Thuvia, Maid of Mars

by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Series: Barsoom 4
Reviewed date: 2005 Mar 29
Rating: 2
184 pages
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Thuvia, Maid of Mars is the fourth of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Mars books. It pales in comparison to the first three books. The dialog is even more fantastically stilted, the plot is thin, and it lacks the immediacy that permeates the previous Mars books. The reason for this (or perhaps a consequence of it) is that Edgar Rice Burroughs chose to write in third person rather than in first person as he had in the previous novels. There is no reason to waste your time reading Thuvia, Maid of Mars.

Plot: Carthoris, son of John Carter and Dejah Thoris, declares his love for Thuvia of Ptarth. But Thuvia is pledged to marry Kulan Tith; she rejects Carthoris. Then Thuvia is kidnapped and it falls upon Carthoris to dash madly about Mars trying to find and rescue her--so that she can marry another.

Thuvia, Maid of Mars is out of copyright. It is freely and legally available online: Thuvia, Maid of Mars.

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