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.
4 out of 5 stars