My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A bit brainless and manic in parts but still a fun and interesting story. Not only does the story build up the mythology of Mars it then proceeds to tear it back down again in over the top masculine ways.
Carter is as arrogant and alpha male as the previous book and is all about killing thousands to save one or two. Its all gung ho with the action turned up to eleven.
The one big difference to A Princess of Mars is that the racism is toned quite a bit down, ok it is a planet split between various barbaric war like races defined by their colour but its not as balatant and insulting here. Its still highly sexist with any female stepping within ten foot of Carter falling madly in love and becoming all but useless.
And with the added Carter Jr its (one of the worst hidden twists in the history of books) its just added crazy sword wielding action to the whole thing.
The ending is quite an interesting little cliff hangar to keep the series flowing along.