The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
“An accident leads to the discovery of a mysterious machine that has rested hidden deep underground for countless 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.”
I shall be careful not to give away too much. If you do decide to read any of the ‘reviewed’ books I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending for you, or give away any other major plot twists, so I’ll try to be as vague as possible. However, these won’t be completely spoiler free so if that bugs you stop reading here.
What I thought:
Imagine my surprise earlier this year when I realised that I wasn’t done with this series after all! I loved all the previous books including all prequels, so of course I added it to my to-be-read pile immediately.
The Omen Machine begins a new plot line after the last one finished in Confessor, and it comes with some creepy new crawlers to boot! There’s something unsettling about the idea of shadows watching you sleep and potentially tearing you to shreds at any given moment.
As the blurb above states, a machine is unearthed (literally, it was hidden and buried pretty well) which spits out omens. Unlike the prophecies which have been a big part of the previous books, these omens are very specific and come true within a short period of time. The most interesting factor for me was that the machine seems to be alive, in a sense, and is replying directly to Richard which implies that maybe the machine is more than a, well, machine. Not all questions were answered in this book and I’m dying to find out more in the next book. Dying, I tell you!!
The plot I loved, and the possibilities for the next book in the series have me excited to start reading, but I felt like the writing itself had taken a step back, as had the characters themselves. Has Zedd – or any of them, for that matter – always been so slow to grasp simple concepts? Why do we need to spend several pages discussing the obvious? Why did Richard have to explain to Zedd how a Confessor’s power works? The man knows! Maker, he’s known for longer than Richard but for some reason it had to be explained to him. So I don’t know what happened but the characters were smarter before. I’m sure they were. There were also some unnecessary repetitions, but overall there were so few that it didn’t ruin anything too much. It just put a damper on things here and there, especially the repetitive explanations. Or maybe I’ve become too critical since I started editing my own book? I should probably ease off a little.
Don’t get me wrong, though, it was a good book with a great plot and I’m not about to stop reading my way through this series now. It was a great read which I devoured, but it does feel like he could have done better and has done better in the past.
Then again, the man has written 17 books in this series. They can’t all be as awesome as the first, and given that this is only the second I had any issues with I can’t really complain. Even with its faults it was still amazing.
If you haven’t started this series already, start it now. This is the first book, and Wikipedia has a recommended reading order including prequels. You’re welcome 🙂
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