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.
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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.
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 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).
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.
In the end, Artemis realizes just how special he is.
The Lost Colony was one of the family of fairies, the demons. They did not want to run and hide 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.
It's a transitional book, things happen that are setting up a new and improved Artemis in future books.
This was probably my least favorite book in the series, however, It was still a good read.
I did enjoy this one, but not quite as much as the last one. I missed some of the characters in past books and didn't feel that the villain(s) was (were?) really as menacing as in previous books. Still, I always love reading about Artemis, Butler, Holly, and the others in this series.
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.
This series is one of those that is genre-defining for a reader, and this is what middle-grade fiction will always be expected to be for me at this point. The writing is well done and while the books are on the long side for the target demographic, they are enjoyable and have an excellent flow.
This installment is no exception to that. At nearly 400 pages, I expected it to take me a fair bit longer to read, but it did not. I devoured the pages in just a few days and found myself often unable to walk away until I knew what would be coming next.
Our villain becomes the hero of sorts in this installment and we get to see a whole knew side of him. This one also has more action of a slightly different variety. I am so grateful to have had a chance to finally read this one, and can't wait to see what more is in store in the next book.