Artemis Fowl and the time paradox is the sixth book in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. After returning from Limbo after being missing for three years, Artemis tries to lead a normal, crime-free life with his new-found younger brothers, but now Artemis’ mother is gravely ill, with a strange magical illness that decimated the fairy population years ago, and now he must travel back in time to steal the extinct cure from the hands of his evil younger self. That’s right, Artemis, alongside his ally Holly Short, is about to do battle with himself and there can be only one winner this time…
After coming back from Limbo after 3-year, Artemis Fowl is trying to catch up with his old and new family. He now has two twin baby brothers, Myles and Beckett Fowl! Everything seems just perfect, except for the fact that Artemis’ mother has caught a deadly illness, that might be his fault. After coming back from Limbo, he has acquired some magical abilities from his ally, Holly Short. Using the Mesmer, he hypnotized his parents into forgetting that he has been missing for a year.
Over the next few days, his mother’s health had been quickly deteriorating, Artemis had begun to worry. Finally, when worst came to worst, he called in Holly Short. With closer examination, Angelina Fowl is diagnosed with Spelltropy – a fairy disease which had previously caused a pandemic in Haven city! The only cure is found in the brain fluid of a silky sifaka lemur, which had become extinct years ago. And who might you ask killed the last silky sifaka lemur, none other than Artemis Fowl himself, when he was younger.
Artemis guilty lies to Holly, telling her that she had caused, tricking her into helping him. With help from their new friend No.1, they are able to travel back in time to rescue the lemur.
The only problem is when they reach the past Artemis is somehow older and Holly is in her teenage years. And with that happening, feelings are bound to get mixed up between the two…
What can I say, by the time I read the fourth book, I was hooked. Artemis Fowl is now my favourite book series and Eoin Colfer definitely makes it to the list of my favourite authors. Talking specifically about this book; like always it is wonderful. One of my favourite things about reading a well-written book, I how it is all planned. Everything fits in perfectly like a puzzle, it was almost as if Eoin Colfer had planned the whole franchise from the first to the last word. I can confirm that there is some definite chemistry between Holly and Artemis, but no spoilers. I would seriously recommend this book to anybody who loves fiction, action, time travel etc.
Eoin Colfer has swept me off my feet yet again with all the witty remarks, constant tension and so much more. Artemis is much older in this book, and seeing the character development he had to overcome is simply amazing. In the book, you can read about the way he thinks about his younger self and cannot believe how cold-hearted and criminal he was.
Who, you ask, was the villain in this story, after all, Opal Koboi is locked in prison and no other fairy has motive like that!? Well, it is Opal Koboi again, except her younger version. The fairy is still as evil as ever though…
“Artemis felt like he was six again and caught hacking the school computers trying to make the test questions harder”
Ladies and gentlemen, the quote above is the one-sentence which describes Artemis Fowl to his every detail. A unique aspect of this book is the fact that it deals with fairies and basically a whole other world of magical People living beneath your feet, and the main protagonist is not at all related to magic. Instead, he is a child prodigy! I don’t know if there is any other book out there which is similar, but if there is I would love to know about it in the comment section below!
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.
Overall, I give Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox a five out of five for a perfect plot and two amazing criminal masterminds!