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Legend of the Seeker-Sword of Truth-Richard and Kahlan The OMEN Machine
Cover: The Omen Machine
What to Expect from The Omen Machine
This is a toughie....
The Omen machine picks up right after the end of Confessor so it will be nice to jump right back into a story with the characters we know.
Having said that, there are a few issues to sort out here.
If you were a Sword of Truth READER before the TV series, I expect that you will truly enjoy jumping right back into stories about Richard and Kahlan from the man who created them and knows them best. However, since this book is coming after the cancellation of the series, Legend of the Seeker WATCHERS will attempt to jump in as well. This is why I believe we will be given another long dose of Richard's (aka Terry's) belief system. If this is kept short and to the point, I won't have any problem with it as I understand that the author, editor and publisher want to make new readers as comfortable with the story as the original readers.
If, however, Terry wastes 100 pages on it, I'll be very disappointed in him. There is no reason to continue to waste so much space on Richard's belief system. The long, drawn-out speeches Richard gives are annoying at best, boring at worst and generally unneccessary to most of us. Anyone who watched the show should know by now that they should read the books, from the beginning, in order. While I assume they will attempt to get readers right back into the story, new readers will need a little background.
Remember that in the show, Richard is really a rather plain hero with no magic. In the books, Richard is presented entirely different. Not only is Richard a War Wizard, he's the most powerful wizard born in 3000 years (I STILL don't know why they took that out of the show). Many things are different from the show to the original 12 books and the show didn't get all that far into the overall story. The show never gets to present Jagang or the Imperial Order.
If you are an original reader, be prepared to revisit many things you already know as, I believe, Terry will try to introduce new readers to the characters and backstory. If you have only watched Legend of the Seeker, be prepared to enter a wonderfully rich experience but a very different version than what was presented on TV.
The Omen Machine was originally due out in February but I believe has been pushed back to July - keep watching for it since I think it should be a fun read one way or another.