Saturday, July 28, 2012

Review: Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

Title: Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian
Author: Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl #8
Publication: July 10th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 328 pages
Source: Purchase from The Book Depository
Cover Rating: 5/5
Content Rating: 5/5
First Sentence: The Berserkers lay arranged in a spiral under the rune stone, looping down, down into the earthboots out, heads in, as the spell demanded.

~Synopsis~
Seemingly nothing in this world daunts the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. In the fairy world, however, there is a small thing that has gotten under his skin on more than one occasion: Opal Koboi. In The Last Guardian, the evil pixie is wreaking havoc yet again. This time his arch rival has somehow reanimated dead fairy warriors who were buried in the grounds of Fowl Manor. Their spirits have possessed Artemis’s little brothers, making his siblings even more annoying than usual. The warriors don’t seem to realize that the battle they were fighting when they died—a battle against Artemis—is long over. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong. Can he count on a certain LEPrecon fairy to join him in what could well be his last stand?

New York Times best-selling author and comic genius Eoin Colfer will leave Artemis Fowl fans gasping up to the very end of this thrilling finale to the blockbuster series.


My thoughts: 
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian is the powerful conclusion in the thrilling Artemis Fowl series by Irish writer Eoin Colfer. Full of enchanting magic, witty dialogue and the action we are used to with the Artemis Fowl series this final book was one explosive page turner. 

I've been a huge fan of the series ever since I picked the first book up in a local library about six years ago when I was 14 years old. The shiny cover drew me in to pick it up and read the blurb. It sounded simply amazing and when I read it I knew I was hooked for life. Now all those years later the final book came out and I purchased it as soon as I could. 

I wasn't hooked from the first page, no, I was hooked from the first word. Eoin Colfer has a way with words that just keeps you turning page after page and this is what I did. The start of the book to me started off with such a bang! And since I had read the first chapter that was released a few months ago I already knew this book was going to be astonishingly good. 

The book started out with Artemis Fowl being cured from his Atlantis Complex, which we know from the previous book. But much rest Artemis and the others don't get because pretty much right away they find themselves in a critical situation once more. Opal Koboi once again has cooked up another diabolical plan, her most insane one ever. When everything falls apart, literally, in Haven but also in the human world, Artemis, Holly and Butler have to travel to Fowl mansion to try and stop Opal and safe Artemis's family and the world.

My favorite character as always is of course Artemis Fowl, our genius who we all love. In this book at times he was quite unsure about himself, until he got his act together and got to work on his most dangerous plan ever to safe all the humans. Holly, also one of my favorites was as always kickass and brilliant. She never backs down from a fight and is willing to break the rules, once more. There were also quite a few chapters revolving about Foaly and him trying to safe is wife. I loved that. All our other favorite characters were of course in it too. Butler, Juliet, Artemis's little brothers Miles and Beckett who got possessed by the Bezerkers, who Opal had released to destroy human population and also Mulch. 
The world of Artemis Fowl I love extra because most of it is in Haven, the underground fairy world and Ireland where Artemis lives. I LOVE Ireland! 
The plot was awesome and so damn exciting! I couldn't guess what to expect. Every page something different could happen, which made it so good!

The only negative thing I have to say is the ending. I'm not sure you can call it negative but I'm sort of confused and shocked over it. Or maybe I'm just sad that it's all over.

I'm not going to talk about the ending and what happening because I don't want to be too spoilery and ruin it for others. But let's just say I so didn't expect it. It was brilliant, nontheless, but damn... my heart kinda broke.

All in all this final Artemis Fowl book was brilliance in its most glorious way. Eoin Colfer has once again done it. I just want to thank him for giving us readers such magnificent books. 
I am sure that everyone who has read all the previous books will love this one so much. And even if you haven't read the books yet, the Artemis Fowl books will blow your socks off! 5 stars way deserved!





~Favorite Quotes~

Onscreen, Foaly rubbed his eyelids with his index fingers.
"Yeah, yeah. Here we go. Captain Short goes rogue once more. Hands up who's surprised. Anyone?”
Chaos reigned, and the survivalists eagerly unwrapped the kidskin from their crossbows.
Phase one of Opal's plan was complete.
I feel like Alice falling into Wonderland.
A line came to him: It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.





~About the author~
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!

After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin university and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books (see below). Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

He says, "I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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