Book Review: Artemis Fowl #2: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

Rating: StarStarStarStarStar


The Arctic Incident sees the slightly older, perhaps slightly more mellow arch-criminal Artemis recovered from his last adventure, richer now that he has his half of a hoard of fairy gold, and happier since the Clarice Starlingesque superfairy Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon returned his mother’s ailing mind to full health.

But there is still much unfinished business: Artemis Fowl Sr. disappeared when a daring escapade designed to free his family from their criminal–not to mention deeply lucrative–past and move the family’s assets into legitimate enterprises went horribly wrong. Held captive by the Mafiya (the Russian organized crime syndicate) for over two years, he has been declared officially dead, but Artemis Jr. knows in his heart (yes, he does have one) that his beloved father is still alive, and he is determined to find him. Meanwhile Captain Short is temporarily on assignment to Customs and Excise as punishment for letting Fowl separate her and her People from their gold and is finding her stakeout duties a little dull. It soon becomes obvious that the pair have need of each other’s considerable skills, and before long they are on track for an adventure that will ultimately have far-reaching consequences for both of them.

***** ***** *****

So i started this series with one thought in mind: a 12-year-old as a master of crime? interesting.

i liked book 1, but this second book is even better.

So Artemis Fowl is cold and hardened on book 1, but it was good to see him in a different light on this sequel.

He never gave up that his father is still alive. He and Butler keep on searching and searching. at last, a sliver of a clue came to them. or rather, a ransom video. it may terrify any kid, but not Artemis Fowl. he was giddy, for this video only represented one thing: HOPE.

Seeing him softened when he talks about his father, looking at how he manages to cooperate with Holly and other LePreCons to get the job done – it was a whole other side of his character and i liked that. the author did not bother to lengthen the mystery of how Artemis became a criminal mastermind. piece by piece (although it’s not all there yet), i begin to understand why Artemis is what he is.

A new character is introduced, Opal. The arch rival of Foaley. Ha! She is one quirky character and i’m looking forward to seeing her in the later books.

There is still a whole lot of action, and a whole lot of manipulation (by Artemis, of course). It was a fun read. I’ll definitely continue reading this series. So on to book 3!



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”