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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  7,354 ratings  ·  357 reviews
Graveyard of Faith

Far to the north, in the frozen wastes of Polar Mars, lay the home of the Holy Therns, sacred and inviolate. Only John Carter dared to go there to find his lost Dejah Thoris. But between him and his goal lay the bones of all who had gone before.

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Paperback, 159 pages
Published May 1979 by Ballantine Books (first published 1914)
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Sandy
"The Warlord of Mars" (1914) is the 3rd of ll John Carter novels from the pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is a direct continuation of the first two in the series--"A Princess of Mars" and "The Gods of Mars"--and a reading of those earlier titles is absolutely essential before going into this one. Here, Carter tries to rescue his princess, Dejah Thoris, from the clutches of some particularly nasty villains. In his relentless pursuit, one that makes Indiana Jones look like a slacker, Carter travel...more
Richard Guion
A rousing end to the first Martian trilogy featuring John Carter. Burroughs does a good job of opening up new Martian territory with each tale, and this one explores the uncharted North Pole. While I loved the first novel, liked the second one, this third novel is a bit of a problem in certain aspects. One is the fact that Dejah Thoris, John Carter's wife, is primary in the role of the MacGuffin for books 2 & 3. I appreciated her strong headed sensibility in the first novel. I suppose I came...more
Erik Graff
Jun 20, 2010 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Barsoom fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Just before turning eight, I got a little brother, Fin, the only sibling I grew up with. Mom and Dad were lucky because I was generally bored and, so, actually wanted to spend time with him when he got old enough to toddle about and talk. I read to him, but mostly I told him stories, crazy stories featuring lots of naughty things that little kids delight in like poop and farting and talking animals.

Since I was into the John Carter books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the whole Mars/Barsoom thing, sill...more
James
Continuing the series with the third of Burroughs's pulp-science-fiction 'romance' novels, Warlord of Mars follows on immediately from The Gods of Mars. Having torn down the Martian's false religion, and rescuing several damsels in distress, he is rewarded by one of them dragging his beloved Dejah Thoris into a revolving dungeon (that not only happens to be open at just that time, but also doesn't open again for a whole Martian year) all because he wouldn't return her affections. Talk about bein...more
Jared Millet
2012 John Carter re-read, part 3 -

With Warlord of Mars the original John Carter trilogy concludes. In this volume, Burroughs discards the complexity, intrigue, and world-building that made Gods of Mars stand out in favor of a straightforward, rip-roaring action novel. From the beginning, John Carter is cut off from all of his friends and allies as he and his faithful Mars-dog Woola set out in pursuit of Dejah Thoris, now in the clutches of the few remaining villains left over from the previous b...more
Mary Catelli
Our tale picks up months after the cliffhanger ending of The Gods of Mars, with John Carter prowling for a way to get into the Temple of the Sun.

He backfills how he stopped anarchy by persuading the black men to accept Xodar as jeddak, and the city of Helium, Cathoris. But he's bent on the villains from last time. Indeed, finding his way into the cell leads only to his knowing that all three of the women were taken out by his enemies -- though for Phaidor he need not fear.

The tale involves getti...more
Ron
"Too close a scrutiny of my mental activities might prove anything but flattering," said John Carter. If any trait exceeds his partial prowess it must be his impulse to combat. Time and again throughout the Barsoom chronicles Carter rushes to fight--for freedom, for the love of his life, for his friends, or just for the fun of a good fight.

Burroughs has, perhaps, descended to the level of Saturday afternoon matinee serials, but its good, clean fun. And, this time he manages to finish his story.

