Reviews for Artemis Fowl: the Opal Deception
Booklist Reviews 2005 May #2
Gr. 6-9. The fourth book in the Artemis Fowl saga follows The Eternity Code (2003), in which Artemis' mind was wiped clean of any memories of the belowground world of elves, pixies, and dwarves. In this book, Artemis has reverted to his old life of crime. His archenemy, Opal Koboi, has been in a self-induced coma for a year, plotting revenge on all who thwarted her earlier evil doings. After cloning herself, she escapes and sets her plans in motion, going first to find LEPrecon Captain Holly Short and Commander Root, then taking on Artemis as she schemes to destroy the fairy world. As in all the books, this one has plenty of action as well as great humor and clever plot manipulations. Characters are once again fully realized, and fans will eagerly enter into the spirit of the action. ((Reviewed May 15, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring
After having his memory of all things fairy wiped clean, fourteen-year-old Artemis finds himself in the company of elves, dwarves, and pixies who all claim to know him--and one of whom wants him dead. The lack of any real character development and the mundane revenge plots will most likely be ignored by fans who will enjoy the non-stop action and techno-gadgets. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2005 March #4
Popular series continue to take readers far and wide with some favorite escorts. In the fourth adventure about the teen criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, fans can cheer that the antihero did not retire, as he had threatened in The Eternity Code. However, his career is now in peril because all memory of the fairy people (even the wicked Opal Koboi) has been erased from memory; and Opal has framed Capt. Holly Short for the murder of Commander Root of the LEPrechon fairy police. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2005 July
Gr 5-7-Identity fraud is at the heart of this fourth book in the series. To all appearances, Opal Koboi, pixie and archenemy of the fairies, is under close surveillance as she lies in a coma. Artemis Fowl, the brilliant 14-year-old criminal mastermind, has had his mind wiped clean of all knowledge of fairies, and, therefore, of all prior goodness he has learned. When the real Opal escapes and leaves behind a DNA-perfect clone of herself, her revenge against all those who opposed her commences with deadly fury. Among the barrage of high-tech gadgets and continuous action sequences and plot twists are moments that give even Artemis Fowl pause as he contemplates friendship, responsibility, and death. The prose is clunky and the characters speak in clich‚s, but those who enjoyed the earlier books won't care. The humor (heavily dosed with flatulence jokes) and creativity carry the narrative through the tight spots and impossible situations.-Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2005 August
In the fourth installment of the Artemis Fowl fantasy adventure series, the evil pixie, Opal Koboi, escapes from the hospital where she has been faking a coma by cloning herself. Artemis has reverted back to his evil, greedy ways since the mind wipe erased all the good influences that his interaction with the fairy people gave him. Opal is set on getting her ultimate and nasty revenge on Artemis and LEPrechon, while also planning on destroying the whole fairy realm of Haven. Holly Short is framed for a horrible crime but escapes to the surface to try to save Artemis from Opal. As with the previous books, this one is well written with a fast-moving, gripping action adventure plot. All the likeable and lovable characters are back fighting evil and saving the fairy and human worlds. Fans of the series, who are eagerly awaiting the continued adventures of brave Holly and genius Artemis, will not be disappointed. Sadly a major character dies in this story, perhaps making it the last one in the series. It is a must-have for public and school libraries where the series is popular as well as where action adventure and fantasy books are all the rage. A most enjoyable, almost perfect novel, it includes a special message to be decoded from the fairy language that runs along the bottom pages of the novel; however, readers will have to read and use the translation key from The Artemis Fowl Files (Miramax, 2004).-Karen Sykeny. 4Q 5P M J Copyright 2005 Voya Reviews.