Synopses & Reviews
A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is only twelve years old.
From a strikingly original new voice in fiction comes the story of Artemis Fowl, a very unusual hero. Artemis combines the astuteness of Sherlock Holmes with the sangfroid of James Bond and the attitude of Attila the Hun. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories. These fairies are armed and they're dangerous. Artemis thinks he's got them just where he wants them, but then they stop playing by the rules...
Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl opens up a riveting world of magic, mystery, and humor.
"Artemis Fowl is great....A new thriller fairy tale that will grab your interest, no matter your age." Liz Smith, New York Post
"An action-packed fantasy. A 12-year-old villain kidnaps a fairy in order to get the fairy gold, but the trolls and gnomes are not the ones from fairy tales; they are armed and dangerous with the most amazing up-to-date gadgets. I just loved the language and vocabulary, and that the author never talks down to kids." Sue Boucher, Lake Forest Book Store, from BookSense 76
"Colfer has done enormously, explosively well....Despite a brave and promising premise, Artemis Fowl is charmless. Nonetheless, young readers may thrill in seeing that the clandestine mysteries of faerie are, like all aspects of our culture, subject to decay in the light of day....What Colfer has done, and very ably, is to pitch a great movie idea. Pure gold, in fact." Gregory Maguire, The New York Times Book Review
"Readers will emerge from this adventure a little bit better equipped for heroism."
"Complex characters, a moving story line centered on family and courage, and plenty of exciting moments make this an appealing read for those fans of tales mixing traditional folklore with contemporary life."
"A story that packs an emotional wallop...affecting, funny, and provocative."
"Booraem manages to pack a lot of energy into this very modern story about ancient traditions surrounding death. . .Readers will relish the quirky cast of supporting characters from the underworld. . ."
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius-and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous.
Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them but then they stop playing by the rules.
About the Author
Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.