This time the Chinese cover wins hands down. All of the Chinese covers are amazing. You can find them on amazon.cn if you want a look.
Another book era has passed. This time Artemis Fowl is the person we get to say goodbye to. All three of us fantasy-buffs in this family followed along through Time Paradox. My oldest and I kept at it until the end. And what an ending it was. What responses to the ending there have been. I wonder what it is like being Eoin Colfer and seeing the engagement of his readers.
In the case of my oldest son and I, we enjoyed the ending. Artemis Fowl had evolved as a character throughout the series and ended up in the place where he was destined to end. His frustration, helplessness and decisiveness during the story led him to the spot he came to (with a little help from his friends). Holly, Butler and Foaly are there for him as always. Even Foaly has come to rely on Artemis finding a solution when no solution appears possible.
Two of the characters I truly loved in Last Guardian were the twins. The scene with Juliet, Myles and Beckett by the tower was hilarious. An absolute gem. I pity Juliet beeing the bodyguard to this pair. Beckett really shines as a berserker. The images this four-year old brought forth in my mind – well funny doesn’t even cover it.
Another favorite in many of the books has been Mulch Diggums. His appearance here was no less gooey or fraught with lack of self-confidence than the others stories. There is something very grosse yet fascinating about glowing spit and smelly indestructibility.
Opal Koboi has always been a bit insane. In The Last Guardian she jumps off the edge of sanity and loses any grip on the world most of the rest of the cast sees. Opal has finally found the world of Opal Koboi and she intends to stay there and bring the rest of the world into it.
I liked this ending to the Artemis Fowl saga.
- Macy A
- Thomas Ays (German)
- Zonna Lynne Roanna
- Wikipedia: Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian
The Last Guardian available on iBookstore and Amazon UK
2012 Irish Book Award in the “Irish Children’s Book – Senior”
My review of:
- Artemis Fowl (I-VI)
- Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex (VII)
2 thoughts on “Colfer, Eoin: Artemis Fowl and The Last Guardian (VIII) (2012)”
I’m glad to hear that the series ends well, the first three books have been sitting on my shelf for ages, I’ll have to finally give it a try. 🙂
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The series is fascinating on many levels dealing as it does with some pretty heavy topics (various syndromes, family dynamics etc) yet wrapping it all up in fun and funny adventures. If you do decide to try your shelf-decoration out, I hope you have fun with them.