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Thuvia, Maid of Mars

(Barsoom #4)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  8,070 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Mars has become divided by love. Not one, but two princes and a Jeddak are vying for the love of Thuvia of Ptarth. When she is mysteriously kidnapped, treachery threatens to throw Barsoom into bloody war. Now Cathoris must follow in the footsteps of his father, John Carter, and overcome phantom armies, dangerous spies and savage beasts as he attempts to save his true love ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 12th 1986 by Del Rey (first published 1916)
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Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 4th installment of the John Carter/Barsoom series. I continue to be entertained by each and every tale Burroughs tells. I think this one has been my favorite so far!

This story branches away from John Carter and Deja Thoris to focus on Carthoris and Thuvia - each played parts in the earlier stories. What was great is that it was not that hard to jump right into. The last two installments took much longer for me to get comfortable with.

I love Burroughs' imagination. His creations hop off the
May 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Highly formulaic. I begin to see a pattern in these books. Carter's (or now his son, Carthoris) loved one is kidnapped by some cruel person. He pursues, despite being outgunned, outnumbered, and hopelessly behind. Via a series of improbable coincidences, our hero catches up, faces certain death as he dukes it out with the bad guy's army, and survives just to find that the villain has slipped away with his prize. Repeat ad nauseum. Sorry, Mario, Princess Peach is not in this castle. Our hero ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't put my finger on the reason for it, but this isn't my favorite Barsoom book. Having said which, it's still a very strong entry in the series. This is the first book written in third person, so you actually get multiple points of view. It's also the first book not to feature John Carter as a protagonist (he has a very brief walk-on in the beginning of the book). The plot is about what you'd expect: Steel-thewed, square-jawed warrior is smitten with beautiful princess, but many ...more
J.G. Keely
Burroughs is at his best when he combines the impetus of pulp adventures with the unselfconsciously far flung. When he gets too tied down to an idea or progression, it tends to hinder his imagination somewhat.

The alien setting of the Mars books then proves a great boon to Burroughs, since it is unfettered by much need for suspension of disbelief. The series has its highs, but it also has lows, like this book.

In it, he explores many of the same things he has in the previous books, casting John
Eventually every good series needs to be put to bed. Drawn to a close. Wound up. Killed. In spite of that Burroughs is soldiering on with his stories from Barsoom. The first three books focussed on John Carter and his beloved Dejah Thoris as she repeatedly got into scrapes and he repeatedly had to rescue her. The fourth book completely changes everything and instead focusses on their son, Carthoris, and the woman he has fallen for: the titular Thuvia of Ptarth. This time it's Thuvia's ...more
Charles Stoltz
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I agree with many people that this book is formulaic as are most of Burroughs books. The problem is most people look at this book as well as the rest of the John Carter series and compare it to modern fantasy which is a mistake. People please remember that most of Burroughs works are from the early twentieth century this book was published in 1920 which was 93 years ago. It was a different time. Also these stories started out as serials in pulp magazines they were actioney and fast paced. I ...more
Jan 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs is the fourth book in the Barsoom series, and it is quite a bit different than the previous books. The first three books focused on John Carter, and his love of Dejah Thoris, but they are barely mentioned in this book. Instead, the focus switches to focus on John Carters son, Cathoris, prince of Helium, and the title character Thuvia, princess of Ptarth, both of which were introduced in the second book of the series The Gods of Mars, but were fairly ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Burroughs must have written this one to make a few bucks (or because his contract required it). Little imagination, improbable plot and more-than-usual coincidences (both good and bad) to make it work. But at least it was short. Normally, I want a book to be as long as possible; not this time.

Like father, like son: Carthoris is as clueless as his father.

Why does everyone always choose the new slave (in almost all cases a spy or one of the Carters) to accompany them on a critical, secret mission?
Kyle  Tresnan
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was talking to my dad about Edgar Rice Burroughs the other day. My dad discovered Burroughs through comic book adaptations of A Princess of Mars and Tarzan, and then he moved on to the novels.

He said that Burroughs is "One of the best authors who gets absolutely no respect."

Here's what I think: Edgar Rice Burroughs may not have written anything salient on, say, the American Dream or man's inhumanity to man, but dammit, I don't care. I've never felt unsatisfied after a Burroughs novel.

Noel Coughlan
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
After the pummeling my nerves received from John Carters ego in Warlord of Mars, I approached this book with trepidation. Fortunately, I enjoyed it a lot more than the previous installment. Firstly, the focus isnt on John Carter, but on the eponymous Thuvia of Ptarth and John Carters son, Carthoris. They come across as more rounded, likeable individuals. The villainous Drusar, learning from the mistakes of others, try something more subtle than kidnapping Dejah Thoris and inviting John Carter to ...more
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
In this book our focus shifts from john Carter to his son Carthoris and his quest to rescue the beauteous Barsoomian princess, Thuvia. These stories are not high art, or even good sci-fi/fantasy; but they are terrific yarns with exotic Barsoomian locales, fantastic beasts, flamboyant princesses, dastardly villains, and cliff-hanging adventures in which the hero gets the girl and the bad guy meets his (or her) just deserts.

