Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Artemis Fowl Series Book #4: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

In the last book, Artemis Fowl had been mind wiped after helping the People secure technology that could have endangered their existence. He has no memories whatsoever of faeries. The only thing he does know is that he woke up one morning with mirrored contact lenses in his eyes. He just doesn’t know why.

A few months later, the reason becomes clear as the People have need of his help again. Well, at least, Captain Holly Short of the L.E.P. does. A familiar foe from book 2 has decided that it’s time to take her revenge out on those that have betrayed her.

This book was fantastic. I mean, out of all the possible villains that Colfer could have brought back – in reality there were only two – I’m glad he chose Opal Koboi. I got the feeling in The Arctic Incident that her tale wasn’t over just yet. There was no way someone with that much intellect could have been taken down that easily. And don’t you know she wasn’t.

Holly Short’s character is still fantastic, and ass kicking. It was fun to see her become friends again with Artemis – and can I say that it was oddly weird for him to agree to help her out with the whole Opal thing before he got his memories back. Obviously, he must have subconsciously recognized her, right? As usual, Opal was mind boggling frustrating, but in a good way, and the new Commander of the LEP – Sool? – was a total ass hat. Kind of don’t blame Holly for quitting. I just wish she had hit him in the process.

Only two dislikes were the fact that Julius Root got killed off. I was just starting to like the guy! And I didn’t really care for the way Artemis got his memories back. He had to watch all the videos he recorded for himself, while Butler just had to hear his first name to remember everything. Then again, people’s minds are always different, aren’t they?

Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Characters are still awesome. The plot was fantastic. I’m curious to see if Artemis can continue his nice guy streak or will the criminal part of him still show up every now and again?

Bookshelf worthy? I’m still undecided on this one.

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