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Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian.

Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian

Eoin Colfer

Puffin 2012

ISBN 9780141340814

Hardcover 12.99 [pounds sterling]

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Eoin Colfer is at his best with the last instalment in the Artemis Fowl series. As with the calling of time on the Alex Rider series, a period of mourning seems justified. But before then, Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian is a great way for Eoin to bring an end to Artemis' adventures. As a whole, the series has had a number of golden moments, most notably within the first and second books. The Atlantis Complex--the preceding book to this last magical tale--delivered a slight glitch in the Artemis programming, but happily, both Artemis and Eoin are back to their ingenious best.

It is the smart and snappy dialogue, alongside the superfast switching between scenes that have made this series a highlight for any fantasy-fiction fan. These hallmarks make Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian the page-turner we all expect from such an adventure.

Artemis faces his stiffest challenge against his fiercest nemesis Opal Koboi. Two great criminal minds head-to-head ... it was never going to be easy for Artemis or anyone that chose to help him. Opal has masterminded a plan to bring an end to humankind and has engineered the help of fairy warriors ... dead fairy warriors. So Artemis has a simple endeavour: battle to save the world from Armageddon! The stakes are high and the odds are against Artemis. But even in the deadliest of scenarios, this series has always been about succeeding in the face of improbable odds.

Eoin, as usual, has written some laugh-out-loud moments and brought together humour with an adrenaline rush. In this book the power is fiercely on overdrive. Originally Artemis was simply a cold calculating child prodigy. Throughout his adventures he has changed and developed in many ways with his powers of intellect remaining core to his character. Will you enjoy this final instalment where Artemis shows us a new side to himself? You bet you will!

Finally, if you have followed the series through all seven books you may be wondering if there will be any embers of love. For sure there are! I will leave it there. Although Eoin has called an end to his biographical prose detailing the exploits of Artemis, I would be ready for more folklore fantasy if he ever changes his mind. Artemis Fowl, young adult genius, friend of the fairies.

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