Artemis Fowl #2 Det Arktiske Intermezzo
Title: The Arctic Incident
Series: Artemis Fowl #2
Author: Eoin Colfer
Published in English: 2002
Dansk titel: Det Arktiske Intermezzo
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2007
Finished Reading: May 2019
Genre: Fantasy & YA
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
Artemis Fowl wants to find his father, held hostage in Russia; Holly Short wants to find who’s supplying the goblins with human technology; Foaly wants to find out who’s disabled all the LEP Technology and pointed the finger at him. Artemis has received a ransom demand for his father but is captured by the LEP who suspect him of supplying the goblins with dangerous Human technology (batteries). He convinces them he’s innocent and agrees to help them if they help him free his father. Meanwhile, down in the underground world, chaos has arisen. An unknown traitor has stolen forbidden weapons and armed a horde of trolls, setting them loose to wreak havoc on the citizens. Clues lead Captain Holly Short straight to Artemis, and she exacts a small bit of revenge by kidnapping him, just as he once kidnapped her. But soon she learns that Artemis isn’t behind the chaos, and if she’s to have any hope of stopping it, she will need his help. As a result, these onetime adversaries must now join forces—a mix that proves to be both charming and volatile.
I’m struggling to rank this between four or five stars. At one point, I like the personal growth Artemis went through in this book; on the other hand, I still think the author uses too much time on the other characters in the book. I think it’s remarkable how the level has risen from the first to the second. It was cool to get to know the characters better, even though I still find it a bit too overwhelming to have that many different characters. Nevertheless, it’s understandable to a point. For instance, the dwarf that helps Artemis, in the English books called Mulch Diggums, was fresh and inventive in the first but bringing him back in this second book was unnecessary. We expect the main characters, Holly, Butler and of course, Artemis to return, but the Dwarf is not a principle player in the plot.
The books are perfect for a quick and easy read. I still can’t get over the fact that, I haven’t read these books when I was younger. I’m definitely going to be reading the third book. It’ll be extreme exciting to see what happens in the next book since the ending was so good in this book. If you’ve heard that the first book is bad, in my opinion you’ve not heard wrong, but, and this is important. You just can’t skip the first book and start with the second. It’ll make no sense, but then again, you won’t get to experience what a pain in the ass Artemis is, at first.
However, you really need the background information on these characters since they’ll be the main characters for at least three books. If you are a fan of harry Potter I’m sure you’ll enjoy these books too.
In a way, I think Action should have been part of the genre description, since it’s filled with it!