Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
Artemis Fowl – The Opal Deception: Eoin Colfer, December 22, 2016—January 4, 2017
My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊
Given that Eternity Code ended with Artemis and Butler having their memories wiped, Opal had some work to do. Kudos to Colfer, he doesn’t fly in with some deus ex machina to do it for him. Some irrefutable event needs to leave the pair with no choice but to accept reality to unlock the memories, and he makes them work for it.
There’s a good amount of recap, which is generous. Opal was last seen in The Arctic Incident and new readers should be able to pick up on the majority of what happened. Because of the undoing of the seemingly definite ending to Eternity, Opal feels very much like a sequel. It builds on a legacy of previous instalments and that brings some weight to what happens in this edition.
Moreover, Opal begins with an enormous event that rocks the characters and plot in a way that the series has never seen before. The massive implications ripple throughout the entire novel, and likely beyond. Returning for a fourth incarnation of ‘problem/get Artemis/find Mulch/sort it’ could have been tiring or predictable, but with such a game-changing start to the story, all bets were off. And it made this stand apart as a strong narrative in its own right.
Opal ends on a different note, too. There’s a promise that the fifth in the series will be different again; it’s intriguing and exciting. Colfer reboots and reinvents the series afresh, and the potential is bigger than ever.