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The Jargoon Pard

The Jargoon Pard Kethan son of Gillan and Herrel heir to the House of Car Do Prawn destined to become lord of Arvon acquires a leopard skin belt with strange powers its clasp a leopard s head made from jargoon st

  • Title: The Jargoon Pard
  • Author: Andre Norton
  • ISBN: 9780345311924
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Kethan, son of Gillan and Herrel, heir to the House of Car Do Prawn, destined to become lord of Arvon, acquires a leopard skin belt with strange powers, its clasp a leopard s head made from jargoon stone Unable to take it off, Kethan becomes part man, part beast In the perilous confrontation between his inner good and evil, he discovers his true identity and the quest heKethan, son of Gillan and Herrel, heir to the House of Car Do Prawn, destined to become lord of Arvon, acquires a leopard skin belt with strange powers, its clasp a leopard s head made from jargoon stone Unable to take it off, Kethan becomes part man, part beast In the perilous confrontation between his inner good and evil, he discovers his true identity and the quest he must undertake.

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    1. Chris on said:

      I loved this book as a preteen and it stood up pretty well to the reread. I did get annoyed with the sort of formal, tangly language at times - obviously preteen me was a more forgiving reader. :)

    2. Terence on said:

      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 [...]

    3. Catsalive on said:

      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 phenomenack cover: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 [...]

    4. Michael Clutton on said:

      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.

    5. Ken Gentle on said:

      I read this so long ago, in the 70's. I still have the paperback, but it's falling apart.I remember reading and re-reading this book, identifying with the protagonist, and of course fantasizing about that world.

    6. Michael Mitchell on said:

      I read this book as a teen and wanted to see if it held up. Andre Norton continues to be one of my favorite authors.

    7. Valerie on said:

      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 ( [...]

    8. Aelvana on said:

      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 [...]

    9. Ozsaur on said:

      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 [...]

    10. Lisa on said:

      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 [...]

    11. Sharon on said:

      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 [...]

    12. Hokomoko on said:

      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 [...]

    13. Ruby Hollyberry on said:

      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 [...]

    14. Jeffrey on said:

      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.

    15. Sheryl Tribble on said:

      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.

    16. Jon on said:

      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.

    17. Valerie on said:

      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.)

    18. Tom on said:

      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.

    19. Jacqueline on said:

      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.

    20. Rachael on said:

      A fun, quick little read. This was my first of Andre Norton's - I'd be interested to check out more of them.

    21. Brent on said:

      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.

    22. Derek on said:

      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.

    23. Tracey on said:

      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.

    24. Mark Hawkins on said:

      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.

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