What an ending…It’s not very often an author can write an ending to a series that is simultaneously powerful and lackluster. Perhaps when I re-read this series I won’t think this (similar to how I was not impressed with Rowling’s inclusion of an epilogue 19 years later), but I’m not sure. There were good and bad parts to The Last Guardian, but honestly, I’m still digesting this book. I read it in less than 12 hours (had to get some sleep didn’t I?), but I’m not sure that was a good thing.
In this, the final installment of the Artemis Fowl series, I have to say I was somewhat disappointed. However, I can’t say why. There wasn’t as much hype, for me, as there was in either Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle or Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I think it has to do with the fact that the books within this series have really been hit or miss, and maybe even that I didn’t read them when they were first coming out and I was younger. I did review all the other books on this blog (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7), and perhaps my lack of WOW for this book is because I didn’t re-read the prequels before I read this, the final.
The story itself is gripping and well written, but it doesn’t show off the Colfer’s strengths which make some of the other novels in this series wonderful! There aren’t as many awesome new words thrown out there and although he does, once again, show his amazing Irish history, it doesn’t seem as in-depth or as powerful as in previous installments. If there’s one critique that has stuck with the last 3-4 novels of the series its that they seem disjointed. The last few are completely taken from a small fact or non-entity briefly mentioned in another novel and then brought into life into a complete novel on their own. This definitely made me wonder if the last few novels were more for the public and for income rather than for the sake of telling the rest of the story.
Recommendation: Although I was disappointed, it was a good story and the characters were great. I’m not sure the ending is definitely the end, but if he never wrote another Artemis Fowl novel I feel he wrapped up things nicely. Definitely read it if you’ve read the other seven books.
Opening Line: “The Berserkers lay arranged in a spiral under the rune stone, looping down into the earth—boots out, heads in, as the spell demanded.”
Closing Line: “‘Important to the plan…’” (Whited out.)