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New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel by Robert Jordan

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From America's premier fantasy writer---#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Crossroads of Twilight---comes an expanded version of his novella "New Spring," first published in the Legends collection. 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.



  • Just like many other readers, I've suffered through the final few Wheel of Time books. However, New Spring sets itself apart and brings back the essence of the earlier WoT books. This book is absolutely fantastic.
  • I want to mention that I had already read most of the series before revisiting the prequel in audiobook format. In my opinion, this book doesn't have much connection to the Wheel of Time (WOT) series, aside from featuring the same characters. It primarily focuses on Moiraine and Siuan as they go through their journey of becoming accepted and being raised to sisters. It does provide some background information on Lan, although it's not enough to make it worth listening to. (He reminds me a lot of Matt in this book, doing what needs to be done rather than out of personal desire.) The only valuable aspect I gained from this book is the hint that Cadsuane might be a dark friend. (She only appears for about three minutes in the book.) There isn't a lot of excitement or suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat, eagerly awaiting the next move. With the rest of the series, I found it difficult to take off my headphones and go to sleep, but I was highly disappointed with New Spring.
  • This is a solid addition to the Wheel of Time series. I thoroughly enjoyed how it delved into the backgrounds of two enigmatic characters. There were a few instances where the pronunciation of certain names caused some confusion, but that didn't detract from my overall enjoyment.
  • Jordan did a great job with this one, and it's definitely worth a listen. My only gripe is that Michael Kramer isn't the best fit for audiobooks; his voice lacks expression and feels a bit dull.
  • I gotta say, this audiobook really dives into the backstory of some of the key characters from the Wheel of Time series. However, I had trouble staying focused on the story. I kept getting sidetracked and had to restart chapters since I couldn't figure out what was going on. Plus, Kate Reading's voice felt like background noise that was hard to ignore. Seriously, I had to really push myself to concentrate while listening. So, I'd suggest checking this book out, but with a few reservations.
  • This story provides some intriguing character development and expands upon the background that is subtly hinted at in the main Wheel of Time series. However, there is a significant portion of the book dedicated to recounting tower customs, daily life, and delving into the minutiae of Malkieri culture. As a result, the pages devoted to these aspects far outweigh the presence of an engaging plot. Essentially, this book consists of 80% background information and only about 20% actual storytelling. If you have a particular interest in reading about the conflicts among Aes Sedai or the resilience of the Malkieri people, then you might appreciate this book as it adds depth to the world-building. However, if you are not particularly invested in these details, it would be more efficient to skip this entry and gather the necessary information through hints and inner monologues of the central characters when they appear in the main series.
  • I really got into the WoT series, especially Sanderson's final trilogy. However, New Spring doesn't really live up to its name. It's not exactly a prequel to WoT, but more like a condensed 10-hour summary of what it takes to become an Aes Sedai. And if you're not already familiar with WoT's teachings that "an Aes Sedai can't lie, but you can't trust a word they say" or "an Aes Sedai is more dangerous than a rotten peach," you'll definitely learn about them in New Spring. Jordan has a talent for painting vivid pictures with his words, and some of the writing is truly beautiful. Furthermore, both narrators are absolutely outstanding. Hardcore WoT fans will probably enjoy New Spring, but others might find themselves asking for a refund.
  • When I first heard that Robert Jordan had decided to write a prequel to the main series of The Wheel of Time, I wasn't too excited. I've been completely hooked on the series ever since stumbling upon it several years ago, but the last two books have left me feeling disappointed. However, I must say that New Spring was a pleasant surprise. This novel takes us back to the early days of Moiraine Damodred and Siuan Sanche, when they were still Accepted and not yet full-fledged Aes Sedai. It also provides us with a deeper understanding of Lan Mandragoran's past and how he became Moiraine's warder. This book gives us a glimpse into the past of these important characters and sheds light on what motivated them to bring about the return of the Dragon Reborn. In terms of the narration, as always, Kate Reading does a fantastic job while Michael Kramer is decent. All in all, New Spring is a fantastic audiobook.
  • This book is seriously captivating. Not only does it tell an amazing story in its own right, but it also enhances the entire series. The narrator did an outstanding job, and I couldn't get enough of it.