“The Opal Deception is the fourth book in the Artemis Fowl series. Artemis Fowl is a boy evil genius that has worked with and against those in the Fairy world in the past. In this book, he and his body guard Butler once again are working with Captain Holly Short to stop Opal Koboi, the evil Pixie.
SPOILERS BELOW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES
In at the end of the previous book, Opal Koboi was stopped and she fell into a deep coma. In return for the fairy's help, Artemis and Butler agreed to a mind wipe which removed all of their memories of anything to do with fairies and their world. Unfortunately, this mind wipe also sent Artemis' personal development back to where it was at the beginning of the first book, a genius that only cared for himself and personal gain. Now Opal has found away to return and she is determined to have her revenge on everyone that had a hand in her defeat, including Artemis, whether he remembers or not. All of the characters I love from the earlier books are back in this novel, including my personal favorite, Mulch Diggins - the dwarf whose flatulence is a deadly weapon.
I found this installment less interesting plot-wise than the previous books. It felt like this book was being used to advance the series rather than tell an interesting story. The last book introduced a new villain, which enabled Artemis to work with the good guys. This book had to resolve the issue of his missing memories, set Opal up to be a continuing menace and set Holly up for a new role in future books. The book was successful in all of these aspects, but the conflict in this book was not as interesting to me as the ones in previous books. I do appreciate the continual evolution of Artemis' character. Every book, including this one, brings new dimensions to him. So while the book rated on its own was just OK for me, I am sure it is vital to the evolution of the series as a whole. I am looking forward to reading the next books, since this book has all the ducks in a row for a really fun story.”
Cora R wrote this review Saturday, February 2, 2013.