to be a lot of fluff and it is very repetitive, his readers aren't unintelligent so stop writing like we are. My last issue is that the premise of The Omen Machine is difficult to swallow I feel like the whole idea is contrived and unimaginative. Also adding in another land and villain seems a little too convenient
I would have changed the Machine's location to make it more believable. I also would have found a different way of introducing the Third Kingdom, compared to D'hara and the rest of the world it is misplaced.
Yes, he did a great job reading this book and it compares well to his other performances. However, it could not muster up enough force to save this book.
Honestly, probably not I am just too dissapointed in the whole thing. I will pretend this book doesn't exist and give Richard and Kahlen a happy ending.
I don't remember the long winded explanations being this bad in the previous books. Now Terry spends entire chapters with the characters discussing easy to understand ideas over and over and then they repeat those ideas to other characters! It's as if he doesn't expect his readers to have any idea what's going on at any time.
I want the story to progress, have something happen! You can unfold an event and expect the listener to extrapolate what happened by the consequences. Maybe explain it a single time if it was complicated.
Old experienced wizards like Zed and Nathan contribute absolutely nothing in this entire book, even though they are there the entire time and should have some life experience that helps Richard and Khalan out.
Very frustrating to listen to. I could fast forward ahead by 3-5 min and they would still be talking about the same thing I figured out 3 chapters ago.
Anyway, now I'm starting to make the same mistake myself. You get the idea.
A good book. somewhere in the middle of what you expect from Goodkind. Keep in mind that it is setting up for events to come and you won't be disappointed.
I really like Terry's books but the climax and finish of this one seemed rushed compared to his past novels. Without ruining the story the book ended similar to the ending of the first Hobbit movie, basically on a cliff hangar that seemed like it had been rushed to.