‘Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox’ by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox is the sixth book in the Artemis Fowl series. This book is an inventive mix of “myth and modernity”, “magic and crime”.  Artemis is a 15 year old child prodigy whose family has been involved in criminal activities for centuries. Butler is Artems’s bodyguard; tall, huge person with all the knowledge of weapons and combat .Artemis was inclining towards becoming a criminal like his ancestors, but he discovered a new species; high-tech fairies living under earth, this changed his life. Captain Holly Short is an elf and the first female captain in LEP; lower elements police. Artemis goes on many adventures with Holly and butler.

In this book, Artemis’ mother Angeline Fowl becomes gravely ill with a rare fairy disease called Spelltropy. Artemis attempts to cure her with his remaining magic obtained from his previous adventure, but his attempts fail. The only cure for

Spelltropy is found in the brain fluid of the Silky Sifaka Lemur, which Artemis had sold to an organization called “Extinctionists” when he was ten years old, resulting in the extinction of the species. Artemis and Holly travel to the past to take the lemur from his younger self. Artemis recovers the lemur but learns that his mother’s illness was a ruse plotted by Opal Koboi, a pixie criminal mastermind, who wanted the lemur’s brain fluid to increase her own magical powers to rule the world. Artemis foils.

Opal’s plot and saves his mother. Artemis’ 10-year-old self has his mind wiped but retains a brief memory of the existence of fairies, which spurs him to research them, ultimately leading to the events of the first book.

This is my favourite book of this series. This book is a fusion of real, imaginary and fairy gadgetry. From laser guns to mind wipers, through battery powered craft and anti-radiation suits, this book grips to you like an electromagnet. Those who are looking for a witty, funny, fantasy and action book, this would be the 1st book that I would recommend.

Reviewed by Chandana Hari

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