The Jargoon Pard

Few authors have achieved such renown as World Fantasy Life Achievement honoree and Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master, Andre Norton. With the love of readers and the praise of critics, Norton's books have sold millions of copies worldwide. In Arvon, the ancient powers answer those who know how to call, and the blood of the wereriders flows in the veins of those who are both man and cat. Kethan was heir to the great house of Car Do Prawn because his mother's evil Wise Woman had tampered with another's birthright. But one day Kethan was given a belt of incredible beauty and great power. From that moment, his future was again in other hands and his body in a strange new form . . .

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By Terence (Covina, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · October 16, 2011
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... ...more
By Catsalive (Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · March 19, 2015
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... ...more
By Michael (Saint Petersburg, FL) · ★★★★☆ · January 18, 2010
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. ...more
By Hokomoko (Walldorf, 01, Germany) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 18, 2015
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 Ha... ...more
By Sheryl (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 08, 2014
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... ...more
By Sharon (The United States) · May 29, 2012
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 -... ...more
By Ruby (Cary, NC) · ★★★★★ · July 20, 2010
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 Unico... ...more
By John · ★★★★☆ · March 04, 2015
1978 grade B- ...more
By Jeffrey (Westfield, NJ) · ★★★★★ · April 06, 2010
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 dar... ...more
By Valerie (The United States) · August 11, 2009
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 d... ...more