Monday, July 16, 2012

Artemis Fowl, The Last Guardian, by Eoin Colfer- Review

From Goodreads:
Seemingly nothing in this world daunts the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. In the fairy world, however, there is a small thing that has gotten under his skin on more than one occasion: Opal Koboi. In The Last Guardian, the evil pixie is wreaking havoc yet again. This time his arch rival has somehow reanimated dead fairy warriors who were buried in the grounds of Fowl Manor. Their spirits have possessed Artemis’s little brothers, making his siblings even more annoying than usual. The warriors don’t seem to realize that the battle they were fighting when they died—a battle against Artemis—is long over. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong. Can he count on a certain LEPrecon fairy to join him in what could well be his last stand?

Artemis Fowl is, without a doubt, in my top five for Middle grade reads.  The series is funny, smart and full of clever twists on both fairy legends and modern day science.  So when Eoin Colfer announced his forthcoming book 8 would be the last, I was decidedly disappointed.  What was I going to do with out my yearly Artemis fix?  He promised to send the series out with a bang and it was all I could do not to accost him at the BEA and demand he pinkie swear it.

I was given a nine chapter sampler by Hyperion, but decided I didn't want to ruin the read by breaking it up.  Also, The Last Guardian was set to come out the day after my birthday, so it seemed the universe was presenting it as a gift, and peeking at gifts early is rude.  That being said, I ran into The Last Guardian at my local Chapters on the Saturday prior to it's release and figured maybe the universe didn't mind if I got my birthday read just a little bit early after all.  The timing couldn't have been more perfect as I was just a few pages out from finishing The Diviners.

Colfer was as good as his word.  The Last Guardian was a whirlwind of action and adventure from just a few pages in.  By page 62 Holly is thinking:
Usually I pull this sort of stunt toward the end of an adventure, she thought.  Third-act climax.  We're starting early this time.
and truer words were never spoken.  This epic last battle with evil mastermind villain Opal Koboi was everything I could hope for in a final Artemis showdown.  All the usual suspects were present and each had their moment to shine and their giggle to impart.
"Oh," She mumbled sheepishly.  "It's you."
"Yes," said Mulch, then coughed up something that squeaked and crawled away.  "If you could please relinquish the beard- I just had a salon conditioning treatment done."
"Of course not really.  I live in a cavern.  I eat dirt. What do you think?"
I was chuckling away almost immediately and dying to read off bits to the hubby who refused to listen since he wants to read it himself right away.  Party pooper.

Artemis's brothers were my new favourite characters, and they were so much fun I'm almost more disappointed I won't get more of them down the road then I am that this is the last Artemis book.  Spin offs anyone?
For the past ten minutes the boys had been rustling behind a bush, plotting their next attack.  Juliet could hear muffled giggles and terse commands as Myles no doubt issued a complicated series of tactical instructions to Beckett. 
Juliet smiled. She could just imagine the scenario.Myles would say something like:You go one way, Beck, and I go the other. 'S called flanking.To which Beckett would respond with something like:I like caterpillars.
But funny and whirlwind aren't enough for a grandiose finale, and Colfer lived up to the challenge by giving Artemis, Butler and Holly each a great selfless moment to shine.  I would be a liar if I said I didn't shed a couple of tears.  All in all I was 100% satisfied with the grand ending, Colfer wrapped a great series with a perfectly choreographed finish and I think the series will be all the stronger for quitting while it was ahead.  Which doesn't mean I won't miss reading a new Artemis adventure next year, but does mean I'll be merrily revisiting them starting with book 1 next summer.  I'm already looking forward to it!

The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl, book 8), by Eoin Colfer
Published by Hyperion Disney, July 10th, 2012
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  1. Oh Man!
    I TOTALLY forgot about the big release!

  2. that's a well done review

  3. This book is really amazing..
    And I'm lucky enough to have got my hands on the hardback version of this Puffin Book
    I just finished reading it a week back and I'm already through the book twice.!!
    Its a page turner..,
    Something you cannot stop reading..,
    A must read book!!
    You shouldn't miss this Amazing book!!
    The twists, the fairies and over all.., "Artemis"
    Makes this something you would love to read..,
    The story went in a way I had never expected to happen.!
    And the turn of events was really quick...,
    The finish was extraordinary!!
    I cant help but say "EOIN COLFER !!! YOU ROCK DUDE !!!!"

  4. Brilliant read lots of action with humour added in. Happy that arty survived the world would not be the same without Holly Artemis and every one else to save the world.

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  5. Classic Artemis Fowl boy genius. Nice of Colfer to give Artemis a conscience and recognition that he is capable of sacrifice for those he loves. A less selfish Artemis is much easier to like as a hero than the selfish, over-indulged brat he was at the beginning of the series. My only complaint is the reader is left hanging as to the fates of Juliet and his little brother. Plenty of action and twists to keep the reader interested but felt a little unfinished unless the author plans another book in the series.

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