February 21, 2007

Gnommish Good and Outlandish Adventures

The fifth book in the Artemis Fowl series I thought would be a total wipe. It seemed impossible that a series could go on for as many books as this one has without a single misstep, and the minute I heard there was a GIRL involved and that Artemis was hitting puberty, well, I pretty much doomed old Artie to the scrap heap.

Eoin Colfer, however, is smarter than I am. I should remember that.

Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony begins in Barcelona, where the thirteen-year-old genius is waiting... for something, driving his faithful bodyguard, Butler, insane, as he insists on standing where he cannot be protected. When he is finally dissuaded from waiting, saying that his timing was off, he sees something materialize in the middle of the Barcelona street. It is a demon, and Artemis grabs him. Fortunately, Butler grabs him, and he is wearing silver, which anchors them both to the human dimension.

Someone else was waiting for the demon. Someone else is almost as smart as Artemis. Her name is Minerva, and she thinks she has Artemis beat when the next time a demon materializes, she takes it, and gives him a saucy wave.

The twists and turns of this novel get better and better -- I won't give anything away except to say that the last twist means that the final book in the Artemis Fowl series may be the best yet.


DaviMack said...

What's frightening? That you actually look forward to seeing what happens when he finally does give in to puberty ... 'cause you really want one thing to happen, but you also want another thing to happen ... and it's all so tantalizing, and you know there's going to have to be another book, and SOON. Or else.

Jackie said...

OOO! Is it really that good? Oh, I might just have to move it up in the queue. God, I feel so darn far behind! I totally feel the same way. I keep thinking that Colfer can't make me like them YET AGAIN!

Jennifer Lynn Barnes said...

I'm totally with you on this one! I loved the first Artemis Fowl book, but wasn't enamored with the second one, and stopped reading the series for a while. I picked it up again after I moved to England, and have really enjoyed books 3-5.