I finished reading New Spring: The Novel by Robert Jordan, and placed a blurb in the Science Fiction Review section of my site.
New Spring is a prequel to Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. I think Robert Jordan is extremely smart in giving young readers a second entry point into his epic series. The story involved in New Spring happens before The Eye of the World. That means people interested in the series can start their quest with New Spring.
Best of all, New Spring is one of the shortest books in the series. Readers who have been intrigued by the Wheel of Time can read this book and get a good feel for the entire series.
As for someone who accepted the challenge of reading the whole series, I simply hope that the release of New Spring is a sign that Mr. Jordan is finally getting around to wrapping up this over sized tale.