Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Title:Artemis Fowl
Author:Eoin Colfer
Publisher:Disney Book Group
Pub. Date:08/10/2009 (1st published 5/1/01)
ISBN:1423132173 (ISBN13: 9781423132172)

Artemis Fowl should never have kidnapped the fairy. Instead of a pleasant little bedtime story creature, this sprite turned out to be an unholy terror. All of Artemis's genius for crime was challenged by this irritating hazel-eyed little elf. It requires the entire novel to get things back under control

(Summary and cover via Goodreads)


I had seen this book in stores before, but I never read it. I wasn't even sure what it was about. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This book tells the story of a 12 year old evil genius named Artemis Fowl. Artemis comes up with a plan to steal massive amounts of gold from the People, a group of various magical beings such as fairies, sprites, and leprechauns.  His plan is to learn his enemy by reading their book of secrets. Then he captures a leprechaun and holds her for ransom. 

This book was great mix of old fairy tales and modern technology. While the People use magic, they also use amazing technology to do things. They have had to hide underground to get away from humans and keep their existence secret. Artemis was very fun as a not so bad guy. Even though he wants to get gold, he is not completely evil. All the various magical folk were great fun as well. They had varied personalities, and it was fun seeing them try to outsmart Artemis.

Overall, I thought this was a great book. I know there are more in the series, and I look forward to reading them. This is a unique idea written in a fun way. Children and adults alike will enjoy this book I'm sure.

Galley provided by publisher for review.


Jenn said...

Glad to hear you liked this book, I've read it, I didn't think it was bad, but as an adult it didn't really appeal to me in the same way a lot of young adult novels do. I ended up giving the series to my son after only reading the first book. My just turned 8 year old thinks it's great.

Cozy in Texas said...

I have heard of this but never read it. Thanks for the post.