The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, Book 5)

by Eoin Colfer

Hardcover, 2006



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Miramax (2006), 385 pages


When demons begin appearing on Earth unpredictably, foreshadowing a cataclysmic breakdown of their magic, Artemis and his friends face a new foe--a twelve-year-old girl whose intellect just might match Artemis's own--as they try to prevent catastrophe.


Irish Book Award (Nominee — Children's — 2007)
Colorado Blue Spruce Award (Nominee — 2008, 2010)


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385 p.; 5.63 inches

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LibraryThing member SamuelW
I am sometimes asked by friends, “Which Artemis Fowl book is your favourite?” The answer is all of them! Eoin Colfer is an absolute literary genius, having just churned out yet another fantastic, action-packed novel about our favourite junior mastermind. Witty, fast paced, mind-bogglingly
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clever and consistently surprising, this is not a book to be sneezed at. The Lost Colony may fit under the genre of fantasy, but it will certainly please fans of any type of excitement.

For loyal Fowl followers, this book promises to reveal a side of Artemis you have never seen before. As he battles puberty, (an irksome drawback he is determined to ignore,) Artemis’ character changes even more from the insensitive, slightly arrogant boy we all came to love in the first book. In The Lost Colony, he meets Minerva Paradizio, a twelve-year old girl very much like Artemis when he was younger, and we see the behaviour of our original Artemis through a very different set of eyes. Keep an eye out for significant changes to Artemis’ life – there are quite a few.

Unlike most other Artemis Fowl novels, The Lost Colony is a very condensed story, taking place over the course of only a few days, (once it gets going.) Artemis leaves home to rescue a demon, and from that moment on, characters run from here to there, and nowhere does anyone stop to sleep or eat or pick their nose. This is a time-old tactic to keep readers hanging on for more – and it works!

The only downside to this book is that some parts of it are a little on the silly side. An example are the demons on Hybras, who have taken a badly-written olde English booke, (Lady Heatherington-Smythe’s Hedgerow,) as their bible, and thus named themselves in a ridiculous fashion after all the chararcters. Billy Kong, who is driven by ludicrous demon stories his brother told him to occupy him as a child, is another example. These scenes would feel quite at home in a work of parody – but Colfer just manages to get away with them here.

If you’ve never read an Eoin Colfer book, you haven’t lived. Go and get one immediately. Addictive, quick, and wonderfully tongue-in-cheek, The Lost Colony is yet another brilliant achievement to add to Colfer’s growing list.
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LibraryThing member akfarrar
Demon Fowl

Keep it simple, keep it fast and keep it jokey: Perfect entertainment for the mid-teens (and older).

I’ve enjoyed all the Artimis Fowl novels to date – and this latest, Artimis Fowl and the Lost Colony, is no exception.

For those not in the know, Artemis is a teenage genius with a
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penchant for crime, and a big – very BIG – minder called Butler. He’s been annoying the hell out of the fairy kingdom for years, although, having saved each other from disaster more than once, they have the sort of a love-hate relationship neither side would admit to: Holly, ex-LEPrecon (the fairy police), is his principle contact and Foley (the centaur) the technical wizardry supplier – oh, and there is a singularly repulsive character called Mulch, the perfect manifestation of all younger teenage toilet humour jokes – what comes out of his backside on a regular basis shall not soil these pages, even though it might fertilize the ground (and pollute the air).

In this episode Artemis starts off demon hunting in Barcelona – and catches more than he bargains for.

For starters there is an initially slightly younger female genius just as arrogant, just as rich and just as infuriating as he is himself: And with the surging of adolescent juices, Artemis is getting a little emotional: Not his sort of thing at all – he even has to ask Butler for advice! She’s too busy working on a paper for her first Nobel prize to take much notice.

Then there are the demons – whose own adolescent juices make the trials of the average human no more taxing than squeezing the odd blackhead. One of the demons seems to have a problem of delayed adolescence – but that turns out to be a good thing for all demon kind, although somewhat embarrassing for the poor individual concerned.

The final element is a suitably manic maniac, Kong – the human equivalent of a Polar bear amongst the seals. He had the misfortunes to have had a creative older brother whose embroidered ‘boggy-man’ stories result in a series of very unfortunate events at the top of a very high skyscraper and an exhibition of very accurately detailed stone carving from the Celtic fringes.
Nothing to worry about though – even though Artemis lets Holly die and fails totally at one point, trapping himself forever on the other side – all ends happy ‘til the next episode, in the end.

