Completely new to Robert Jordan and his works. Thouroughly recommend this as an engrossing and well written work. The narrators where excellent and enhanced the whole experience. I'm encouraged now to listen to the whole series....the whole unabridged series.
At first, I was not too thrilled that Robert Jordan had deviated from the main series to write a prequel. I've been engulfing The <i>Wheel of Time</i> Series since discovering it by accident several years ago, yet the last two novels have been major disappointments. That being said, <i>New Spring</i> was like a breath of fresh air. The novel takes us back to the early days of Moiraine Damodred and Siuan Sanche when they were just Accepted, not full Aes Sedai. In addition, we get a better understanding of Lan Mandragoran's past and how he became warder to Moiraine. Take this novel for what it is; that is, a peak at the past of very important charcters and what motivated them to set in motion the return of the Dragon Reborn. As to the narration, as usual Kate Reading is fantastic, Michael Kramer is OK. Overall, this is a great audiobook.
Yes, the narrators are fabulous.
This one is a great back story allows you to see how some of the power players in the story got there.
Right on par with their excellent narrating, they bring the characters to life.
See how it all began!
This is a great book to pop in right after book 6. Not going to spoil why but this is a great filler after that book. It also allows you to take a breather from the series.
I read all the series about two years ago, but never bought the prequel. When Gathering Storm came out, I bought it along with New Spring. I re-read the whole series starting with New Spring this time. For me, it made the whole series flow better than it did the first time I read WOT. I recommend it to all WOT fans and think new fans will enjoy the WOT series more by starting with New Spring.
A very absorbing book. In addition to being a terrific story on it's own it really adds to the series. The narration is also excellent. I couldn't stop listening.
The WOT is the first series I got caught up in listening to so I don't have a lot to compare it to. However, of all the audio books I have listened to these are the best books with the best readers I have yet heard. I personally dig Michael's reading more, great accents, dark friend characters, simple country folk. He really makes the characters come alive and captures the humor from the male perspective well. Lan especially here. That said this book is focused more on Maurain, and other Aies Sedai. Sorry if my spelling is off. Kate does a masterful job of capturing a younger Maurain and Suian Sanchez. It can be hard to endure her characters and it seems her reading can make them seem nastier than they are if I was reading it myself. I found that setting the play speed to 90 percent made her more comfortable to list to.
I am 1/2 way finished listening to book 5 now and I keep thinking back to this younger time of their lives.
I don't think there are spoilers here...
I feel that my experience with this series was enhanced because I read some not so great reviews of book 5. I also feel like book 4 was a big intro to the Aeil and the waist and the ending of the Aeil war at the beginning fit in well with that. I also feel that this book gave me the background on the Tower and Suian Suanchez so I understood much better her and Maurain's lifelong personal crusades to prepair for the Dragon Reborn. It really helped me get through some of the slower sections and with more anticipation with these character's personal struggle especially than other book 5 reviewers had expressed.
Also, it was great to read it first because book 5 kept alluding back to this story more than in any of the previous books so I personally think that Jordon had just started planning or was well into the writing of this story when he was writing book 5.
Like Book 1 this book seemed to come to a sudden conclusion what seemed out of nowhere. I also was not able to understand Lan's previous relationships in this book. Okay.... Spoiler alert!!!
His lover was trying to marry off her daughter to him??? Did I get that right??? And he proclaimed some kind of loyalty to the city because he had nowhere to go than this lady who wanted to him to marry her daughter that he did not seem interested in doing... His purpose in the city was very unclear and perhaps it all just came down to show us that he had no kingdom, no place to call home and he was searching for a place to be or a purpose for his life. Therefore, it all lead to how he become Maurain's warder.
The end leaves us guessing how exactly Suain came to be the Amberlyn. Except her best friend just saved the day and Suain was stronger. It also left us guessing how Maurain ends up finding out about Rand beyond knowing what we knew in the beginning of the book, that he is out there somewhere. Who know when or if they ever found him or if Maurain just happened to come through Edmonds Field.
So in a way, despite all the interesting background with a few characters in this book I felt that in the end that this was like a prequel to the prequel.
New Spring is the prequel to Robert Jordan Wheel of Time series. IT was added later after the success of the series.
The Birth of the Dragon was foretold shortly before his birth on Mount Dragon By and Aes Sedai with Foretelling. Moraine and Suian are Aes Sedai in training and are, with others trainees, sent out to find the child prophesied to be born on the slopes of Dragon Mount.
The White Tower knows of his birth but so do the Shadowfriends amongst the Aes Sedai. The lines have been drawn, but who would prevail.
I, like many other readers have pained through the last few WoT books. New Spring is different and more like the first few WoT books. Great book.