A Kahlan and Richard fantasy novel from bestselling author, 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.
‘Few writers have Goodkind’s power of creation’
‘Goodkind’s greatest triumph: the ability to introduce instantly identifiable characters. His heroes, like us, are not perfect. Instead, each is flawed in ways that strengthen rather than weaken their impact.’
‘A real born storyteller'
'Everything one could ask for in an epic fantasy'
About the author
Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a cabinet maker, violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world – each with its own story to tell, he says. In 1983 Goodkind moved to the forested mountains he loves. There, in the woods near the ocean, he built the house where he and his wife Jeri live, and came at last to tell his own stories.
Excellent! Found this book to have much more pace than most of the Richard & Kahlan books. So much so that I expected the story "To be continued...". It did conclude, but with so many loose threads it would be inconceivable not to assume that another is already in the pipeline. I can see the new threat to the D'Haran empire spreading over several more books (I hope!).
If you love the Sword of Truth series, you will love this book. Most of the old cast, that survived "Confessor", are reprised, with some new friends, and enemies, thrown in for good measure. Goodkind delivers again.
Recommend to all sword if truth fans
The Omen Machine
Oh what a joy to return to Richard's world! It's been such a long time but worth the wait! Bring on the next exciting and captivating installment.