Great read (parents - steal it off the kids and sneak it under the bed covers).
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LibraryThing member KClaire
Another adventure featuring Artemis Fowl, a teenage boy genius from Ireland I read the first book in the series a few years ago. The Lost Colony, is the fifth book in the Artemis Fowl series. It has fast paced adventure and a “beam me up Scotty,” 21st century spin on Fairies and Fairy-world
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In this 5th fantasy adventure, Artemis is not so much the precocious boy criminal of the preceding books, masterminding the heist of fairy property from their underground world, as he is the blasé scientist. Solving temporal equations Artemis has figured out that a time spell on an island of demons is unraveling. Following is an excerpt of Artemis blithely encountering a demon: “Artemis stretched out his arms and felt a tingle on his palms…A shape formed in the air. From nothing came a cluster of sparks and the smell of sulfur…a gray-green thing appeared, with golden eyes, chunky scales, and great horned ears…The creature grasped Artemis’s outstretched palm with a four-fingered hand.. “Curious,” said the Irish boy.”(page 9)

All the familiar characters plus some new characters appear in this book. Artemis is accompanied as usual by his personal bodyguard and butler, the aptly named Butler. Artemis once again meets up with Fairy captain, Holly Short, Diggums (a dwarf), and Foaly (a centaur), all residents of the underground Fairy world. A new character and romantic interest, Minerva, a teenage girl genius is introduced in this story.

Depending on the audience I would book talk the first book in this series before presenting this later adventure. It would depend on whether the audience was familiar with the Artemis Fowl series. This book and the series are definitely worth book talking. The Artemis Fowl series of books are fun books with probably more appeal for the middle school crowd than for high school. For a general series book talk describe and play up the cleverness of Fairy technology, then read an excerpt of one of Artemis’s first encounters with them. For a “Lost Colony” book talk create interest by reading the fast paced description on pages 13 and 14 of Butler saving Artemis from being lost in time with a time traveling demon.
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LibraryThing member maita
Artemis' latest adventure brings him face to face with someone who can beat him at his own game. That's what everyone thinks. Even though the boy genius's voice is breaking, adolescent hormones isn't going to be in the way of saving the world and the lost colony.
In the end, Artemis realizes just
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how special he is.
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LibraryThing member heidilove
hooked on artemis, this just keeps getting better. watch out, harry.
LibraryThing member readafew
Like the Harry Potter books Artemis Fowl keeps advancing in depth. The Lost Colony is by far the best one. It was very engaging and fast paced. This one actually made me laugh out loud several times.

The Lost Colony was one of the family of fairies, the demons. They did not want to run and hide
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from the mud men 10,000 years ago, so they hid in time. The spell that put them their is finally falling apart and something needs to be done to save everyone, demaons and the rest of the fairies. On top of that Artemis is starting to notice girls and meets an attractive girl as smart as he is.
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LibraryThing member numbert
In my opinion the best of the series. Artimis finally meets his equal. It is unfortunet however that they are after the same thing. This book is a race against time itself as Artimis fights for the fate of a land drifting in time. In the end artimis ends up trapped 8 years in the future and with a
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touch of majic of his own.
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LibraryThing member Crewman_Number_6
Perhaps my favorite Artemis yet. I can't wait for the next.
LibraryThing member JLShunk
Not my favorite Artemis Fowl book in the series. It was a slow read getting into the book. New creatures are brought into the series that have to be conceptualized before things really start happening.

It's a transitional book, things happen that are setting up a new and improved Artemis in future
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This was probably my least favorite book in the series, however, It was still a good read.
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LibraryThing member buckeyeaholic
What will Artemis get himself into this time? And will his little friends be able to get him out of it? Or will it be him helping them out of a jam?
LibraryThing member blessingsfive
Artemis Fowl finally meets his match in a young girl just learning what being a genius can really mean. Between the two of them, demons are thwarted in taking over the earth.
LibraryThing member melanne1979
In my opinion, the best Artemis book so far. Glad to have the gang all back together with their memories intact. I love that the happy ending also strongly suggests that there will be more Artemis stories to come. Butler is still one of my all-time favorite literary characters.
LibraryThing member Redthing
Wow. This books is definately the best of the series. I really enjoyed seeing thing things from No.1's perspective; in fact, the whole experience in the demons' island in time was great!
LibraryThing member amcintire
This is an intrersting adventure that test the limits of time and space, it had me telling myself "just one more page" for the whole book. When Artemis Fowl realises a cute Girl in a cafe he does not think anything of it but it is to be his destinyecspecialy with the time spell unraveling.
LibraryThing member LauraR8
Artemis is back to saving the world again. With the help of Holly and some friends, he could do the impossible. Make sure you read the next and final book!
LibraryThing member tjsjohanna
Another satisfying installment in the Artemis Fowl saga. I liked the introduction of demons - they were interesting. Another thing I enjoy about these books is that there are consequences to the things that Artemis and friends do - it's not all a rose garden where everything works in the end. One
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fun thing about this book was the introduction of girls to Artemis' life. Cute.
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LibraryThing member Cretius
The best one so far. The Artemis Fowl series is up and runing. It beats every book I've read by a mile.
LibraryThing member Othemts
Artemis, Holly, & Butler rescue a French girl genius and a misfit demon.
LibraryThing member hjjugovic
Once again, Colfer takes the Artemis Fowl series to a new level. For the first time we see an integrated Artemis at work - cunning genius and a strict new moral code. Colfer continues conveying values of environmentalism, the sacredness of life, the importance of relationships, and the power of the
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intellect. As Artemis gets older, his world gets more precarious and his consequences more dire, so, like the Harry Potter books, I recommend being at least Artemis's age in the book before reading it. As usual, the books are equally appealing to adult fans of fantasy.

