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Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

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Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

THE OPAL DECEPTION marks the grimmest turn of events yet in the Artemis Fowl series, with the occurrence of a devastating and irreversible incident that will shake the very foundations of the fairy underworld.

It soon becomes clear that while fairy mindwipe from the last book has successfully removed Artemis's memories of his fairy adventures, it has also erased the burgeoning conscience that he'd been developing. Disappointingly, he's back to his old criminal ways, this time enlisting the aid of his bodyguard Butler to steal a painting from a German bank vault; little does he know that this heist may well be his last.

Evil pixie genius Opal Koboi, defeated by Artemis and Holly in Book Two, has been in police captivity for a year, cleverly biding her time in a self-induced coma while hatching a devastating plan. In addition to destroying her enemies, Opal intends on ending fairy civilization by leading humans to the underground world and instigating an interspecies war.

Her dastardly plan is set into motion with the aid of two pixie sidekicks who replace her comatose body with a clone, thereby insuring she can carry out her evildoings in peace while setting up Holly to take the fall for her actions. After laying a deadly trap for Holly and Commander Root, Opal short-circuits their communication systems so that no one can come to their rescue or even witness the unfolding events. Holly manages to escape and warn Artemis about Opal's plan, but the evil pixie is one step ahead, capturing them both and abandoning them to bloodthirsty trolls.

Thankfully, escaped convict Mulch Diggums and Butler arrive on the scene in the nick of time. With little weaponry and the LEP Police hot on their heels, the unlikely foursome must try to thwart Opal's plan and stop a human probe from making its way down to the earth's core where the fairies reside.

THE OPAL DECEPTION is by far the most harrowing Artemis Fowl adventure to date --- never have the stakes been higher for Holly and her fellow underground dwellers. Readers who have grown attached to the lovable cast of characters will be immensely saddened by the book's turn of events. Its finale ushers in a new and different era in the series, with Holly resigning from the LEP to become a private investigator and Artemis back on the straight and narrow. Readers will have to await Book Five to find out where these momentous changes will lead.

Reviewed by Joni Rendon on April 20, 2012

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
(Artemis Fowl #4)
by Eoin Colfer

  • Publication Date: November 6, 2018
  • Genres: Children's, Fiction
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • ISBN-10: 1368036996
  • ISBN-13: 9781368036993