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Review of New Spring by Robert Jordan

For me, and for many fantasy readers, The Wheel of Time is one of the greatest achievements of the genre. Even better: it's still being written! (Interminably, some might argue.) In many ways this is more of the same from Jordan, and goes some way to restoring his credibility as a writer after the minor disaster of Crossroads of Twilight. It gets a little dull partway through the first half of the book when Moiraine and Suian are pottering about as Accepteds in the White Tower. This is reinforced by the fact that this section comes just after one of the most powerful moments in the whole series: the Keeper senses the rebirth of the Dragon (Rand, the hero of the main series) and drops dead from the shock. We'd heard of this before, of course, but to see it happening was really quite affecting. I have to admit, though, that I puzzled over some of the new information about the ritual of becoming Aes Sedai – it was all new, but it seemed like it shouldn't be.

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