This was the second time I read this book, and while it was a bit better the first time around, the story still held up well. I like how much of the book is told from the perspective of Artemis Fowl, how is a remarkably sympathetic “villian.” There’s an interesting mix of magic and technology in this book, and one of my favorite moments is when Root (one of the fairies) complains about how science was taking the magic out of things.
Likewise, I appreciated how the author recognized that profanity exists, but still managed not to include any in the book. (There are, however, plenty of fart jokes.) There were a few points where things seemed just a little bit too lucky or providential, and the ending felt a little bit too saccharine. Overall, I’d say this is probably a good book for kids, and a pretty amusing read for those who are still kids at heart.
Book Source: Bought ages ago as part of a boxed set of the first three Artemis Fowl books.