Science Fantasy

Review: The Opal Deception

The Opal Deception book cover
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Title:  The Opal Deception

Series: Artemis Fowl #4

Author:  Eoin Colfer

Genre:  Science Fantasy

WARNING:  This review will most likely contain spoilers of the previous books in the series.

Back Cover:

After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis Fowl got his mind wiped – and now he has reverted to his criminal lifestyle.  While preparing to steal a famously well-guarded painting from a German bank, he is targeted by an old rival, Opal Koboi.  The evil pixie spent the last year in a self-induced coma, plotting revenge.  Now, after luring Captain Holly Short and Commander Root into a deadly trap, she’s turned her sights to Artemis… the only one who can stop her plan to destroy the fairy world.


This is a reread, but I didn’t remember exactly what happened – until I opened the book, when it all came flooding back.  I also totally forgot a character died until the scene where it happened.  So the death came as a total shock even the second time around.

As far as the rest of the book goes, though, I remembered the main gist of it.  So even though I enjoyed watching Artemis and Holly attempt to stop Opal, I knew exactly how it turned out.  I even remembered the vast majority of the silly details.  I enjoyed the plot, it just didn’t have the same tension as it did the first time around.  The downside of rereads, I guess.

Holly was pretty much the same as she was in the previous books – feisty, kick-butt, and very, very stubborn.  She still had a disregard for orders and rules.  Basically, she was the same elfin captain I liked over the previous books.

Artemis was…well, I can’t say too much without spoilers, but I’m liking him even more as the series goes on.

Like I said before, I enjoyed the plot.  Even the second time around, it was still interesting.  As a reread, though, I knew exactly what would happen, so even though it was fun, there was none of the surprise factor like there was the first time.

In my review of Artemis Fowl, I mentioned that the book had a distinctly middle grade feel.  In my review of The Eternity Code, I said that it seemed more like upper middle grade.  I bet it’s partially due to the fact that Artemis himself is older, but this one felt more like younger YA than any sort of middle grade.

I apologize for this review being so short, but I’m running into a problem I find with almost ever series I review – repeating myself.  Certain plot elements, the writing style, and the characters carry over from one book to the next.  So if I don’t mention some element of the book, chances are it’s the same as in a previous book, and I didn’t repeat it.

The Artemis Fowl series:

  1. Artemis Fowl
  2. The Arctic Incident
  3. The Eternity Code
  4. The Opal Deception
  5. The Lost Colony
  6. The Time Paradox
  7. The Atlantis Complex
  8. The Last Guardian

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