donderdag 14 mei 2015

Robert Jordan: New Spring


This will be my second time reading the whole Wheel of Time (WoT for the fans) series. Initially I didn’t start with the prequel; I never do. It’s so much more fun to discover everything gradually then just by reading the prequel. So I suggest you read at least the first 5 or 6 books before reading the prequel as an interlude.
This novel has
350 pages.

“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.”

This novel is not as surprising, gripping, suspenseful or thrilling as (most of) the others in the series because it is a typical prequel. It’s light-hearted and so, so charming.
We get to know Lan, Moiraine and Siuan almost 20 years before the events that start unfolding from the first novel on.
And I love all three of them. Moiraine and Siuan are still young and not Aes Sedai yet.  But oh they’re trying so hard to compose
themselves and act like real Aes Sedai. They feel true to their future selves; but younger obviously.
And Lan is just magnificent.

Happy reading!