The first of the series of the same name, I read this the first time some years ago, but having more or less completely forgotten it, I decided to revisit. Picking this up again, just like previously, I loved the gold cover with the lock on it—the fairies’ book—with the mysterious writing in code.

Artemis Fowl is 12 but he is also a master criminal. Having taken over from his father, who was one too, but who had tried to legitimize his business and perished in the process, Artemis wishes to rebuild the family’s fortunes, and to do this in this one he has a dastardly plan up his sleeves (or rather his very sharp mind). The book opens in Ho Chi Minh city where Artemis and his faithful (and rather dangerous) butler, er… Butler (who’s family name was apparently the source of the word 🙂 ), where they are on the trail of a fairy who seems to have strayed on the wrong path, to obtain something precious she has, and getting hold of it marks the start of young Fowl’s scheme. On the other side, we met the LEPrecons, the police unit of the fairies who deal with all sorts of dangerous creatures every day. But Captain Holly Short, a fairy officer, who has neglected something that she should have done falls into Artemis’ trap. Thus begins a battle of wits, plans and counterplans between Fowl and the fairies, putting both sides in danger. Does Artemis succeed or do the fairies outsmart him?

This was a fun enough read, but still, like the impression I had of it from my first reading, it wasn’t something exceptional for me (even though our ‘hero’ is a ‘villain’). Even though the setting of the opening in Ho Chi Minh city was something that intrigued me, there was really not much of the city in it, and more so, I felt our first introduction to Artemis and establishment of his extraordinary intelligence was not all that well done. The story does however pick up as we go along and are introduced to our fairy characters and once Artemis’ actual plans start to be put into action. There is a fair bit of magic, some magical creatures including a troll reminiscent of the one from Harry Potter (and the Philosopher’s Stone), and a kleptomaniac dwarf (with a rather weird trait, other than pinching things I mean), as well as two somewhat comic police officers, besides the Commander Root, and the squad’s ‘Q’ (or something on those lines), Foaly. There’s plenty of action, a bit of magic and some hi-tech gadgetry, but what I liked was that at the end it isn’t again or magic that solves things but the good old mind. Also great fun is the code in the fairy script that runs through the book, which I still haven’t deciphered (just being lazy, I know). I started, worked out some letters as I had done last time but didn’t continue. But I will before I put it away again!

Overall, this was good fun, but I still didn’t find I enjoy it as much as many other readers seem to have.

Have you read this one? How did you like it? Looking forward to your thoughts!

Cover image: Goodreads


3 thoughts on “#Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer #Childrensfiction #Magic #Fairies #mastercriminals

  1. I haven’t read it and, oddly, have never felt an urge to despite containing elements that should appeal. Maybe it was too close in time to the Potter books, or maybe I just then wanted to explore a wider range of literature; but after your thoughts (thank you!) I’m still not tempted!

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