“Let us proceed under the assumption that the fairy folk do exist, and that I am not a gibbering moron.”
Artemis Fowl is crafty, cunning and has his eyes set on criminal plots that will net him power and money. Artemis is only 12. Yet, with his mother grieving the absence of his father, he has been able to skip school and focus on obtaining a fortune by kidnapping a leprechaun. Well, leprechauns don’t really exist, but fairies serving in the LEPrecon unit do and Artemis has obtained a book that tells all of their secrets. They recharge their power under an ancient oak tree under the full moon. A stakeout begins and Capt. Holly Short falls right into Artemis’ trap.
A friend of mine recommended the Artemis Fowl series for my children saying one of her children enjoyed it more than Harry Potter. We decided to give it a try and my daughters and I did enjoy the book. This first book really seems to just start setting up Artemis’ character, but it did have an interesting plot.
Once Artemis captures Holly, he then has to convince the fairies and trolls to provide ransom instead of using their time-stop spell and bio-bomb to destroy any life evidence. He fails, but has one last trick up his sleeves. He is cunning, but can he beat the cunningness of a fairy?
Artemis is an interesting main character because he’s not completely likeable. He’s up to no good, but you end up rooting for him to win just so you can see what his next plot will be. My daughters and I do what to continue the series to see what happens next. They also enjoyed the humor placed throughout the book. I don’t think we’ll rate it above Harry Potter, but I think we will enjoy the series.