Monday, August 01, 2005

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

Author: Eoin Colfer
ISBN # 0141381647
343 pages

This is the fourth full-length Artemis Fowl novel (there having been a short story published: The Seventh Dwarf, which fits between the 1st & 2nd books) & although it certainly delivers, it doesn't feel quite as complete as the previous offerings of Artemis, our, now 14-year-old, criminal genius.

It picks up a year after the end of the previous story, The Eternity Code; after all knowledge of The People has been wiped from his memory - or has it? The Fairy Folk are in need of a criminal mastermind, so they must be in trouble! It's Artemis to the rescue - if only he can get his memories back & convince himself that Pixies are real & he's not hallucinating after all!

Very enjoyable, but only if you've read the first three, otherwise this will make absolutely no sense at all, having completely missed out on the backstory provided by the previous adventures of the Irish boy-genius & his Fairy friends.

Rating: 7/10


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