November 26, 2011

Review : Artemis Fowl and The Opal Deception

Title : Artemis Fowl and The Opal Deception
Author : Eoin Colfer
Reading Dates : 14 Oct - 15 Oct 2011
Artemis Fowl
From goodreads :
This fourth outing for Eoin Colfer’s teenage criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, is--as ever--full of dramatic action, explosions, treachery, high speed chases, windy escapes from Trolls and a generous helping of fairy magic. There are plenty of laughs amidst the action and more new technical gizmos than you could fit into James Bond’s latest car. At the end of Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code, Artemis was left with his memory erased of all previous dealings with the fairy folk, any underground realms he may have visited, a certain LEPrecon police officer called Holly Short he may have been acquainted with--even the flatulent, burrowing, kleptomaniac dwarf, Mulch Diggums. Everything. It was part of the deal he struck when he helped save the fairies and they aided his rescue of Fowl Snr. from captivity. But, having been accused of a heinous crime, Holly now needs Fowl’s expertise once more to clear her name and save Fairykind from oblivion.

Opal Koboi, the most dangerous pixie who ever lived, has eluded capture and is out for revenge. She’s framed Holly and tried to kill Artemis and his trusty bodyguard Butler. Holly must try to bring Artemis up to speed quickly in order to foil Opal’s dastardly plan to expose the fairies down below to the humans on top.

Like J K Rowling, Colfer has complete mastery over the cast of characters he has created in this popular series of novels. Half of the pleasure of the Harry Potter novels is to be had by simply enjoying how the familiar characters interact--savouring their established foibles and characteristics and revelling in all the new things they get up to. In The Opal Deception, Colfer pairs up his heroes and villains brilliantly and has the same amount of tremendous fun with them. It’s witty and enjoyable and will be appreciated by all. (Age 9 and over) --John McLay

Book Review of Artemis Fowl and The Opal Deception.

The Opal Deception was another hit for me in the Artemis Fowl series.

Thus far, Opal Koboi is probably Artemis’s best adversary. Best as in, she really is smart enough to be Artemis’s foe and still leave me laughing with her over the top and ridiculous notions. Most of the laughs I had here was due to Opal’s unbelievable instructions to her underlings. Especially since the Brill brothers are not your run-of-the-mill brainless muscle men.

The other reason to rejoice here is of course Artemis’s decision at the end of the book. I really like the idea of Artemis saving the world in his own unique way.

And not only that. It seems nothing is too outrageous whenever he and Butler get together with Holly, Mulch and Foaly. I can’t wait to see what their team gets up to next. Whether official or not, these 5 already make up an extraordinary team of troubleshooters.

I’m definitely reading more of Artemis Fowl.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Yes.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Fantasy readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it.

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