When Haven, the underground world of the fairies, is threatened and there is sign of human involvement, the LEP (Lower Elements Police) point fingers at the one human who keeps the knowledge of their existence: Artemis Fowl, a thirteen year old criminal genius.
Artemis has his own agenda to focus on. After two years, he’s finally received word of his father and there is a ransom on Artemis Fowl Senior’s head.
With little doubt that execution will follow a delivery of the ransom, Artemis and his trusty bodyguard Butler strike a deal with the fairies: They help them to reveal Haven’s traitor and in return, get magical assistance in the rescue of Artemis’ father.
Artemis has never let emotion get the best of him before but all that might be changing.
Can they save Haven and Artemis’ father in time?
Once I was done listening to the audio book of 'Artemis Fowl', I knew I had to purchase the sequel. I have the first book in paperback and the three following in hard back but since I was on the other side of the country to my copies and I enjoyed Nathaniel Parker's narrative too much to pass at the opportunity.
Artemis Fowl is a great thinker but he's not one to take action. This book saw him out of his comfort zone and into harsh conditions, where he couldn't even rely on Butler to save him all the time.
'The Arctic Incident' gives a deeper insight into the characters from the first novel. What I liked is that it doesn't dish out lots and lots of new characters and instead shows more of the ones from the first installment. The characters were the real reason I felt the need for the sequel, so it was much appreciated.
Artemis is, to me, the most fascinating character of the lot. He is so clever but he really is a thirteen year old boy and this novel showed more of his vulnerabilities and how his personal priorities were high above committing crimes and reaping rewards.
In the first novel, Artemis and the fairies are on opposing sides, so while their alliance is a reluctant one, it is a very interesting one. The novel isn't over-sentimental as a whole, which makes the moments when it is more touching all the more meaningful.
In the first novel, I loved how Colfer had recreated the dwarf. It is so unlike what I would have imagined - these tunneling creatures who can unlatch their jaws and have hairs like antennae. Very unique and compelling to read about.
The story is full of conflict and cleverness and Artemis had me guessing until the end. Even still, I couldn't pinpoint his cunning. I love Colfer's characters and Parker's narrative. I'm already onto the third installment (on audio book) 'The Eternity Code.'