New Spring (The Wheel of Time - In the Beginning)

Version: Unabridged
Author: Robert Jordan
Narrator: Michael Kramer , Kate Reading
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Published In: January 2004
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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Overview

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.

Reviews (10)

Ancient Autumn

Written by Doc from Fremont, CA on December 23rd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Having the history spelled out was great. But it is said that this was book one of the intended prequel trilogy and it feels like that is exactly true. The Golden Crane was a great story though well worth telling. Good but not great.

Ancient Autumn

Written by Doc from Fremont, CA on December 23rd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Having the history spelled out was great. But it is said that this was book one of the intended prequel trilogy and it feels like that is exactly true. The Golden Crane was a great story though well worth telling. Good but not great.

New Spring (The Wheel of Time in the beginning)

Written by Anonymous from Kansas City, MO on April 7th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I have read or listened to eight of the Wheel of Time books so far and really love them. I really like the two narrators who have narrated all the books in the series. This book tells about two of my favorite characters' lives prior to the beginning of the first book in the series. I listen to audio books when I'm driving and during this book, I kept thinking up excuses to drive somewhere so I could hear more. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes the Wheel of Time series.

New Spring

Written by Gary Schad on August 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I love the Wheel of Time series, and Robert Jordan's writing. I thought this book was great. The narration was unforced and easy to understand. Having both male and female narrators was nice. The story was good as well, however it all seemed a bit rushed in the end, and some parts seemed unfinished, which left me wondering if there will be a part two.

An Adventure

Written by Talmadge V Vessels Jr from Petaluma, CA on April 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

New Spring is not a tale for children, it is an adventure for us all. Take the journey. Young adult fantasy author - T. V. Vessels, Jr.

Just as good as the first time

Written by Kristeen Sellers on December 29th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have visually, and now audibly, read this book. As with any second reading, I picked up subtle items I missed the first time. However, I also feel listening to the book pointed out even more items than I would have found in a second visual reading. Great actors/readers. Really brought the book to life. Be sure to listen at the very end.... Robert Jordan give his commentary on the book.

New Spring is Okay

Written by Eric Gany on October 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Once again I found myself wanting more story and less clothing description. It would have been much better if the story covered a longer time period and had less filler. I got it pretty quickly that Mauraine is a modest dresser without having to hear about every neckline. With the amount of story progression, this could have been done in 4 disks. Makes me wonder if this is part one. Jordan should seriously think about finishing the wheel of time series. Despite the negatives above, one may find enough of interest.

New Spring (The Wheel of Time - In the Beginning)

Written by Andy on February 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a very good book from beginning to end. My attention was captured the whole time. Not once did the book move slow or loose me. The charators were well developed and strong. Very hard to stop listening to. Highly recommended

New Sprin

Written by Anonymous from Wildwood, MO on April 18th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It was interesting to see how the whole thing began. Jordan didn't turn this book into a ten-pounder, but it would have been nice to see at least a little of what happened between when this book ended and the first Wheel of Time book began.

New Spring (The Wheel of Time - In the Beginning)

Written by Jackie on April 5th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

For all of you Robert Jordan fans out there, don't hesitate to get New Spring (The Wheel of Time - In the Beginning). New Spring answers many of the questions we've all had about Moirane, Lan, the Dragon Reborn and others (although it raises as many more). Learn more about the Black Ajah, and feed the need for more of the Wheel of Time. If you have enjoyed the Wheel of Time series this will go down like a fine glass of wine on a warm summer night.

Author Details

Author Details

Jordan, Robert

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr. (October 17, 1948 – September 16, 2007), under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reily. Jordan's works will be the subject of JordanCon, a three day genre convention scheduled for April 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. He began writing in 1977. He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. He described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and received communion more than once a week. He lived in a house built in 1797 with his wife Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor (currently with Tor Books; she was also Jordan's editor).

On March 23, 2006, Jordan disclosed in a statement that he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, and that with treatment, his median life expectancy was four years, though he said he intended to beat the statistics. He later posted on his Dragonmount blog to encourage his fans not to worry about him and that he intended to have a long and fully creative life, working for another 30 years.

He began chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in early April 2006. Jordan was enrolled in a study using the drug Revlimid just approved for multiple myeloma but not yet tested on primary amyloidosis.

Jordan died at approximately 2:45 p.m. EDT on September 16, 2007.