Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian
Artemis Fowl has pretty much seen it all. The boy genius has trapped a Fairy, rescued his father, lost his memory, traveled through time, and has saved the world from disaster more than once. Over 10 years after Artemis first burst on the scene, the last installment in his great adventures has arrived, and to say it begins with a bang would be bit of an understatement.
"There is enough action and laughs to make diehard fans happy, and if you’re picking up this series for the first time, you’ll immediately want to go back and read through all of Artemis’ other adventures."
Opal Koboi has been safely locked away after her recent attempt at world domination. Her lifeless clone is also under protection, and that means that Captain Holly Short and the Lower Element Police reconnaissance squad, or LEPrecon, should be feeling pretty confident that everything is safe --- for now. While Artemis and Butler are on a friendly visit to the Lower Elements, an Opal alert pops up. It seems that her younger self, the one that slipped through the time stream, has been captured and marked for death. Killing off a younger version of Opal theoretically could have cataclysmic results and could threaten to thrust the earth back into the Stone Age. Opal couldn’t have planned it any better.
Interestingly enough, all of Opal’s focus seems to be centered on Fowl Manor. Apparently, Fowl Manor is built on top of a huge source of fairy magic, the Berzerker’s Gate, where ancient Fairy soldiers have waited for thousands of years to be released and wipe out humanity. Releasing the Berzerker’s would mean that the Fairies could reclaim the earth, and Opal would be declared supreme queen and dictator. While this plan may seem foolproof in Opal’s eyes, Fowl Manor is Artemis’ turf, and that means one thing --- home field advantage.
Opal, though, finally seems to have accounted for everything. She manages to release the spirits of the Berzerker’s before Artemis arrives, and they immediately inhabit any living specimen in sight, including Artemis’ younger twin brothers and Butler’s sister, Juliet. Not only are Artemis, Butler and Holly in a race against time from stopping Opal from releasing all the magic from the Berzerker’s Gate, they must now also fight against their possessed loved ones and try not to kill them. If there is anything you’ve learned from reading this series, you know that Artemis always has a backup plan up his sleeve. This time, however, even he is at a loss on how to save the day.
Eoin Colfer brought this series into creation, and it is immediately evident that he has taken great care to end it on his terms. All your favorite characters make an appearance and play a pivotal role in attempting to save the world from destruction yet again. While I’ve always been extremely jealous of the effortless way Artemis is able to think through any situation and come up with a genius solution, sometimes he has come across as a little too smart for his own good. In THE LAST GUARDIAN, Artemis grows up and finally comes into his own. There is enough action and laughs to make diehard fans happy, and if you’re picking up this series for the first time, you’ll immediately want to go back and read through all of Artemis’ other adventures.
Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on July 25, 2012