Artemis Fowl

// August 17th, 2011 // Book Reviews

Title: Artemis Fowl

Author: Eoin Colfer


Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn’t foolish enough to believe in all that “gold at the end of the rainbow” nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive. But when the time comes to put his plan into action, he doesn’t count on the appearance of the extrasmall, pointy-eared Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit–and her senior officer, Commander Root, a man (sorry, elf) who will stop at nothing to get her back.

Fantastic stuff from beginning to end, Artemis Fowl is a rip-roaring, 21st-century romp of the highest order. The author has let his imagination run riot by combining folklore, fantasy, and a fistful of high-tech funk in an outrageously devilish book that could well do for fairies what Harry Potter has done for wizardry. But be warned: this is no gentle frolic, so don’t be fooled by the fairy subject matter. Instead, what we have here is well-written, sophisticated, rough ‘n’ tumble storytelling with enough high-octane attitude to make it a seriously cool read for anyone over the age of 10.

My Review:


A few years ago I started this book and somehow I didn’t like it. 2 or 3 years later I had nothing to read so I looked on my bookshelf and… poof! That book was on the front of my book shelf with the books that I haven’t read yet. I was too lazy to scour the bookshelves for anything else so I propped on my bed and started reading. I got so into the book that I barely did anything but read. In two days I read it cover to cover.

                My favorite character was Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon squad. She is funny and is even funnier when mad. Even though she was in a lot of parts, she wasn’t the main character. The main character was Artemis Fowl (it was kind of obvious because it is in the title of the book). Artemis is the main character, but I bet you wouldn’t guess that he’s a criminal! The thing I like about Artemis is that most 12 year old criminals (well that’s something you don’t see every day!) don’t have humor; they usually go straight to business.

                It was a really good book because it had a lot of action and it had a lot of things that were fantasy related (because my favorite type of genre is fantasy). Some of the fantasy related things are fairies, dwarfs and shuttle pods that go to the center of the earth.  The thing I liked most about the book was when a troll came into Fowl Manor (where Artemis lives) and Butler (Artemis’s bodyguard) made history by defeating it.

                I think this was a well written book and I have no advice to say to the author. I
 recommend this book to people who like Harry Potter. Like Harry Potter this story is magical, and everybody likes a story with magic!

3 Responses to “Artemis Fowl”

  1. Ella says:

    Harrison, this is your best review yet! It was extremely well written. I like how you thought through the characters and clearly described what you loved about this book. I’m so proud of you!

  2. My daughter’s reading this book now and I must confess I had no idea what it was about. Thanks for the great synopsis!

  3. Debra Orlep says:

    Great review! I enjoyed this series as well. Artemus Fowl such an unusual character, and I think your review captures that perfectly.

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