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Review: The Opal Deception

The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl #4) by Eoin Colfer;

The Opal Deception coverMy rating: 3 of 5 stars;

Pixie Opal Koboi is a nasty bad guy in this fourth volume on the Artemis Fowl series. She’s out for revenge and will stop at nothing to get it. Everyone seems destined for trouble, as Holly Short (Fairy cop) is about to lose her career, Artemis has no memory of The People, and one of the main characters is not going to make it through this book alive.

Although this book also included action and surprises (some good, some bad), I thought it went way overboard with some aspects of the story. By the end, I had had enough of the chase scenes (not wanting to give away anything). I felt that Opal’s potential was wasted, too.

I love the humor in these books, which almost always comes from the interaction among the characters. These are really quirky individuals with specific traits and dispositions to go along with their…well, species.

I do wonder about the moral message of the books, and who the target audience is. There is a lot of murder, large-scale crime, and magic that supposedly can raise the dead. Although the stories imply that Artemis isn’t *all* bad, is this the example parents want for their middle-grade readers?

This ebook was provided free of charge for review by NetGalley

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