***Spoiler Alerts in this review***
Time jumps, magical romance and a villain with the tendencies of a cockroach. The Time Paradox thrusts us right into life shortly after Holly and Artemis return from Hybras.
Artemis is settling into life as big brother to twins Beckett and Myles, while sorting out life as a do-gooder. Holly reinstated at the LEP is also readjusting to life 3 years into her future.
A mortally ill Angeline Fowl, forces Artemis to call on his magical friends to take him back in time, and help prevent his younger self from making a big mistake.
The Time Paradox offers the usual Fowl formula we’ve come to know and love. A conflict causes the magical and mortal worlds to collide, the solution is barred by witty adversaries whom almost defeat our heroes, but, as always our Artemis outsmarts and inevitably defeats them.
Usually we find a superficial villain as well as a hidden villain revealed later in the story. Book One Artemis himself was the superficial party, responsible for the kidnap and ransom which initiates the entire series. While Briar Cudgeon was the unknown adversary, a social climbing sycophant with a penchant for backstabbing.
The progression of Artemis from aspiring supervillain to well adjusted oldest son and clever teenage genius, is one that needed to be told in eight books.
The maturity and desperation of a young boy with a missing father, mentally-ill mother and the wealth and free time of the elite allowed him to meet fairy guardians who changed his life and became true friends.
Something Artemis Fowl definitely needed. His friendship with Holly has definitely improved him as a person, but it’s their friendship that makes their budding feelings tricky. As things become more complex, to say it’s complicated would be an understatement.
Artemis Fowl is my recommendation for reader’s who enjoy action, intellectual warfare, and magic. The life of a Robin Hood style anti-hero is just what your library needs.
Each new adventure provides an opportunity for Artemis to think on his feet and prove that he’s truly worthy of the title “boy genius”.
Two more novels to go, crazy Opal on the loose AGAIN, and at least one of his parents’ is in on his secret. I can only imagine what will happen in the Atlantis Complex!
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