Genre: epic fantasy
Length: 334 pages
Setting: 20 years before the events of The Eye of the World, the first book in the Wheel of Time series
Interest: It’s a prequel to the Wheel of Time series, which has me very interested. I’m not sure how it escaped my attention for as long as it did.
Summary: Moraine and Suian are Accepted at the Tower, well on their way to becoming Sisters, when they hear a Foretelling that the Dragon has been reborn. The Amrylin seat sends out Accepted to record the births of all babies near Dragonmount, just as the Aiel War is ending. Moraine and Suian make a private list of all likely candidates and go searching for them as soon as they are full Sisters. They discover the Black Ajah is real and also searching for the Dragon Reborn by killing any man who is surprisingly lucky.
Parallel to that story, we follow Lan as he leads a contingent of men during the Aiel War and tries to get back to the Blight when the war is over. He is sidetracked when his first lover, who is bound to him through honor and tradition, tries to raise his standard and make him King of Melkerra. He only escape with Moraine’s help, who binds him to her as her Warder, and they both go in search of the Dragon Reborn.
Final thoughts: So good!! If you have read the Wheel of Time books and haven’t read this, you should. Half of the fascination of the book was because it was a prequel, and I wanted to see how Moraine and Lan got to where they were in the main story. They are both so mysterious and close-mouthed about their past, it was fascinating to see them in an earlier time. Sadly, I didn’t recognize Suian’s name until I looked it up after the book was over (there are so many characters to keep track of, and it had been a while since I’d read a Wheel of Time book). If you haven’t read the Wheel of Time, you probably should read the first couple of books before jumping back to this one. I listened to an audio version of the book, and Robert Jordan read the afterward himself, which was fascinating.
Title comes from: The time of year the book was set in – a new spring.
Reading challenges fulfilled: None since this is a review of a book from a previous year.
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