The Artemis Fowl series, written by Eoin Colfer is coming to an end with the recent release of the last book, “Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian”. The science-fiction fantasy series follows the main character, Artemis Fowl II, known as a criminal mastermind at only twelve years old through eight books in a world wherein fairies, pixies and elves exist.
In “Artemis Fowl”, the very first book published in 2001, with the help of his bodyguard, Butler, Artemis kidnaps Captain Holly Short, a fairy elf, in an attempt to restore his family’s fortune. Holly Short becomes a permanent fixture in the books after this first book as well as Foaly, a centaur who happens to be a computer whiz, who is integral in helping Artemis in all of his plans.
The main villain throughout the series is Opal Koboi, an evil pixie whose dream is world domination. Artemis, Butler and Holly go on all kinds of adventures in the series, including fighting the Russian mafia, going back in time and contracting a disease which is a combination of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, paranoia and Multiple Personalities (yikes!).
In this final book released in July 2012, “Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian”, Opal Koboi, Artemis’ arch nemesis, has brought back to life dead fairy warriors (yes, zombie fairy warriors) and their spirits have taken over Artemis’ little brothers.
Artemis has only until sunset to put their spirits to rest. Can he do it? Does he have the help of Captain Short? (Dun! Dun! Dun!)
The series has been well received all over the world, and The New York Times has praised its author, Irishman Eoin Colfer as having done “enormously and explosively well.”
The series has generated huge sales and has even spurned graphic novel versions of the first three books, the third of which is to be released this year.
The author has also released “The Artemis Fowl Files” a book that has “behind the scenes” with characters like Artemis, Holly Short and Foaly, a section for fairy spotters and a coded section that readers can translate.
Overall, this is a fun and imaginative book series. They are rather lengthy chapter books, mean more for the preteens and teenagers of the family. However, the content is perfectly fine without any blood and gore and not much language to be wary of. I would recommend this series if your kids are into the fantasy genre of literature. Pick up your copy at