Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer

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Artemis Fowl is going straight—as soon as he pulls of the most brilliant criminal feat of his career…

At least, that’s the plan when he attempts to sell his C Cube, a supercomputer built from stolen fairy technology, to Jon Spiro, one of the most dangerous businessmen in the world.  But Spiro springs a trap—stealing the C Cube and mortally injuring Butler.  Artemis’s only hope of saving his loyal bodyguard is to employ fairy magic, so once again he must contact his older rival, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police.

It’s going to take a miracle to save Butler, and Artemis’s luck may have just run out…

Despite its sad beginning, The Eternity Code is my favourite out of all of the books in the Artemis Fowl series.  In the third book, Eoin Colfer has given Artemis a significant amount of character development, raised the stakes even higher than before and added just enough humour to balance it all out.

First off, the characters in The Eternity Code are amazing.  We see the more vulnerable side of Artemis, the softer side of Holly and more of the obnoxious side of Foaly.  Characters who have only made minor appearances in the first two novels, like Juliet Butler and Commander Root get a lot more page time and one of my favourite characters, the kleptomaniac dwarf Mulch Diggums is back.  Mulch Diggums’ biting wit (pardon the pun) takes centre stage in the scene where he taunts Jon Spiro’s two big dumb henchmen.  I love this line in particular:

“Mulch groaned.  If stupidity were a crime, these two would be public enemies one and two.” (Pg 273)

A fast-paced plot, amazing characters and great humour…what more can you ask for?  Well, after the cliffhanger ending, you’ll be begging for the fourth book, Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

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3 comments

  1. Kislay Verma

    I am surprised at how many find this book to be awesome. This is my second least favourite book from the Artemis Fowl series.

    It’s problem is that it reads as a very forced creation, something that was deliberately conjured up instead of the more free flowing previous two book. The villains, the story, and the machinations have an entirely artificial, abstract feel to them. Most of the incidents and all the bad guys are caricaturised beyond the point of necessity.

    The characters all show their softer sides, but it is not enough to save the weak story.

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