– Short Review –
Many readers will be familiar with the name Artemis Fowl, even if they’re never read any of Eoin Colfer’s previous novels. This book passes the baton for adventure to his younger, twin, brothers Myles and Beckett Fowl. Twins they may be but they look different and definitely approach life in a different way. Myles is the thinker, Beckett is the doer. When a fairy and troll unexpectedly enter their orbit it marks the start of a high paced adventure that sees them kidnapped and threatened with death. As the action moves between Ireland, Amsterdam and Verona can their combined talents see them escape? This fun and funny book will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
– Longer review –
So this may be a kids book but, let me tell you, this adult reader thoroughly enjoyed it – romping through the pages in a couple of days. This book is genuinely funny as well as providing all the high octane thrills you could want. With a clever reference to Scooby Doo and villains with such wonderful names as Sister Geronima and Lord Teddy Bleedham-Drye it is a joyous read from start to finish.
Without giving too much away, Myles and Beckett Fowl are 11 year old twins currently left alone in the highly fortified family pile. Under the watchful eye of super computer NANNI the boys are having a fine old time. Then one evening they’re at their private beach when suddenly a fairy (Lazuli Heitz) and a troll (christened as Whistle Blower by Beckett) unexpectedly come into their lives.
Lord Teddy is after the troll as he believes it holds the secret to ever lasting life. Meanwhile Sister Geronima is desperate to get her hands on the fairy on behalf of her organisation, ACRONYM. The twins end up caught in the crossfire and so begins a fantastic cat and mouse chase involving the six main characters and a host of equally amusing supports.
As the chase moves around Europe, Myles employs his wit, intelligence and special glasses to try and outfox their foes whilst Beckett goes for the physical approach and tries to disable their enemies with his famous cluster punch. Meanwhile Lord Teddy has a fantastic array of ingenious gadgets and weapons to play with, courtesy of old friend Ishi Myishi.
This book is fast, fun, engaging and terrifically witty – it will appeal enormously to kids but there’s also enough clever stuff in there to amuse the adults. So grown ups, read it with your kids (or steal their copy once they’ve finished with it). A cracker of a book. I’m now off to read Eoin Colfer’s back catalogue!
The Fowl Twins is published by HarperCollinsChildren’s and is available here.
Eoin Colfer worked as a teacher before turning his attention fo full-time writing for children. He is best known for his phenomenally successful Artemis Fowl series. Eoin lives with his family in Ireland.
Reviewed by Angela Paull
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