Review by The Mole
Opal Koboi has devised a plan to wipe man from the face of the universe and have the fairy world declare her empress - or better. The only thing between her and success is.... you guessed it - Artemis Fowl and Holly Short. But have they met their match this time as Butler's sister and Artemis's younger brothers are recruited by Opal as tools for her plan? Is it the end of everything? Will it all end happily anyway?
Billed as the final climatic episode for the series this adventure starts fast and only gains pace in a story that is as compelling as the rest of the series. By now all the characters know each other well and have respect for each other's strengths and weaknesses they bounce ideas and insults between them with no formality. This way the humour is as funny as ever, if not funnier. The old characters are also in there such as Butler and Foaly as well as dwarves and gnomes etc. Fans of Artemis will not be disappointed but new readers would be as well to start at the beginning because no time is wasted on introductions or explaining the back story - without which the reader will not understand the fuss of what makes this series of books so fantastic.
The Artemis Fowl stories are aimed at younger readers and are greatly enjoyed by them - but don't let that label put you off, they are also tremendous fun for older readers too.
As for the end of the series.... At least Eoin Colfer has started a new series of stories, due to be launched in 2013, so we won't be devoid of his humour and imagination.
Publisher - Penguin Books
Genre - Children's Fantasy
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