New Spring (Wheel of Time Series)

New Spring (Wheel of Time Series)

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New Spring (Wheel of Time Series) by Robert Jordan, Kate Reading, Michael Kramer

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781559279543
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 01/06/2004
Series: Wheel of Time Series
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.69(w) x 5.19(h) x 1.58(d)

About the Author

ROBERT JORDAN is a graduate of The Citadel. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.


Kate Reading is the recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009. Her audiobook credits include reading for such authors as Jane Austen, Robert Jordan, Edith Wharton, and Sophie Kinsella.  She has performed at numerous theaters in Washington D.C. and received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Aunt Dan and Lemon.


Michael Kramer has narrated over 100 works for many bestselling authors. He has received Audiofile magazine's Earphones Award for the Kent Family series by John Jakes and for Alan Fulsom's The Day After Tomorrow. He has also read for Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time fantasy-adventure series. His work includes recording books for the Library of Congress’s Talking Books program for the blind and physically handicapped.


Michael also works as an actor in the Washington, D.C. area, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer Mendenhall, and their two children. He has appeared as Lord Rivers in Richard III at The Shakespeare Theatre, Howie/Merlin in The Kennedy Center’s production of The Light of Excalibur, Sam Riggs and Frederick Savage in Woody Allen’s Central Park West/Riverside Drive, and Dr. Qari Shah in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul at Theatre J.

Date of Birth:

October 17, 1948

Date of Death:

September 16, 2007

Place of Birth:

Charleston, South Carolina

Place of Death:

