Book Review: Artemis Fowl

artemisBackground Information

Full title:  Artemis Fowl

Author:  Eoin Colfer

Publisher and date:  Hyperion Books, 2001

Artemis Fowl is a 12 year-old genius millionaire.  He lives in a large manor, and has everything any average 12 year-old would want.  But Artemis is no average 12 year-old, and what he wants is fairy gold.  Artemis hatches a brilliant plan to capture a pixie and ransom her for fairy gold, but gets more than he expect when the fairies fight back, with technology light years ahead of anything humanity has ever seen.  In a high-scale battle between fairies and humans, who wins?

Thoughts on Style

The book is narrated from third person, and Colfer’s voice is very witty and humorous.  I really enjoyed the narrative style Colfer employs.


The narration of the book is very matter of fact, not really expressing a worldview from Colfer.  He never stops to say whether any action is wrong, but instead uses his characters to parcel out those thoughts.   During the first book, Artemis has no real moral guidelines, and will really do anything to get what he wants. It is enjoyable to watch him progress throughout the series in his moral purpose.

Appropriate Age/ Content
Artemis’ approach to life in the first several installments of the series is very dishonest, and has quite an apparent lack of morals from the start. An element of enjoyment in the series is viewing Artemis’ progression of integrity throughout. Also, the idea of the book is a kidnapping, and Holly’s commander attacks rather viciously in attempts to save her. The book’s descriptions, especially near the end, become rather vivid, and may disturb younger audiences.

Age Recommendation:  10+
Final Thoughts
I loved this book, and would strongly recommend it.  Readers will feel immediately pulled into the story, and will love Colfer’s creative and complicated characters.

 Rating:  4.5 out of 5 stars


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