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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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"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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I enjoyed this as my first book in the series. The unabridged version is by far the best for audio books. As a long haul trucker I thoroughly enjoy the detailed in depth unabridged audio books. Michael & Kate have always been the best readers (next to Richard Ferrone) in my opinion. Jordan has a wonderful imagination. I enjoyed this book so much. I have listened to over 2000 audio books (yes I?ve kept track of them :) and I have to say this is by far one of the most enjoyable ever for me. It is my opinion the longer the better. If you have a short drive to work then this might be a little much for you, but otherwise it is well worth the cost. I can easily listen to this book again and again for details I did not catch the first time around. Many enjoyable miles go by without any road rage anger thanks be to this audio book :)

I'd like to point out the characters are pure, rather innocent and for children reading this book it is likely one of the few books out there today that is well done without all the sex and vulgarity found in many other books. Adults who listen to this book should keep that in mind when writing a review. How many audio books can you say you've not heard one profane word (as we know them in today's world) or vulgar inflection? Not many are there? It is refreshing to me as a father.

Highly recommend this audio book and the series for all ages.

81 of 82 people found this review helpful

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Well done!

I am a confirmed fan of the Wheel of Time series. It is easy to read, though the plots and subplots are challenging to follow. I read this prequel after finishing Book 7, and really enjoyed it. This "prequel" is really a vehicle to develop the characters of Lan, Moiraine and Siuan. Since the mystery concerning these characters and the reasons for their quest to find the Dragon Reborn helped make the first three or four volumes more interesting, I recommend a new reader read at least the first three volumes before reading this book. Jordan's prose sounds excellent when read. The readers are talented and, as a result, this is one book that might be more entertaining to listen to than to read.

96 of 99 people found this review helpful

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Read it after reading others in the series

I am a really big fan of this series. I didn't think I would like it, but I do! If you try to listen to this before any of the other books you will be totally confused. It is meant to fill in the missing parts to some of the major character's backstory. It isn't meant as an introduction to the world created by Robert Jordan. I suggest listening to at least 5 books in the series before getting this one. It will give you a deeper understanding of the Hows and Whys of what has happened and will let you look at the series from a fresh perspective. After listening to this one, I will begin listening to the series over again!

48 of 51 people found this review helpful

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You don't need a review to decide...

If you're a WOT fan, you're gonna get this one eventually. I decided to get it after book 7, since audible doesn't have book 8 at the time I'm writing this review.

(This shouldn't contain any spoilers for anyone who has read even book 1)

The time period for this story starts with Siuan and Moiraine as "Accepted" - shortly before being raised Aes Sedai, and ends with Lan becoming Moiraine's Warder. There are several familiar characters (mostly in the White Tower), and references and expansions to a number of details from throughout the series.

The story does a good job of setting up the back story for how and why Moiraine and Siuan got involved in their top secret mission, and how Lan and Moiraine met and ended up in the relationship they have. It also sheds some light on the process of being raised to Aes Sedai.

This book is much shorter than the rest in the series, but seems to follow much the same pattern: the story moves along at the same pace and then comes to an abrupt end. Many people complain about the stories moving slowly - I don't have a problem with that because they are very well written, interesting, and narrated by professionals. My problem is, as I mentioned, the endings seem to come out of nowhere - as if Jordan all of a sudden realized he'd reached his page quota...

Overall, this book was enjoyable and worth listening to, even if a bit anticlimactic. I would recommend waiting until after book 7 to get this one, but I'm sure getting it earlier would be just fine too. Thankfully the narration is still done by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer.

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  • Michael
  • East Peoria, IL, United States
  • 07-20-07


I started the series with this book, and I am really glad that I did. After this one I jumped right in to the first novel of WOT, and the 20 years prior that is explained in "New Spring" really gives a good deal of backstory, and a Spring Board into the other novels. Pun intended. By now I am on book 5 and I can't stop listening to these books. The series is great so far; it is like entering a different universe. But going on a listening binge will leave you somewhat emotionally drained. At any rate start with this one if you haven't started.

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  • Kelly
  • Johnston, IA, USA
  • 04-05-05

Surprisingly Enjoyable

I'm a WOT fan, but was very skeptical of a prequel book to the series. (not to mention anxious for the sequels.) This book was a pleasant surprise. I wouldn't listen to it as the "first" book in the series, however. You'd be missing too much background information on Aes Sedai, and might be a little lost. It might also be helpful to check out a website on WOT terms/pronunciations prior to listening.

