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  Artemis Fowl #2: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer

Review by: Garrett V.
Pennsylvania, Grade 10

The story Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer is quite a compelling story to read. The story takes place in a wide variety of areas; it will take you all over the globe and even places that arenít even known to mankind. You travel from Ireland, to an underground fairy world, to the great country of France, and then all the way to the northern most part of Russia (very cold). There are several main characters in the novel, you have Artemis Fowl, a body guard known as Butler, Capt. Holly Short, Commander Root, Opal Kaboi, an ex LEP operative named Cludgeon and a dwarf known as Mulch Diggums, all of these character will soon be explained. For those who have not read the first book, I will give a brief summary of the novel for you. The Novel Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is the first book in the series of Artemis Fowl. Young Artemis fowl is a criminal mastermind at the age of twelve. He discovers that there is another world that is completely unknown from his, a world of fairies to be specific, and being the mastermind that he is, he concocts a plan to kidnap a fairy and hold her for ransom. The fairy in question is Capt. Holly Short, who also plays a major role in the second book in the Artemis Fowl series. Artemis steals a copy of the fairy bible from Capt. Short and realizes that once a fairy parts with their gold they are not allowed to steal it back or even have it be given back to them. Once the fairy world finds out about the kidnapping the launch a full our siege on the Fowl Manor, but in the end Artemis wins and gets his money, but then you find out that his father has been M.I.A for several years now and is desperate to find him.
This is where the second book in the series ties in. Artemis gets a spiked, or untraceable, message giving a ransom for his fatherís return from the deepest, darkest, and most cold part of Russia, Murmansk. The large sum of money he received from the first book, went into up keep of the huge Fowl estate so he will need to think of a plan, luckily, his arch enemy, Cpt. Holly Short, is in a bit of a pickle as well, so Artemis and Capt Holly Short will strike a deal that will benefit them both. There are two main conflicts in the story. You have Artemis trying to get his father back and then you have the Cpt. Holly and her crew fighting against trolls and traitors. The main protagonists are, of course, Artemis Fowl, Butler, Capt. Holly Short, Commander Root (Shortís commanding officer), and a centaur named Foaly (yes he is an actual centaur, as in have man half horse) The Antagonists would be the mobsters holding Artemisís father for ransom, the fairy traitors known as Opal Koboi, the first woman fairy to make it in the business world, and Cludgeon, an embarrassment to the LEP, and the hordes of blood thirsty goblins (what could be better?)
The plot of this book is the fairies and the pixie in charge of Koboi Lab., being Opal Koboi, are not seeing eye to eye. Koboi is selling outlawed lasers to the absent minded goblins and the LEP and Capt. Short are trying to shut them down. They enlist the help of Capt. Short arch enemy, Artemis Fowl. They work out a deal, Artemisís help in exchange for the LEPís help in the retrieval of his father from Murmansk, Russia. Then the book starts to get real exciting, but I wonít ruin it for you.

I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. It keeps the readerís attention and makes the question if Artemis or the LEP will keep their word. It is a great read and I would highly recommend this to another student.

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