|Cover artist||Darrell K. Sweet|
|Series||The Wheel of Time|
|Publisher||Tor Books (USA)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|ISBN||ISBN 0-7653-0629-8 (Hardcover) ISBN 0-7653-4545-5 (Paperback)|
|LC Class||PS3560.O7617 N49 2004|
|Preceded by||none - First prequel|
|Followed by||The Eye of the World|
Background to publication
"New Spring" was originally published as a novella in the speculative fiction anthology edited by Robert Silverberg entitled Legends: Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy. Published by Tor Books, this anthology was released on September 15, 1999, between the 1998 publication of The Path of Daggers (Book 8 of The Wheel of Time) and 2000 publication of Winter's Heart (Book 9).
Robert Jordan later expanded the novella into a standalone novel (though of significantly shorter length than typical Wheel of Time books), which was then published by Tor Books in January 2004, between the 2003 publication of Crossroads of Twilight (Book 10) and the 2005 publication of Knife of Dreams (Book 11).
The New Spring novel was originally conceived of as the first in a trilogy of prequel novels. The second and third were to focus on Tam serving in the Illianer army and finding Rand, and Moiraine and Lan's journeys and discoveries to reach the Two Rivers just before the events of the first novel. Jordan's original plan was to complete this trilogy before books 11 and 12 of the main series, but he was disappointed with New Spring's reception and decided to postpone this until after the main series was completed. However, his death on September 16, 2007 before the completion of the final novel in the series leaves the fate of any more prequel novels unsure. Once the main series is completed Robert Jordan's widow will determine if Brandon Sanderson will write the other planned prequels as well.
The first paperback edition of New Spring, released on June 13, 2005, gave readers the first look at Knife of Dreams (Book 11), as it featured an advance excerpt of part of the prologue of Knife of Dreams.
New Spring describes events which take place twenty years before the events of The Eye of the World (Book 1). The story begins in the last days of the Aiel War, and the Battle of the Shining Walls around Tar Valon. It is set primarily in Tar Valon and the Borderlands, specifically Kandor.
New Spring focuses mainly on Moiraine Damodred and Siuan Sanche, two Aes Sedai new to the sisterhood, and how a young Moiraine became Aes Sedai, met Lan Mandragoran and made him her Warder. The novel also explains how Moiraine and Siuan witnessed a prophecy of the Dragon's rebirth and came to begin investigating the Karaethon Cycle, the Prophecies of the Dragon, decades before discovering Rand al'Thor.
It is also the first of Jordan's works to be adapted to graphic novel format. Issue #1 was published in July 2005. Issue 2 was to be published sometime in September 2005. It is planned to run eight issues total. It is produced by DB Pro, who previously adapted "The Legend of Huma" by Richard A. Knaak and "The Hedge Knight" by George R. R. Martin and published by Red Eagle Entertainment.
The comics are adapted by Chuck Dixon, drawn by Mike S. Miller, colored by Etienne St Laurent, edited by Ernst Dabel, lettered by Artmonkeys, with design by Bill Tortolini.
All eight issues were collected and re-released together as a single graphic novel in January 2011. It includes extra bonus material of developmental art, script pages, and correspondence between Jordan and Dixon.
|Issue #||Issue title||Book chapters covered||Release date|
|1||"The Hook"||1, 2||July, 2005|
|3||"Shreds of Serenity"||6–8||September, 2005|
|4||"It Begins"||9–11||November, 2005|
|5||"Business in the City"||12–14||December, 2005|
|6||"The Deep"||15–18||April, 2009|
|7||"Pond Water"||19–22||July, 2009|
|8||"The Evening Star"||23 includes Epilogue||May, 2010|
- "The Thirteenth Depository's JordanCon Report". Retrieved 2010-05-24.