New Spring (Wheel of Time, #0)
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New Spring (The Wheel of Time 0)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  37,479 ratings  ·  802 reviews
The city of Canluum lies close to the scarred and desolate wastes of the Blight, a walled haven from the dangers away to the north, and a refuge from the ill works of those who serve the Dark One. Or so it is said.

The city that greets Al’Lan Mandragoran, exiled king of Malkier and the finest swordsman of his generation, is instead one that is rife with rumour and the whisp...more
Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published July 29th 2011 by Tor (first published January 1st 2004)
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Ryan
Sometimes I feel like reading fantasy is just a waste of time. If nothing else, the themes are often distressingly adolescent and no matter how many times I read about slaying dragons, it's pretty unlikely that I'll ever slay a dragon in real life.

Perhaps, for me, the real attraction that sword & sorcery offers is an escape into a world of imagination. It sounds like a corny movie trailer (I'm sure everyone can hear the movie trailer voice when reading "esCApe... into a worlld ... of imagiNA...more
Evgeny
The plot of this book can be summarized in the following two sentences. Moiraine and Siuan Sanche learn a great secret while still being Accepted in the White Tower. Moiraine meets Lan. There are much more than these events in the prequel and some more familiar faces appear than the ones I already mentioned.

I gave this book 5 stars initially, but I was sure I would lower the rating to 4 stars after I read this tale for the second time. To my complete surprise I realized that is still worth 5 sta...more
Nicole
Jun 25, 2007 Nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fiction lovers with stamina
I read the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan because both my husband and best friend had read them. The best friend highly encouraged me to read the books - my husband warned me off.

The warning is not because the books are bad. The first few, actually, are very good. Great character development, interesting universe for those who love fantasy novels.

The warning is because these books never, ever, ever are going to end. Ever.

There are so far 12 books (including a prequel that came out somewhe...more
Angie
Jan 16, 2011 Angie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who have read at least the first few books of the WoT series
Shelves: fantasy
Throughout the series, the Two Rivers folk are emphasized more than any others, which makes sense because they are extremely important. However, Moiraine and Lan are extremely important as well. Without Moiraine, the Two Rivers folk never would have left the Two Rivers, and, even worse, Rand wouldn't have been given his chance to save the world as the Dragon Reborn. Moiraine and Lan are crucial to the Wheel of Time storyline, and reading about their beginnings helped me to respect them so much m...more
Dawn
I'm writing my review after having read this book for the third time. This was the first time I read it before reading any of the other books in the series (I couldn't wait until January, I had to start getting my WoT on now, so I'm doing a complete re-read).

I just have to say... I feels so good to hop back into this world. This isn't my favorite of the series by far, but I feel like it's a great addition nonetheless. For new readers you should definitely save this until later in the series eve...more
Pedro António
Decided to wait until I was done with Towers of Midnight before picking this one up and... on one hand I'm glad I waited this long to finally read the prequel, but on the other I guess I expected more than I ended up being given.

It was really nice to see so many characters I've come to known and love/hate in their earlier years, but that ended up backfiring as I feel like a lot more could've been done with the vast majority of them given how long the novel actually is. Once the novelty factor is...more
Alex Ristea
This prequel wasn't about what I thought it was going to be, but it managed to be a fun read.

My favourite part was seeing Moiraine and Siuan in their younger years, acting as only children can. A perfect contrast to the stern Aes Sedai we've come to love.

I'm not sure how important the events in this book were to the overall series, but for character development I give it an A+.

Paul
I am rereading the Wheel of Time series one last time in preparation for the last book (I'm way behind). I decided to start with New Spring, the prequel, and read in straight chronological order.

I did not like the book as much as I remembered, mainly because Lan is an IDIOT. Jordan's worst features as a writer, to me, were his persistent "battle of the sexes" bullshit, where nearly all women are shrews convinced that all men are idiots; and his horrific caricature artificial cultures. Fortunatel...more
Matt Brady
When Memory of Light, the long awaited final volume of The Wheel of Time series, twenty years or more in the making, was finally released earlier this year it obviously grabbed my attention. It’s been a good long time since I’d been truly invested in this series, and my enthusiasm for it had long since waned. I hadn’t read any Wheel of Time since Jordan’s last novel before his untimely death and Brandon Sanderson was brought in to finish the series. I didn’t quit or anything like that, I just dr...more
Mark
This review stands for the entire Wheel of Time series. Note that this prequel deserves to be read approximately in order of release, as one is reading the orginal series, so as not to provide any spoilers.

