Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony Book Review

I’m catching up on book reviews for the Artemis Fowl series before the last installment comes out, so here’s another for those of you who enjoy the middle grade series involving criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl.

The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, #5)The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This installment was one of my favorites in the series. I had to review the details but I didn’t forget loving Number 1, or No One, depending on how you read it. The demons made a great addition to the fairy families, and having their island of Hybras come back from limbo as their spell deteriorated was an ingenious way to work in the new lore. Time travel made another great addition with some messy complications but cool results in the magical department. Another score for Artemis’s always devious mind even as he gains a moral compass.

I’ve seen complaints about the villain not being Opal Koboi, but the series would stagnate with only one baddie. I liked the double play in this book, using Minerva as both competitor and temptation, and the demon Abbot who’s responsible for his race’s funny misconceptions about humanity patterned after an old book. The humor more than makes up for the lack of Opal’s evil genius, and although not a genius, Abbot isn’t lacking in the evil department with treachery, stolen magic, mind-control, and megalomania thrown into his character.

The twistier the plots get with Artemis, the better I like them. I was glad to see Holly get back on the force, and I really enjoyed the scenes of Number 1, from trying to attain demon-hood to warlock capabilities. The volcano/time surge scene was awesome, and if not for the usual head-hopping on steroids, this might have been the first book to achieve a 5 rating. The series has really grown on me. Be sure to read in order to appreciate the arc.

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