reason. Like my readings of Robert Louis Stevenson, after I did my due diligence on the author, I quickly found myself reading the book to myself in a Dublin accent, whereupon the book truly came alive.
Amplified by the freshness of tone only given by someone native to his referents, Eoin is perhaps uniquely qualified to write such a story, making consistent, and proper throwbacks to old Eirann, the original land of the fairy tale. He doesn't stop there, however, adding bold twists on the tried and true favorites of the fantasy genre, while preserving the important details, and masterfully keeping the pacing and dialogue captivating for the often fickle and hard to please teen audience. I love getting to tell people when I think a book is truly well crafted.
My only negative is that the main character is a bit larger-than-life for a young person, and tends to come across a bit unrelatable, and that's just my opinion. His anti-hero charisma is still refreshing compared to some. Still I was hit hard by the substory about his mother, and without that there wouldn't be any reason for Artemis' coldness. Despite his father's influence as a criminal mastermind, on a psychological level he realistically would have sought influences elsewhere to find his way, but because of his mother he realizes he is alone, and has determined to thrive the only way that probably seems possible to him.
The problem with that thinking is that when someone learns to thrive in the darkness, they become a prisoner of the light. His genius is, as you will read, only another product of the wreckage behind the scenes. I don't include spoilers in my reviews, so if you want to find out why you should check it out. Happy reading!
Read Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
M. G. Claybrook holds a B. S. in Theology. Matthew's books include: Mabby the Squirrel's Guide to Flying, and coming soon, The Voyage of Gethsarade.