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The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl #4)

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The evil pixie Opal Koboi has spent the last year in a self-induced coma, plotting her revenge on all those who foiled her attempt to destroy the LEPrecon fairy police. And Artemis Fowl is at the top of her list.

After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis had his mind wiped of his memories of the world belowground. But they have not forgotten about him. Once again, he
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Paperback, 343 pages
Published 2005 by Puffin Books
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Nina
the code on the bottom of the pages says the following:

A recruitment letter from the centaur Foaly, technical consultant, to the lower elements police.
Trsuted ally,
If you have decoded this gnommish message, then you are a deputy officer in the lower elements police. You will not be aware of this fact because it is the custom of the LEP to mindwipe oour human allies. We do this so they cannot remember being recruited. If you cannot remember the fairy people or our underground city, then you can
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SuperHeroQwimm
Mar 31, 2016 SuperHeroQwimm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm looking forward to seeing how Artemis will continue to change. I'm also excited that I like Holly now.
Iset
Aug 01, 2014 Iset rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

The Opal Deception was definitely my favourite in the Artemis Fowl series back in the day. It comes off the back of a huge cliffhanger in the previous book, the stakes are higher than ever, and this book definitely continues the trend established in The Eternity Code of taking a dark turn. The previous book had serious consequences for our characters, but they were ultimately rescued from those consequences, with admittedly a large cost paid. The Opal Deception goes even darker, with consequence
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Kimberley doruyter
the best ending so far.
and the bad girl gets what's coming.
Connor
Jun 16, 2015 Connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Artemis Fowl begins another fantastical adventure with Captain Holly Short, Mulch the Dwarf, and Butler to save the world as we know it. I had forgotten how entertaining and truly enjoyable these books are. Shame on me. I really liked getting back into this world and reading the funny one liners the characters say to one another. The writing is hilarious and very fast-paced. There is always something important happening to keep you turning the pages, and the characters are so lovable that you ca ...more
Veronica The Geek
I have to admit, the first book of the series left me a bit confused. I mean, I was introduced to a whole new underground world of fairies that are technologically advanced and do not sing Disney show tunes. I had quite a hard time picturing the fairy world. Opal Deception is the fourth book of the series and unfortunately I still have a hard time picturing the 'shuttles' and 'chutes' but that's quite negligible now. I have grown to love the characters and the world they live in. This is my favo ...more
Chris
Dec 22, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
By Eoin Colfer
342 pp. New York, New York
Hyperion Books for Children
ISBN 0-7868-5289-5
The boy genius is back at it again. With two years of fairy memories erased from his mind, Artemis Fowl is back to his criminal mastermind self. This time he has his eyes set on a painting that sits in a very secure German bank vault. But this theft is only the first of many adventures that Artemis takes in the Opal Deception. With trolls, gunfire, and a plot to expose the fa
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Abby
Dec 31, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opal Koboi is quite the evil mastermind. She certainly pushed everyone's lives into shambles, particularly Root's, I say. Ugh, I'll miss old Beet Root. And it'll be great to see Holly and Mulch with their detective business during the series.
Nikki
Aug 09, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Artemis Fowl books are very good when you need a break from heavy 'grown-up' books. They're fun little adventure stories, and this book isn't an exception. It's not totally light: there is substance -- death happens, the characters are in real danger, actions have consequences, the friendships formed between the characters are real...

But it's easy to read, a quick read, and it's a lot of fun. In this book, I could've done with a bit more weight given to the death of a main character, but I l
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Elevetha
Opal Koboi is back and set on getting her revenge on everyone who foiled her evil plan to destroy the LEP. Artemis has reverted to his old life of crime. He has become the same hard-hearted, criminal mastermind that we knew from the first book. Opal goes after Holly and Root. And after taking care of them, goes after Artemis. Will he be able to outsmart the evil but admittedly brilliant pixie? Or will this be Artemis' downfall?

Very good and completely worth it. Character development is astoundi
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Mark O'Neill
Remember what happened last time? The LEP decide that Fowl is a security risk to the Fairies and so Foaly wipes the minds of Fowl and Butler. Then they rest easy thinking that is the last of Artemis and his schemes. But in this book disaster strikes. Opal Koboi has come out of her coma and she is vowing revenge on those who foiled her plans before. So that's bad news for Short, Root, Foaly, Mulch and of course Artemis and Butler.[return][return]Koboi frames Short for murder and Short therefore h ...more
Sarah's Reviews
Apr 23, 2012 Sarah's Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
When an enemy from his supposed past resurfaces, Artemis must come to terms with what he doesn't remember in order to have a chance at saving his life, friends, human civilization and the fairy world at large from certain destruction.

The Opal Deception takes a more serious tone than its predecessors, with some truly life threatening peril and death.
Artemis' continued personal growth makes the book an enjoyable and worthy installment. Readers should be aware that the story contains descriptive bo
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Mironiel Blokzyl
AHHHHHHH THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! Full review here: http://lifeofamirkwoodelf.blogspot.ca...
Manni
Apr 02, 2015 Manni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rayan
Nov 18, 2014 Rayan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1
In artemis fowl the opal deception, Opal Koboi breaks out of her mental prison to take revenge on the people who put ther their: Commander Julius Root, Captain Holly Short, Butler, Foaly, and especially Artemis himself. After killing Commander Root she threathens Holly into thinking that she would then attack Artemis and Butler. After saving these wo Holly seeks their help to stop Koboi. unfortunately Artemis and Butler have no memories of the fairies and cannot help them until Mulch Diggums, co ...more
Konsta
I think this book has been my favorite out of all the Artemis Fowl books of the series. Sure I have only read two other books but this beats them by a long shot. First of all, I love the fact that the book does not fully focus onto the main protagonist Artemis Fowl. Instead it decides to focus onto Opal Koboi throughout the story, hence the name The Opal Deception. I love how this book resumes from the cliffhanger of the previous one, and keeps the action going hot. When I say action, I MEAN ALO ...more
Jaemi
As a late-comer to the Artemis Fowl phenomenon, I'm glad I did eventually pick it up. These books are really fun and highly entertaining. The Opal Deception didn't disappoint.

