Wednesday, November 2

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

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Opal Koboi has been in a coma ever since her participation in the Goblin uprising…or so it is thought.

Devious as ever, Opal has managed to escape without anyone catching on. Now she has set out to seek her revenge against all those that corrupted her plans.

Intent on causing the fairy and human worlds to collide and for her new alliance with the humans to be victorious, Opal takes this chance to torment and kill her enemies. Among them is Captain Holly Short of the LEP (Lower Elements Police) who is soon labelled a criminal and targeted for all of Opal's destruction.

There is only one person who can help Holly now and that is the human boy genius, Artemis Fowl. However, he now has no memory of anything to do with the People or his friendship with Holly.

With no clue as to why Opal wants him dead, Artemis must fight alongside Captain Short for his life and the future of the fairy world.

Will Artemis regain his memories? Can they stop Opal in time?

It was great to see Artemis and Butler back to their criminal ways after being mind-wiped by the fairies. Artemis is as clever as ever and I can never quite see what he's going to come up with. Even if I think I guess one part of his plan, he surprises me with another.

Artemis is fourteen now but he still has to play the part of a teenager...and only if he's going to act like one for a scheme. I think he manages the role quite well. His wit is one of the highest reasons I'm drawn to him as a character.

What I love about the Artemis Fowl novels is that Colfer takes his characters and develops them through the series, not bringing in a character, tossing them and then tugging in another. The dynamic between Artemis, Butler, Holly and the brilliantly written dwarf Mulch were at their best in 'The Opal Deception.' However, it was the return of Opal Koboi, who was less prominent in 'The Arctic Incident' that I adored.

Opal is a beautifully written character. While Artemis is the child genius that behaves like an adult, Opal is the far older fairy genius, who often has the temperament of a child and can definitely pass for one, due to her pixie proportions.

I think that Parker's dramatisation of her character in his audio book narration really amplified my liking for her. His execution of her every word is brilliant. My two favourite of Opal's lines in the novel are, “You're looking directly at me. That's very bad for my skin.” and “Whoever is passing wind, please stop it, or I will devise a fitting punishment.

The stakes were so much higher and more real in this novel. While previous Artemis Fowl books had a triumphant tone, despite obstacles, this one was a lot more gritty and emotional. Artemis isn't the only one growing throughout the series. Holly is obtaining new heights also.

I can't wait (and in fact I won't since I've already bought it) to see what will become of these characters in the next installment, 'The Lost Colony.' I also hope to see more of Opal in the Artemis Fowl series in future.

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