I received a copy of this book on NetGalley.
Artemis Fowl seems to be a big thing at the moment. The Disney film is due out next year, and Colfer has just launched a new series of books focusing on his younger brothers. So when I saw that the first in that series was available to request on NetGalley, I knew I had to return to the world I had thoroughly enjoyed – although sadly not finished the run of – when younger.
Criminal genius runs in the family…
Myles and Beckett are eleven-year-old twins, but the two boys are wildly different. Beckett is blonde, messy and sulks whenever he has to wear clothes. Myles is fanatically neat, he has an IQ of 170, and he wears a fresh suit every day like his older brother, Artemis Fowl.
Perhaps you have heard of the Fowl family and their adventures?
This Fowl adventure is filled with the most unusual of individuals: an immortal duke, a miniature troll, a nunterrogator and a Police Specialist that’s 42% elf. And of course, the Fowl twins – one a certified genius with a criminal leaning, and the other possessing an unusual talent that has not been fully explored… yet!
Here begins the second documented cycle of Fowl Adventures.
The first in a breath-taking new series from global superstar Eoin Colfer. Set in the multi-million bestselling world of ARTEMIS FOWL.
I thoroughly enjoyed this return to the world of Artemis Fowl, this time ably crewed by his younger twin brothers. Artemis himself is in space with Butler on a rocket to mars, so Myles and Beckett are left under the supervision of NANNI, their AI carer when the Fowl parents leave town. Naturally, the appearance of the Folk leads to kidnapping, mid-air invisible bicycles, a toy troll named Whistle Blower, nunterrogations, and one extremely luscious beard. Colfer is on fine form as he flits between two very different twin boys – cerebral, arrogant, and more than a little condescending, Myles Fowl is every bit as much the anti-hero as his elder brother, albeit without the same kind of criminal leanings (so far). Beckett, on the other hand, is the more physical of the pair, and excels in cluster punching, whistling, and … languages? While on the surface the thinker and the doer are a tired trope of twins, Colfer manages to pack enough twists and turns into his story that I developed deep feelings of joy at each adventure of the Fowl twins, together with their new pixel friend Lazuli. Assorted villains amass against the Fowl team, with equally assorted goals, but what results is a rollicking ride across Europe, packed with the elements that made Artemis Fowl himself so thoroughly endearing. Callbacks to elements from the original series are peppered throughout the book, but never enough to feel cloying or unnecessary, and it’s done with a light enough touch that I had no trouble keeping up, despite having missed the final four instalments in the Artemis Fowl series. I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure with a new pair of Fowl antiheroes, and look forward to seeing more from them in the future.