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New Spring

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

New Spring

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Original cover art by Darrell K. Sweet
eBook artwork by Jason Chan (Tor.com feature)


In 1999, between books 8 and 9 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 tale of how two prominent characters met.

In 2004, between books 10 and 11, Jordan expanded the story to a full novel. Originally planned as the first in a prequel trilogy, New Spring: The Novel ended up being the only prequel to the series written by Robert Jordan prior to his death.
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New Spring - summary

New Spring - chapter recaps


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.

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Fun Facts

  • New Spring was the first of Jordan's works to be adapted as graphic novels.
  • The book title is a reference to both the fact that winter has gone on much longer than usual and also hints at the major changes that shall soon happen with the Dragon’s birth.

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