Book Review: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer


1The Last Guardian

by Eoin Colfer

❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎ ❤︎

Series: Artemis Fowl (8)
Genres: FantasyFictionScience FictionYoung AdultMagic
Published By: Disney Hyperion in 2012
Format: Hardcover (328 pages)

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Seemingly nothing in this world daunts the young criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. In the fairy world, however, there is a small thing that has gotten under his skin on more than one occasion: Opal Koboi. In The Last Guardian, the evil pixie is wreaking havoc yet again. This time his arch rival has somehow reanimated dead fairy warriors who were buried in the grounds of Fowl Manor. Their spirits have possessed Artemis’s little brothers, making his siblings even more annoying than usual. The warriors don’t seem to realize that the battle they were fighting when they died—a battle against Artemis—is long over. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong. Can he count on a certain LEPrecon fairy to join him in what could well be his last stand?


Reading this book was very bittersweet for me. Artemis Fowl is the last series that I have been reading since I was a kid (okay, high school) that hasn’t finished yet… and now it has. It’s been a tough few years – Harry Potter’s done, the Hunger Games are done, and now even Artemis Fowl’s all finished.

That said, however, I couldn’t’ve asked for a better ending. No spoilers, though.

I felt like I could have read this book in an hour. The writing was a fresh as ever, and all the favorite characters make at least a brief appearance… right down to Foaly’s wife and Butler’s sister.

To be honest, I don’t have a lot to say, which is much the way it goes when I’ve finished a beloved series.

To summarise? I could not ask for more. Thank you, Mr. Colfer.


A perfect ending.  I dislike that it is the ending, but it’s a good one.


This particular copy was a pre-order, and a hardcopy book.  I believe it came from Amazon in 2012.

First Sentence

“The Berserkers lay arranged in a spiral under the rune stone, looping down, down into the earth – boots out, heads in, as the spell demanded.”

Some of My Favorite Quotes

Onscreen, Foaly rubbed his eyelids with his index fingers.

“Yeah, yeah. Here we go. Captain Short goes rogue once more. Hands up who’s surprised. Anyone?”

“Wait,” said Butler. “Just wait, Holly. Artemis has a plan.” He squinted through the green dome. “What is your plan, Artemis?”

All Artemis could do was smile and shrug.”

I feel like Alice falling into Wonderland.

A line came to him: It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.

Perhaps we can win, he thought. But there will be no happy ending.

Humanity was heaved back to the paper age in half a second. Life-support systems spat out bolts of energy and died. Precious manuscripts were lost. Banks collapsed as all financial records for the past fifty years were completely wiped out. Planes fell from the sky, the Graum II space station drifted off into space, and defense satellites that were not supposed to exist stopped existing. People took to the streets, shouting into their dead cell phones as if volume could reactivate them. Looting spread across countries like a computer virus while actual computer viruses died with their hosts, and credit cards became mere rectangles of plastic. Parliaments were stormed worldwide as citizens blamed their governments for this series of inexplicable catastrophes. Gouts of fire and foul blurts of actual brimstone emerged from cracks in the earth. These were mostly from ruptured pipes, but people took up a cry of Armageddon. Chaos reigned, and the survivalists eagerly unwrapped the kidskin from their crossbows.

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