Charleston, South Carolina


B.S. in physics, The Citadel, 1974

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New Spring 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 240 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wheel of Time series has readers that span the whole spectrum of 'Hated it' to religiously 'Loved It.' If you're looking for trite James Patterson-esque fiction you have come to the wrong place. Jordan has created a world so complex and real that the average reader isn't going to find value in complete immersion, which is what this story requires. No, every chapter isn't overflowing with action. No, every chapter isn't world-changing and sweat- inducing. But, God is in the details and The Wheel of Time seriously needs to be read 3 or 4 times to reasonably understand most of what's going on. A large part of the story is what isn't being said, and what isn't described. That makes it tough when related details are in different chapters and different books, but that's the way it works. You can't expect to read these waiting for the bus or between classes, you almost have to take notes of some chapters. Why is Moiraine the only person to find the Green Man twice? We aren't told, but we can guess. Who is Demandred? Who killed Asmodean? If you read close enough the personal asides and narrative thoughts all makes sense. Jordan doesn't sow details haphazardly, everything has meaning...and it's up to the reader to make the details work. It's not an easy task, but this series isn't for the average reader. If you read close enough, the first three books foreshadow the whole series, and every dream, viewing, and prediction has value. To be honest, the best way to read these is in a group, because each character merits discussion. True, some of the characters are petty and predictable, and one reviewer's deux ex machina comments might have merit, but to be realistic and grand in a whole-world setting not everyone is going to agree all of the time. Most people aren't going to drop everything and go save the world, they have to buy in...or be steered to. Therein lies Jordan's lesson in politics. Study well. It isn't always pretty but most of the time people need to think things are their own ideas, and that covers books 7-10. New Spring introduces two of the most complex characters in the series, and how they came to be together. Jordan's borrowed circular-time theory and overwhelming sense of fate makes each character affect every other, in some way, and that's all part of it. History, politics, magic, religion, fantasy, it's all here, but you have to be willing to sacrifice some serious reading time. The hardest part is going to the bookstore after you read these, since nothing else seems quite as good. Good luck.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just because you get to lazy to continue reading the series doesn't mean you should try to talk others out of it. This is an exceptional series which I reccomend everyone read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed seeing Moiraine as a young woman and not an icy Aes Sedai, and the young Lan was nice to meet. Jordan can drag this out as long as he darn well wants to - I, for one, will be purchasing whatever he writes. To the naysayers, whiners and those wanting an end: who is forcing you to read these books? An irate member of the Green Ajah who wants to battle your backside for badmouthing her creator? WhatEVER! Don't like 'em anymore, don't read 'em anymore. Quit whining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
New Spring: The Novel was a good place to start off the The Wheel of Time series. Robert Jordan wrote this book as if it was meant to be the first of the series 'even though it was a prequel to the main series'. The book develops the personalities of a younger Moiraine Damodred and Lan 'the two characters the book revolves around', and their travels until meeting each other. The books does have a tendency to change characters at odd times and often times left me with many questions on what one character is doing while the book is describing the other character. New Spring is also only those with patience. The books has some unneeded filler details that last for one or chapters at a time with little exciting moments. Though these selections have almost no effect on the plot, they do dive into the true personalities of Lan and Moiraine.
Skylinesend More than 1 year ago
The only prequel to the Wheel of Time that was completed before Robert Jordan's death. It is in his usual style, and is an enjoyable read for anyone curious about how Lan and Moraine met.
mattries More than 1 year ago
The Wheel of Time prequel, New Spring, is a very good addition to the series written by Robert Jordan. I read New Spring after Booke 5, The Fires of Heaven, based off the recommendation of several WoT fans instead of after Crossroads of Twilight (Book 10) when the prequel was published. Considering that Moiraine and Lan are the main POV characters throught the book and that after the events of The Fires of Heaven, reading the prequel when I did made New Spring both enjoyable and bittersweet. Obviously New Spring helps explain the motivations of both Moiraine and Lan when we first meet them in The Eye of the World, but it also gives us a view of the "normal" workings of Aes Sedai and the White Tower before the unusual happenings already seen in the series. Politics of the world are fully in view with Lan finding himself in the midst of the "biggest" political storm. If I were to find a bad thing about New Spring is that some of the material that Jordan wrote to expand New Spring from a short story to a full novel(la) seems to be just filler making the story bog down a tad. Overall, New Spring is a good quality introduction to some of the "older" characters of the early Wheel of Time books and I fully recommend reading it, especially after Book 5, The Fires of Heaven.
MLove More than 1 year ago
Now that the final installment for the WoT series is out, I've decided to re-start reading the whole series. To be honest, I only reached book 5 on my first attempt at reading the series. I stopped not because it's not worth reading. I stopped because, I could not accomplish getting any schoolwork done. With WoT, reading became an addiction. The story was just that riveting. It's an understatement to say that I was a fan of the series. Now that I have grown accustomed to a reading schedule, I've decided to re-read the series again. And this time, I intend to finish it. It was difficult for me to decide where to start reading. Do I read from Book 1: The Eye of the World? Or do I start from this prequel New Spring. I ended up re-starting the series with New Spring. Reading the first chapter made me think that I've made the wrong choice. Since, I've read Book 1-5 more than 10 years ago, it was a little bit difficult remembering the characters and concepts. This prequel made a lot of references to concepts introduced in the other books. Anyone, who have not read at least one of books written before New Spring would not understand the references made in the first few chapters of New Spring. This I feel is a major fault of this prequel. Those new to WoT who decide to start the series with New Spring, might be turned off from reading the whole series. Reading this book made me fall in love with Moraine and Lan. And after much musings, I think it was a good decision to re-start reading WoT with New Spring. I don't really mind the initial confusion I went through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I say boo to anyone tired of a great series. As long as Jordan makes a good book, why end it. I haven't found but a handful of authors I slobber for their next book, but Jordan is one of them. Who cares about an ending, it just means the story is over, and you have to read some hack's work until you stumble on someone else you like. Crank 'em out, I'll read 'em.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After writing most of his "Wheel of Time" series, Robert Jordan went back and penned this prequel. It exhibits all of his talent and skill (honed by the 11 preceding books in the series). New Spring is the work of an experienced author--an absorbing plot, interesting characters, adept world-building, and an involved magic system. There's so much to love here, and after multiple readings, New Spring has become my favorite fantasy book in a long time.
Cendy_Nelson More than 1 year ago
I didn't find out about this series until New Spring (the prequel) came out. I read it before any of the others, before I knew how many books were in the series and how many were yet to be written. I was devastated to learn that Robert Jordan had a fatal illness; what a talented man and such a loss. I am so thankful that Mr. Jordan decided to entrust his notes for the final books to Brandon Sanderson so that he could prepare them for the fans. I have read and re-read the books as they came out and I will re-read them for years to come. Remember that New Spring is a prequel... there is no need for it to be a monster novel. Just make sure you have "Eye of the World" ready to pick up when you are done. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now that WOT has finally ended, I've started re-reading the series, and the ebooks make this projects much more user friendly. Waiting anxiously for the ebook version of AMoL ...
MSW4682 More than 1 year ago
I read this many years ago, and had to buy it to prepare for my re-read witht he 14th book coming out in January next year. It gives great background information about Moiraine and Lan and is a perfect introduction to the Eye of the World.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series
qabal75 More than 1 year ago
Did all you demanding impatient cynics screaming "finish the series!" realize that the author had a fatal illness? Pathetic. Grow up already.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book becomes very good if you read the series or start the series first. It flows a lot better and becomes more understandable if you do it this way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful back story. Love Moraine and An. Recommend to all WoT fans!
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Patience is a virtue