Meanwhile, in the faery realms, there are serious criminal issues to be dealt with. Captain Holly Short at first suspects Artemis of being the culprit, but once he's brought in and questioned, it becomes clear that he is innocent. However, his skills would be invaluable in catching the true troublemaker - and he, in return, requests their assistance in rescuing his father. Holly understandably has some trouble trusting Artemis (he did kidnap her in the first book, after all), and it is fun to watch the two characters come to an understanding throughout the course of the book.
I enjoyed listening to Nathaniel Parker narrate the first Artemis Fowl novel, and the second one was just as delightful. It was fun to watching the human/fae team attempt to work together, with often humorous results, and underneath there were also quite serious undercurrents as Artemis had to make incredibly difficult decisions in his attempt to rescue his father before time ran out, while holding up his end of the bargain with Captain Short and Commander Root at the same time. There is plenty of action and adventure, and not a little violence, which makes it a better choice for teen than younger readers. Artemis did start out as an antihero in the first book, but he is beginning to realize that the end may not, in fact, justify the means, and that life contains more shades of gray than pure black and white. I'm looking forward to listening to the next installment in his adventures.
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: The Arctic Incident (#2 in the Artemis Fowl series) by Eoin Colfer; read by Nathaniel Parker (Listening Library, 2004)Other blog reviews:
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