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Artemis Fowl Books In Order

Publication Order of Artemis Fowl Books

Artemis Fowl (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arctic Incident (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eternity Code (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Opal Deception (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Colony (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Time Paradox (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Atlantis Complex (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Guardian (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Artemis Fowl Short Stories

The Seventh Dwarf (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Artemis Begins (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Artemis Fowl Collections

The Artemis Fowl Files (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Artemis Fowl Graphic Novels

Artemis Fowl (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arctic Incident (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Eternity Code (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Opal Deception (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


The Artemis Fowl series is comprised of eight novels in the science fiction fantasy genre written by Eoin Colfer, an Irish author. The books feature the main character Artemis Fowl II who is a teenager and a criminal mastermind. In the first book Artemis captures Holly Short, a fairy and holds her for ransom in order to restore the fortune of his family. Artemis is introduced in the beginning as a sort of anti-hero but his character changes and grows more complex over the course of the chronology.The first book in the series, Artemis Fowl, was published in 2001 and the last book in the series, Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian was released in July 2012. The series has been adapted into graphic novels and the books have been well received critically and among readers and achieved huge sales numbers, selling over 21 million copies globally.

Artemis Fowl

The first book in the series is simply titled Artemis Fowl. The main character Artemis is twelve years old, a genius, child prodigy, a millionaire, and a criminal mastermind. He is the son of Artemis Fowl I, an Irish crime lord and has followed in his father’s footsteps by dedicating himself to criminal activities. The Fowl family has led the criminal empire for generations and Artemis believes after lots of research that he has finally confirmed fairies exist. He travels to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam with his bodyguard Butler to track down The Book of the People, a Fairy Holy Book.

Artemis begins a series of events when he takes a fairy captive. The fairy is Captain Holly Short, leader of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance) Unit. These fairies are not the original fairies of myth but armed, smart, and dangerous. Eoin Colfer has described the book as being “Die Hard” with fairies. Artemis thinks he has the upper hand on the fairies and will be able to restore his family’s fortune through his plan with two sidekicks to take a pot of gold from the fairies and get the ransom. But the fairies will stop at nothing to get their captain back.

Then Captain Holly’s senior officer Commander Root shows up to get Holly back, and he will not stop until he retrieves her. The fairies go to Fowl Manor using their high vibration shielding abilities to enter, but Artemis has anticipated their entry and installed a special camera to capture fast-moving fairies. Root lays siege to Fowl Manor after the fairies are detained and Artemis reveals his ransom: one ton of 24-carat gold. As the plot goes on, other characters and creatures appear and The Fairy Council are called to action. Dwarfs and trolls join the action as the fairies battle and Artemis finds himself making an usual request of Holly in order to help someone he loves.

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident

The second book in the series, The Arctic Incident opens up at the Bay of Kola. The Russian Mafiya have sunk the Fowl Star and two members have discovered the body of Artemis Fowl I who has survived but without one leg and the use of an eye. Three years later Artemis his son is talking to his guidance counselor when he gets a call from Butler. Artemis is shown a video of his father in the hands of the Russian Mafiya. Artemis comes up with a plan on the way back to Fowl Manor because a ransom demand will be coming and there is no guarantee his father will be released safely.

Meanwhile, the Lower Elements Police are having their own issues. A Stakeout group with Captain Holly and Private Chix Verbal has been attacked by heavily armed goblins that are carrying outlawed Softnose weapons… powered by human batteries. Artemis is implicated and Holly is sent to take hold of Butler and Artemis to be interrogated, but Artemis is proved innocent. Against Holly’s wishes, Root recruits Fowl and Butler to find out the supplier.

The attacks are being carries out by a former ranking member of the fairies. A deformed and demoted as well as disgraced former Lieutenant for the LEP is seeking revenge and working along the biggest tech rival of Foaly, Opal Koboi, a megalomaniac pixie who is not suspected in the plots due to the fact that the goblins have been attacking Koboi property. No one is bothered by Root’s investigations to discover the truth, and they want to take over Haven, so they kill Root in order to dispose of him and further their plans.

The investigation continues and is pointing to the French P.I. Luc Carrére. Holly leads a small squad to interrogate Luc and Butler breaks into Luc’s Paris apartment to find a fairy handgun, fake euros, and a mesmerized Luc. Luc is neutralised by Butler and made certain to know nothing about the goblins or batteries. Meanwhile Artemis travels to Murmansk with Butler while the fairies attempt to rescue Artemis Fowl I. Meanwhile, a goblin hit squad is on its way to ambush Root’s party and kill him. They nearly succeed and the attack leaves Butler unconscious and laying under rubble with Commander Root. Artemis and Holly use a nuclear train to free them but the group is forced to emergency heal when the train door severs Holly’s trigger finger.

The Briar Cudgeon meanwhile has ambushed Foaly and locked him in the Operations Booth. Opal works on disabling the LEP weapons and frames him as the mastermind while leaving the rescue group disabled and unable to stop the goblins. The LEP are in a terrible situation as Foaly sends a text to Artemis’s phone using his laptop to let them know the fairy communications and weapons are being manipulated by Opal Koboi. It’s up to Artemis and the gang to restore weapon control and rescue Artemis Fowl I once and for all.

Books Being Made Into A Movie

The first and second book in the Artemis Fowl series has been optioned to be made into a movie. Artemis Fowl will be made into a feature film by the Weinstein Company and Walt Disney Studios. The movie will span the plots from Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident and will be adapted by the screenwriter for “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, Michael Goldenberg. Miramax announced plans to make the book into a movie in 2001 and the project was in development from 2003 on. A release date has not yet been announced.

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