Book Review - Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
What will Artemis do this time? And will this be the end of the criminal mastermind or simply just another new beginning...
Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer; could this be the end of our beloved criminal mastermind or just a new beginning. Seemingly nothing in this world daunts the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. In the fairy world, however, there is a small thing that has gotten under his skin on more than one occasion: Opal Koboi. . This time his arch rival has somehow reanimated dead fairy warriors who were buried on the grounds of Fowl Manor. Their spirits have possessed Artemis’s little brothers, making his siblings even more annoying than usual. The warriors don’t seem to realize that the battle they were fighting when they died—a battle against Artemis—is long over. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong. Can he count on a certain LEPrecon fairy to join him in what could well be his last stand?
Artemis Fowl has just gone through a truckload of therapy with the best fairy physiatrist, LEP could find, and is ready to go back to being himself again; well almost. You see, in this book we get to see a new side of Artemis Fowl; a kind side, although it is still hard to believe. When Holly, Butler, and Artemis are out of the hospital, in Haven city, all the trouble begins. They are immediately called to LEP headquarters and are shocked at what they see. Since there second to last adventure till then, Holly Short and Artemis Fowl got themselves caught up in a time paradox, which allowed the Opal Koboi of the past to come to the present.
That same Opal Koboi who was kneeling in front of them on the hollow screen, with her mouth gagged and hands tied behind her back, with evident fear in her eyes. They were asked for a ransom or else they would hoot the young Opal Koboi. By doing this they would make everything that this fairy maniac has affected in the slightest way blow up causing millions to die and potentially end the fairy species altogether. Their last hope was to transfer the present Opal Koboi who was currently locked up in jail, to the nuclear facility underground to keep her secured and safe, while also evacuating the whole city altogether!
Once the whole race was safely evacuated, Holly, Butler, and Artemis fled to the surface to save Fowl manor and all those within it. But what they didn’t know was the fact that when the young Opal Koboi was shot, the present Opal had exploded and according to her calculations, had re-arranged herself to her image being just a form of energy.
And if she proceeded with her plan, then she would unleash an unstoppable army of ghosts, and a force so great, it would wipe out every human being on the planet.
What will Artemis do this time? And will this be the end of the criminal mastermind or simply just another new beginning…
Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian is the last book in the truly amazing Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. I would just like to express my deep appreciation for this series and how much I have loved reading it. To be completely honest, this book has made me laugh and cry at the same time. Eoin Colfer is a literary genius who has planned this book perfectly from start to finish.
When I read the book, I was very confused as to what Opal had become because quite frankly, it was too much for me. I have no idea how authors come up with such incredible stories. I have cried so much when I read the ending of this book, it is so incredibly genius, sad, and happy at the same time. It has truly ripped me up and put me back together again. I could honestly rant about the perfection of this book for days if I had the chance.
I am left speechless s the characters have just grown so much over the past few books. When we started reading the book, Artemis was a cold-hearted villain and Holly despised him with her heart. Bu now Artemis is willing to do just about anything to save her and everybody he cares about. It is just beautiful and no other word for it. I feel like I, myself have grown and it’s incredible to feel that.
I would not like to spoil the ending for you but let’s just say it’s to die for.
He leaned in close and whispered, “I was a broken boy, and you fixed me. Thank you.”
I think by now all Artemis Fowl lovers have memorized Gnomish in order to read the lines at the end of the books. I think this is the part that broke me the most. The Gnomish at the bottom of the book is Artemis’s will if he dies. He gives Holly Short the ransom gold from the first book and knows it can’t make up for his death but he does it anyway because he values their friendship more than money. I have never in my life experienced anything like that.
In conclusion, I give Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian a five out of five for laving speechless.
About the Author
Eoin Colfer is an Irish author who has written the Artemis Fowl and W.A.RP series. He was born in Wexford on the south-east coast of Ireland where he lived with his parents and four brothers. later he received a degree from Dublin University and began a teaching career in a primary school in Wexford. Eoin Colfer retired from teaching and decided to write full time after the publication of the Artemis fowl series. He is currently living in Ireland with his wife and kids.