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New Spring

"The only way was forward, whatever lay at the end."

The Dragon Reborn

In 1999, between books eight and nine of The Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan published a short 78-page "short story" in Robert Silverberg's Legends anthology. The story was called "New Spring" and featured the prequel story of how two prominent characters met. In 2004, between books ten and eleven, Jordan expanded the story to a full 323-page book. Originally planned as the first in a trilogy of prequel novels, New Spring: The Novel ended up being the only prequel to the series after Robert Jordan’s unfortunate death in 2007.

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The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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.

Fun Facts
  • New Spring was originally published in 1999 as a novella in the “Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy” Anthology. Robert Jordan later expanded the novella into a short, standalone novel in 2004.
  • New Spring was the first of Jordan's works to be adapted as graphic novels
  • The title "New Spring" is a reference to both the fact that winter has gone on much longer than usual and also the major changes that shall soon happen with the Dragon’s birth.

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