Moiraine Damodred and her best friend Siuan Sanche are both studying to become Aes Sedai, though they still have a way to go. By chance they witness a prophecy that speaks of the Dragon Reborn that piques their curiosity to say the least. But they are sworn to secrecy. That doesn’t mean, though, that they can’t try to do some investigating of their own. Meanwhile Lan Mandragoran is a commander in the Aiel War, but unforseeable consequences take him into the middle of political intrigue where he really doesn’t want to be.
I got my hands on a collection of all The Wheel of Time books, and that collection starts with this novel. Which is fair enough because it is set before the main story, but it still probably wasn’t the best choice to start the series with it.
I will admit that I didn’t do much research about the series, otherwise I may have realized that New Spring isn’t the perfect starting point for it. But with the TV adaptation, I wanted to give the series a go, and just started reading. But New Spring is definitely written with fans of the series in mind who want to get some more background knowledge on characters that I assume feature a lot in the main story.
For a newbie, it was difficult to get everything sorted. Explanations are made and it was not like I couldn’t follow the story (it is rather straightforward), but it’s simply filled with nods to things, and I simply had no clue what those things were.
That being said, I did enjoy reading the book. I liked Moiraine and Siuan, and Lan, too. The book offered an interesting glimpse into Jordan’s world, and it did make me curious to read the rest. And maybe I’ll just read this novel again after having finished the series, just to be really able to appreciate it fully.
Summarizing: not bad, but not suitable for starting the series.