Norton, Andre. The Jargoon Pard. New York: Ballantine Books, 1974.
Reason read: to continue the series started in March in honor of Norton’s birth month.
The Jargoon Pard is the companion piece to Crystal Gryphon
and the prequel to The Year of the Unicorn.
A science fiction story with a fantasy twist. Kethan is the chosen one. From the moment of his birth he was destined to lead his family. With the help of a magic belt, his fate is solidified, despite the jealousies of an evil woman, his mother’s Wise Woman.
Full confession: I didn’t really get into The Jargoon Pard. To be honest, I didn’t get more than fifty pages before I called it quits. Fantasy and I just don’t like each other, I guess. A whole bunch of fantasy words were thrown around that essentially equated to mumbo jumbo. Arvon. The Seven Lords. The Four Clans: Redmantle, Goldmantle, Bluemantle, and Silvermantle. House of the Car Do Prawn. What? What the what? I have no idea. It’s the year of the Red Boar. The month of the Snowbird. Whatever that means.
Author fact: Andre Norton was a librarian in Cleveland, Ohio.
Book trivia: Even though The Jargoon Pard is part of the Witch World Series it has nothing to do with the first book.
Nancy said: nothing beyond mentioning The Jargoon Pard is part of the Witch series.
BookLust Twist: from Book Lust in the chapter called “Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (p 213).