Book Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

A book review by Caroline Pinkse

Pods glide through the planet core. Armed fairies fly overhead. A dwarf is digging, chewing at the clay blocking its way. These are three things you may see in the imaginary world of Artemis Fowl (Book 1).

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is a series of fantasy/action/sci-fi books, starring Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old millionaire and criminal mastermind, and Holly Short, a gutsy, brave fairy. It takes place in a high tech world whose inhabitants are both humans and mythical creatures. Holly Short (like I mentioned, a plucky fairy) is a member of the LEPrecon Unit, or LEP for short. After battling a troll, she loses her powers. All fairies and other creatures go through a ritual that helps them regain their magic. While Holly is trying to complete the ritual, Butler, Artemis Fowl’s servant, hits her with a tranquilizer and takes her captive. The LEP discovers Fowl’s plot and attempts to rescue Holly from his grip, commencing the mission of this book:

“There on the monitor before them, in frozen suspension, was a hypodermic dart. There could be no doubt. Captain Holly Short was missing in action. Most probably dead, but at the very least held captive by a hostile force.”

Evil humor and delight in dirty deeds. These are two things that best describe Artemis Fowl, one of the two main characters in this book. I think Eoin Colfer developed Artemis Fowl better than any other character. He made Fowl vile, shrewd, and clever. For example, he knows vocabulary most twelve-year-olds don’t, and he’s fluent in several other languages, including those of magical creatures.

The characters in this book were marvelously developed. You could easily determine the personality of each one, without a description. For example, the book never explained that Holly was gutsy, you could just tell because of her actions, especially her most famous quote:

“Stay back, human. You don’t know who you’re dealing with.”

I chose to review this book because it was one of the most enjoyable books I’d read recently. This book combines action, science fiction, and fantasy in a creative and distinct way. If you are an action​ or science fiction reader like me, you should go ahead and stick this book on your reading list. This book contains difficult vocabulary and a plot that’s sometimes hard to follow, so I would suggest waiting at least until you are in sixth grade. I rate this book 5/5 stars.

About the Author

Caroline Pinkse lives in State College, PA and is currently in sixth grade at Delta Middle. She loves birds and hopes to become an ornithologist when she grows up. She has a dog named Poppy that she describes as one of the closest members of her family. She loves writing and reading action stories. She rides horses, plays piano and cello, and loves traveling.


Book Review: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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