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The Jargoon Pard (Witch World Series 2: High Hallack Cycle #3)

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He was called Kethan and the secret of his birth had been hidden --- until now.
He had been chosen to lead the great house of Car Do Prawn in the ancient land of Arvon. But his cousin Maughus was jealous and hated him, and Ursilla, his mother's evil Wise Woman, had already begun to tamper with his destiny.
Then one day Kethan was given a gift, a belt of incredible beauty a
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 1975 by Fawcett Publications (first published 1974)
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May 19, 2008 Terence rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Norton & Witch World fans
Not much to say here about The Jargoon Pard except on a personal note. The story is a solid, by-the-numbers fantasy quest as Kethan is forced to discover his true heritage. It's set in Norton's Witch World but isn't, IMO, one of the more memorable entries, and would only recommend it to a Norton completist. The characters are not very complex (though Ursilla could have been a really nasty villain if given more room to develop), and the ending stumbles into the deus ex machina snare.

On the person
Jul 29, 2008 Catsalive rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
What possessed the woman to name it the house of Prawn? I came up short every time the Car Do Prawn appeared in the text which ruined the momentum - Prawn!? I kept picturing a house with a big prawn sitting on top - most off-putting, I assure you. Apart from the prawns I enjoyed the story of the were-shifters. Another entertaining episode of Witch World phenomena.

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He was called Kethan and the secret of his birth had been hidden until now. He had been chosen to lead the great house of C
Michael Clutton
Jan 16, 2010 Michael Clutton rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: classic fantasy lovers
It's been over 30 years since I read this. Hard to remember anything except this: I found it fascinating and it was one of my early ventures into the world of fantasy. I know I kept it for years. Wish I could remember whatever happened to it.

An old book, yes. But, one I would still recommend.
I'm writing reviews to the precise editions I have, because exact content varies between editions: not always the front cover picture, but also supplemental material, maps, etc.

The 1974 edition is presumably the 1st paperback edition, and the reverse of the title page follows the title with (in all caps, as transcribed): THIS BOOK CONTAINS THE COMPLETE TEXT OF THE ORIGINAL HARDCOVER EDITION. I can locate no credit for the cover picture, which shows a(n essentially symbolic) depiction of a pard (
In a bid for power, the Lady Heroise schemed to bear a son, for her son would be heir to the House of the Car Do Prawn. But a twist of fate brings her a daughter---so she steals a stranger's child, names him Kethan, and claims him as her own. Then begins the long plot of raising him to be amiable to her bidding. Then the gift of a belt with a jargoon pard changes everything . . .

This was a decent read, although not one I'm likely to ever read again. Kethan tells the story of his life, from the e
Jul 10, 2016 Ozsaur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Jargoon Pard was one of my favorite books from years ago and I recently picked it up to reread. I'm a big Andre Norton fan, so you can probably take this review with a grain of salt.

This is one of Norton's stronger books, which is pretty strong considering that every book of her's that I've read has had a strong plot and good characters. This is the third book in the series, but it really does stand on its own. You don't need to read any other books in the series to follow this one.

Kethan is
Nov 27, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read most of Andre Norton's books back in the 1960's and 70s when I was a kid. Mrs Norton is a Master Weaver of Stories. The Jargoon Pard Which World Series 2: High Hallack Cycle, #3 tells a tale of the hero Kethan, heir to the throne of Car do Prawn whose birthing started with a lie and his adventures from the untangling of that knot. I can't remember the ending, I am rereading right now. I figure this tale will lead the reader on a journey of knowing the self, as Kethan has found he can b ...more
I read this for the first time when I was a kid, and I decided to come back as an adult and see how it held up. Not bad at all. There are the usual features of fantasy novels that either draw you in or repel you: the made-up words, the artificially archaic syntax, the unexplained magical world - if these instantly turn you off to a book, then don't bother with this one. But if you can see past it, this is actually a well-crafted little novel.

