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The Omen Machine (Sword of Truth #12)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  15,408 Ratings  ·  879 Reviews
Hannis Arc, working on the tapestry of lines linking constellations of elements that constituted the language of Creation recorded on the ancient Cerulean scroll spread out among the clutter on his desk, was not surprised to see the seven etherial forms billow into the room like acrid smoke driven on a breath of bitter breeze. Like an otherworldly collection of spectral sh ...more
Hardcover, 525 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Tor Books (first published 2011)
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Eric Allen
Sep 08, 2011 Eric Allen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Omen Machine

By Terry Goodkind? Maybe? Are we sure about this? REALLY? Did Terry Goodkind REALLY write this crap?

A review by Eric Allen

Before I get started I’d like to make a point. I’ll do this by telling you a story; it’s called A Tale of Two Goodkinds. It was the best of times. It was the blurst of times, and if you don’t get the reference, it’s your loss. Once upon a time there was an author named Terry Goodkind with a retelling of Arthurian legend he called The Sword of Truth book 1: Wiz
Sep 06, 2011 Lyman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Being a big fan of this series I'm sorry to say this book was a huge disappointment. It seems that all of the characters who were very intelligent and insightful have become idiots who need to be explained every detail over and over. Zed in particular didn't seem to have a clue most of the time until it was all laid out for him. Not what you would expect from Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander wizard of the First Order. It was like I was reading a fantasy for dummies book. At this point in the series charac ...more
Nov 09, 2012 S rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012

This book earns a star solely because Goodkind mostly resisted his natural urges to retell every goddam story he's ever written before, which must have been hard for him. So hard that the story suffered horribly.

Now, The SOT novels were my first real venture into fantasy written for adults. I was 13 and fell in love with WFR. I think I've attached a lot of sentimentality to the series because of this. It is, undoubtedly, my favorite genre to read, and I'm grateful to these books for the in
Ranting Dragon
Nov 25, 2011 Ranting Dragon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michelle

Note: while Goodreads only supports full stars, one star is indeed too much for this book. If you go to our site via the link above, you will see that we gave this book a half star.

The Omen Machine is the thirteenth installment in Terry Goodkind’s persistently popular Sword of Truth series and marks the author’s return to the fantasy genre after a short-lived stint with contemporary fiction. While no doubt many fans have been eagerly anticipating the conti
Gina Denny
Aug 20, 2011 Gina Denny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
This is somewhere between four and five stars for me, though I think the tendency toward the fifth star is because I'm just so darn happy to be back in D'Hara with Richard and Kahlan.

I'm gonna go old school with a pro-con list on this review.

Let's start with the bad news, because, frankly, there's very little of it.

The trouble all starts the day after Cara's wedding? *sad wail* I really thought we were settling in for a good long period of peace and prosperity after all that Jagang mess.
Aug 20, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I wasn't optimistic about the idea of a continuation of the SOT series taking place after Confessor; Terry Goodkind did such a fantastic job of wrapping up all the loose ends in the eleventh book that I was afraid a twelfth installment would just be beating a dead horse. I'm afraid to report that my gut instinct was correct. Although I will admit that I sat down and read this book cover to cover in an afternoon (a compelling plot has never been a problem with the SOT series), I was thoroughly di ...more
Sep 22, 2012 Tina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Between this and the Law of nines, its really hard to say why I even like this guy anymore. The first 5 books of the Sword of Truth series were PHENOMENAL. The characters were growing, they interacted well, and the entire story developed with twists and turns that added to its overall flavor. After the 5th book, though, the series took a dive. The Pillars of Cration was...a waste. A one-off book that had nothing to do with the main storyline of the SoT. Goodkind picked it back up some with the f ...more
Dustin Reid
Jan 04, 2013 Dustin Reid rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for destroying a decent series with a hurried and poorly thought out conclusion. It is almost as if Goodkind had a gun pointed at his crotch and a knife poised above his right hand, with red hot pokers in front of his eyes... And then being told to type on an archaic typewriter. Quickly. Or Die! Left handed.

Thank you for destroying a decent series with a hurried and poorly thought out conclusion. It is almost as if Goodkind had a gun pointed at his crotch and a knife poised above his r
Sep 26, 2011 Fluidshadow rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading "Chain Fire" I really didn't expect much. Somehow I was still massively disappointed. I'm sure that others have already said it better than I care to, but I wouldn't wipe my ass with these pages. It didn't have the voice or style of Terry Goodkind. it didn't really have voice or style at all. Maybe the "omen machine" wrote this book. It felt hollow enough. It was like SOT on sesame street. These were not the characters that have been building in complexity over the years.