The Wheel of Time appears to be in good hands with Brandon Sanderson penning the last Book (in three parts) of Robert Jordan's epic.

Although I have been reading these books for as long as I have been reading Katherine Kerr's Deverry novels, and will be reading them at least until 2012 when the...more
Stuart Aken
• New Spring (A wheel of Time Novel) by Robert Jordan.
323 pps. 26 chaps. 130,000 words
Fantasy with the unusual feature that the major characters are women, members of a sect with abilities drawn from a central bank of power. There is the hint of romance, but only a hint. Some battle scenes, but these are minimal. The major thread of story revolves around the development of powers by the two main female characters who are, surprisingly, both beautiful. Many of the secondary characters have featur...more
Stacey
I'm a big fan of Robert Jordan. I've read New Spring before and I'll likely read it again. It's the prequel to the Wheel of Time series. Honestly, it doesn't add anything to the plot of the series. It's more a character piece of Moiraine and her Warder, Lan.

One of the things I really enjoy about Jordan is the rich background in which he's chosen to set his world. Reading the series there's always the sense that what has happened in the character's pasts has an effect on what they are doing in th...more
Patrick Rockefeller
What do I think? I think I must be a bit of a masochist to be starting this series again....During the first attempt, Jordan was still alive and there were too many threads to the story to keep in mind years between releases. This book had not even been released when I stopped reading....So, here goes a last attempt to read the Wheel of Time.
Jim Lane
I stopped reading the Wheel of Time series after slogging through Crossroads of Twilight several years ago. The books kept getting longer and the pace slower until I just lost interest and began reading other fantasy series (Sword of Truth, Song of Fire and Ice). I didn't even find out about Robert Jordan's passing until I by chance saw The Gathering Storm (co-authored by Brandon Sanderson) in bookstores.

Wanting to get back into the series and finally finish it, I decided that the prequel New Sp...more
Aildiin
I am planning to start rereading soon the Wheel of time and to finally finish it now that all the books have been released ( I stopped at book 9 a little over 10 years ago) and I figured this book would be a good way to get back into the story and see how it all started. It both succeeded and failed in that regard.
The reason it partially failed is that the author assumes you have read others WoT books before reading this one and it is supposed to add background to the serie, sadly it's been so l...more
Nina
This is my second or third re-read of New Spring. I read it again because I've promised myself I will not begin re-reading the entire series until there is an official release date for the final book, A Memory of Light, because I want to be able to read the entire series again in one fell swoop. However, I've been following along with a re-read blog on Tor.com, which made me hungry for some Jordan. Thus, I re-read New Spring again.

I really enjoy this book. I feel like I could read it over and ov...more
Kris
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...more
Ranting Dragon
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With our Wheel of Time re-read commencing this month and the New Spring Graphic Novel being released today, I felt it a good time to re-read New Spring, the prequel to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series.

New Spring was first written in 1998 as a short story in the anthology Legends: Stories By The Masters of Modern Fantasy, and later expanded into a short novel. Published in 2004, New Spring was intended to be the first novel of a prequel trilogy for The...more
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Jayme
Sep 24, 2009 Jayme rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want a taster of what it's all about without reading eleven books.
Shelves: fantasy, audio, 2009
I very much enjoyed this prequel to the WOT series. I think Jordan got back to style of writing that made me love the first few books in the series. It was also really great to see Moiraine again, one of my favourite characters. I wish she played a larger role in the other books. I thought this book did a great job of filling us in on the beginnings of Moiraine and Lan and how they came to start out on their quest to find the Dragon Reborn.

And as satisfying as it was to get all those extra deta...more
Kaila
As seen on Stumptown Books.

An important question to answer before beginning the Wheel of Time series is when you want to read this prequel. It takes place before The Eye of the World, book 1, but was written after Crossroads of Twilight, book 10. It contains spoilers for up through book 6 or so. If it is the first book of the series you read, a lot of things will be ruined, and it would be confusing, as it assumes the reader is familiar with the world.

