Reviewed by First Mate Keira
Title: The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl, Book 8)
Author: Eoin Colfer
Page Count: 336 Pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 10+
Summary: Opal Koboi is ready and willing to cause havoc again (are we done with her yet?) and this time she plans to use her double to escape imprisonment. When she’s free she heads straight to Fowl Manor to reanimate a hoard of dead fairy warriors with the plan to take over the world by destroying humans. The warrior spirits possess anything they can find and both of Artemis’ brothers are possessed. The clock is ticking to free his brothers and save the world, Artemis has until sunrise to come up with and execute a plan.
Why I started this book:
I enjoy reading the series.
- Mulch to the rescue! It’s good to know a dwarf. Even if he drinks all your wine and leaves something not so pleasant behind in its place.
- Tall Butler in small spaces – funny!
- Artemis’ brothers and how they react to their possession. I loved it when they bubbled up to the surface and gave a smack down.
- On one hand, I’m glad the Artemis/Holly relationship never really got on the page and was left out entirely. On the other I wish it had because there were many allusions to Artemis’ feelings toward Holly. There’s enough ambiguousness to the ending that it is possible, just not probable.
- Foaly wasn’t at his best in this book. He didn’t get to do much other than rescue his wife.
- Artemis’ Atlantis Complex was thrown away with a few sentences which didn’t make much sense since it was such a big deal.
- The Y2K worldwide technological collapse? Um, okay. Maybe in one hemisphere, but not the whole world.
Last Minute Thoughts: I feel that The Time Paradox is the best book in the series in terms of awesomeness and perfection. It wrapped everything perfectly, including the beginning of the series itself, by leading Artemis and readers right to the starting line.
Rating: 3.5 Treasure Chests