Thursday, May 24, 2012
Throwback Thursday: Artemis Fowl Series # 2,3 & 4 by Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer's final Artemis Fowl book, The Last Guardian, is coming out this summer. Since Autumn and I reviewed the first one(with very differing opinions) in March, I thought I would read and review the other ones to catch up to be ready for #8.
The one thing that I did like was the Artemis seems to have grown a little more as a person. He truly does care about his family and wants to rescue his father. Holly and him have also started a tentative friendship of a sort.
In The Eternity Code, we see a nicer side of Artemis. He has started to really care about his friends. When Butler's life is in jeopardy he is willing to whatever it takes to bring him back. I also think having his father back and seeing a new attitude in his father contributes to this change.Artemis and the fairies work together as a team once again and their bond deepens. I was a bit surprised by the ending and looked forward to seeing how it played out in the next book. This is a great addition to the series.
The Opal Deception (Pub. 2005 by Hyperion) continues the adventures of Artemis Fowl. In this book, Artemis and his family have been mind-wiped. They have no recollection of the fairy world. Holly is being accused of murder and she must convince Artemis that they once knew each other in order to save his life. This installment was pretty good. There are some pretty intense moments and plenty of action. Most of the main characters are back. I was surprised at the loss of one of the key characters in the book. I wonder at the author's motivation for that when the murder set-up could have been anyone. I'm not usually a fan of major characters being killed off, so I this was one element of the book I didn't like.
For the first part of the book, Artemis is back to his old plotting self, yet he seems to have developed a conscience that tries to tell him to do the right thing. I was glad to see Artemis change significantly in toward the end of the book. Now that I'm halfway through the series, I am curious to see how it all ends. I just hope the author doesn't kill anyone else off that I like.