Monday, February 21, 2011

The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl #2)

Book: The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl #2)

Author: Eoin Colfer

Bookshelves: 2011, dwarves, fairies, fantasy, fiction, Ireland, leprechaun, reread

Begun: February 1, 2011

Finished: February 1, 2011

Media Type: audiobook (downloaded from library online catalog and listened to on iPod Touch)

Setting: present day Ireland (outside of Dublin), Russia (Kola Pennisula) and Haven (underground land where the People live)

Characters: Artemis Fowl, II, Domovoi Butler, Holly Short, Commander Julius Root, Foaly, Mulch Diggums, Angeline Fowl, Artemis Fowl, Sr., Opal Koboi, Captain Trouble Kelp, The B'wa Kell, Briar Cudgeon

Review: (Spoilers for book #1 (Artemis Fowl) ahead) Artemis Fowl, the second, is back again and up to all of his old shenanigans!

Artemis, bolstered by his success with kidnapping Captain Holly Short and getting his hands on the LEP’s officer ransom fund (gold), is back at the private boarding school he attends. He’s in the middle of a “therapy” session with the school’s psychologist (who we all know Artemis is smarter than), when he receives a message from Butler that his father has contacted Fowl Manor (in a roundabout way).

An email with video has been sent to Artemis showing Russians holding his father (Artemis’s father has been missing for more than 2 years since his boat was destroyed off the Kola Pennisula in Russia’s northwest). He has been held all that time by the Russian Mafiya.

In the mean time, Holly Short has been reassigned for some time to another unit patrolling customs because of her involvement in the Artemis Fowl kidnapping. Everything is fine until one stake out. Holly and her partner (Captain Trouble Kelp) come across members of the Goblin Triad, The B’wa Kell, who have been smuggling mudman (human) batteries into the Lower Elements.

After almost getting killed, Holly (with Foaly and Root’s help) realize that the B’wa Kell is scheming and that something bad is about to go down. What they need is Artemis Fowl’s help.

Artemis needs the People’s help just as much as they need him. How can he get his father back without them?

Working together, Artemis and Holly fight two battles, a goblin rebellion in Haven City (for which Holly and Foaly are being framed) and gangster thugs in Russia.

Anti-hero tendencies are changing and Artemis is learning that sometimes there is a reward in helping others and not just looking out for number 1.

Awards: Book Magazine Best Book of the Year 2002

Recommended by: don’t remember

Recommend to: Harry Potter fans, Bartimaeus Trilogy fans, anyone who likes fantasy or faires etc, 9 year olds and up (read by themselves) and 9 and under (read to them)

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