PLOT SPOILERS. Artemis is bored by his normal existance and take the opportunity to turn the tables on Foley's (unauthorized) surveillance of him. He discovers the existance of the 8th family - demons, and the story of how they retreated from the world of humanity in a time spell performed by demon warlocks. The spell is unstable and demons erratically appear in the world for brief moments, unless they are anchored by silver. Artemis uses his mathematical genius to refine the formula for when/where they will appear. Unfortunately, his formula also reveals that the spell holding the island of the demons in time is breaking down. When it does, most of the demons will die and the rest will be exposed to humanity. Artemis makes it his mission to stop this from happening. He discovers he is not the only child genius to correct the prediction formula. A young girl, Minerva, is using the formula to capture a second demon, with the goal of a nobel peace prize. Her family stumbled upon the first, Abbott, accidentally. He returned to the demon island with a pack of lies and terrorizes No1, an imp who is the first demon to be born a warlock in thousands of years, into making the dimensional jump. No1 is captured by Minerva and her crazy muscle Billy Kong, who believes demons murdered his brother. Artemis, Butler, Holly (now working for a superpolice organization known as Section 8 with Foaly), Mulch, and a new addition to the crew, the gnome Doodah Day, rescue No1 from Minerva but Billy Kong flips and threatens to kill Minerva and her people unless she produces another demon. Artemis agrees to make a trade in Taipei - the demon No1 for Minerva. He outsmarts Billy and, recognizing the symbols on No1's skin, realizes that the demon warlocks who performed the time spell are trapped in stone in a museum exhibit. No1 manages to free the head warlock Qwan from the spell, but Billy burst in on them. Butler is distracted protecting Minerva from Billy, and one of his crew manages to place an active bomb on Holly. Artemis leaves Minerva and Butler behind, and has Holly try to fly him and the demons out the window. Her wings fail, and Artemis removes the silver that's anchoring No1 to the world, sending them all to the demon time-spelled island. The time spell is unraveling, and they need a magical group of 5 to save the island. Abbot's big secret is revealed - he sabotaged the original time spell, and stole magic from one of the warlocks in the resulting mess. Using the bomb, magic Artemis stole in the time tunnel, Qwan, No1, and an unconsious Abbott with the warlock trapped inside him, they return the demon island to the world. The LEP are waiting to rescue them all, sink the island, and hide evidence of its existance. Artemis learns the corrupt LEP leadership has been disgraced, he has been gone for three years and now has switched one eye with Holly. He discovers a grief-stricken Butler still waiting for him, he has twin younger brothers, and Minerva has been growing up adoring him. His parents are a mess. But he has hidden that he has a little of the fairy magic yet, and hopes to use it to heal his family.
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LibraryThing member virginiahomeschooler
As always, Eoin Colfer has created a wonderful mixture of action, suspense, humor, emotion, and techno-gadgets that captures the reader from the first page and carries him happily to the end. Having read all of the previous books, I won't say this one was my favorite - that honor goes to book #3,
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The Eternity Code, but it still left me feeling that Artemis isn't the only genius at work here. Not only has Mr. Colfer built a wonderfully believable alternate reality in which to set his stories, but he crafts his characters so well that they feel like friends. And, unlike some other series books I've read, the characters develop as the series moves forward. The relationships and the people / fairies themselves don't remain static but evolve as they should.
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LibraryThing member riverwillow
I love these books and Artemis is a great character. His relationship with Holly and Foaly is wonderful.
LibraryThing member jonathan02px2014
This book is very good. I like how artemis grows up throughout the series and is best shown through this book. I also like how the subject of time travel is expanded through this book nad shows how it is done.
LibraryThing member brakketh
Re-read this one on the recommendation of a lady on placement. Highly amusing and enjoyable, I especially like that Artemis is growing up through the series.
LibraryThing member wiremonkey
Artemis is growing up annd is finding that puberty can be quite distracting even when you are in the middle of a highly complex and delicate plan. Time travel, another genius who happens to have tight blonde curls and a pride of demons appear in this latest instalment of the Artemis Fowl series.
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Although sometimes the pace goes a bit too fast, (I would have liked to have seen Artemis really flummoxed by flirtatious behavior) and certain aspects of the narrative gets glossed over, The Lost Colony is definitely a book to recommend to all kids who enjoy action/adventure stories as well as those who enjoy the fantasy world of fairies.
8-10 years
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LibraryThing member ds_61_12
Artemis Fowl, teenage genius and mastercriminal finds his match and it is a girl no less. She has found out that fairies do exist and sets out to capture herself a demon, the most human-hating species unknown to man.
It falls to Artemis, butler and of course Holly Short to stop her and save mankind
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and the lower elements.

I love Artemis Fowl. It is funny, fast paced and very imaginitive. There is a good plot, good, witty, narrative and just a plain good read.
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