My rating: 1 of 5 stars
This series might best be described as young James Bond in a land of the fairies. Only, instead of working for British Secret Intelligence Services, this protagonist is out for himself.
The story features the ruthless criminal mastermind and child prodigy, Artemis Fowl, who uses cunning and his vast fortune to get more of what he wants – money. Admittedly, I didn’t finish the book, so feel free to stop reading this review here if you’d like. However, after only the first few chapters it was clear this book is more focused on plot than it is on character development. Despite Artemis’s young age his personality is already firmly established. He behaves, thinks and acts almost entirely like an adult (not very interesting in a child character) so that I’m not entirely certain the story would change much if he was an adult. Additionally, he’s always a step or two ahead of everyone else which not very compelling (at least for me) because there’s no perceived risk of failure. Although, in this case, I’m not sure I can support Artemis’ goals (no spoilers here) enough to worry for him that he may fail.
Clever idea, cleverly written and likely very entertaining, but to quote author Dawn Metcalf, “It’s just not my thing”.