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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer | Book Review

“You are no healer. You are a sprite, p’shóg, fairy, ka-dalun. Whichever language you prefer to use. And I want your Book.”— Artemis Fowl

Title: Artemis Fowl

Author: Eoin Colfer 

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction

Rating: Positive

Overview

This book was free for Amazon Prime members and I have to be honest when I say that neither the cover nor the summary was enough to grab me. It was when I started reading chapter one that I found myself deeply immersed in the book and was not able to put it down until it was finished. 

Description (Goodreads)

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.

Settings

The story begins in Ho Chi Minh City but takes place mostly in the Fowl Manor in some undisclosed location of Ireland.

Characters

The characters weren’t skimmed over one bit. Each character had its own life or story to tell and much added detail was put into other races of ‘faeries’.

For example, one of the characters is named Mulch Diggins, a kleptomaniac dwarf that specializes in digging. Mulch Diggins just doesn’t get thrown into our faces, we are introduced to his race, bullies and we are even shown into the mind of Mulch Diggins without dragging on or disrupting the main scene. 

Below I’ve listed some characters that are worth mentioning without spoiling the book.

The main characters ( also the antagonists.)

Artemis Fowl, a 12-year old criminal mastermind:

“Artemis generally had that effect on people. A pale adolescent speaking with the authority and vocabulary of a powerful adult.”

The Butler:

“And the giant, Butler. It was obvious that he could snap a man’s backbone like a twig with those mammoth hands.”

Juliet– Butler’s Little Sister:

“The suplex, Artemis gathered, was a wrestling move. An unusual obsession for a teenage girl.”

Favorite Quotes

“I don’t know why it is, Captain Short, but whenever you start agreeing with me, I get decidedly nervous.”— Captain Root.

“Confidence is ignorance,” advised the centaur. “If you’re feeling cocky, it’s because there’s something you don’t know.”— Foaly, the Centaur.

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