The Sorcerer's Conspectus:

A comprehensive view of Andre Norton's Witch World

by Lotsawatts

Night Hound's Moon

A Short Story in the [Witch World Saga] by Mary H. Schaub


See Also: [Martinez ~ Glossary] [Martinez ~ Races] [Schlobin ~ Survey] [Coulson's Index]

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Edition Used for Analysis:
[Tales of the Witch World 1] (1989) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-54757-8, 978-0-812-54757-3, $3.95, 343pg ~ cover by Victoria Poyser


Kennard an asthmatic 12 year old saves a giant silver hound caught on a root by its collar. He and the hound try to rescue an old prospector and an old soldier from outlaws. The prospector is killed and the dog is rendered unconscious while Kennard and the soldier Jarrel are captured by the outlaws and then sold to the Purple Robed One’s. Out of nowhere comes Silver the Night Hound who saves them both and then leads Kennard to the medicine that will help with his breathing. The three then become traveling companions.

Timeline Points:

  1. p269. 'Outlaws'
  2. p270. 'Kennard had been separated from his parents as a small child in one of the frequent violent skirmishes that afflicted the Dales in those days.'
  3. p271. 'Kennard had been wandering alone in this remote area of the Dales near the border of the ominous Waste.' (when he was captured by the outlaws.) '…Kennard was about five years old when she [Rubeth] found him, thus making him about twelve now.'
  4. p276. Purple robed evil mages.
  5. p284. Was the Year of the Raven, now Year of the Night Hound.


Sorcerer's Notes:

  1. The mention of outlaws possibly places this before the Invasion when there were attacks from outlaws living in The Waste.
  2. The "violent skirmishes" when Kennard was 5 mentioned here could be the Invasion of High Hallack by the Hounds of Alizon.
  3. Rubeth probably died shortly before this story begins leaving the 12 yr old Kennard to fend for himself.

Year Name

Kennard's Age



"violent skirmishes" in the Dales. Orphan Kennard taken in by Rubeth

Year of the Raven


Rubeth dies, Kenneth and Jarrel captured by Outlaws

Year of the Night Hound


Kenneth saved by the "Moon's Hound" Silver from evil Purple Robe mages

The Sorcerer’s recommend that you read next: Gryphon in Glory

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