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.
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:
- Artemis Fowl
- The Arctic Incident
- The Eternity Code
- The Opal Deception
- The Lost Colony
- The Time Paradox
- The Atlantis Complex
- The Last Guardian