There wer
Aug 05, 2012 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: only people I don't like
At the risk of repetitively (purposeful irony) I will briefly summarise the major beefs I share with the majority of likeminded reviewers.

This book begins immediately after Confessor, the day after the biggest war in history, a gathering of the most powerful rulers in the Empire of D’Hara. These rulers have lead their people through horrors beyond imagination and are quite used to postures of head down and bottom up singing prayers to their mighty Lord Rahl in both fear and love. Not one would b
Ryan Lawler
The Sword of Truth (SoT) was one of the first epic fantasy series that I read, consuming my teenage years and early twenties as I waited patiently and eagerly devoured each instalment in the twelve book series. While Goodkind copped a lot of flak for his “preachy” style of writing becoming more prevalent as the series progressed, book twelve did everything the final book of a series should do – it tied up every loose end that had been introduced over the course of the series and delivered a conc ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Kgbattle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a devoted fan of the books for over a decade. Even as the writing style became more and more, for lack of a better word, annoying. From Book 2 I noticed pages upon pages were filled with reminding us of the first story. I always stayed patient thinking this was for those who may pick up a book mid-series. I was glad I did. I, too, had fallen in love with the characters and wanted to know what their fates would be.

However, I have been very disappointed in this latest book. To the point
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Richard and Kahlan are celebrating the wedding of their beloved friend, Cara, when they begin to recieve accounts of various people around the city speaking of prophecies. Richard and Kahlan don't think much of it until they find a strange machine hidden away in a secret chamber underneath the Garden of Life within the palace. A machine that produces the same prophecies the people have been muttering.

Edit: I first read this book when it came out, a little over a year ago, but decided to reread i
Aug 07, 2011 Burouj rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had been eagerly waiting for this book since it was announced.. another Richard and Kahlan book! In the SOT universe! YES!!!!!!!!
Except... this book was a joke. The story sucked, the characters were familiar only be their names (I mean, WTF was Goodkind thinking making Kahlan so powerless? And Richard so.. bland? Zed so.. not Zed? And all the other characters so one-dimensional, if that!), the typos were ANNOYING AS HELL, and the repetition drove me crazy. It was like the book was written for
Max Kramer
I am a fan of the SOT novels. I think they are an entertaining series which really have something meaningful to say, even if they are hilariously derivative of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The Omen machine...not so much. It's a decent book, but it's very short (compared to other Goodkind books). My guess is that the story he wrote is twice as long, and he just split it in half so that he could sell two full priced books instead of one. That, or even he is getting tired of writing the sa ...more
Robert Aldrich
May 12, 2012 Robert Aldrich rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
Of the books I have read, there have been very few over the years that I have not finished. Unfortunatly, this novel is now added to that list. I tried, but as much as I wanted to like it, I found that I in fact greatly disliked the content and the story.

I only read about 350 pages of this novel, and I don't think I can actually force myself to continue to read.

I have been a fan of the SoT series for years, since the very first release of The Wizard's First Rule, and I have been a diehard fan of
Miles Reid-lobatto

I'm not a Terry Goodkind fan, not at all, but this book made me angry. it isn't offensive or infamously over the top as some of his previous books, nor is it dripping with huge morality lessons on a ideology I find distasteful. What made me angry was that it wasn't a complete book. The book itself is actually quite dull and bland and the only moment of distaste is found in a bit of wonderfully described viscera describing a woman being torn apart along with the foetus of her unborn child.

Apart f
Jeff Raymond
This may be a contender for the worst book I've ever read.

It's not so much its tenuous grasp on its own reality - the introduction of places and things that never got mentioned before, the use and understanding of machines in a setting that has never shown anything like it before (I made the mistake on Facebook of referring to it as medieval, but you get my drift).

It's not so much the terrible, terrible writing - writing that used to create lush, interesting landscapes and places, with characte
Nov 30, 2011 Carole rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'd advise fans of Terry Goodkind and The Sword of Truth to not bother to read this. I'm not even sure that Terry Goodkind wrote it. Apart from the fact that some of the major plots in the book didn't even come close to a conclusion, Terry Goodkind seems to have forgotten everything that made us love the previous books. Richard just makes up the answers as he goes along as his longtime advisers (Zedd, Nicci, Nathan) all appear to have been struck with moron disease. Kahlan, who was possibly the ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Samantha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Let me start off first by saying i love Terry Goodkind's work even some of most fans least favorites. This series was my introduction in the fantasy world and led me to read such epics as Game of Thrones and the Wheel of Time Series.

