After antagonizing many of the loyal fans of WoT by letting the main story drag on forever without getting one step closer to The Last Battle, Mr. Jordan starts a series of prequels? I'd prefer to see the main story leading anywhere than read about how Lan and Moraine first met. I still enjoy the original series, because it is well written and the thorough story development really lets this series stand out among other fantasy stories. However, the amount of time spent on fleshing out the background of each and every character and their own agendas was more than enough in the original series - to say the least. I'm getting the funny feeling that RJ doesn't care so much about giving the avid readers more of what they want, but rather milking the cow as much as possible. IMHO, there was absolutely NO NEED to write this prequel, but not reading it might have left me with the feeling that I had missed some important aspect of the story. Without giving away too much of "A New Spring", I think I can tell you that this would not have been the case: The results of each and every aspect of the prequel will be known to anyone who made it to - let's say - Book 4 of WoT. Taken as a fantasy story in it's own right, it's actually quite good. The negative review refers more to the fact that it is so annoying to wait for the climax of the series, and now we're faced with "And this is how the story began...". A message to Robert Jordan: "We know how the story BEGAN. We want to know how it ENDS." The sooner the better - I'm getting a little tired after > 5000 pages, with still more to come.
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