In other words, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK FIRST....more
Eric Allen
New Spring

By Robert Jordan

A Wheel of Time Retrospective by Eric Allen

It's that time again, the time I've lived for since I was eleven years old. A new Wheel of Time book will be coming out in the next 6-12 months. And guess what that means? Exactly. It means I get to read the entire series over again in preparation and anticipations. And now that I'm writing book reviews, it also means I get to review them, something I've never done before, so here goes.

Once upon a time I was eleven, and I had b...more
Anthony
There is a lot of information stored in just one small book. New Spring: The Novel is a prequel that takes you through the beginning of the entire series of The Wheel of Time. Written by Robert Jordan, it explains what the mysterious Aes Sedai are and some of the mysteries that are found inside the White Tower. The book also explains some of the myths and legends found throughout the entire book and the future storyline.

I started the entire series with this book. I came into it with no prior k...more
Suzanne
I had a hard time deciding what to rate this book as.. i was fluctuating between 3 stars and 5.. so i settled on 4 =p
the reason it would have only got 3 is because it's just too long, i appreciate that descriptions are really important in a novel but when the author spends an entire page describing the blue of a dress or how a mountain looks it gets boring pretty quick. i would have given 5 stars without a second thought if only this book was around 200 pages shorter!
the reason it would have got...more
Jason
Sep 27, 2013 Jason rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: WOT fans
Recommended to Jason by: Me
Moiraine is one of my favorite characters in The Wheel of Time series, and it was cool to see a book all about her. It was also cool to see she wasn't always the Moiraine we know in the later series, but a regular human being with human failings before she became the kick-ass Aes Sedai we know and love, (or know and hate if you're not a fan).

Before I proceed, let's make one thing clear about the world of Jordan's magnum opus. Just about every woman in this world is a hypersensitive bitch. Some m...more
Chariti King Canny
This series is brilliant. There is just the right balance of fantastical detail and speed of reading. The way the author writes, as I get more and more involved in the story, the more plausible everything seems... the perfect fantasy novel. There are rare moments where he gets a little too tied up in detailing the scene environment, but overall, this is an excellent story.
He does follow the story formula, which probably is what adds to the simplicity and readability of the storyline. However, t...more
John Miller
I went from reading A Memory of Light to reading this story of how Moiraine and Lan met. I enjoyed this very much. I wish that we could have more of these side stories. More of Moiraine and Lan and the rest of the players in the Wheel of Time. This story alone could have taken up many volumes. But now, alas, that will not probably take place. Unless the widow of Robert Jordan decides to move forward. If not, then I've read my last Wheel of Time book until we meet again on a re-read. And it's a s...more
Chad
I first learned of this series after reading on Brandon Sanderson's blog that he was finishing the series after Robert Jordan's death.

In retrospect, this book wasn't nearly as good as some of the others, but as I read it I was drawn into the world of the Wheel of Time, and simply had to read more about it. The final part of the book was rather disappointing. It seemed like Jordan rushed through the part where Lan had a reason to become Moiraine's warder. I didn't feel that he developed enough of...more
Rebecca ♥ Mat Cauthon ♥
Feb 20, 2009 Rebecca ♥ Mat Cauthon ♥ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, adventure, intrigue. Anything exciting and new.
This is the first Wheel of Time book I have read. Since it is a prequel, I was a little confused at first as things are not fully explaing, assuming the reader already knows how things work in this wrold. But, with time I figured it out and I am glad I read this first. I guess I dont know for sure until I read more, but it felt like a really great setup, like it very well could have been written first.

What a page turner! As I read I became more and more amazed by the complexity of the story and...more
Travis
I love The Wheel of Time, so I had to read this prequel. I liked it. It wasn't super great, but it was entertaining to see Moiraine as a young Accepted and then as a newly-raised Aes Sedai. As with much of Jordan's late writing, however, the book was a little too heavy on detail and too light on action and plot advancement. But, still, I love the world he created, and I'm really excited for the final volume. I'm currently reading book 1 of the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, because I want...more
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to...more
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The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1) The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2) The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3) The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4) The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time, #12)

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“Moiraine: It seems Ryne was wrong as well as a Darkfriend. You were better than he.

Lan: He was better. But he thought I was finished, with only one arm. He never understood. You surrender after you're dead.”
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