I was not expecting to like the Artemis Fowl series. I read the first book as an ebook and I cannot stand ebooks, but as I read on this book made it worth it.
In case you do not know, I will explain the premise of Artemis Fowl quite simply. (Note: This is not completely original.)
An Irish boy wants to steal gold from a leprechaun, but what he doesn't know is that leprechauns have guns.
This series takes place in a world where humans have forced fairy people, including elves, dwarves, centaurs, and trolls, into hiding. While they have use of their magic, they also rely on high tech gadgets.
Keeping their existence secret is imperative, which is why it is a disaster when young Artemis Fowl not only discovers a fairy, but holds her for ransom.
Below you will find all my thoughts on the series. The spoilers are in white text, so if you like spoilers you can highlight them, but if you don’t like them then you won’t see them.
Artemis Fowl II, heir to a crime empire, captures an elf named Holly Short to ransom her for her fairy gold.
MY REVIEW: This book set the tone for the whole series with its plot, character interactions, and snark. The characters were captivating from the start. The only thing I did not like was how long and complicated the fight scene was, but I got used to it because all the books are like that!
Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident
Goblins are planning an uprising, and they have human help. Holly suspects it is Artemis Fowl. For once, Artemis is innocent. He is trying to rescue his father from the Russian Mafia. Unlikely allies, Holly and Artemis team up to solve both problems.
MY REVIEW: With more perspective shifts, this book was more complex than the first. Luckily, most of the characters are familiar so it is not too confusing. I like how Artemis and Holly’s relationship develops in this book. Also, the bit where Artemis sees a therapist is hilarious.
Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code
Artemis Fowl has not left his criminal past behind. Artemis meets with a nasty billionaire that tricks him and steals an invention that could reveal the existence of fairies.
MY REVIEW: Full disclosure, The Eternity Code is my favorite! It looks like Artemis has met his match in the beginning, but he gets right back up for an ultimate showdown with magic on his side. Also, every book has dumb henchmen, but these might have been the dumbest.
My friend Allie pointed out that Artemis took a step back in his character development in this book, which is a valid point. Also, I hate that Butler almost died! Other than those flaws, this book kept me very entertained.
Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception
Opal Koboi is back with dastardly plans, including a plot to kill Artemis Fowl. Problem? Artemis cannot remember the fairies—his only hope is gassy dwarf Mulch Diggums.
MY REVIEW: Opal is the worst, she framed Holly for Commander Root’s death! Plus, Artemis had his mind erased in the previous book and it took a long time to regain his memory. Really, those two things are things I’m supposed to dislike so this was a pretty good fourth book!
Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony
Demons are materializing on Earth at random, and Artemis is determined to save the day. But there is another child genius on the hunt—Minerva Paradizo who is not quite so demon-friendly.
MY REVIEW: Um… I don’t like demons. In fairness, this book portrays demons as creatures not spiritual beings, but I did not like them. Compared to the exciting ending at the beginning of the previous book, this one started off slow but ended dramatically. The series changed forever with the three-year timeskip (and when Myles and Beckett were born), which I have mixed feelings about.
Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox
Artemis’s mother is gravely ill and the only cure is the brain fluid of a rare lemur—a lemur that Artemis made extinct eight years ago. Artemis must travel back in time to outwit his past self and save his mom.
MY REVIEW: Considering that this book had time travel, which is my biggest pet peeve in any storytelling medium, and I still enjoyed this book is a credit to the author. I really did not like the first half of the book, but once I realized what was going on it was great!
Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex
Artemis has become paranoid and delusional. He has the Atlantis Complex, a disease that is causing him to lose his mind which becomes all the more dangerous when an attack is launched against an underwater fairy city.
MY REVIEW: Ugh, I did not like seeing Artemis so un-composed. Orion was an amusing character. Unfortunately, this book dragged a bit compared to the previous two which was frustrating.
Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian
Opal Koboi is back with plans to wake the spirits of deadly, long dead fairy warriors before releasing an ancient spell to wipe out human life. Artemis and his friends must make a final stand to save the world.
MY REVIEW: Eek. I felt a wide range of emotions reading this one. I do not know what to say and I don’t even want to put spoilers in white for this. The author puts his own unique twist on a clichéd ending but… is it still cliché? Answer me in the comments if you want to discuss.
Next up, The Fowl Twins trilogy is a spinoff that takes place about 10 years after The Last Guardian. A third book releases November 23, 2021.
The biggest changes to this world are:
- The Fowls no longer live in Fowl Manor
- Artemis lives in space now
- Holly is now a commodore
The Fowl Twins
Artemis Fowl’s twin brothers, Myles and Beckett, get caught up in adventure when a miniature troll claws its way through the surface pursued by two evil organizations that want his magic.
MY REVIEW: I felt a little sad because… well… I miss Artemis! His brothers have a great character dynamic but the series was never the same after The Lost Colony.
Excuse my ramblings. This book did a masterful job of clearing the way for a new, less intellectual and more chaotic kind of Fowl adventure which is something to appreciate on its own.
The Fowl Twins Deny All Charges
After the Fowl Twins crash their parent’s jet in Florida, their parents lay down the law: no more adventures. But after Myles is abducted by dwarves, Beckett teams up with Lazuli to rescue him.
MY REVIEW: This title wins. I still feel like this spinoff will never live up to the original series, but I still like these books because it brings me back to that world. I like seeing Myle’s cleverness, and I love the part where Beckett and Whistleblower are fighting the dwarf together.
The Fowl Twins Get What They Deserve
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The Series’ as a Whole
I think anyone 10 and older can appreciate these books. The first three Artemis Fowl and Fowl Twins books are PG. The last five Artemis Fowl books drift into PG-13 territory but both series are overall pretty clean. Potentially disturbing elements include violence (especially Commander Root’s death) as well as dark magic and possession in the later books.
Interesting discussion topics include how Artemis’s sense of morality changed throughout the series. Also, how both Artemis and Myles both see themselves as better than others because of their intellect and how they treat others because of that view.
One thing I did not like was the role of the boys’ parents throughout the books, they were either incapacitated or clueless to what was going on. I guess whenever you write a book where children go on crazy adventures you have to write the parents out of the picture somehow, but as characters they felt weird and inconsistent.
Are the spinoffs worth reading? So far, the major thing the spinoffs lack is that unlike Artemis, neither Myles nor Beckett have undergone much character development, which is why these books are enjoyable but not nearly as memorable.
Overall I enjoyed these series and I would recommend them to anyone who likes action and adventure books with a hearty dose of magic.