Main Series

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl is the first book in the series. Artemis Fowl, the main character and anti-hero, and his bodyguard, Butler, kidnap LEPrecon Captain Holly Short, a fairy elf, and demand a ransom from the 'People' - the various fairies who have moved their entire civilisation underground to hide from humans - for one ton of twenty-four carat gold.

A graphic novel adaptation was released in 2007. A film adaptation was reported to be in the writing stage in mid-2008, with Jim Sheridan directing.[1]

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident is the second book of the series. It follows the rescue of Artemis Fowl I from the Russian Mafia, alongside the battle against the goblin rebellion led by the pixie Opal Koboi and elf Briar Cudgeon. A graphic novel adaptation was released in 2009.

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code

Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code covers the theft of the fictional C Cube by Jon Spiro and its eventual recovery. Butler is shot in the chest, and Holly Short heals him. In the end, the Lower Elements Police mind-wipe Butler and Artemis. They regain their memories in the next book. The graphic novel adaptation will be released around the end of 2012.[2]

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception

The fourth book, Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception, covers pixie Opal Koboi's second attempt at world domination, after her first unfruitful attempt in the second novel. Koboi convinces Giovanni Zito, a fictional environmentalist, to send a probe into the ground. The probe would have revealed the existence of fairies to the humans, but Artemis and Holly stop it. However, Koboi kills LEP Commander Julius Root, framing Captain Holly Short. Short is eventually acquitted but does not return to the LEP. Without Root, Short leaves the LEP and joins Mulch Diggums to form a private investigation firm.

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony involves the bringing of the demon island Hybras back from "Limbo", with assistance from a powerful demon warlock called №1. The demons regrouped in Limbo, hoping to get enough warriors to overthrow the human race so that fairies could live on the surface once more. But the time spell goes wrong, trapping the demons in Limbo without a warlock to bring them back.

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox

The sixth book of the series, Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox, was released in the United States 15 July 2008 and in the United Kingdom 7 August 2008. Artemis' mother, Angeline Fowl, becomes ill with Spelltropy, and the only cure lies in the brain fluids of the silky sifaka lemur, the last of which Artemis killed when he was ten. N°1 takes Artemis and Holly to the past, where Artemis must battle his former self to recover the last silky sifaka lemur before the younger Artemis kills it in a business transaction with Damon Kronski, the leader of the Extinctionists.

Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex

In Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, Artemis contracts Atlantis Complex, a psychological disease which is the fairy equivalent of a combination of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Multiple Personality Disorder.[3] His alter ego, Orion, becomes dominant and wreaks havoc, proclaiming Holly to be his true love and calling Foaly his "noble steed." Meanwhile, Turnball Root is doing all he can to break out of prison and restore youth to his elderly human wife, leaving a trail of destruction in his wake. Artemis fights his crippling paranoia and does all he can to save the fairies.

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian

The final book in the series, Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian will be released July 10, 2012.[4] Eoin Colfer has revealed some of the plot line of the book: a portal, behind which dwell the spirits of Fairy soldiers and which is located on Artemis Fowl's lands, will be opened by Opal Koboi, and the spirits will rise and possess the bodies of Artemis Fowl Senior, Angeline Fowl, Myles, Beckett, and others. It will be Artemis and Holly's job to get the spirits back into the portal before they rampage across the world.[5]

Other works

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel is a graphic novel adaptation of the first book, published in October 2007. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel, an adaptation of the second book was released in 2009. An adaptation of the third book is to be released in 2012.[2]

The Artemis Fowl Files is a companion book to the series, published in October 2004.

Electronic Arts has brought the first six books in the series to the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi as parts in its Flips kids' range which was released 4 December 2009.[6]

"Artemis Fowl: The Seventh Dwarf" is a story written for World Book Day[7] and is set between the first and second books.

Nathaniel Parker narrates the audiobooks. Adrian Dunbar and Enn Reitel narrate certain versions from different audiobook companies.


  1. MSN Video: Eoin Colfer interview on the Today Show. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Artemis Fowl Confidential Eoin Colfer Interview (January 2011). Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  3. The Atlantis Complex, Artemis Fowl #7. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  4. Minzesheimer, Bob (16 February 2012). "Exclusive excerpt: Artemis Fowl Book 8, 'The Last Guardian'". USA Today. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  5. The Last Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  6. Jon Jordan (10 September 2009). "EA brings Artemis Fowl, Too Ghoul For School, Cathy Cassidy and The Magic Faraway Tree to DS". Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  7. YouTube – Eoin Colfer reads from The 7th Dwarf (World Book Day 2004). Retrieved 14 September 2008. 

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