Review: Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code
Eoin Colfer

‘The Eternity Code’ is the third book in the Artemis Fowl series. Artemis is getting out of the criminal world now that his father is recovering, but he just can’t resist one last deal. He has Butler with him – what could go wrong? Hit the jump for more…

948460Artemis has come a long way from the exploitative boy we saw in the first Artemis Fowl novel. He has developed a distinct personality shift, but is still willing to use fairy knowledge to get what he wants. His last deal could spell the end of fairy life as we know it.

It’s pot luck that Artemis gets Holly when he puts in a call for help. And then it’s just sheer luck that it’s Mulch who is sent as a hitman. But really, with Artemis’ planning skills, it’s hard to believe that anything takes place because of fate.

Artemis has lost his Butler and must settle for another. It’s really quite sad, and you find yourself feeling very sorry for both of them. They are still friends, but it’s not the same relationship you saw before. Juliet isn’t a bad replacement, but it’s just not the same.

Plot driven, racey, and totally rereadable. I think this book is the equal of the first two books, which is a nice surprise, as most series tend to peter off after the first book and its sequel. If you liked the first two, you’ll like this one!

A little bit more bloody than the first books, but still suitable for children. Things are remarkably bloodless – Colfer skimps on the details of bloodshed, preferring to use up his words in describing the various consciousnesses of his characters. It adds depth, and it’s fascinating to see what plan Artemis can come up with next! It leaves me wondering how long it took Colfer to work out what everyone would do.

The ending is to be expected, but is somewhat frustrating! Artemis has to get around everything, he must, he must! But there are no guarantees. Naturally there are more books in the series, so you know that Artemis must continue in some sort of capacity, but has he been mind-wiped too far?

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