One of my favorite parts of this story happens to be the prologue, from which I will quote:
The story began several years ago, at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Artemis Fowl had devised a plan to restore his family’s fortune. A plan that could topple civilizations and plunge the planet into a cross-species war.
He was twelve years old at the time.
As you can see, the author shows wit and humor as he captures his readers in an engrossing battle of humans against Fairies. Artemis and his manservant, Butler acquire a copy of the fairy bible and use it to capture one Holly Short, a captain in the agency LEPrecon because a fairy can not leave a human settlement without permission from the owner. Holly is trapped Artemis is not going to let his prey leave. The entire population of fairies is amazed that there secrecy is being threatened by three people, a twelve-year-old boy, a giant manservant, and a teenage girl obsessed with wrestling. As Artemis’s brain is challenged trying to think up new ways to survive, Butler and Holly briefly work together to battle a troll. This is truly one of the best books I have ever read and I also strongly suggest one of his other books, Half Moon Investigations. Artemis Fowl is part of a series which I am not sure involves fairies in general but I am sure we will see Holly Short again. I am sure Eoin Colfer’s other books are just as wonderful as this one was.