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The Warlord of Mars (Barsoom #3)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  10,428 Ratings  ·  465 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.

Cover art by Michael Whelan.
Paperback, 159 pages
Published May 1979 by Ballantine Books (first published 1914)
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Oct 10, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this series, and I am going to tell you what I specifically like about this series as a whole.

It feels like classic (kinda cheesy) serial sci-fi. I picture the main characters in outlandish costumes fighting rubbery monsters while the rocky landscape shakes when they bump it. When they are flying, I can see the strings holding up the little spacecraft model while it is manipulated in a jerky fashion for long shots. I picture scantily clad space Queens with too much makeup swoonin
Aug 22, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
Mar 07, 2012 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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.

Erik Graff
Jun 20, 2010 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  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
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
Apr 25, 2015 Leah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun! All the books are fundamentally the same but each one has new twists of imagination and John Carter’s feats grow more ridiculous amazing every time. Silly they may be, but they keep me turning the pages and provide much chuckling along the way. Will I read the next one? Oh, yes, I really think I must…

My full, spoilerish review is over on my blog...
Apr 30, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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
Jun 25, 2012 Kristine rated it it was ok  ·  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's 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 thorough
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
Noel Coughlan
May 13, 2016 Noel Coughlan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Okay. This one is a bit spoilery. So be warned.

The villains, Matai Shang and Thurid, in this book have to be the stupidest so far. Have they learned nothing from the destruction their peoples suffered in the last book? Just give Dejah Thoris back to John Carter and he’d stop his hunt for you from pole to pole and go back to Helium and leave you alone. But no, that would be too easy.

Dejah Thoris again suffers from literary laryngitis for pretty much the entire story.

At this stage, the pattern is
Oct 11, 2012 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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...

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
An Odd1
Oct 27, 2014 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Justice unites all skin colors. Honor triumphs over evil. Strongest end up rulers, mated to most beautiful. Princesses and rulers get kidnapped. Girls scream and struggle, leave one clue. After following wrong way "nutshell proved a false prophet .. Had I been a woman I should have wept" p 19.

The Warlord of Mars is narrator John Carter, Civil War soldier from Virginia, (view spoiler) the dator, "prince of Helium .. mightiest warrior of Barsoom" p 6
Jul 18, 2012 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Edgar Rice Burroughs concluded John Carter's first cycle of adventures on Mars -- sometimes referred to as the Martian Trilogy -- with the serialized publication of The Warlord of Mars in 1913-1914. At the conclusion of the previous installment, The Gods of Mars, the future of John Carter's beloved princess Dejah Thoris was in grave doubt. Having proven that the centuries-old Martian worship of Issus was falsehood perpetuated by power-hungry members of the Holy Therns and the First Born races, C ...more
Jan 07, 2009 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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
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
Sep 23, 2012 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
The third book, thankfully, picks up just a few months later. John Carter's enemies from "Gods" are seemingly defeated, but a few manage to put aside their own differences to work against him and to keep him from rescuing Dejah Thoris and Thuvia. This time, the chase really is across the planet, from one civilization hidden in the southern polar ice-cap to another hidden in the northern polar ice-cap. We're introduced to the last remaining humanoid race on the planet, the Yellow Martians. There ...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
Mark Baker
Apr 03, 2015 Mark Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
When John Carter follows his mortal enemies Thurid and Matai Shang, he learns of a plan to free his beloved wife, Dejah Thoris, from her prison six months early. But his race to beat them to the rescue turns in to a race across Mars. Will John Carter ever defeat his enemies and be reunited with his wife?

Even written 100 years ago, this feels like a modern action movie with a science fiction setting. You’ve got a character overcoming overwhelming odds with a bit of ease and characters that are ju
Apr 22, 2011 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Arley Dial
Jun 18, 2016 Arley Dial rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just keeps getting better! Old school adventure from stem to stern, I would recommend it for any devotee of action. A dungeon crawl worthy of the best RPG followed by a chase that spans mars from the southern pole to the northern. Fantastic settings, and new people groups abound. The unapologetic heroism is a breath of fresh air in this era of enforced parity.
Feb 17, 2016 Mark rated it liked it
Picking up right where the previous book left off, John Carter must travel from the temperate south pole to the frigid north pole in pursuit of the lovely Dejah Thoris who has been abducted by the villainous Matai Shang and Thurid.

Another swashbuckling adventure on Mars that pushes the boundary of credulity; but these stories are just so fun that it really doesn't matter if they are believable.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Barsoom (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1)
  • The Gods of Mars (Barsoom, #2)
  • Thuvia, Maid of Mars (Barsoom, #4)
  • The Chessmen of Mars (Barsoom, #5)
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