Sunday, 12 August 2012
ARTEMIS FOWL: THE LAST GUARDIAN
First of all, kudos to Eoin Colfer for typing "Artemis" about a thousand times now, I seem to be unable to type it correctly on the first go, so if there are typos...
Anyway, this is the eighth Artemis Fowl novel, and if you haven't read the first seven, go do it now. Don't let the fairies put you off, I hate fairies and I love these books.
The Last Guardian picks up...some time after the last book (I'm sorry, it's been a while, I'm hoping to re-read the whole series at some point soon), Artemis is recovering from his Atlantis Complex and enjoying spending time with his twin little brothers. Then of course, Opal Koboi engineers another plot to escape prison/destroy the world. And only Artemis can stop her.
Okay, I know I've already said I love these books, but I feel compelled to say it again - I love these books - because honestly, I was disappointed with this instalment. I think the main problem is Opal Koboi. I think she's been a really good villain in the past, but I'm tired of her now. It's all the same. I think this instalment needed a fresh, new villain, and falling back on Opal Koboi felt a bit halfhearted to me.
That aside, I also had troubling picturing what was going on. I've always had a fairly clear idea of what the fairies, trolls, dwarfs and pixies all look like, and the Mud People just look like regular humans, but this time I really struggled. See, the Guardians are ghostly fairy creatures which rise up an inhabit the closest bodies. Sadly for them, on the Fowl Estate, the closest bodies are rabbits and ferrets and a couple of four year old boys. I couldn't envisage small animals and toddlers giving orders and racing into battle. It didn't matter that I knew they were being inhabited by ghost-y things, I couldn't see it at all.
And the ending...I don't know what to say about the ending without spoiling it for anyone, but I wasn't happy with it. I've since discussed it with someone who didn't have a problem with it and discovered that it's just me being picky, but the ending didn't work for me at all. And since it looks like this is the last we're going to see of Artemis, I think our criminal mastermind deserved a better send-off.