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Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian [Kindle Edition]

Eoin Colfer
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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One of the best comic voices in contemporary children's fiction (Guardian)

A master storyteller (Julia Eccleshare lovereading4kids.co.uk)

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One of the best comic voices in contemporary children's fiction Guardian A master storyteller -- Julia Eccleshare lovereading4kids.co.uk

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3743 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (10 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082443DQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,706 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author

of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon

Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;

The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in

Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four

brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,

historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first

developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with

gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in

school at the time.

Eoin got his degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary

school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he

and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi

Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published

in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been

translated into many languages; a sequel followed in 1999. In 2001, the

first Artemis Fowl book was published worldwide to much success -

shortly thereafter he left teaching to concentrate fully on his writing.

To this day, Eoin has written 6 Artemis Fowl books which have sold over

12 million copies worldwide.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artemis Fowl and the Last Goodbye 17 July 2012
By Doha VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When you have a teenage genius, a fairy, a centaur and an enormous bodyguard, you can always rely on Colfer to give you ACTION. While the humour is a little more subtle (I suddenly realised: 'SALTON FINNACRE'; it's like Sabina Pleasure in Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider books. Get it? I didn't, for years. And then I DID) and sometimes self-conscious, it is still trademark-Colfer. With sequels, you're always afraid you might not love it, but by page 9 I was all 'RAWR I LOVE THIS BOOK'. And sure, there are weak points, but WHATEVER.

After Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex, we were left in a pretty precarious place, with Artemis suffering from a fairy form of OCD. Book 8 picks up at the conclusion of his treatment - fully cured, according to the notes of Dr J Argon.

This is the last book. The last time we spend time in this world, with these characters. The conclusion has to be big. EPIC. What is more epic than the complete annihilation of humans and fairies? That's what Opal Koboi, Artemis' arch-nemesis, will do - unless the team can stop her. But with the spirits of ten-thousand-year-old warriors possessing little Myles and Beckett, Fowl Manor under siege, and a technodisaster that cuts them off from Haven City, what can they do?

Improvise, of course.

What I loved:

- The friendships: the one that's developed the most over the series is of course Holly's and Artemis'. They trust each other and can rely on each other. Artemis has these heartwarming moments of seeing Holly as if he's never seen her before. This made me choke up a little:
'He wished he could loop the past ten seconds...
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is this the end? 12 July 2012
Format:Hardcover
The eighth and final installment in the Artemis Fowl series is a real treat. Where other books suffer from diminishing returns Eoin Colfer's has gone from strength to strength and for me he ends the series with the strongest entry in the series. The Last Guardian reunites us with all our favourite characters from the series such as Holly Short, Mulch Diggums, Butler and of course Artemis himself.

The Last Guardian sees the return of major villain Opal Koboi unleashing her most fiendish scheme to date. By harnessing ancient powers and releasing an army of fairies that have been trapped for thousands of years she intends to completely wipe out the human race and become leader of the People. This is by far the darkest book in the series and Opal's scheme is often incredibly shocking and only works because of Colfer's understanding of his target audience. This is an exciting adventure. There's no slow build up. It kicks off early and the excitement doesn't let up. It's impossible to say a bad word about this book. Colfer draws on the previous entries in the series to provide a genuinely satisfying conclusion to the adventures of Artemis Fowl series. It's a joy to see how well these characters have developed over the last decade especially Artemis who has gone from villain to hero without it ever feeling unnatural.

This is not a book for newcomers but if you've followed Artemis Fowl's adventures over the last seven books then this is a must buy. By the time you the last page you'll be desperate for more and isn't that the best way to end things?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics, and all the better for it 20 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After finishing the book, I had a quick flick thru some other reviews of AFLG before starting this review. Obviously I've grown up with this series and everyone else sharing their opinions had their own ideas of how this should end (is this the end?) - I struggled for a while to decide on my rating. So here's my logic on going for the full 5 star treatment.
First of all, thanks to Eoin Colfer for putting together a truly imaginativeand memorable series. Some of it has required some serious concentration to disentangle the story, a great deal of suspension of disbelief, and sometimes an infuriating resorting to convenient story lines to get from one point to another (my personal bugbear was the squandered opportunity of Artemis' memory wipe circa book 3 which could have led to all sorts of fun and conflict, but was reversed far too quickly)
But what has kept me hooked throughout is the development of character and elegance of writing style. Artemis Fowl starts as a precocious, mean spirited, cold and calculating 11 year old who sees an opportunity to gain supremacy at the expense of an entire race of people. It takes considerable literary guile to develop him into a multi-faceted and admirable anti-hero who ,by the end of AFLG, has no hesitation in carrying out the ultimate act of selflessness. I've also been drawn in by the colourful and sharp-witted team around him, his loyal elf ally Holly Short, ever self-sacrificing bodyguard Butler, and the many characters who 've come and gone along the way. The death of Holly's commander Julius Root was a poignant and painful reminder that this was no child's play that Artemic Fowl frequently found himself drawn into.
Mulch is welcome light relief here as he has frequently been.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Last Guardian
Is this the last book in the Artemis story. I for one certainly hope not. This was a good read.
Published 6 days ago by ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
"As described, and no problems"
Published 15 days ago by A.I.M.Ltd
5.0 out of 5 stars ... am a post 5 decades reader and I enthusiastically liked this book
Well I am a post 5 decades reader and I enthusiastically liked this book. I have found no variation in the writing style over the series unlike the other miserable 3 star... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Julie Cutler
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever read.
This book was amazing. My faveroute part was the ending.if I could give it 50 star I would. Other books I recommend would be the hunger games and alex rider.
Published 1 month ago by Fiona F.
1.0 out of 5 stars Quick delivery
The seller delivered quickly, the bad score is for the book. I have bought (for the kids honest) all of the Artemis Fowl books over the years and have found them fun and easy to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars epic
one of the best series i have read right up there with the famous 5 and alex rider (read them 2)
Published 1 month ago by Gayna Brice
3.0 out of 5 stars Last in series
I have thoroughly enjoyed getting lost in the world of Artemis Fowl and read every book in the series, however I was alittle disappointed with this one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by KRISTA WEBSTER
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
All the Artemis Fowl books have been exciting and very attention keeping. I hope more books will be written soon.
Published 2 months ago by Jean Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Artemis is Back!
Well, it's finally here: the release day of Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian, the final installment in Eoin Colfer's beloved series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by S
4.0 out of 5 stars Captured my imagination for years, worth a read.
Easily one of the best, fast paced and inventive book series I have ever read, I loved them.... which is probably why I was disappointed with the ending. Read more
Published 3 months ago by user6486
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