As for the reading itself, it was done very well. This was my first audio book and I was, again, quite pleasantly surprised.

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  • Robert
  • Yamhill, OR, United States
  • 05-14-10

Do Not read this first

I wish I had read the recommendation not to read this book too early. Not that it is a spoiler, on the contrary. It does not make as much sense unless you have read at least the first book in WOT. I do not think this is the best of the series and if one were to judge the series on this one you might not be too enthralled. The WOT is a masterpiece. While this book is good, I do not believe it is of the calibre of the rest in the series. If you are not familiar with WOT, read or especially listen to Volume One and then decide. You will not be able to put it down.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Better than Crossroads

As a dedicated fan to the Wheel of Time series I felt compelled to listen to this book. Robert Jordan actually goes somewhere in this book instead of a lot of subplot development. "New Spring" reminds me why I started reading the WOT series. I would strongly suggest this book to any WOT fan.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Brewster, NY, United States
  • 05-03-08


I listened to this after the entire series, and it was nice to learn how things started. A must listen if you like the WOT series. Read this first or last makes no difference.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • 1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 20036
  • 02-20-08

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.

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  • Rp Trelfa
  • 06-21-11

The beginning of the wheel's turn

This is a great book, just as you would expect from the pen of Robert Jordan. It tells the tale of how two of the characters that play such a vital role in subsequent adventures first met. Although an excellent and compelling read, I would say that it is not necessary to read this book before embarking on the rest of the series. Rather, it is a book to read for interest: it does not add anything to the overall story line of the series. In fact, I would read this book after reading book 1 and not before.

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  • Ben
  • 01-25-09


Im now on book 7 in the wheel of time series and looking back on this one, it was slow to start with but and some very funny parts and a exciting ending which made me continue.4/5 cuz it was slow and a bit hard to understand at times.

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  • Hussain
  • 12-02-17


Amazing story laid the foundation for the coming novel and narrating was great . I liked it had a female and male narrator , with some music thrown on too .

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  • joedy
  • 06-19-16

all round good

The women's reading is shaky at best at the start but gets better half way through

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  • Anna66
  • 07-22-15

A Prequel that can be read after the whole sequel

Where does New Spring rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I love listening to Jordan's world just one last time after listening to all of his books. rarely have a I been submerged so intensely by an invented world of fantasy . Every character gets his worth.

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  • Mr J Elkin / Miss S Elkin
  • 05-05-15

Fills in the gaps

A nice story that fills in some of the gaps and questions asked as the wheel of time progresses. Mostly building the story of the Aes Sedai, discovery of the black ajas revival, how moraine and lab met and how the hunt for the dragon reborn began.

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  • David
  • 04-02-15

Nice context

A nice little short prequel. It's gives nice context to Moraine and her quest for Rand. Well read by the usual narrators.

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  • Phil
  • 05-08-14

One for the fans

I listened to this audiobook after finishing the Wheel of Time books. The story centres around how Moiraine and Lan meet each other.

My problem with it is that I thought some of the weakest aspects of the Wheel of Time is when the mystique of the Aes Sedai was spoilt when I realised they only have four characters: Moiraine; Siuan Sanche; the giggling/crying novices; and the rest are stern overbearing Nuns from a 1950's Irish convent school that try to defeat their enemies through the power a harsh glare. This book really wallows in this, but worst is that Moiraine gets reduced to the giggly/crying novice character. I'd always assumed see was born tough but this book spoilt that illusion.

It was interesting enough to get back into the WoT world and I did liked Moirain's storyline. It's just I I found myself getting annoyed with the execution of it.

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  • Marleen Westli Johansen
  • 04-13-13

A Prelude to an Epic Story

This is the story of how Lan and Moiraine meet. We will see them forge a bond made stronger by their common goal. Fighting the Dark. The war between Good and Evil started long before they came to the Two Rivers and in this book we will have a look, at their beginning. This is were these two start their journey towards A Memory of Light. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-13

Background reading

I listened to this book whilst waiting for the final book to be published. It added some very interesting background material about Moraine, Lan and Siuan. It gave much more depth and explaination of events that are referred to only in passing in the other books. This is a definite must read for those who have read a few of the wheel of time books, although I don't think it should be read first. I have recently gone back to start of the series and so have been glad to know more of the background to these 3 intergral characters.

I really enjoy the character of Lan, so any story with more of him can't be bad!