The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer

By Samantha Bagood

A Surprising Addition

I’ve been a fan of the Artemis Fowl series since 8th grade.  Why wouldn’t I?  It has fantastical elements (magic and magical creatures) mixed with super-advanced technology (made by said magical creatures) topped with a lovely witty genius boy and an awesome bodyguard named Butler (who is not a butler at all).  As a twelve year old, I thought all those things made up one of the coolest book series ever.  As I grew older, I thought it just got better.

So, it was with great anticipation and great expectation that I went and borrowed the fifth book in the series, The Lost Colony.

The story is about the consequences of a decision made thousands of years ago when fairies and humans fought a great battle for the magical island of Ireland.  After losing the battle, all of the fairies moved underground to where they hid until Artemis Fowl found them—except for the Eighth Family, the demons.  Instead of surrendering, they magically spelled their colony into Limbo, where they have lived for decades, preparing for revenge against the humans.

Now their time spell is unraveling, and demons are beginning to appear on Earth.  If they’re caught by humans, the fairy world would be discovered.  In order to stop this from happening, Holly Short and Foaly enlist the help of Artemis Fowl.  But as they try to stop the demon colony from suddenly appearing on the earth’s surface, they learn that they aren’t the only human-fairy team working together… and Artemis Fowl isn’t the only kid-genius anymore.

I was not looking forward to meeting this other genius.  Artemis has been so unique over the years and has grown so much that I couldn’t bear to see some copy appear.  She’ll probably be very, very annoying, I thought.

I was pleasantly surprised however.  In the beginning, Minerva acts mischievous and proud, silently challenging Artemis, which I found quite exciting.  I loved how they admired each other’s humor (“I construct a perfectly sound pun around a well-known psychological condition, and it is ignored.  People should be rolling in the aisles”). I loved how their names complement one another.

But as the story progressed and as I began to have more “in-person” meetings with the new female character, my patience with her slowly ran out.  She is haughtier and, well, younger than I expected.  My fault of course; I’ve gotten used to the more mature Artemis.  After remembering that, despite being a genius, she is only a regular tween going through normal insecurities, I grew fonder of her.  If she is in the next book, I wonder what role she’ll play. I’m slightly worried.

The demons are amusing. War-crazy and more than a bit odd, they can still be amusing.  I like N1, and I hope to see more of him.  His experiences in Imp School made me laugh, but it also made me sad.  His ability to deal with harassment is admirable.  He feels out of place there and wants to find a place where he can belong—a feeling all of us can relate to.  I love his reactions to the human world and his “English.”  He’s a great character who discovers just how strong he is.

All the other characters are as enjoyable as ever.  The references to Artemis having to “waste valuable mind space” on puberty when he could be focusing on “more valuable” things are hilarious.  I love how, throughout the books, you see the characters become more human.  Their vulnerabilities, fears, and love are more exposed.  The relationships between them all are wonderful to read. Their closeness becomes more visible in this book.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story in the series. There are touching moments, funny scenes, and events that give you a heart attack.  I do want to point out one thing that did bother me, however: the shifts in point of view.  While it remains in third person, it changes from one character to another.  At times, especially when it occurred in the same chapter, it unnerved me.  It made me dizzy jumping from one head to another.

As I mentioned earlier, the sixth book The Time Paradox already came out. It looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to read it.

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