Book Review: Artemis Fowl 8- The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

July 7, 2013 Review 5 ★★★★

Book Review:  Artemis Fowl 8- The Last Guardian by Eoin ColferArtemis Fowl-The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl #8
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 2012 July 10
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 328
Format: E-book
Source: Purchased
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It's Armageddon Time for Artemis Fowl

Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen.

If she succeeds, the spirits of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deer, or badgers - or two curious little boys by the names of Myles and Beckett Fowl?

Yes, it's true. Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl's four-year-old brothers could be involved in destroying the human race. Can Artemis and Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police stop Opal and prevent the end of the world?

Intro

Finally, the last book chronicling the adventures of the boy genius. I’ve been waiting for the book’s availability here in our area for a long long time. But to no avail, the shelves in our bookstores have already been emptied of all Artemis Fowl books. Such a shame that kids here didn’t like it as much as Harry’s when it was after all a superb read.

And before I head to my review, may I just take a moment to tell you that because I only created this blog this year, I wasn’t able to post the review of the first 7 AF installments. I am still debating with myself whether I will write it or not or ever if I write it, should I do it per sequel or make a lump review for the first 7? See, I’m driving myself crazy with such mundane things but hey, I’m a thorough gal. No loose ends. xD

Gist
Six months after the events from book 7, Artemis has already been cured from the dual personality disease he contracted from dabbling with too much magic, the Atlantis Complex. Everything should have been in order when Artemis and the gang were forced to face another horrifying plot brewed by no other than Opal Koboi herself.

In just a matter of hours—minutes maybe—from leaving Dr. Argon’s clinic, Artemis and the gang witnessed the tremendous destruction of not only the Lower Elements but of the whole world itself. And it would take more than Artemis’s brilliance to finally put a stop to Opal’s ultimate plan and that is, erasing every human being from the face of the Earth and become the Supreme Ruler of the Universe. Is Artemis ready to sacrifice his life for humanity to live?

Plot

Geez! Eoin Colfer must be Artemis Fowl in disguise! This book was totaling oozing with sky high intelligence. It was unpredictable and yet totally engaging as Artemis exhibited pure genius even when the whole world is falling apart with Opal’s doing. I was scrolling pages like a flash, afraid to stumble and get lost between Artemis and Opal’s battle for intellectual supremacy. To put it simply, this finale is a superb showdown of brain prowess that would totally keep your mouth hanging from the first page up to the last one.

My only disappointment with this one is that there were portions that narrate Foaly and Caballine’s life which I think are non-essential to the whole point of the plot, thereby lingering. And I couldn’t stop thinking that it might have been done to lengthen the contents of the book. I just wished that Foaly’s life could have been gradually introduced in the early parts of the series.

Characters

This. Over the years, we’ve watched Artemis grow up, saw how he chose to make mistakes and solving the consequences with his prodigious brain talent. Yet, he was still a boy… greedy, immature, and self-centered. But in this book, we will see how Artemis proved to be a man worthy of our respect and recognition as he made the ultimate sacrifice to save mankind and that is surrendering his own life. It was just WOW.

I also appreciated the Berserkers and their unwavering devotion in protecting the People. They were quite funny especially that they even considered possessing bunnies, ducks, and other wildlife to carry out their plans.

And well, who would ever forget Artemis’ twin brother, Miles and Beckett who’s proving to be more than a handful even for the Berserkers powers? What about the extraordinaire Mulch Diggums who—aside from fart blasting everyone—now becomes an awesome Troll Rider? Not only that, like Artemis, he is on his way in becoming a much better dwarf in terms of doing things for the greater good than doing things for his own benefit.

Lastly, for some reason, I even like Opal Koboi. Even if she’s an evil pixie with Daddy issues, she’s funny and the ultimate villain to match Artemis’ cunning.

Interactions and Dialogues

What endears me to this book is that it’s overflowing with amusing arrogance, sarcasm and brilliance. Every character has his/her own brand of those that it’s very hard to feel sad and bored whenever you turn a page. To be honest, never for once that I did cry for this book because every reading moment is full of mirth. Instead, even when if you’re already pressured and your heart is thumping with what’s going to happen next, you can’t help but smile because the characters could still find ways to make everything light and joyful.

Lessons Learned

In everything that you do, use your brains and your heart in balance- As demonstrated by Artemis who finally realized that mere brains wouldn’t save the world from totally crumbling into a molten piece of land and that he must also use his heart.

Are you an Artemis Fowl fan too?

5 Responses to “Book Review: Artemis Fowl 8- The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer”

  1. Michelle Santiago

    hi charlotte! thanks for following our blog via bloglovin'. i'm following you back and looking forward to chatting about book with you 🙂

    i didn't read your review because i haven't read book 1 yet (though i intend to, hopefully in the near future) and i don't want to get spoilers. but i like that you included pictures. visuals are always a plus. 🙂

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  2. Charlotte Fiel

    Hello Michelle, thank you for that. Me tpo, really glad to know that I have fellow Pinoys who are also in the world of book blogging. I am not alienated now. xD

    I'm pretty sure that you've got more than a handful of books to read right now so let's say that that would be on the far future. xD I really like putting pics in my reviews just to break the monotony. Sometimes, reviews could really get boring especially if it's pretty long (guilty, but I'm still working on my writing) that's why I'm putting pictures there.

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