Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
Publisher: Puffin (Penguin)
Release Date: 7th April 2011
Edition: UK paperback, gift
Other Titles in the Series: The Arctic Incident, The Eternity Code, The Opal Deception, The Lost Colony, The Time Paradox, The Atlantic Complex, The Last Guardian
Rumour has it Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century.
Just twelve years old and already he’s a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family’s fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping.
Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise.
Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous – and extremely high-tech – fairies. But he may have underestimated their powers. They will fight back. Is the boy about to trigger a cross-species war?
Let the misadventure begin.
This is one of those series’ that is almost a rite of passage for lots of readers and somehow I managed to miss it completely until now.
I didn’t even know that Artemis Fowl had fairies in it until a couple of weeks ago and maybe if I had I would have picked it up sooner! I love that they have their own little world with startling similarities to ours instead of the usual old-fashioned fairy courts and seductively dangerous faery princes – it was different. They have their own social hierarchies and a fun mythology that isn’t too complicated but could definitely keep the surprises coming. It had been far too long since I’d read about fairies so this was an absolute treat.
What made Eoin Colfer’s fairy world so brilliant for me were the very memorable characters: a centaur who’s a technological genius, a kleptomaniac dwarf and a purple-faced elf. They were vivid and engaging and leaped off the page to assist Holly and help defeat Artemis. Speaking of Artemis, he’s the kind of character that you really shouldn’t like, but I just couldn’t help it. He’s ridiculously clever and cunning and the moments he had with his mother were very touching and I was instantly reminded that he’s a twelve-year-old boy. And then you have good ole’ Butler: a man mountain who trusts Artemis implicitly and will do anything and everything for him but has a serious soft spot for his little sister.
I thoroughly enjoyed Artemis Fowl and I have to thank @King_Wolfy for buying me a copy to make sure I’d read it and I will hopefully be able to get my hands on the rest of the series sometime soon.
This copy was purchased for me as a gift.