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Terry Goodkind , Sam Tsoutsouvas , Inc. Brilliance Audio
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July 31 2012 Sword of Truth Series (Book 12)
“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 ethereal forms billow into the room like acrid smoke driven on a breath of bitter breeze. Like an otherworldly collection of spectral shapes seemingly carried on random eddies of air, they wandered in a loose clutch among the still and silent mounted bears and beasts rising up on their stands, the small forest of stone pedestals holding massive books of recorded prophecy, and the evenly spaced display cases of oddities, their glass reflecting the firelight from the massive hearth at the side of the room.” “Since the seven rarely used doors, the shutters on the windows down on the ground level several stories below stood open in a fearless show of invitation. Though they frequently chose to use windows, they didn’t actually need the windows any more than they needed the doors. They could seep through any opening, any crack, like vapor rising in the early morning from stretches of stagnant water that lay in dark swaths through the pear barrens.” “The open shutters were meant to be a declaration for all, including the seven, to see that Hannis Arc feared nothing.”

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Praise for Terry Goodkind

“Mr. Goodkind’s compelling prose weaves a magic spell over readers.”
—RT Book Reviews on Faith of the Fallen
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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One of the most popular writers of fantasy today, Terry Goodkind divides his time between Maine and Nevada.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Insulting To Fans Oct. 29 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Against my initial reluctance to reopen a favourite, concluded series, I bought the paperback edition of Omen Machine and read through the whole story. It was heartwarming to read about characters I've come to care about and have missed for the past few years. It was a nice reunion, and despite any other criticisms of Terry Goodkind, the man can write action scenes like no one else. Heart pounding, gripping and masterfully descriptive. That said, I wish I had left the series alone.

It is so profoundly disappointing to see that Goodkind's two main characters - our heroes Richard and Kahlan - have evolved from young, uncertain heroes fighting for what's right and overcoming their doubts, into super know-it-alls who barely tolerate the silly beliefs of the common folk.

A scene repeated frequently in the second half of this long, multi-book series is of one of our core group of enlightened heroes standing in front of a crowd - often on a raised platform - lecturing at length about some topic or another. Usually this is a thinly veiled monologue about how most people don't think for themselves, but instead allow others/superstition/fear/etc do the thinking for them.

They don't even need a crowd to do some lecturing - they do it to each other in the guise of solving some problem. For example, in Omen Machine, Zedd, a wise old wizard who taught Richard most of what he knows, suddenly becomes clueless and close-minded. He even acts like a book written in a language he doesn't recognize must be useless - simply to give our hero the chance to educate him (really it's us the Clueless Reader who is being educated). I think Richard goes on about how he knows the language of ‘emblematic representations’ at least 5 times. Ug.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced story, didn't want to put it down July 31 2014
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A very fast paced story, I didn't want to put it down. This was certainly a shorter book compared to most of the other books in this series, but it flowed seamlessly from the previous book, which I thought was the end of the series, so I was very happy to see Richard and Kahlan's adventures continue on. Mr. Goodkind continues to keep me guessing all the way through this one. Can't wait to start reading the Third Kingdom now.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced & action packed! Sept. 11 2011
By V. Buttino TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I had just finished reading Terry Goodkind's Sword Of Truth series earlier in the year and was over-joyed when I heard there would be another Richard & Kahlan book released in the summer.

Terry Goodkind did not disappoint me with The Omen Machine - each page kept me absolutely riveted and I finished the book in only four days (I'm a slow reader who likes to take her time, so this is quite a feat for me). All of our favourite characters make a return in this new instalment, beginning where we left off, at Cara and Benjamin's wedding. The D'Haran Empire has itself a new foe and I can picture this new story lasting for another couple of books at least. I highly recommend this new Sword of Truth novel to anyone who has enjoyed Mr. Goodkind's previous novels. You will not be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book March 22 2014
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If you read the previous books, it's just normal to read this one. It directly follows the last book. It might not entice new readers, but it's still a good one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great March 11 2014
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it's a start to another great richard and kahlan adventure, slow in some parts but it's always a build up to something great that will make you not to put the book down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Sword of Truth Feb. 28 2014
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Kind of disapointing, was expecting more action,also it seems the autor rushed the ending, I dunno, it feels like a really weak level compared to the Sword of Truth series
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as riveting as usual. Jan. 29 2014
By Nathan
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I feel like there was a lot of repetition in this book and no character development. I'm normally a huge fan of Goodkind but I feel like he didn't put as much effort into this read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but a good read Oct. 8 2013
By Grim
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I have to agree with another reviewer that this book felt a little like it came from the young adult shelf. The characters seem a little dumbed down and slightly hollow. The subject of prophecy seems to reoccur over and over again throughout the entire book quite often. But, it was nice to revisit these cherished characters and their lives, even if they do seem a bit off. The story is fairly localized compared to most of the other novels which if I remember correctly are quite sprawling. Goodkind introduces two villians, however, which are truly unique and interesting. The book reads fast and keeps your interest. Look forward for the next one and hope it's a bit more polished.
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