Artemis Fowl is only twelve years old, but he is a real genius, a technological whiz, and a plotting schemer - definitely someone to be reckoned with. Despite the fact that his father has disappeared, his mother has retreated into an imaginary world, and he is on his own with only Butler (his manservant/bodyguard) and Butler's younger sister to keep him company, he remains undaunted. He has a plan to restore his family fortunes - an audacious, unbelievable plan - and he is determined that nothing - and no one - will get in his way.
Artemis has discovered something that hardly any humans know: fairies are real. Not only are they real, but, if Artemis has his way, he will trick them into handing over a lot more than a pot of gold.
Meanwhile, Holly Short of LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance- an elite sort of fairy police unit) is doing her job, protecting earth from marauding trolls and such, making sure the fairy presence in the world remains unknown to humans. Little does she suspect that she is about to be kidnapped by none other than Artemis Fowl...and little does he suspect he may feel a bit differently about his scheme when he meets Holly face to face.
I read this book a few years ago, when it first came out, and I enjoyed it. Several other installments in the series have been published since then, and I found myself in the position of not quite remembering the first one enough to continue with the series without having to reread it. So I decided to listen to the audio version, and Nathaniel Parker, who narrates it, does such a wonderful job that I believe I enjoyed it more the second time around! He does all the accents very well, as well as the different voices of the characters, and he has the narration and rhythm of a true storyteller. I intend to listen the rest of the series instead of reading it, as I had originally intended. The story itself is gripping and has a dark, gritty quality that makes it a good recommendation to teen boys in particular - the ones I have given it to at my library invariably come back to read further in the series. I also enjoyed the unusual combination of fairy magic and human (and fairy) technology. I'm looking forward to listening to Artemis Fowl's next adventure.
Books in the Artemis Fowl series to date:
- Artemis Fowl
- Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
- Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code
- Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
- Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer; read by Nathaniel Parker (Listening Library, Unabridged Edition, 2004)