Author: Eoin Colfer
Series: Artemis Fowl (#8)
How Received: bought
Seemingly nothing in this world daunts the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. In the fairy world, however, there is a small thing that has gotten under his skin on more than one occasion: Opal Koboi. In The Last Guardian, the evil pixie is wreaking havoc yet again. This time his arch rival has somehow reanimated dead fairy warriors who were buried in the grounds of Fowl Manor. Their spirits have possessed Artemis’s little brothers, making his siblings even more annoying than usual. The warriors don’t seem to realize that the battle they were fighting when they died—a battle against Artemis—is long over. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong. Can he count on a certain LEPrecon fairy to join him in what could well be his last stand?
You can't tell because of how I schedule posts, but I got this the day it came out and devoured it right away. This was after pre-ordering it and doing a mental countdown every day a month in advance.
Straight from the horse's mouth: I'm an Artemis Fowl fangirl.
And as far as ending to series go, I wouldn't have had this end any other way.
Yes, it was a little cheesy. Every Fowl book is. Colfer brought back crazy villains and crazy friends; he upped the antics and upped the stakes; most of all, he managed to capture how every character had changed from when we first met him.
And I loved him for it.
This series, regardless of the excellent writing and the fun plots and the awesome world, is a character driven book. You can't get through these books without bonding with the characters -- loving them, hating them, laughing, crying.
And boy, did I do all of that here.
If you're going to read this series, or if you're hesitant about reading them, or if you're hesitant about reading the finale: don't be. Colfer does such a good job at developing all of the characters from where they start in Artemis Fowl to where they end in Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian. The story is more about Artemis discovering what it really means to be human than it is anything, and how this story ended was absolutely perfect on so many levels.
Final Comments: Does it even need to be said? I loved it. Loved, loved, loved it.
What did you guys think? (And do any of you ship Holly and Artemis? I can't decide if I do...)