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The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl) [Hardcover]

Eoin Colfer
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Book Description

10 July 2012 Artemis Fowl (Book 8)

IS THIS ARMAGEDDON FOR ARTEMIS FOWL?

Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen.

If she succeeds, the spirits of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deer, or badgers - or two curious little boys by the names of Myles and Beckett Fowl?

Yes, it's true. Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl's four-year-old brothers could be involved in destroying the human race. Can Artemis and Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police stop Opal and prevent the end of the world?

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books (10 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423161610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423161615
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,998,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

A master storyteller (Julia Eccleshare lovereading4kids.co.uk) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Eoin Colfer was born and raised in the south-east of Ireland. Artemis Fowl, his first book featuring the young anti-hero, was an immediate international bestseller and won several prestigious awards. It was followed by The Arctic Incident, The Eternity Code, The Opal Deception, The Lost Colony, The Time Paradox and The Atlantis Complex. He has written a number of other successful books for both adults and children, and is currently working on a huge new series for kids... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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13 of 14 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully imagined storytelling 10 July 2012
By D.G.
Format:Hardcover
Colfer has a superb comic touch and his characterisation is deft and sure. His writing is hugely entertaining and the way he has morphed mystical creatures into some form of police and spy network is quite a marvel. The Artemis Fowl books have been firm favourites of mine since I read the first. This one is no exception and certainly not a disappointment - it's an absolute pleasure that I read in one sitting.

If you're looking for another fun read I'd recommend the hilarious Sherlock Holmes and the Flying Zombie Death Monkeys. A real hit with me and a surprisingly successful impulse buy.
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2 of 2 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This series has a great, fast paced and action packed story line. you can read them as a stand alone book, but I would recommend reading them all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last?
If this is the last Artemis book it would be a good place to end. His young brothers could take up the mantle.
Published 2 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars XMAS PRESENT
This is for a Christmas present which was a requested present and I am sure it will be pleasing to her.
Published 4 months ago by Vickie Dyson
5.0 out of 5 stars None
Eoin Colfer really sets a stadard for other fairy related books.As a 13 year old I love reading so long as it is a good book,the ArtemisFowl books are amazing and the ending is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by abo.b
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe-inspiring story
Pure class, amazing and gripping plot, hooked until the very last sentence, if I could, it would receive more than 5 stars, this book is worth more than 10 times it's price, a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mansoor
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Guardian
After the mental and physical exertions he endured during the Atlantis Complex, Artemis Fowl is in need of therapy. Well, that's what Doctor Argon thinks anyway. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Erin Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Magical
Now that I've finished reading this series I am actually sad to see this world end. But what is brilliant about this book is the character development and the bonds especially... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Thuiya H. M. Fernando
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet again another great read....
Brilliant read lots of action with humour added in. Happy that arty survived the world would not be the same without Holly Artemis and every one else to save the world.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by catch the cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Best In The Series
Eoin Colfer has done it again; created a fabulous book, mixing fact and fantasy to give the reader a magical and enticing journey to another world! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Downes55
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the whole series .
I regularly put the series on in the car, as a change to music.
Can you put other Eoin Colfer talking books on (such as Wish List)
Published 7 months ago by PaulD
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