New Spring

New Spring

The Novel

Book - 2004
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Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time#65533; by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

For three days battle has raged in the snow around the great city of Tar Valon. In the city, a Foretelling of the future is uttered. On the slopes of Dragonmount, the immense mountain that looms over the city, is born an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before the forces of the Shadow have an opportunity to kill him.

Moiraine Damodred, a young Accepted soon to be raised to Aes Sedai, and Lan Mandragoran, a soldier fighting in the battle, are set on paths that will bind their lives together. But those paths are filled with complications and dangers, for Moiraine, of the Royal House of Cairhien, whose king has just died, and Lan, considered the uncrowned king of a nation long dead, find their lives threatened by the plots of those seeking power.

"New Spring" related some of these events, in compressed form; New Spring: The Novel tells the whole story.

The Wheel of Time #65533;
New Spring: The Novel
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#2 The Great Hunt
#3 The Dragon Reborn
#4 The Shadow Rising
#5 The Fires of Heaven
#6 Lord of Chaos
#7 A Crown of Swords
#8 The Path of Daggers
#9 Winter's Heart
#10 Crossroads of Twilight
#11 Knife of Dreams

By Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
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#13 Towers of Midnight
#14 A Memory of Light

By Robert Jordan and Teresa Patterson
The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time

By Robert Jordan, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons
The Wheel of Time Companion

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2004
Edition: 1st US ed
ISBN: 9780765345455
9780765306296
0765306298
Branch Call Number: JORD
Characteristics: 334 p

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DBRL_KrisA Jan 22, 2017

I have a confession to make - I didn't read this in the correct order. New Spring is part of Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series; it's a prequel that takes place about 20 years before the events of the first book in the series. New Spring was written originally as a novella, published in an anthology of new works written by several masters of the fantasy genre. The anthology came out between books 8 and 9 of the "Wheel of Time" series; Jordan later expanded the novella into a full novel, which came out between books 10 and 11 of the series.

As I said, the events in New Spring take place about 20 years before the events of the first book in the main series. Moiraine and Siuan, both apprentices to the Aes Sedai, a group of sorceresses, overhear a prophecy of the rebirth of the "Dragon", a hero who will save the world from the "Dark One". Once they become full members of the Aes Sedai, Moiraine and Siuan begin searching for the Dragon, to protect him from the followers of the Dark One. Moiraine also meets up with Lan Mandragoran, a soldier who will become her Warder, a warrior who is bonded to serve her.

It's difficult to talk about the "Wheel of Time" series without explaining such terms as Aes Sedai, Warder, and Dragon". It also made reading this book a little slow going at first. While the book is a prequel to the events of the series, it assumes a familiarity with the world of the series, since it was published after 8 of the series' volumes. But there is a small glossary at the back of the book, and once I began to remember what the new words meant, the book became a lot more enjoyable. I'm a big fan of multi-volume works like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter books, and Christopher Paolini's "Eragon" series. My only concern is when a writer drags things on without ever resolving anything, seemingly just to make a few more bucks off the fans. I've had several friends say they stopped reading the "Wheel of Time" series for just that reason - that it seemed like some volumes in the series weren't really moving the story forward. But I enjoyed this book so much that I think at the least I'll read one or two more volumes in the series to see how things go, before giving up on this story.

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julia_sedai
Apr 27, 2016

I liked this book because it revealed what the White Tower was like before everything else happened. To be honest, I found the beginning a bit slow and hard to get into, but once it got a bit farther, I became more interested. There's a lot about the friendship between Moiraine and Siuan, and you also get to see more of Lan's emotions. I recommend it if you already like the Wheel of Time series. I read this one years after I finished the series multiple times.

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lindendesai
Jul 22, 2015

While it was interesting learning more back story on Moiraine and Lan, the novel didn't quite reach the standard held by the rest of The Wheel of Time. Worth a read if you're an avid fan of the universe, but unnecessary for casual fans.

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lhumeniuk
Apr 28, 2015

I love this series. This book though, is really the 1st book in the series even though it doesn't say that and it was published near the last quarter of the series. It is mainly all about Moiraine with a little bit about Lan and how the two got together. I was expecting to be reading the next in the series when I got this book (next would be book 11; Knife of Dreams) but it's as if he stopped telling the story and went back to the beginning. I didn't like this book and I learned very little more about the character Moiraine. I learned a little bit more about Lan but not much. If you're reading the series already, you could skip this book if you'd like. The series is good but sometimes the author takes too long to get things moving.

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daftbint
Nov 01, 2012

I didn't like this book. The plot was slow and not particularly interesting, and I don't think it added much to the series.

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Jakaru
Oct 25, 2011

Should have focused more on al-lan mandragoran, love that man.

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

Might have been better left as a short story as there isn't enough plot to sustain an entire book.

Nicky86 Sep 16, 2010

I read this book first before I started reading the rest of the series and I really enjoyed seeing Morraine and LAN in a more relaxed setting and in their younger years. It really made me appreciate the characters a lot more as I progressed through the series.

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pmarples
Sep 14, 2009

Prequel to the Wheel of Time Series. This is the story of Morraine and Lan's meeting.

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