Rating: 3 out of 5 cupcakes
Cover Ratings: 3.5 out of 5 cupcakes [It's shiny!]
Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he suddenly receives an urgent video-email from Russia. In it is a plea from a man who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya: his father. As Artemis rushes to the rescue, he is stopped by captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police. But this time, instead of battling the fairies, he is going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.
The last Artemis Fowl book finished with such a precarious treaty that I needed to know what happened next but when I read that Fowl and the fairies would be working together; well I was unconvinced to say the least. What could possibly untie the boy who kidnapped and stole half a tonne of gold from them, not to mention physically and mentally humiliate the whole LEP establishment merely less than a year after the incident. It seemed the incident lay in the Arctic Circle.
I really enjoyed the book, although not quite as much as the first, in its attempt to be technical it lacked the cleverness of the last book but that is not to say that the double threat of humans and clever fairies is nothing to scoff at.
This book showed a different side to Artemis, while the boy who knew too much was preserved and occasionally demonstrated by his quick thinking and amazing perception, Artemis was generally at a disadvantage. For one he allowed himself to be at the mercy of the fairies and for another it showed that he was not as infallible as he had been. Physically speaking Fowl was as unequipped as the regular old nerd. This book also showed the side of the Artemis that we saw a glimpse of in the last book; while he seems larger than life he is actually just another thirteen year old boy who needs his father.
Unlike the last book I had a few problems with this one, for one it was a little slow, dragging on
a little too long at some points but for another his father’s rescue came too easy. If someone as clever as Artemis has been searching for him for over two years with no avail then how is it Foaly found him in less than an hour. It seems rather unconvincing. To add to this, the last book has hinted that Artemis had given up the search for his father, so what possessed him to search again and successfully too. This was left unexplained which really irritates me as a whole.
Overall it was a pretty good book, with some explosive action and even some emotional moments, from Artemis no less. So I give it 3 out of 5 cupcakes.