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reviewed New Spring by Robert Jordan (The Wheel Of Time, #1)

Robert Jordan: New Spring (EBook, 2004, Orbit) 4 stars

The prequel novel to the globally bestselling Wheel of Time series - a fantasy phenomenon …

Exciting... but the writing is... questionable.

3 stars

The Wheel of Time was kind of a big deal for me: the first big fantasy series I really got into as a teenager. I never read this prequel, and I guess with the release of the TV it was time. It's strange to go back to the world.

On the one hand, this is an exciting adventure story that hooked me in and I enjoyed reading. It's great to spend time in the world, and to learn some important background.

On the other, Robert Jordan's writing is... I expected the overwrought excessive adjective, mail gaze-y descriptions. I knew the gender essentialism would be ever present.

I'd forgotten / hadn't noticed the constant ethnic stereotyping: "stubborn even for an Andorian" and the like.

Likewise the extent of the authoritarianism in the book. I mean, I knew he has a slightly obsession with characters being punished, but the extent to which …