New Spring

After finishing up A Memory of Light, I decided to read the one Wheel of Time book that I hadn’t read recently, the prequel novel New Spring.

I’ve read New Spring before, and while it’s a great story, you don’t need to read it to understand anything within the main story.  New Spring is the story of Moiraine’s first several months as an Aes Sedai, as well as how she met Lan and bonded him as her warder.  I think the most interesting thing about this book is watching Moiraine when she is younger and more impatient than she is in the main books of the series.

Moiraine starts this book as an Accepted, and the first thing we see is her relationship with Siuan Sanche, as well as some of their animosity with Elaida.  Along with this we’re shown more of the test to become an Aes Sedai, along with showing more of the secrets of the Blue Ajah.  This book came out after book 10 of the main series, and I think it does an excellent job of showing the history of the characters as well as just how deep the world really is.

Along with showing Moiraine’s story, the book also gives more of Lan’s history as well as showing what kind of man he was before becoming a warder.  Compared to Moiraine, Lan didn’t go through as much change in the 20 years between this book and The Eye of the World.  He knew from a very early age what had happened to Malkier when he was a baby, and he knew what he was ultimately going to have to do in trying to fight the shadow.

This book is a lot lighter than the rest of the series, and if you haven’t read any of the books, it’s as good a place to start as The Eye of the World is.  I knew someone in college who had started out trying to read The Eye of the World and couldn’t get into the series.  But she later started with this book and was hooked by the series, so in some ways it might be better to start with this book when reading the series.  Either way, it’s another fantastic book by Robert Jordan.

And thusly I have my thoughts up for all 15 Wheel of Time books.  And for the first time since October I have to actually decide which book I’m going to read next, so it’s time to go through my pile of books and probably update my TBR page on the blog as well.

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