by Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl #1
Published on April 26, 2001 (original) by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade
Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous--and extremely high-tech--fairies. He kidnaps one of them, Holly Short, and holds her for ransom in an effort to restore his family's fortune. But he may have underestimated the fairies' powers. Is he about to trigger a cross-species war?
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I forgot how much I thoroughly enjoyed Artemis Fowl and the rest of the series. Having first read them when I was in elementary school, it’s been well over a decade since I revisited the world and I think I loved the book as much now as I did then.
Colfer creates a world where magic and science co-exist seamlessly in a way that places this book firmly in fantasy as much urban science fiction. Told from an omniscient narrator point of view, you get to experience a range of characters and stories throughout.
Artemis, in particular, always entertained me. He’s 12 years old but acts much like I’d expect Sherlock Holmes in any re-telling. Though as a young evil genius, I guess that would liken him more to Moriarty (a comparison made directly in the books, in fact). I loved his witty comebacks and straightforward way of thinking and analyzing a situation. Yet he’s still a young boy and Colfer brings that back with Artemis’s mother’s situation and how Artemis reacts, playing it cool but feeling the loss of his parents.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that an anti-hero is the protagonist of these books? I hesitate to call him a true villain but he’s certainly not a good character by the base definition.
And Captain Holly Short takes it all in stride. An elf of the People (fairies, y’all), she’s the only female in her division and determined to show everyone that she has what it takes. Her character certainly feels more mature than Artemis’s (with good reason) and I can’t wait to relive their interactions again. She brings the world of the People with her, a world of magic and advanced technology run by the centaur Foaly, the easily angered Commander Root, and the dwarf Mulch. Every character is full developed and interesting.
I loved these books as a kid, still love them now, and highly recommend the series!
How do you feel about books that cross genres? Are you a fan? Have any recommendations?
If you’re participating in the #ArtemisFowlReadathon, share your progress!
Movie Teaser Trailer
Don’t forget that Artemis Fowl will be hitting theaters in August 2019! Check out the teaser trailer below!
Each week I will be featuring one of the books in the Artemis Fowl series and talking about it (spoiler-free mostly, with any potential spoilers labeled appropriately). Now I realize that reading a book a week may not work for everyone and that’s totally okay! Read at your own pace!
How to Join In
- Grab a copy of Artemis Fowl.
- Start reading.
- Share your progress online with the hashtag #ArtemisFowlReadathon.
- Keep reading!
Granted, there is a bit extra for anyone who likes giveaways 😉 But that’s all there is to the readathon!
And speaking of giveaways. . .
Epic Disney Giveaway
In partnership with Disney Books, I’m super excited to share a fantastic giveaway with all of you!
One (1) winner will receive:
- Artemis Fowl – the complete series (8 books!)
- Plus limited edition merchandise: backpack, hat, fidget spinner and chocolate.
Prizes are provided by Disney Book Group.
Winner must have a U.S. mailing address.
Fill out the Rafflecopter below but make sure to stop back each week to have more chances to win! New entries will be added as the readathon goes on!
INTL NovelKnight Giveaway
Now I realize that the Disney giveaway is limited to U.S. residents and that’s not something I can change BUT for my INTL friends, I’m offering weekly giveaways throughout the readathon for all of you!