Sunday, June 17, 2012

Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1)

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.

A little teaser from pg 118:

"Looking for something?" said a voice.  A cold heartless voice.

Holly reared back from the wall.  The human boy was standing not two feet from her, his eyes hidden behind mirrored glasses.  He had entered the room without a sound.  Extraordinary.

"Sit please.'"

Holly did not want to sit, please.  What she wanted to do was incapacitate this insolent pup with her elbow and use his miserable hide for leverage.  Artemis could see it in her eyes.  It amused him.

"Getting ideas are we, Captain Short?"

Holly barred her teeth, it was answer enough. ... "Fowl," She said with feeling.  "You have no idea what you've done.  Bringing the worlds together like this could mean disaster for us all."

Genre:  Middle Grade Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type:  Traditional 
My Rating:  *  *  *  *

My Review:

Creative, creative, creative!!!

Artemis Fowl is such a fun twist on good vs evil.  I had no idea how it would turn out, being that our mc, Artemis is the villain.  I had wondered if it would be difficult to connect with him since he was up to no good, but he's a wonderful character with just enough vulnerability to make him likable despite his nefarious plans.

I love the humor, the creative turn on the term "LEPrecon" and the fairy world Colfer creates.  The conclusion is very satisfying with all characters staying true to who they are.

Overall a fantastic start to a series.  I look forward to continuing on with the series (the final book, The Last Guardian is out July 10th).

Cover Art:
Both cover options are really interesting and reflects the fun adventure inside.  I'm probably more partial to the blue cover since we get to see Artemis.


  1. Great review! Love Eoin Colfer's books. He was a primary teacher before he became a best selling author, supposedly he used to try out his stories on his pupils as he was writing them. A ready made audience!

  2. Eoin Colfer is such a good writer. :) For me, Artemis will always be the best.