I realized, while reading it this time, that this book
Mar 17, 2015 Hokomoko rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
During a long flight, after an exhausting business trip, I sought refuge in another of Norton's Witchworld novels. As ever, she wastes no time on diversions or non-essential side plots. The coming of age developments sit in a mythical frame - complete with the Inauspicious Beginning tbrough to Happy End. That said, the juxtaposition of small minded (though still dangerous) adversaries against the heroes involved in a much wider context and struggle gave the book a certain unique problematic that ...more
Ruby Hollyberry
Feb 02, 2010 Ruby Hollyberry rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize this was a Witch World novel or I'd've gotten around to it much sooner! VERY good so far.

Update: Not only is it a wonderful story and a Witch World book (they are all more or less wonderful) but it turns out to be the sequel to one of my favorites of her books - Year of the Unicorn!!! I was so excited when I realized. It is also one of my favorite kinds of sequels, the kind that tells the story of the following generation's youthful challenges and triumphs, just as Year of the U
Jan 06, 2008 Jeffrey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: good early fantasy
Shelves: fantasy
Another favorite from my youth about a power struggle between Kethan, the heir to a great house in the Ancient land of Arvon and his cousin Maughus. Kethan is given a belt that allows him to shapeshift into a wild cat. Meanwhile Ursilla, his mother's evil wise woman plots to destroy him using dark magic. Maughus finds out about his shapeshifting talents and wants to use that to force him off the throne.

Ultimately there is a confrontation between good and evil.
Sheryl Tribble
Not sure what it is about Andre Norton. Her plots are fine, characters generally unoriginal but always perfectly functional, and she creates imagery that can stick with me for years and years, but somehow it never comes together into a book I love. All her books that I've read were great vacation reads that I never have the slightest inclination to hang onto long term. Can't quite put my finger onto why.
Sep 12, 2015 Jon rated it liked it
The direct sequel to Year of the Unicorn, although it reads just fine on its own given the new protagonist. (You'll recognize the characters from the previous pretty quickly, but it doesn't matter.) I didn't find it as compelling as Year of the Unicorn. It doesn't help that the protagonist is a big of a jerk.
Not only a good story, but an indication of Norton's thorough research. In a short paragraph of acknowledgement, she not only credits the originator of the tarot reading, but also mentions what a 'jargoon' is. To complete the title, a 'leopard' is a 'lion-pard'--the term 'pard' was once used to describe various great cats (specifically, in this case, a desert cat.)
Oct 17, 2012 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The structures of her books may be heavily formulaic, but she fills out that structure with wonderfully imaginative and even poetic details. I enjoy reading her books every now and then, but I couldn't read many too close together.
May 21, 2010 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, fantasy
Another of my all time favorites. I love shifter stories to this day maybe because of this book. High Hallack stories are my favorites of the Witch World series. Lots of Norton's hallucinaginic type magic. A mistreated hero. A bit of a love story. Love it.
Jul 17, 2013 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, quick little read. This was my first of Andre Norton's - I'd be interested to check out more of them.
Jul 07, 2011 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Young adult fiction that entertains me, even after 30+ years have passed since the first reading. Some authors just strike you that way. For me, Norton is one of them.
Jan 05, 2013 Derek rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, fantasy, witch-world
Must we have the Deus ex Machina? The story could have been told as easily without the interference of yet another godly power. Ho hum.

Read in the mid 80's - along with a lot of other Norton novels. I remember enjoying it at the time, but couldn't tell you much about it.
Mark Hawkins
Nov 25, 2016 Mark Hawkins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thus was probably the 2nd book of this genre that I ever read. I beleive I was probable 10 or 11. This was one of 2 or 3 books, that opened up my mind.
Mar 04, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
1978 grade B-
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Feb 19, 2013 Pam May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alice Mary Norton always had an affinity to the humanities. She started writing in her teens, inspired by a charismatic high school teacher. First contacts with the publishing world led her, as many other contemporary female writers targeting a male-dominated market, to choose a literary pseudonym. In 1934 she legally changed her name to Andre Alice. The androgynous Andre doesn't really say "male" ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Witch World Series 2: High Hallack Cycle (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Horn Crown (Witch World Series 2: High Hallack Cycle, #0)
  • Year of the Unicorn (Witch World Series 2, High Hallack Cycle, #1)
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