The Jargoon Pard

The Jargoon Pard[Epub] ❧ The Jargoon Pard ➛ Andre Norton – Oaklandjobs.co.uk 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 an 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 The Jargoon eBook ☆ 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 and possessing great powers From this moment on, Kethan s future was in other hands, and his body in a strange new shape. 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 thememorable 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 givenroom to develop , and the ending stumbles into the deus ex machina snare.On the person 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 thememorable 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 givenroom to develop , and the ending stumbles into the deus ex machina snare.On the personal note I first read The Jargoon Pard when I was in high school, and vaguely remember being inextricably entranced by it I also learned two new words from the title alone JARGOON Noun A colorless to smoky gem variety of zircon.PARD Noun A leopard or panther.The second thing is that I picked up a used copy from my local brick and mortar used book store God knows how they re surviving but I m not complaining , and that edition has to have one of the ugliest covers I ve ever seen So I m sticking with the cover of the library book I checked out as a callow youth Just did another reread Feb 2019 Still love this book.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. 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 aforgiving reader. This story follows on from The Year of the Unicorn as I realised when I began reading although the characters were not named, I could tell that the woman having her baby in the shrine of Gunnora, at the same time as the mother of the narrator of this novel, is Gillan, the woman with powers in that novel, and her husband is Herrel, the Were, or shape shifter who can transform into a snow leopard They come back into the novel much later.I also realise on doing this review that I ve missed out This story follows on from The Year of the Unicorn as I realised when I began reading although the characters were not named, I could tell that the woman having her baby in the shrine of Gunnora, at the same time as the mother of the narrator of this novel, is Gillan, the woman with powers in that novel, and her husband is Herrel, the Were, or shape shifter who can transform into a snow leopard They come back into the novel much later.I also realise on doing this review that I ve missed out a couple of volumes in this second Witch World series, book 0 and book 1 however, I don t think it prevented me from understanding or enjoying this one Briefly, Heroise, the protagonist s mother, goes to the shrine to have her baby believing it will be a son and through him she will be able to rule, as their land follows the custom of the sister s son of the ruler inheriting The baby is a girl but a ready solution presents itself as Gillan is in the room next door having her baby which they realise is a son The mother s nasty wise woman sidekick Ursilla puts Gillan and her midwife into an entranced sleep and makes them forget so that when they wake up they think the baby girl is her own child.However, things don t work out as Heroise hoped, as the son, whom she names Kethan, is not the malleable tool she and Ursilla hoped He is too independent and he also faces enmity within the keep because Heroise s sister in law hates him and wants her own son Maughus to succeed the father, against custom Kethan grows up in an atmosphere of tension and hatred, although this is character building in the long run His time of trial comes when he is betrothed to Maughus sister, and her mother gives him a gift to commemorate it a belt he had already been drawn to when a mysterious trader visited the keep The belt has the effect of turning him into a pard a big cat probably because it brings out his innate gift from his real father, Herrel Everyone, including him, assumes it is a curse laid on him by the belt The intention is either to kill him as an animal, or else to denounce him as a thing of the Dark So he has to go on the run, unable to turn back into his human form, and pursued by multiple enemies It is quite a short book in comparison to some of the other Witch World novels and a quick read It isn t outstanding, but I enjoyed it nevertheless, with the suspense as to whether Kethan would prevail, whether he would learn who his real parents are, and whether he would come into his true heritage So I would award this a page turning 3 stars 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.back 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 C 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.back 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 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 Kethan was given a gift a belt of incredible beauty and possessing great powers From this moment on Kethan s future was in other hands and his body in a strange new shape 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 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 become a great cat but does not know how to control this ability except with a magical belt which was given to him by his cousin who hates him I know the story will take the reader into the dual nature of man, the animal and beast, the two will unite and heal Kethan as most hero adventures end this way Great read for young and old alike 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 allor 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 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 allor 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 Unicorn tells the story of the parents adventures and meeting 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. A nice, simple fantasy. I didn t grow up reading Andre Norton, and I am not sure it is important to read the Witch World series sequentually The Jargoon Pard was fine as a standalone. Her Witchworld classics have been turning up for me, every five years or so, and I am amazed at what I missed This is what I would call a cake of custom novel, where the current world has many layers under it , archeology from former settlers of the world, catastrophes and occult traditions Just as the desert coughs up a new gospel or I didn t grow up reading Andre Norton, and I am not sure it is important to read the Witch World series sequentually The Jargoon Pard was fine as a standalone. Her Witchworld classics have been turning up for me, every five years or so, and I am amazed at what I missed This is what I would call a cake of custom novel, where the current world has many layers under it , archeology from former settlers of the world, catastrophes and occult traditions Just as the desert coughs up a new gospel or egyptian lineage every twenty years a new disclosure of an old manuscript or augery appears in Keanan s world Her descriptions are sparce and rely upon the reader to fill in teir own sense of what is happening, part of Norton s genius I actually feel lucky to read them the first time late in adulthood This is a world without primogeniture, the heir comes from the nephew of the wldest leader by his eldest sister Norton anticipates your reworking of the familiar, and the sister Heroise longs to gain power through the birth of a son, displacing her own nephew She arranges to claim a good mating through her mentor , Ursalina However she carries a child of the wrong gender, so the babies are switched at birth This is a secret Keanan senses throughout his childhood, but it is only affirmed after he is able to wrest his identity from a shapeshifting belt Good associates always help form character as does confronting people who would shape you according to their own desires His mother, Heroise is restless in a wolrd that accords powwer only to men, so she dreams of shaping a son to fulfill her own desires But is actually Ursalina who pulls the strings The model of nephew rule is pulled by the human desire to control, yet Keanan s cousings, male female siblings seem to model anormal rendition of this type of heredity Unfortunately they are benton hilling him, partiuclarly since he seems to turn into a leopard, or pard at certain moon phases Shapeshifting has a bad history in this family, but then everything about this family seems tainted.Great book, lovely formation novel recommended to cat lovers, tarot afficiandos, and people who like subterranean circles of ancestor statures with luminous faces Good and creepy

The Jargoon Pard MOBI ↠ The Jargoon  eBook ☆
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • The Jargoon Pard
  • Andre Norton
  • English
  • 20 August 2018
  • 0449026574