Artemis Fowl has decided to leave the fairies alone but not without one final reward.
Using fairy technology, he has created a super computer that will outstrip human technology for decades to come. What to do? Show it off to dangerous American businessman John Spiro, of course.
Learn not to underestimate your opponent. Spiro shocks Artemis by revealing his upper hand, leaving Butler the bodyguard severely injured and taking the super fairy computer, names the "C Cube."
Now Artemis needs his fairy friends more than ever but with the C Cube putting the entire fairy race in jeopardy, are they willing to help him again?
There is only one condition. If Holly, Artemis' contact in the fairy police, helps Artemis this time, then he must face the consequences and submit to the memory-wipe.
Will Butler survive? Will the fairies be safe? If so...will Artemis even remember any of them?
The stakes were amplified in this third installment. For once, Artemis didn't have a bulletproof plan. While I enjoy having Artemis' clever ploys revealed to me as I read, I liked that for once, he was one-upped. He was too cocky and he paid a price for it.
Artemis if full of witticisms and knows hot to out an adult in their place. I notice that he still appears his age (thirteen) and I often find myself thinking, 'Aww, that's so cute!' I'm sure Artemis wouldn't be pleased but I can't help myself.
I appreciate these books so much more than I did as a child...and I must have read the beginning of this novel back then because I had some vague recollections. There are so many technical and imaginative aspects in it that I fail to find in adult literature.
Butler has become a favourite of mine. I love how loyal he is to Artemis. Despite being 27 years the boy's senior, he is as much a best friend as a bodyguard. Of course, he is also somewhat of a father figure to the boy.
Juliet returns in this installment and she is more fun-loving and kick-ass than ever. She is a far more rounded out character than she was in 'Artemis Fowl' but while she shares many of her brother's traits, she often chooses flair over subtlety and is quite flawed, which I loved. She almost rival's Holly in the strong female character department.
There is even a New Zealander in this book: Arno Blunt, Spiro's bodyguard. I was struck by his character, although his accent sometimes sounded more Australian than Kiwi.
I still adore Nathaniel Parker's narrative and I know that before long, I will be listening to the audio book of the next installment, 'The Opal Deception.'