Artemis Fowl

Paperback | June 23, 2009

byEoin Colfer

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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.

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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 w...

Eoin Colferis theNew York Timesbest-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; andBenny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:June 23, 2009Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423124529

ISBN - 13:9781423124528

Appropriate for ages: 10

Customer Reviews of Artemis Fowl


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good It was a good book, i am suprised that i enjoyed it, i thought that it would be too feminine, however it was not. Overall a geat book¡
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliving my childhood I remember reading these books in elementary school! Still as fantastic as when I'd first read them, and still intriguing now that I'm older! Excited to finally read through the entire series!!!
Date published: 2014-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC BOOK Great book, I had a few doubts at the start but those doubts were rendered wrong. My kids also enjoyed this book. I once found them totally immersed in the book.
Date published: 2014-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC BOOK This amazing and very descriptive novel really catches the eye of the reader. It causes them to read on and builds tension often. Artemis Fowl is full of twists and turns and you never know what to expect. The author is well known for his amazing stories and I can successfully say he has written another masterpiece.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delightful and captivating. An eloquent read for children, filled with mystery and action and an anti hero child genius, what more could you want?
Date published: 2013-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and well written This book was unique in that the main character seemed both protagonist and antagonist. Colfer's world building is different enough to keep you enthralled.
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good This book was quite good with all the action. Anyone who like mystery and action novels should read this book.
Date published: 2013-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good Very good book!
Date published: 2013-01-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute book. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. Artemis Fowl was written by Eoin Colfer and was originally published in April 2003 by Disney Press. The story revolves around Artemis Fowl a very rich, genius criminal mastermind oh and did I mention that he is only 12 years old, and the son of an Irish crime lord. Artemis is doing his best to keep his family afloat; since the disappearance of his father his mother has rarely left her bedroom and is slipping more often into a delusional state, barely recognizing her own son. Artemis wants to ensure that the family continues to survive so with the help of his bodyguard he develops a plan to capture a fairy and hold her for ransom. He knows that the fairies have lots of gold and he wants it. After lots of research he finds a fairy nearby and captures her. The fairy, Holly had been out on duty trying to capture a rogue troll, but she is weak because she hasn’t recharged her magic and so she is taken hostage by the boy. She is not any old ordinary fairy she is part of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance) team which is a covert operation team that works to ensure that humans never learn about the fairies underground fortress. The LEP retrieval team underestimates Artemis because they don’t know his secret weapon is the holy book he tricked a fairy into giving him which gives away all their secrets. Will he get the gold that he demands in exchange for Holly or will a covert team swoop in and save her and spoil his plans? I enjoyed this book. I didn’t really know anything about it before I picked it up. I didn’t even read the synopsis before I started reading. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that Artemis was a “villain”. I like that he wants to do whatever he can to help his family and he is very loyal to his friends/workers. Throughout the book we see glimpses of Artemis becoming a nicer person. There are little instances where he makes a joke and laughs inwardly and I really liked that. You get to see that he is a boy after all. I also really liked the other characters in the book. It was interesting to think that there would be a whole police force for the fairies it was as if I was watching an action movie. There was the technology friendly Centaur Foaly and the mean Commander Root to name a few of the interesting mystical creatures living underground. I liked Holly though at times I found her irritating; I think that she will play a role in the future books so I look forward to getting to know not only her but the other characters more. Something I liked about the book was the code on the front cover and throughout the book. It is a string of Gnommish symbols that compromised a substitution cipher. It is pretty long so I didn’t take the time to figure it out myself. Since this book came out in 2003 it was easy to get the translation from Google. I think that this would be a good activity for a child to do after completing the book. I plan on picking up the continuation of the series this month (as aforementioned in my above TBR video). I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. Now that the final book in the series was released this summer it makes it easier to read the series knowing that you never have to wait for the next book to come out. Check out my blog for more reviews
Date published: 2012-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun read! Artemis Fowl was a fun, short read. I enjoyed reading it and it was a bit different from the other books about fae I have read lately. The fae in this series are living underground, near the Earth's core, because they can't really coexist with humans. Unlike other fae, these ones have very advanced technology. Most fae are nature lovers and can't touch iron, so this kind of goes against that. So a bit of a different twist, but a good one. Artemis is a 12 year old genuis, who is looking for a way to steal some faery gold. So he kidnaps one, which happens to be Holly Short, and randsoms her. I can really tell if as time goes on he feels sorry for Holly or not, but for a 12 year old kid, Artemis is pretty evil. Even though I enjoyed the story, I feel it didn't hold me. As in, I could just put it down regardless of where I was in the book. I had fun reading, but there wasn't the need to continue reading while wandering around my house. Regardless, I'm still going to read the second book in the series and see how I make out with that one. Hopefully I will get sucked into it more. Overall, this is a fun and quick read. It is well written and different from the normal story about fae. I would recommend it, since it is good, just didn't have me in suspense the whole time.
Date published: 2012-05-14