Artemis Fowl is a young mastermind with a high IQ. He does the impossible and not only finds out about the People – faeries, leprechauns, dwarfs, etc. – but he captures one of them as well. Holly Short is a faerie who works for L.E.P. and who has the unfortunate circumstance of being captured by Fowl. Gold is exchanged and a tense friendship is formed between the two. In the second book, Holly even helps Artemis rescue his father from the Russian Mafia – in exchange for helping her with a goblin uprising.
In book 3, Artemis is up to his old tricks, one last time. His dad – now fully recovered from his two year capture – has decided that Fowl family who has been making millions due to a life of crime will now go straight. Artemis has one last job to do and that’s to put his new invention – the C Cube – on the market. But first he has to convince his biggest competitor to step down.
Things go horribly wrong. Butler – Artemis’s bodyguard – gets shot and killed and the C Cube winds up in Spiro’s hands. Through twists and turns that leave the reader on their seat, Artemis has to team up again with the People to steal back the Cube. But why are the people involved? Well, because the technology used in making the Cube were parts of their technology that can also pick up L.E.P. satellites making the Cube a threat to the People.
The thing that I love about Artemis Fowl is that he’s smart but not in that rub your face in it constantly sort of way. I also love how he’s transformed over the last two books and I was with Holly at the end of the book – wouldn’t the mind wipe regress that progress? From what I read of his diary in the epilogue it looks that way…
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Better than the last one, with more action and character development.
Bookshelf worthy? I used to own these, but donated them. But I don’t know the new covers are quite interesting I might go out and buy them again.