Review of 'New Spring (A Wheel of Time Novel)'

New Spring (A Wheel of Time Novel) by Robert Jordan

As a reader of the Wheel of Time novels by Robert Jordan I was interested to read this novel. Despite being a Wheel of Time novel it does not require the reader to be familiar with those books as everything is explained and the story really stands alone.

The book follows the stories of two characters whose lives become intricately entwined: Moiraine Damodred, a young Aes Sedai accepted who has a lot to learn about life and Al'Lan Mandragoran the exiled king of Malkier who is a trained killer and a very cool character. The Aes Sedai, a group of women able to “weave the spirits” to cast “spells” are seeking the Dragon Reborn who is said to have been born in the shadow of Dragonmount. Moiraine shows a particular interest in the search along with Siuan Sanche, a close friend (and also an accepted).

Though all of these characters have pivotal roles in the Wheel of Time series this story tells of how they first meet and provides an insight into their characters. Well worth a read for lovers of the Wheel of Time series as well as those of well written fantasy. I am not sure how much interest it will have outside of the Wheel of Time hard-core fans but it is still quite a good story and a good way to get into the epic series.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2007-04-26

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: 2004

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