Title: The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl #5)
Author: Eoin Colfer
WARNING: This review will most likely contain spoilers of the previous books. If you haven’t read Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident, The Eternity Code, and The Opal Deception, I’d recommend you avoid this review.
When the fairies moved underground, the demons refused to go with them. Instead, they lifted their island out of time and into limbo. Now the time spell is unraveling, and demons are beginning to materialize on Earth without warning. To protect themselves from discovery, the fairies need to predict where the next one will show up. And the only person who can do that is Artemis Fowl. So when a very confused demon imp appears in a Sicilian theater, Artemis is there to meet him. But he is not alone. Someone else has unlocked the secrets of the fairy world and solved temporal equations that baffled Foaly…and she is only twelve years old…
About the only thing I remember from the first time I read this was one detail of the ending (which, unfortunately, was a spoiler) and that I didn’t like the girl genius. I was right on the detail, and I still didn’t like the girl genius.
With the previous books, the only main characters were Artemis, Butler, and Holly. This book had new characters – including Minerva (the girl genius) and a bunch of demons.
Minerva had an overly permissive father, an overly intelligent mind, and an overly inflated head. She was used to getting her own way, and threw a fit like a two-year-old when she didn’t. She may have been as smart as Artemis, but she was a spoiled brat.
NO1 was another new character, an imp (a young demon) who wasn’t very demon-ish. He wasn’t so big into hating humans or eating raw meat. That made him a misfit and a very interesting character, especially when he ended up on Earth.
Artemis and Holly I won’t touch on too much – they’re pretty much the same as they were in previous books.
The threat to the fairy world (anyone else notice that this is the main plot of all these books?) came from an unraveling spell. Unless you count Minerva, there wasn’t really a bad guy. It was more of a race against time to solve the problem.
I enjoyed the book, really. It was a fun reread. But, since I remembered a major spoiler of the end, it was better the first time around.