"A great prequel to this fine series"
The war against the Aiel has been devastating, but it goes
on as the forces led by warriors like the uncrowned king
of a land that is dust Lan Mandragoran repel the dark clad
enemy. The latest battle is currently just outside of Tar
Valon. However, the key is not the bloody skirmish
turning the snow red, but what is happening inside the
city. An Aes Sedai channel of the One Power nears death
prophesizes that a dragon is born, which means either the
savior or the destroyer of the world has arrived.
Lan accompanied by an Accepted future Aes Sedai Moiraine
Damodred travel to Dragonmount to keep this child alive.
The birth of the dragon also means that the Dark One is
free once more. Only the dragon can confront the evil as
destiny has predicted will occur in the ultimate Last
Battle that is if the newborn can be kept alive to meet
fate head on. Lan and Moiraine know that followers of the
Dark One will try to kill the fledgling.
Though well written and quite exciting, on an epic scale
and while adding depth to the Wheel of Time mythos, this
reviewer is not sure why this prequel was written now.
The story line is typical of the sub-genre with plenty of
exhilarating action and adventure starring heroic
individuals, malevolent beings, and a support cast of
thousands, mostly fodder. Fans of the series will enjoy
this tale that patches up some issues and opens up new
questions, but still feels out of sequential time with I
think ten "wheels" already published and two or three
spins to go.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 29, 2003
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.