I must disclose that the Sword of
Truth series is easily one of my top ten fantasy series and the
final book in this series Confessor (Part 3 of the Chainfire
Trilogy) brilliantly concluded this amazing series. However fans
such as myself wanted to read more about the heroic couple Richard,
a War Wizard and his wife Kahlan, a Confessor and thankfully due to
the overwhelming response from fans, their story continues in The
Omen Machine - A Richard and Kahlan Novel.
Prophecy has always played a key role
to the Sword of Truth series and once again the Seeker of
Truth, Richard is unwilling caught up in ancient and deadly game
about ill fated omens. The novel starts innocently enough as those
people who have been touched by the ability to prophesise begin to
inform the populace of minor omens. Richard and Kahlan are soon
brought into this game when a blind woman warns Richard that the sky
will fall in.
Richard who has never been a true
believer in prophecy ignores the warning but when strange things
begin to happen and more importantly citizens of D'Hara begin to act
strange, it is time for him to investigate. To compound the
situation, some of the people who have been touched with the gift of
prophecy have been involved in violent crimes against their family
in order to save them from the darkness that is about to bestow
these lands. In order for them to save their family from this
approaching darkness, they do the unthinkable and murder their
children. A puzzle has now been opened for Seeker of Truth!
Although the action is kept to a
minimum in this story, it's actually quite nerve racking to follow
Richard and Kahlan as they attempt to solve this puzzle. Without
spoiling the story, the sky does indeed fall in for Richard which
leads him to discover an ancient machine under the Garden of Life
which could threaten the very world.
Joining Richard are the familiar faces
from the previous novels such as Richard's grandfather Zedd who will
use every resource available to him to destroy this machine to
Richard's loyal Mordsith, Cara and her husband Benjamin who attempt
to keep peace and order as the populace begins to panic about the
truth behind these omens. Other characters such as Nathan Rahl, the
world's oldest prophet and Nicci, a former Sister of the Dark are
also used quite well throughout this story which is more a mystery
than a classic sword and sorcery novel. Unfortunately for Richard
and Kahlan, they are involved in a catastrophic prophecy with no way
to stop unless a deadly price is paid. This is there journey.
Once again Terry Goodkind draws you in
from the very first pages of this novel and before you know it, it
will be over and you will be craving for more. Goodkind has a magic
when it comes to writing as every word, paragraph and chapter flows
so well. He creates relatable characters in a world that seems as
real as ours which is why his novels are so popular.
Reading Terry Goodkind's The Omen
Machine is like coming home again to familiar friends and
family. It is the familiarity of this novel that makes it such a
great read but more importantly seeing the the perfect couple of
Richard and Kahlan once again drawn into this dark world with only
themselves as redemption is where this story shines. This has
definitely been written for the fans!