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Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Monday, June 20, 2011
5 Stars: An Incredible Read /Keeper
Series: Artemis Fowl #1
Paperback 280 Pages
Publicatin: June 23, 2009 Disney-Hyperion

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories—they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

Artemis Fowl has been a longtime favorite series of mine. From the first pages, Colfer lures you into the criminal world with Artemis’s dealings with faeries, continuous outsmarting of them, and the first inklings of his awakening conscious.

The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Artemis and Holly Short, but two of the many memorable cast of characters that Colfer introduces. Others include Butler (Artemis’s… butler!), Commander Root heading Recon, Foaly the technological genius of a centaur, and Mulch Diggums the kleptomaniac dwarf.

Artemis is a criminal mastermind and speaks at an advanced level for any age. Still, there are telltale signs that he’s only twelve. He worries over his mother, and he’s desperately seeking out his father to restore the Fowl family’s status. He also believes in faeries. Plus his genius brain, and he possesses the power to do one thing no Mud Man (faerie jargon for humans) has ever done before: part the faeries from their gold.

Opposing him is Captain Holly Short, the first female member of Recon and also someone who is continuously getting into trouble. While she’s definitely one of the best officers under Root, he pushes her to excel above the others to her dismay at the unwonted prejudice. She has a colorful nature and will never fail to amuse readers with her smart aleck comments.

As someone who has read further installments in the series, I can say that while this first book seems clichéd with the whole humans are bad deal, you can see the stirrings of potential development. Holly Short jeopardizes her life to save humans even after they hurt her, and Artemis is beginning to soften up. He realizes that what he’s done is evil. Remember, he’s a kid despite his genius nature.

Forget lollipops, rainbows, and sunshine. Artemis Fowl’s dark brilliance and criminal exploits will leave you hankering for the next installment in the series. With his wit and great sense of humor, Colfer brings to readers of all ages a genius antihero, futuristic technology, mind games, and a bit of magic.

View my favorite quotations from Artemis Fowl #1


A copy was provided for review by the publisher
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6 comments on "Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer"
  1. I enjoyed this series too. In fact, I'm reading the last one in the series as an audio book right now. Thanks for the review.

  2. Ive never read the series but I really want to. Thanks for your review!

  3. I haven't read this, but I've heard amazing things about it. I may check it out if I ever get time. :D Great review.

  4. I keep meaning to read this but keep forgetting to dig it up. Thanks for the reminder! :)

  5. I love this series very much! For me Artemis Fowl is like Harry Potter for most teenagers. After reading AF I became a fan of Eoin Colfer and now I with pleasure read his new books.


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