Re-Read Review | The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

Narrative Shift and Character Development Abound!

POSTED ON January 27, 2019 BY Austine IN Book Review, Giveaway

Re-Read Review | The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer
The Opal Deception
by Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl #4
Published on April 30, 2005 (original) by Disney Hyperion
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Artemis Fowl's memories of the fairy race have been wiped, and his one fairy ally, Captain Holly Short, is on the run. He needs his memory back--and fast--because a power-crazed pixie is out for revenge, scheming to overthrow the Lower Elements Police. With Holly gone, Artemis is depending on a flatulent dwarf. Things are about to explode. . .

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Writing Style

Following my favorite book in the series (The Eternity Code), I’ve always found The Opal Deception to be a bit. . . disconnected. Good, entertaining as always, but the narrative takes a notable shift toward Holly and the People. Opal Koboi, introduced previously as a potential antagonist, goes full-on villain and might be as smart (or even smarter, dare I say) than our favorite teenage super genius Artemis Fowl.

I think the primary reason I didn’t love this book as much is because Artemis has been a crucial player in every book and takes up the bulk of the narrative. Until now. But I like his character, the way he plays a young Sherlock Holmes and works to solve all these problems in his slightly twisted way of thinking. Which, while present, isn’t the main portion of this book.

Rather, Holly is going to him for help but the initial problem is more external. Not to mention after what went down at the end of The Eternity Code and Artemis’s need to return to his former state before he’s of any use to anyone.

But I like that Artemis isn’t a static character. He’s maturing and developing a working relationship with the People that’s also led to friendships. For a boy who had no friends, only his bodyguard Butler, that’s a huge step.

Colfer keeps up the pace of the series with more action, more adventuring and schemes, and more characters. This series has really grown since the start but I appreciate the core characters receiving the development they need to move forward.

These books are great reads, there’s no question about it, and I look forward to returning to the world once more in book 5, The Lost Colony!


Let’s Chat!

Who are some of your favorite literary villains?

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!


Readathon Breakdown

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

  1. Grab a copy of Artemis Fowl.
  2. Start reading.
  3. Share your progress online with the hashtag #ArtemisFowlReadathon.
  4. 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.

To Enter

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!

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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!


Ready for next Sunday?

I’ll be kicking February off with thoughts on The Lost Colony (book 5) and DEMONS!

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6 responses to “Re-Read Review | The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

  1. John Smith

    “Who are some of your favorite literary villains?” The father of Ryder in “Brideshead Revisited,” who archly pretends not to know his son’s age, etc. Odious in the extreme! He was masterfully portrayed by Sir John Gielgud in the 1981 TV series!