The Opal Deception

The Opal Deception - Eoin Colfer The Opal Deception continues the adventures of Artemis Fowl. In this book, Artemis and his family have been mind-wiped. They have no recollection of the fairy world. Holly is being accused of murder and she must convince Artemis that they once knew each other in order to save his life. This installment was pretty good. There are some pretty intense moments and plenty of action. Most of the main characters are back. I was surprised at the loss of one of the key characters in the book. I wonder at the author's motivation for that when the murder set-up could have been anyone. I'm not usually a fan of major characters being killed off, so I this was one element of the book I didn't like.

For the first part of the book, Artemis is back to his old plotting self, yet he seems to have developed a conscience that tries to tell him to do the right thing. I was glad to see Artemis change significantly in toward the end of the book. Now that I'm halfway through the series, I am curious to see how it all ends. I just hope the author doesn't kill anyone else off that I like.