Book: The Omen Machine
Author: Terry Goodkind
Recommend: If you are a fan of the series and understand that he is setting the read up for something new…
I have been putting this book off for some reason. Having read the 12 books that come before it (including Debt of Bones, a prequel to the series), the story felt very complete to me. I wasn’t quite sure how Goodkind was going to add more to it and was quite worried that it would diminish the rest of the body of work. My fears, it seems were not unfounded.
Richard and Kahlan have finally defeated the Emperor and have won the freedom of the people of both the new and old world. However, strange seemingly simple prophecies begin to show up coming from all directions. The same prophecies. What sinister force is at work this time, not allowing Richard and Kahlan a moment of peace?
Okay, I’ve read the other books. They were amazing. The power of these characters is astounding. However something happened. Something bad happened. Goodkind lost his power somewhere. Richard and Kahlan are just not the same in this book. They feel like a shadow of the characters they originally were. They almost feel like the characters from the TV show instead of the complex people he wrote in the rest of the series. The writing in this book was just not what I have come to expect from Goodkind. I wonder if this book was rushed or that he just hadn’t written in a while and was out of practice or what but it doesn’t have the same intensity as the books that come before it.
It wasn’t a bad read, but it was a disappointing one. It lacked the power that made the rest of this series great.