I've read and re-read these stories over the years, and even recorded them
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The epitome of high adventure. The best I've ready by Burroughs so far. An incredible arrangement of the ways in which people might react to the passions of the love within them.
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Sometimes, as someone who enjoys writing, I find it entertaining to go back and read things I wrote years ago. On one hand, its completely embarrassing to see my first attempts at being a novelist, but, at the same time, its encouraging. I can see how Ive developed as a writer.

Reading the Barsoom series kind of feels the same way.

Edgar Rice Burroughs plunged into the world of writing pulp fiction (rot as he called it) because he saw that people actually got paid to write such things. Admitting
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think Thuvia is my favorite character so far in this series.
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Thuvia, Maid of Mars" is the 4th of 11 John Carter novels from the pen of Edgar Rice Burroughs. It first appeared in April 1916, as a three-part serial in the magazine "All Story Weekly." This is the first Carter novel that does not feature John Carter himself as the central character; he only makes a brief cameo appearance early on. Instead, the action mantle is taken up by Carthoris, Carter's son, but fortunately, Carter Junior turns out to be just as good a swashbuckler as the old man. In ...more
Samuel Valentino
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: barsoom
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Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Differs from earlier Barsoom books in two respects: 1) It stars John Carter's son, and J.C. himself is reduced to a mere cameo. 2) It's written in third- rather than first-person.
The first of these differences makes virtually no impact on the story, since there is almost no difference between John Carter and his son, apart from their names. In fact, I think the primary reason Burroughs switched characters was so he could recycle plot points from the previous books without being too obvious about
James Mourgos
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: burroughs-books
Thuvia Maid of Mars is an interesting if old-fashioned story. Shes a bit prissy as the princess of Ptarth and is betrothed to a character Tith, whom we do not meet until the end of the story. The story is mostly about a couple of men who have the hots for her and the length they go through to get her, even risking interplanetary war for her hand.

As with a lot of Mars books, we have interesting subplots a lost city of Lothar that has men who can imagine so strongly that others can see their
May 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
There's something missing from this series without John Carter. I know that Carthoris is his son and all of that but it just wasn't the same for me. Part of the mystique about this series is/was John Carter being an outsider, an Earthman on Mars. Without that it just isn't the same for me.

The villains in this one fell a little flat, and Carthoris didn't have enough of a background or unique personality I think to set him apart from many of the other Martians and characters of the book. Not
Paul DiBara
Oct 28, 2015 rated it liked it
While I'm not a big fan of gratuitous violence, warrior cultures are very much part of human history to modern times. I enjoyed the author's imaginative forays in this story. The discovery of an ancient and unknown city that used mind control to battle its enemies was especially fun.
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another excellent addition to the Barroom series. I read this book in high school, so it was all new to me reading it again after 40+ years. Great pace on the story telling. The characters are not very believable, but who cares? It's ERB fantasy. Loved it!
Jason Vanhee
Better than book 3, this slightly tangled narrative brings in even wackier Barsoomians with mighty mental powers who are still petty asses just like everyone else on Mars. Thuvia should have been more badass; recognizing the times, I get why she wasn't, but there are constant references throughout the books to Barsoomian women taking up weapons when needed and being in some ways better with them, but here in this book, when it would have been great, Thuvia doesn't do that. She's more the object ...more
James Rauch
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
You got to hand it to old Edgar Rice Burroughs, he does one action packed adventure story really really well and some how manages to disguise it well enough to squeeze out several books. This is the case with Thuvia, Maid of Mars. The Edgar Rice Burrough's Barsoom formula: Take A Princess of Mars, change the names of the characters, and alter a few points and you get a whole new novel with little effort or originality. Sure, on the one hand, the new novel is strikingly similar to the original, ...more
Michael Drakich
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, but the first in where John Carter is not the hero. Instead, it focuses on his son, Carthoris.
My first reaction was a mild disappointment with the change. After the first three novels, my emoting with John Carter was deep and I wasn't at first ready for the transition but after a few chapters, I had settled in.
The plot to kidnap Thuvia seemed overly complicated at first as I did not comprehend the intentions of the captors on
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Same pitch than the first three books, interesting, but not thrilling
Love of Hopeless Causes
Not horrible, but I lost the thread listening to the audiobook. I'll enjoy it more in print.
Tiffany Martin
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
While I have enjoyed all the books up to this one, I have to admit disappointment in this 4th book. In a word, boring, and I hope the next one redeems forcing myself through this one.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Eventually you realize that Burroughs is writing the same plot over and over. That's why I put long spaces between these books.
Scott Moore
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
A little bit of a change up as this does not actually pertain to John Carter at all, but actually is a story of his son. Burroughs has a way of writing that really pats the main character on the back and almost makes him the luckiest and most skilled person on the planet. The villains do not stand a chance against the Carter's and should probably just stop trying by now. Even with the pompous characters and the over inflated egos, I still find myself reading these books in moments of lull. Maybe ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys thirteen or younger
Recommended to Erik by: Tarzan
Shelves: sf
Grandmother Lajla had a cottage on a heavily wooded hill overlooking Lake Michigan which her mother and grandmother had had built during the great war in consort with other Chicagoans of Norwegian descent who had purchased land all about. Every year until high school I spent all summer there with my mother and, while he existed, little brother. Father would come up on weekends. Lajla would usually spend one month of the summer with us.

The cabin was pretty rustic: no heat except from a fireplace,
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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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