Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception By Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception
is the fourth Artemis Fowl book by Eoin Colfer
. The basic plot of the series is Irish teenager Artemis Fowl is a criminal mastermind, determined to make giant sums of money by whatever means possible (or impossible). The series begins with Artemis embarking on a new scheme: he is convinced of the hidden existence of a faerie world and he wants to kidnap a faerie and ransom it for fabled faerie gold. After acquiring The Book of the People, a holy book of faerie written in gnommish Artemis begins the process of translating the text so that he can learn their weaknesses. He succeeds in kidnaping a faerie after extensive stake outs, but is unaware that he has kidnapped a LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police : reconnaissance squad) officer and is now faerie public enemy number 1.
Since then Artemis and the LEP have been through a series of epic adventures, sometimes as enemies, sometimes reluctantly helping each other, and in The Opal Deception working together to stop a common enemy. The common enemy is Opal Koboi, a criminal genius pixie who the LEP and Artemis defeated in Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident and has been in a coma ever since…or so it seems. Opal Koboi has orchestrated an intricate plan to escape while still appearing to be comatose. How does she do this? With a couple of loyal lackeys and a clone of herself, that’s how, and once she’s free her first mission is for revenge.
Her revenge starts will Captain Holly Short (the LEPrecon officer that Artemis kidnaped in the first book and who has been somehow involved in his schemes ever since) and her superior officer Commander Julius Root. Holly narrowly escapes Opal’s clutches and realises that her next victim will be Artemis since he helped convict her, so she rushes above ground to warn him. But there is one problem – Artemis doesn’t remember anything about faerie. After their last collaboration in Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code the LEP performed a mind wipe on both Artemis and his bodyguard Butler. Even tho Artemis can’t remember Holly or anything about the faerie world, the two have to run from the evil Koboi and try to stop her plans (with the help of the ex-theif Dwarf, Mulch Diggums) to have a human probe drill deep into the core of the earth, exposing the faerie city of Haven and flooding it with molten haematite.
This series has been called “Die Hard with faeries” and I would agree even tho I’ve never seen Die Hard. This is a series filled with elements for teenagers to love: an incredibly smart and successful teenager that is a strange mix of hero and villain; fiendish plots, schemes and heists; cool faerie gadgets and magic; witty dialogue; tons of action; and a dash of fart humor :P.
These books are kinda a guilty pleasure of mine – they’re not very deep but they are immensely enjoyable, exciting and addictive. Opal Deception didn’t disappoint, it was action-packed and exciting and I’m really enjoying Artemis being more on the “good” side.
I give Artemis Fowl and the Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer:
3 ½ / 5 Stars