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New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel | [Robert Jordan]

New Spring: The Wheel of Time Prequel

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, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow.
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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, a child is born, an infant prophesied to change the world. That child must be found before he can be killed by the forces of the Shadow. And Moiraine Damodred, a young Accepted soon to be raised to Aes Sedai, and Lan Mandragoran, a young 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 is of the Royal House of Cairhien, whose King has just died, and Lan is considered the uncrowned king of a nation long dead, and the plots of those seeking power threaten their lives. The novella "New Spring" told a part of the story, in compressed form...the novel New Spring tells the whole story.

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©2004 Robert Jordan; (P)2004 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC and Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal." (The New York Times)
"Written with all the skill that has made Jordan one of the grand masters of fantasy." (Publishers Weekly
"Both narrators handle complex roles with feeling and confidence, never losing the excitement and tension of the fast-moving story. The performers breathe emotion into their characters with an earnestness that holds listeners close and leaves them wanting more." (AudioFile)

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    Daniel 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036 02-20-08
    Daniel 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036 02-20-08 Member Since 2008
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    "All good"

    Good addidition to the wheel of time series. I really enjoyed adding depth to two of the more mysterious characters of the series. Was a little confusing at times with the way some names were pronounced, but I wouldn't say that was a point against it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Leicester, N/A, United Kingdom 06-17-04
    Garry Leicester, N/A, United Kingdom 06-17-04
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    "What an enjoyable Listen"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 03-08-04
    Kathryn 03-08-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Anita Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-01-10
    Anita Jonesboro, United States Minor Outlying Islands 01-01-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Glad I read it"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caleb 11-06-14
    Caleb 11-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This book is amazing!!"
    If you could sum up New Spring in three words, what would they be?

    Great awesome amazing!!!!!!!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of New Spring?

    It was all great I love these books


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Eye of the world


    Any additional comments?

    Love love love it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    suzy Farmington, New Mexico, United States 07-09-14
    suzy Farmington, New Mexico, United States 07-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "a storry to get lost inn"
    Where does New Spring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of my favorites


    What was one of the most memorable moments of New Spring?

    maurine and swan and how mairune gets lan as awarder


    Which scene was your favorite?

    too many but lan and ants was funny


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    yes laugh and couldnt get enough


    Any additional comments?

    another great series loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Milford, Connecticut, United States 04-24-14
    Dave Milford, Connecticut, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of WoT than you'll probably end up reading this at some point. Personally, I would recommend waiting until you are well into the main series before indulging, as there are a few Easter eggs present for the careful reader and I felt like some things were explained more thoroughly in the main series. While the overall story is good, I felt like the quality of the writing didn't live up to the caliber present in the rest of the series. But I guess this could be expected given this book is more of a stand-alone prequel to the series itself.

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    Scott Farmington, NY, United States 01-19-14
    Scott Farmington, NY, United States 01-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting start to the series"

    I am just starting the Wheel of Time series and look forward to reading this series. The storyline of the prequel is enjoyable and it was an interesting read. I have no insight into the series so not sure yet how the prequel sets up the rest of the story. I am not a big fan of the two narrators, but they grow on you as the story moves along.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-18-13
    Amazon Customer KERKHOVEN, MN, United States 09-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good one to read after book 6"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the narrators are fabulous.


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Jordan before, how does this one compare?

    This one is a great back story allows you to see how some of the power players in the story got there.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Right on par with their excellent narrating, they bring the characters to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    See how it all began!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gohar Issaquah, WA 09-06-13
    Gohar Issaquah, WA 09-06-13 Member Since 2008

    I Like scifi-fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Wot, Got, Pillars of Earth, Century trilogy. Last read: Maritan. luvd it

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    "Nothing great revealed here"

    I picked this up after the fourth book. I assumed I would get to know more of he backstory but nothing new was revealed that you wouldn't have guessed. I do notthink this book should be read before the first. It could be kept for later in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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