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Book Review: Artemis Fowl Series

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Artemis Fowl is a series of novels by Eoin Colfer. It tells the story of Artemis Fowl II, an evil genius who wishes to become rich by exploiting the secret underground world of fairies, who have advance technology and magic.

The books were published from 2001 to 2012. There are spinoff graphic novels, a movie, and another series of books about younger twin brothers of Artemis.


Artemis Fowl, the second is the member of the Fowl family, a family of international criminals who are exceptionally brilliant and can’t turn up a new life despite trying.

Artemis wishes to take his family back to the heights of the days when his father ruled the criminal empire. When they used to be rich and powerful. But when his father disappeared (he was shot down while delivering cola to Russia), the family’s fortunes changed.

When Artemis learns of fairies, he wishes to use them to achieve his goals, thinking they have a hoard of gold. And thus, begins his story.

My review:

The first book is titled Artemis Fowl, and the narrative is presented through the Fairy police’s captain Holly Short’s POV, which was captured by Artemis, and Artemis Fowl’s POV.

Let me tell you. It is childish, but I can’t help but hate fairies. They call humans mud people, and that just pisses me off. I mean, it is nothing more than a fictional term, but it still has an effect on me. Maybe I should go to Himalaya and meditate to gain inner peace. I will stop getting angry at such terms then.

Or not. Global warming is destroying Himalaya. I have no interest in being in there when the destruction reaches a critical point.

Apart from Artemis and his butler, who are often trained to serve the Fowl family, and Holly Short, who is a boring character, there are other characters with a significant presence in the story. First, the ever-strict commander Root, who is feared, but only one has the balls to make fun of him.

And that is a Centaur named Foaly. He’s a guy after my own heart, for he designed the whole digital system for Fairies along with a couple of other things, and rigged it in such a way that the hire-ups can’t replace him without incurring a disaster.

The second book is titled The Arctic Incident. Russian mafia has captured Fowl senior, father of Artemis. Meanwhile, down in the fairy land, now-disgraced officer Cudgeon, along with a tech company’s CEO plans a coup of sorts, in which Artemis and company get involved with to rescue his father.

Holly is holding a grudge from the previous book; nearly every scene drips from the anger she feels. Fairies continue to look down upon humans, which actually gave me an idea of a fairies versus humans war story, where both sides are technologically advanced.

The third book is titled The Eternity Code, in which for the first time, a human serves as the main antagonist. Yes, I know there were Russian mafia in the last book, but they were secondary villains.

For the first time in this book, the confidence of Artemis is shaken. Usually, he is in control of things from the very start, or gains control somewhere in the middle of the book. But during most of this book, Artemis was on backfoot.

Opal’s Deception is the fourth book in the series, where Opal, the pixy who led a rebellion in the second book returns, wanting revenge on Holly, commander Root, Foaly, and of course, Artemis.

My favorite scene in this book actually comes from the very first chapter. Opal is kept in some very tight security, which is described in detail. The author takes time to build security, and how hard it is to break out of it. he then describes the steps Opal has taken to break out of this security.

I personally think this is a great lesson in building up moments, and then playing them to their conclusion. As a dubious writer of stories, myself, I believe this scene was great. And the best part about it is that you don’t have to wait too long to read it either.

The fifth book is titled The Lost Colony. Demons, which are lost kind of the fairies, are suddenly appearing, and they have some misconceptions regarding the human kind. For example, showing the humans their place, since they are five-thousand strong.

Never mind that five-thousand percent of the population is nothing. Just a drop in human population. Granted, they don’t know it, at least not those demons who have never left their colony.

The main character from the demon side is N°1, a demon who is very different from the rest, who doesn’t like violence much, and has magical powers instead of physical powers. Leon, the ancient demon leader doesn’t like that at all.

The sixth book is named The Time Paradox. In the last book, Artemis had some time shenanigans; as a result, he is still fourteen, even though he should be seventeen. He is also the older brother of two twin boys named Beckett and Myles.

His mother is ill with a mysterious disease, and both the senior and junior Fowls are willing to do anything to heal her, even if they have to dip into the underworld again.

The Time Paradox is the longest book in the series so far, and it is my favorite. I know that during my Inheritance Cycle review, I stated that a long book is not necessarily good, but you have to consider that the books in this series are not that long to start with. What I most like about it is that Artemis was stretched to his breaking point, especially since he had to face his ten-year old self.

The seventh book is titled The Atlantis Complex. But it is not about some hidden complex from Atlantis. Artemis is suffering from a mental disease called the Atlantis complex. As a result he has gotten delusional and superstitious. He is obsessed with number five, considering it lucky. He tries to control this impulse, but it gets the better of him anyway.

The book is good, but I’m not too keen on the villain of this book, especially how he dies. It is supposed to be sympathetic, but I don’t feel that sympathy at all.

The eighth book is titled The Last Guardian, and it is the final book in the series. Artemis is cured of his complex, and he is back to his old self, including the sarcasm and wit. But Opal is planning something new, this time, taking hostage her younger self with the help of two gnomes. Also, just what happened at the location of Fowl State ten thousand years ago?

The status quo changed in this book. Human society was devastated, and fairies got exposed, though there is still no contact between humans and fairies. Artemis dies, and comes back to life, and Holly Short tells him the entire story. I sort of see this whole story as Holly telling Artemis about their adventures. H

Now, the question. is this series worth reading?

The series starts out simple, with one child genius criminal trying to rob fairies, a hidden race on Earth. But it slowly gets beyond that, and is darker. Tons of people died, the main characters nearly died sometimes, and they even showed the strain of their adventures at the end.

Though I was rather uncaring when I started to read these books, in the end, I got heavily invested in the characters. My favorite is Foaly the centaur; the paranoid technology genius, a centaur after my own heart.

The series is considered to be middle grade / young adult, so if you’re older, you might think that this book won’t entertain you. But I argue that is not the right way to look at it. Personally, I recommend you read the series, it is good, and find out for yourself whether you like it or not.

In my opinion, this series is great, and it should be read by everyone who has an interest in it, no matter their age. So, it is heavily recommended by me.

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Published by Tanish Shrivastava

I'm a guy who likes programming, chess, and writing.

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