The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind

The Omen MachineIt has been a while since I had time to update this site but now that I have some more free time, I hope to do this more regularly again. So, getting right to it…

Our favorite Mord Sith gets married in Terry Goodkind’s The Omen Machine but her wedding is anything but the peaceful, memorable occasion that every woman dreams of. Instead, it is filled with political tension and warnings of dark things to come. Suddenly, Richard and Kalhan are surrounded by people giving prophecies all around them, people who are not prophets. Richard discovers an ancient machine, buried beneath the Garden of Life, that provides further prophecy about coming darkness.

The Omen Machine was better than most of the middle series because it was not the intensely preachy books that the others became, but it was, still a little over the top. Richard’s aversion to prophecy, though understandable, is still the agenda of the moment and comes up fairly frequently, but there is enough other mystery and intrigue happening that it doesn’t feel as forced on the reader as the others books felt.

However, the book is still a little overly dramatic. I cannot even begin to count how many times it said that Kahlan couldn’t bear Richard being sad. Kahlan is a strong, inspirational character, and being in love does not diminish that, but having a storyline that revolves so much around her husband does.

Perhaps most disappointing was that it was lacking in some of the other characters that make the series feel more well-rounded and complete. Now that Kahlan and Richard are living their happily ever after (though not the safe adventure-free kind that fairy tales indicate), their relationship lacks for drama and intrigue. I would like to see that others have a bigger role in the future of the series.


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