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A Hidden Treasure: New Spring Paperbacks

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New Spring paperback, Orbit's September 2021 edition. The cover depicts a grassy plain with mountains on the horizon.

The Wheel of Time prequel is a hidden treasure of high fantasy, and I’m surprised that not all main series fans have read it. There is some mitigation for those who read the short-form version in the Legends anthology, but they will have missed out on Moiraine’s character arc and lots of extra treats.

So, if you haven’t read the novel, stick with this post and get a New Spring paperback today! I’ll introduce the book, its several editions, and provide a choice of 5 different retailers.

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About New Spring

New Spring was written by Robert Jordan and is a prequel novel for his hit fantasy book series, The Wheel of Time. It tells us how al’Lan Mandragoran became a Warder and how a Foretelling sparked Moiraine Damodred’s 20-year search for the Dragon Reborn.

Although events in New Spring occur before the main series, I recommend you save the prequel until after you’ve read The Eye of the World. However, it can be read as a standalone novel and is the beginning to the beginning of The Wheel of Time.

Book Spiel (Spanish Edition)

Nueva Primavera, the Spanish edition of New Spring, uses this lovely book spiel, translated for your enjoyment:

“The city of Canluum is a refuge from the dangers that lurk in the north. However, when Al’Lan Mandragoran, exiled king of Malkier and the best swordsman of his generation, arrives in Canluum, he finds a hotbed of rumors about the Shadowspawn, proving that the Dark One’s power is growing and that the activity of his minions is beginning to spread.

Within the walls of Canluum, Lan will meet the woman who will determine his destiny. Moraine is a young and powerful Aes Sedai who has traveled to the city seeking help for a difficult mission: to prove the truth of a prophecy that almost no one believes about how to defeat the Shadow.”

Where to Buy New Spring Paperbacks

Ready to add New Spring to your collection? Here’s where you can find the paperback in stores and online:


Amazon is a great place to find New Spring in paperback, with various editions available.

Most Recent Paperback Edition of New Spring

The most recent trade paperback edition of New Spring was published in 2021. On the cover, a darkening sky falls over a grassy plain as the sun sets behind mountains on the horizon. The design is by Duncan Spilling. Canluum is a city of hills in Kandor, so I think that’s what we’re looking towards.

Tor Books Paperback Edition of New Spring

The cover for this 2020 trade paperback edition of New Spring shows Lan kneeling before Moiraine as she channels. It captures a satisfying moment from the book. The art is by Jason Chan.

Mass-Market Edition of New Spring

The cover for this mass-market softback edition of New Spring, published in 2020, partially depicts the snake-wheel symbol that was trademarked by Robert Jordan. The color is a shade of khaki.

Older Paperback Editions of New Spring

Using the image links for these older paperback editions of New Spring will direct you to an appropriate page on Amazon if the version isn’t available in your country.

Mass-Market 2005 Edition from Tor Books

The cover for this 2005 mass-market edition has Moiraine riding Arrow. Bukama is on his yellow roan gelding at the back, leading the packhorses. The art is by Darrell K. Sweet.

2004 Edition from Orbit

The cover for this 2004 paperback edition has the snake-wheel symbol in yellow on a green background.

2014 Edition from Orbit

The cover for this 2014 paperback edition of New Spring has a Vegas gold snake-wheel symbol on an old moss-green background.


Kick off your Wheel of Time journey or rediscover the prequel! AbeBooks offers a vast selection of New Spring paperbacks, from fresh new copies to well-loved editions.

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Unearth a piece of Wheel of Time history with Biblio. Their charming atmosphere evokes the feeling of discovering a hidden gem in a beloved bookstore. Find New Spring paperbacks at

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Blackwell’s has been a trusted name in bookselling since 1879, and stocks the latest New Spring paperback (2021 edition from Orbit). They offer fast dispatch, careful packaging, and worldwide delivery. banner helps you find literary treasures while supporting the bookselling community. Discover New Spring and expand your Wheel of Time collection – all while empowering your local bookstore. Use these links to buy New Spring paperbacks at

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2020 edition from Tor Books

2020 mass-market edition from Tor Books

United Kingdom

2021 edition from Orbit

Available Formats for New Spring

You can find similar posts at The Shining Walls covering these alternative formats for New Spring:

New Spring Hardcover: Whispers of Prophecy

New Spring Audiobook: An Epic Tale of Destiny and Darkfriends

New Spring Kindle Edition: Origins, Legends, and Shadow

New Spring Graphic Novel: Crafts of Beauty and Care

I hope you found the New Spring paperback you were looking for, but let me know in the comments if you need any help.

Until next time, may the Light shine on you, my friends!


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Wheel of Time paperbacks on a bookshelf. Link to "The Wheel of Time Paperbacks: The Wheel of Time Books in Order of Publication" post.

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