A...more
Jessica
Very fun! By the end of this book, John Carter has pretty much explored every inch of Mars. He's a bit of a Mary Sue character: a brilliant fighter and statesmen, beloved by the ladies, etc. But he's a fun, honest character at the same time, and there is very real suspense about whether or not he will be reunited with his true love, the beauteous Dejah Thoris.
Jim
This is NOT really book 3, it's the end of book 2 & a fine way to wrap it up, too. There aren't any surprises, but it is a lot of fun.
sabisteb
6 Marsmonate sind seit den Ereignissen des zweiten Bandes “The Gods of Mars” vergangen. Dejah Thoris ist immer noch zusammen mit Phaidor der biestigen Tochter des heiligen Thern und Thuvia of Ptarth in einem Gefängnis unter dem Tempel der Sonne eingeschlossen. John Carter durchstreift währenddessen die Wälder und schlägt die Zeit tot, bis sich die Gefängniszelle endlich wieder öffnet, als er „zufällig“ Xodar sieht und ihm zu einem Treffen mit dem im Untergrund lebenden heiligen Hekkador Matai Sh...more
Dave
“The Warlord of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs picks up where “The Gods of Mars” left off. This novel was published from December of 1913 to March of 1914 in “All-Story” as a serial, and then published as a novel in September of 1919. Unlike “A Princess of Mars”, neither “The Gods of Mars” nor “The Warlord of Mars” can easily stand alone. The former volume ends in a cliff-hanger, and this novel relies on the reader knowing what is going on. Also, it is to the benefit of the reader to start with t...more
Kyle Wright
John Carter returns to rescue his wife from her horrible fate. In disguise, Carter infiltrates the enemy where he witnesses some sort of injustice, to which his blood boils, his natural fighting man instincts take over, and so he employs his unique fighting style which, much to his surprise and dismay, is instantly recognized by the enemy and said enemy sees through his disguise and escapes (with Carter's wife in tow) while Carter is busy battling other evildoers (which often results in Carter b...more
Thom Swennes
Again the mysterious and feared River if Iss plunges the reader into a tale of love, war, hate and revenge. Dejah Thoris and her former slave Thuvia are kidnapped and John Carter, Prince of Helium, has to come to their rescue. The Warlords of Mars is the third book of the Barsoom series and lives up to its predecessors in sending the reader on a violently magical tour of the Red Planet. Armies collide, princes and warlords wage an seemingly endless battle for supremacy and the prize of prizes, D...more
Mike Jensen
In some ways, this book is the mirror image of the previous book in the series, THE GODS OF MARS. That had the repetitious plot of John Carter being chased by malevolent forces chapter after chapter. While there were occasional rests between scenes of him fleeing, it became tedious. This finally stopped well into the book when Carter came to a palace and there was intrigue. This book is structured with John Carter chasing malevolent forces chapter after chapter. While there are occasional rests...more
wally
i just now finished barsoom, #2...and that is a cliff-hanger...or a dungeon-spinner...or something...ole john carter is thwarted at every turn in that one...in his quest to be reunited with his princess of mars...dejah...

burroughs...this will be the...16th or so e.r.b. tale for me...

begins:
on the river iss
in the shadows of the forest that flanks the crimson plain by the side of the lost sea of korus in the valley dor, beneath the hurtling moons of mars, speeding their meteoric way close above th...more
Kristine
Jun 27, 2012 Kristine rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction fans
Edgar Rice Burroughs can weave a tale of excitement for sure but his characters leave much to be desired. After three books, I was hoping for a bit of character development but none was forthcoming. There is also a noticeable plot pattern that the three books share which I wouldn't mind so much if it weren't for:

1. The Perpetual Damsels in Distress
Led by the most distress-y damsel of them all, Dejah Thoris. She has honor, pride and plenty of sass but she went from likeable in book one to thoroug...more
Josh
The John Carter series by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Overall I give the series four out of five stars but felt the third book was a three.
At this point I can only adequately review the first three books in this series. The Princess of Mars, the Gods of Mars, and the Warlord of Mars.

To start off, I can tell you that John Carter is one lucky guy. Everything seems to fall in place for him no matter what the dire circumstance may be. I am anxious to read all of the books in the series not only to find ou...more
John Tanzer
I wrote a sparklingly clever review but then lost it due to a stupid mistake... So here's the short version:

Of the trilogy that is Princess, Gods, and Warlord, this is the least. The plot doesn't add enough new to the formula. The central conflict is silly (a weirdly farcical chase to keep some bad guys from committing marital rape upon Dejah Thoris). The lack of Tars Tarkis is disappointing. The Yellow Men pale as villains compared to the ancient conspiracies of the White and Black men. The ver...more
Joseph Rice
nice conclusion to the John Carter saga. action packed as the two previous novels, as Carter races across Barsoom to rescue his lovely Princess of Helium.

