by Eoin Colfer
Published on September 15, 2006 (original) by Disney Hyperion
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Ten thousand years ago, humans and fairies fought a great battle for the magical island of Ireland. When it became clear to the fairy families that they could never win, they decided to move their civilisation underground and keep themselves hidden from the humans. All the fairy families agreed on this, except the eighth family, the demons.
The demons planned to lift their small island out of time until they had regrouped and were ready to wage war on the humans once more. However, the time spell went wrong, and the island of Hybras was catapulted into Limbo, where it has remained for ten thousand years.
Now, the tainted time spell is deteriorating and demons are being sucked back into the present space and time. The fairy Council are naturally concerned about this and are monitoring any materialisations. When the spell’s deterioration accelerates, the materialisations become unpredictable. Even the fairy scientists cannot figure out where the next demon will pop up.
But someone can. Artemis Fowl, the teenage criminal mastermind, has solved temporal equations that no normal human should be intelligent enough to understand. But Artemis Fowl is no normal human.
So when a confused and frightened demon pops up in a Sicilian theatre, Artemis Fowl is there to meet him. Unfortunately, he is not the only one. A second, mysterious party has also solved the temporal equations, and manages to abduct the demon before Artemis can secure him.
This is a disaster for the fairy People, because this demon was no ordinary fairy. He was the last demon warlock, and as such held the key to the survival of the entire demon race.
It is up to Artemis and his old comrade Captain Holly Short to track down the missing demon and rescue him before the time spell dissolves completely and the lost demon colony returns violently to Earth.
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Five books in and the Artemis Fowl series has started becoming repetitive BUT WITH DEMONS! You know, have to mix things up.
Each book in the series has followed a pattern of sorts. It’s something I’ve come to expect, but usually there’s more of a twist, something to break it up. In the case of The Lost Colony, that twist was demons and I’ve always felt it a tad weird even by these books’ standards.
This book felt like a spin-off of the first four, and even begins disconnected from the series to the point that it doesn’t really fit with them. Colfer introduces demons, relations of fairies and the People, who live in an alternate dimension and have a very odd perspective of humans. Specifically, we’re introduced to No1 (yes, that’s his name) and imp who might just be a warlock.
Of course he and Artemis meet, there are adventures and such, a bit of conflict from a possible demon invasion, but it all fell flat. This has always been my least favorite book of the entire series. The combined shift in character focus that began in The Opal Deception continues here and I feel like we’re moving farther and father away from Artemis (last time I checked, the series is named after him so… ). While I get that this many books in, you have to expand the cast to keep things rolling, it didn’t flow as well and I thought Artemis’s personality didn’t get to shine as much.
At the end of The Lost Colony, there’s a bit of a jump and the introduction of 2 more characters before it cuts off (characters that are getting their own spin-off series now so I’ll be curious to see how that goes).
Still not a bad book but I felt like The Lost Colony dropped the ball for this series.
If you could have a spin-off series for ANY book, what would you pick and which characters?
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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!
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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.
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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!
One (1) winner will receive their choice of Artemis Fowl book valued at up to $10 USD. Open INTL as long as the Book Depository or Wordery ship free to you.