Now on to this book. I couldn't even finish it, this has to be the worst written book i have EVER read. The dialogue alone reads like it was written by a 6th grader. Constant repeating of the same sentence 100 different ways was just plain annoying. Yes i understand
I'm about halfway through this book and so far its pretty mediocre. Thank goodness Terry G put a cork in the soapbox preaching that overwhelmed the story of Richard and Kahlan in their last three books.

There is indeed a story but I am waiting for the humour and fully realized characters to show up. Just because I know and love these characters doesn't mean you can slack off on fleshing them out. I am hoping for good things in the last half of the book.

UPDATE: Well I finally made it to the end
Apr 21, 2012 Gretchen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
A disappointing vacation read. The early books in this series set up strong characters and conflict. While the series faltered in the middle, I thought the recent books with the conclusion of the war were a good return to form.

In this latest installment, interestingly framed as a "Richard and Kahlan" novel vs Sword of Truth, Goodkind is setting up a new conflict. The war for the empire is over, and the people of D'Hara are at last at peace. But peace brings new problems. If you aren't worried ab
Sep 04, 2011 Mundo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of the SOT-series, like me, do yourself a favor and don't read this book.

I almost died from boredom while I drudged myself through this. Half of the book consist of long and unintelligent dialog, where Richard try to explain "advanced" ideas to his close friends. I don't know how many times this scentence repeat itself; " Zedd: WHAT DO YOU MEAN ....., RICHARD? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?". The topics and points get over-analyzed and discussed to death. The text almost insult the reade
Elizabeth Giosia
Terry Goodkind brought readers into the world of the Sword of Truth series in 1994. Over the series of 11 novels, the reader is taken on a journey of magic and war, love and deceit, beauty and death. When Confessor released in September of 2008, the readers were told that it would be the last book in the Sword of Truth series. For some of us, it was the end of an era: Personally, I discovered the Sword of Truth series in 2001, and had read each book at least twice when Confessor was released. Th ...more
Ciara Ballintyne
The book is primarily a mystery, albeit fantasy, without the impetus of a villain that exists in earlier books. The death of Jagang has left a void, and Goodkind attempts to fill it with a new villain, but for the early part of this book the main conflict is essentially discovering the answer to the mystery – what is the omen machine and what does it mean. I don’t feel this is handled with a sufficient degree of tension or suspense and I found the first half of the book quite slow and difficult ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waste-of-time
I love the Seeker of Truth universe, I really do. I loved all the books in the original series, and didn't mind so much the slow pace of the last 3 books with their constant reiteration of the main moral points.

I appreciate them even more now since the publishing of "Law of Nines" and "The Omen Machine", both of them very thin, unfulfilled sketches in this universe. Or multiverse I guess would be more accurate to say. It's as if some people complained that Terry expanded too much, repeated the
Chanel Savoie
Aug 20, 2011 Chanel Savoie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read The Omen Machine very quickly. I have always been a fan of Terry Goodkind, and I eat his books like candy! While I know his technical writing isn't completely perfect, Mr. Goodkind can form a plot and push character development like no one else. The Omen Machine was no exception. His technical writing was better than usual in this book. The plot was good, but not in depth enough for me. I am used to the more epic books of the Sword of Truth series. This was a bit different. It was fast pa ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Raquelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was horrible. I started out loving this series so much, then he sort of lost me with the middle books, but by the end I was sad it was over. So when I heard that a new book was coming out (other than the Law of Nines, which I couldn't force myself to finish), I was really excited.

One thing I will give him is that at least this book didn't spend half its pages rehashing what happened in the previous books. And because the Imperial Order is no longer a threat, there was no need to do all
Michael Albro
Apr 02, 2013 Michael Albro rated it did not like it
I was/am/will always be a huge fan of the first eleven books of the Sword of Truth series. Those books started out as an adventure fantasy and evolved into a philosophical study of logic vs. faith. I loved it. Which is why I was so excited to see this book at first, but after reading it, I couldn't help but be disappointed.

"Confessor" had a really great ending; it wrapped everything up nicely and "The Omen Machine" just absolutely ruined that. I mean, the book starts just seconds after "Confess
Aug 29, 2011 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
I was taken by surprise when I saw this book. I am a fan of the SoT series, however I thought Goodkind wrapped up everyone's story lines sufficiently for me to have closure on the characters. He was rather preachy the in the last half of the 11 book series so I was apprehensive about another. I was pleasantly surprised that it was a shorter read as well as light on the preachy morality stuff. He came up with another creepy big bad and a whole new set of problems, which if course tears Kahlan awa ...more
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