Artemis Fowl

Author: Eoin Colfer

Series: Artemis Fowl

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Adventure

Artemis Fowl is a genius. And not just ANY genius – a 12-year-old criminal genius who has figured out how to steal things… from the realm of fairy.

Positive Content: In spite of his criminal record and devious mind, Artemis loves his parents, his bodyguard, and, in the later books, his younger siblings. He even goes so far as to risk his life for others – something which disturbs him, as it’s so un-criminal-like. Butler is very fond of Artemis, and Butler and his sister Juliet love each other. Many characters, in spite of their misgivings, go out of their way to aid and assist each other.

Negative Content: Artemis is a criminal. Therefore, most of the books center around criminal activity. The language is very mild – a few instances of the ‘d’ and h’ words, as well as the fairy swear-word “D’Arvit” – the meaning of which we are not told. Dwarves are diggers – they unhinge their jaw, chew the dirt… and shovel it out the other end. They can also emit ‘gas’ – air stored up from the dirt they eat – as a weapon. The violence is mild. Magic is used; but it really isn’t ‘mystical’ magic. These fairies rely on technology more than magic.

However, my main problem was that after the fourth book, demons are brought into the scene. I know they’re not the actual Biblical ‘demons,’ but they’re demons nonetheless.

Summary: This is a series about a criminal – but a criminal who begins to question his motives and, eventually, reforms. As series go, it’s very clean. It’s also quite fun and enjoyable – but only up until the fifth book; in which case, I stopped reading.

Ages: 13+

4 out of 5 stars

 

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2 responses to “Artemis Fowl

  1. They are called that because they resemble the human’s idea of what real demons look like. *shrugs*—they are just another part of the Fairy family—and are just like every other character in the book are capable of good and evil, capable of making a choice and using their free-will. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m not sure why you put the books down because “demons” were introduced into the story. Because they aren’t demons, not in any sense of the word (unless we’re talking looks. In which case I can direct you to some very “ugly” humans, burn victims who don’t look like they are even human anymore. But God loves them.) Not any more a demon then anyone else.

    ^_^ CM

    I distinctly loved this series—the writing, the wit, the humor, the plot. I wasn’t able to predict much and I was surprised by the originality. The Fae, an organized and technologically savvy nation, right beneath our feet. Criminal mastermind, turned from his criminal ways by his mother and one of his best friends. A kid who wasn’t a disrespectful, mouthy, disobedient (most of the time) teenager. Parents who weren’t portrayed as bumbling idiots, but strong, intelligent, and loving. And perhaps best of all, NO ROMANCE between PRE-TEENS. x.x oh the ridiculousness of that…I was so relived when I found this series and Didn’t find that which is so rampant these days. No originality, and poor writing. And ridiculous romances. XP

  2. I enjoyed this series too. Although I felt the same way you did about the fifth book and the introduction to demons. However, I still read the sixth book… which puts a very interesting twist on things, and I’m looking forward the finally getting my hands on the 7th, which should be especially interesting since Artemis ends up in the fairy prison of Atlantis.

    Like you, however, I only suggest the books up through the forth one, and at the fifth book I give any likely readers a warning. I guess it would be like HP or… well, perhaps Twilight (neither of which I’ve read)… Christians can read on as long as they know what they are reading and keep their minds clear.

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