Although the number of coincidences does not subside from the previous books, for me they came to be part of the ERB writing style. I didn't get hung up on that at all.

Recommended if you like pulpy sci fi/fantasy fiction.
Christopher
The third John Carter of Mars book picks up where the cliffhanger in the second book left off. This lightweight story amounts to one long chase scene, with added perils at every turn. Not that that is a bad thing, necessarily. It was quite fun, and Burrough's imaginative world is interesting. Naturally, the stiff dialogue and poor characterization that plague the previous books continues with this one as well, and John Carter seems a bit dimmer in this episode. However, if Andrew Stanton does in...more
Jim

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For six long Martian months, John Carter has haunted the terrifying Temple of the Sun. Inside the walls of this mysterious revolving tower is his beloved wife, Dejah Thoris, the beautiful princess of Barsoom. Worse yet, his wife is trapped there with the lovely but wicked Phaidor, who has swor

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Perry Whitford
As jarring as it was to discover that Barsoom had not one but two immense communities of peoples existing at the south polar region that nobody else knew about, in this third book in the series, as John Carter continues the hunt for his princess, Deja Thoris, we find out that the north pole contains another such civilization, the yellow men of Okar.
At least the white Therns and black First Born of the south pole had a religious racket going to protect them from scrutiny. Those in the north pole...more
Allison
The Warlord of Mars is the third in the John Carter of Mars series by renowned author Edgar Rice Burroughs. Once again he entertains the imagination with non-stop action, suspense and some of the greatest characters in science fiction. Join John Cater on another awesome adventure as he seeks to save his Princess of Helium, Dejah Thoris and Thuvia of Ptarth from the clutches of Matai Shang, the Holy Thern and his evil minions who seek to destroy everything John Carter holds dear. Follow the excit...more
Sofia
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Norm Davis
Feb 27, 2014 Norm Davis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, everyone. SF fans in particular.
Recommended to Norm by: Librovox App

Warlord of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs, 1919

One day, searching for entertainment I picked up a computer game. On the side, where a cigarette “you're gonna die” message would be, I saw a warning about the game. It said, “Do not play this game during any time you are responsible for other duties or activities. This game is very addictive.”

I thought, “OMG, what a great marketing ploy.” And I bought the game. I immediately started playing it when I arrived home. 48 hours later I was explaining to my...more
Marko Seppä
These stories are clearly the roots for Conan the Barbarian, and some people say, for Star Wars too.
It is easy to read the first book, second goes okay too, but on the third the reading gets really tiresome.

There are flaws like:
* Too simplistic story telling,
* One dimensional characters,
* Only good and evil, no shades in between,
* With this pile of dead people, there could be more guts flying.

So, entertaining at beginning, but gets boring too fast.
Abhinav
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Anna Anthropy
wow, this is worlds better than the previous book. probably because of its momentum: eddie burroughs lets the same single chase drive the story from beginning to end instead of picking at straws to find more things for JOHN CARTER, PRINCE OF HELIUM to do.

he still can't write a dramatic twist to save his life. that explains why he's dead.
ReaderNation
All these can be found for free at amazon. Thus, I downloaded 5 total. This is the third installment of John Carter and he finds himself back at Mars (no, not a spoiler). The entire book is one long chase and introduces us to the Yellow Man. Not a bad read - continuing with the series.
Bob Rodenbaugh
The story moves on but is too short as compared to parts 1 & 2. John Carter also seems just a little too full of himself in this third book. I enjoyed the first two far more but will read the next, his stuff is classic.
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Edgar Rice Burroughs was an American author, best known for his creation of the jungle hero Tarzan and the heroic John Carter, although he produced works in many genres.
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