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Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident

This is a review of “Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident” by Eoin Colfer. It is the second novel in the Artemis Fowl Series. It follows on from “Artemis Fowl“.

As this book is a part of a series, the following review may reveal some details of the previous novel/s. Do not read if you intend to read this series in the future and don’t want to know of any potential plot spoilers.

The story begins three years prior, the Russian Mafiya has just come into possession of a valuable person, none other than Artemis Fowl Senior. They’re biding their time (and making sure that AF Snr doesn’t die on them), waiting for the perfect opportunity to demand a ransom. They decide that this opportunity is three years after they take him, in the present day. Artemis (the second) is contacted via email and he knows that a ransom will shortly be demanded.

Meanwhile, the LEP are having their own problems. Captain Holly Short and Private Chix Verbil are conducting a routine stakeout, when they unearth an illegal goblin smuggling ring. They attack the two LEP fairies using old outlawed softnose lasers, powered by highly illegal human batteries. Holly suspects Artemis Fowl of having an involvement.

Who is supplying the Goblin Triads with human technology? Can Artemis convince the LEP he is innocent of involvement? And can he save his father and get his family back to normal?

I enjoyed this Artemis Fowl novel as much as I enjoyed the first. Colfer is great at creating different characters, all likeable for lots of different reasons. I admire his strong female characters and the environmental messages in his books.

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Artemis Fowl

This is a review of the novel “Artemis Fowl” by Eoin Colfer. It is the first book in the Artemis Fowl Series.

Artemis Fowl the second is a twelve year old genius. He’s ruthless and he’s taking over the family crime business. His father went missing in Russian waters two years previously, and while Artemis has not given up looking for him, he’s accepted that he is the man of the house now. Artemis is looking for ways to keep the infamous Fowl family rolling in the riches while still being able to fund search and rescue efforts to locate his father.

While browsing the internet, Artemis happens along some info that most humans don’t often see or take notice of if they do. Artemis has reason to believe that fairykind not only exists, but like folklore suggests, they’re fond of money and do have access to gold. Artemis concocts a plan to kidnap one of the fairy folk in order to extract a ransom. But the leprechauns aren’t exactly what humans have perceived them to be.

No green stockings and be-buckled shoes for elf LEP-Recon Captain Holly Short. Captain Short is a member of the elite reconnaissance force, for the Lower Elements Police. Fairy kind were forced many many years ago to migrate to and live in the Earth’s core. They do not want their last refuge to be discovered and ruined by the humans. Holly is just finishing up a Recon mission on the surface when she unwillingly becomes Artemis’ hostage. Holly doesn’t intend to just lie down and give up though. Artemis is in for more than he bargained for…

I first read this novel as a teen, and really enjoyed it. As an adult, I found it to be just as entertaining. It’s fast paced, clever, witty, funny and techie. I love the strength of Holly’s character. Colfer inserts commentary about society, particularly the wastefulness and environmentally damaging nature of humans. I really enjoyed re-reading “Artemis Fowl” and I look forward to re-reading the rest of the series.

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