Here we are, all mind-wiped and uncertain, everything under and above ground going crazy all at once, but still the heroic group pulls together to fight yet another battle. And quite the group at that: 14-year-old Artemis, his behemoth bodyguard Butler, the dwarf-thief Mulch Diggums, and the ever-fiesty fairy, Holly Short.

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Janne Varvára
The fact that Eoin Colfer makes you care so passionately about his characters, makes this book both painful and engaging.

Having only read this book once before, years and years ago, I'd totally forgotten how it went. Which made it even scarier.
Especially seeing Commander Root suffer, and losing him like that is utterly heartbreaking; I love his bad-tempered self so much! What a waste.

This book is also a little different from the other three in the sense that our dynamic duos are split up. Follow
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Sherri
Mar 26, 2012 Sherri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning Artemis and Butler have been mind-swept, their memories of the fairy world and their adventures have gone. Since it has been a couple of years since I read the last AF book I was a little fuzzy myself. How they regained their memories was ingenious and believable. The idea that selected memories can be completely erased from the human brain and never recovered has struck me as bogus. That some bits and pieces can survive even if significant sections are gone makes more sense.

Ar
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Collin_x87
Jan 10, 2013 Collin_x87 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that I chose to read was Artemis Fowl, The Opal Deception, by Eoin Colfer, a foreign author from Ireland. This book falls under the genre of fantasy, blending realistic elements with an underground society of creatures such as centaurs and fairies. This book is an installment in a multi part series, all of which revolving around Artemis, a young criminal mastermind, with this story revolving around his experiences with the evil fairy Opal.
The story begins with what would be expected
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Paula
Feb 06, 2009 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was glad that this book was able to not concern itself too much on the Fowl parents. Instead, it focused on Artemis's own transformation from criminal to hero as an independent decision based on his concern for others who are important to him.

Actually, there isn't all that much of Artemis in this story, but that's okay, too, as the nemesis from The Arctic Incident, Opal Koboi, is after everyone who helped thwart her last series of dastardly deeds. Not only does Artemis need saving (and remindi
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Ann
Review pendingI'm not sure what more to write about these books than I already have! I love them - obviously, as I'm on book four an plan to listen to the fifth very soon. I love the worlds, both Artemis's and the Fairies'. And the way Colfer writes is so ingenious. So fun, so witty, and so touching. But best of all is that I adore the characters. And Colfer has managed to keep them consistent and true, but has also let them grow.

My concern after the end of the last book was that we'd just "star
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Jacob O
Feb 25, 2016 Jacob O rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Artemis Fowl is an unlikely hero he makes big mistakes that sometimes cannot be fixed, this 13 year old boy is a genius but this time he has gone back to his criminal ways. The young man has to keep the fairy world and the modern world separated but there is a fairy who thinks she is helping the fairies when she is not, her mission for herself is to eliminate Artemis, will she do it? You'll have to read the book to find out! What I think about the book, I personally loved this series, every book ...more
Shea Taylor
The reason why I chose Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception, is because it was one of the few books in the series that I have not read yet and it seemed interesting from the title. Other than the last two books I have not read yet, this one caught my attention for the fact that I skipped it and I needed to read it to understand the story better. Not much more reason why I picked this one, the book cover does have some interesting art on it, but nothing that would catch my attention.
The book itself w
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Writerlibrarian
This concludes the arc that started with the Eternity Code. In this Artemis and the gang are going head to head with their arch rival Opal Koboi, the genius pixie who wanted to take over with the goblins. This is a revenge is a meal better served cold type of story. Lots of time is spent with Opal getting back at Artemis and the people that helped sabotage her triumph.

More of a transitional book, where Artemis, Holly, Mulch and Butler get back to business after the losing their memories interlu
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LJ
Aug 25, 2007 LJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARTEMIS FOWL: THE OPAL DECEPTION (Fantasy) – VG
Colfer, Eoin – 4th in series
Miramax Books, 2005, Hardcover
Artemis had his mind wiped of his memory of the fairie world and has returned to his criminal ways. He and his man Butler are in Berlin to steal a famous oft-stolen painting so that Artemis can be the youngest person to ever have stolen it. Meanwhile, Opal Koboi, that evil pixie who has been in a self-induced coma, has foiled authorities and is out for revenge on enemies, particularly Artemis
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Alberto
Stories like this scare me that I may have forgotten something, somewhere along in my life, as well. I wish fairies didn't feel the way they do about keeping themselves so secretive at times. But these particular fairies, who mostly seem to be cross adult men, don't sound like much fun anyway; so I don't mind that they keep to themselves, if that's what they prefer.
Elizabeth
Jun 18, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Atilio Frasson
Dec 23, 2015 Atilio Frasson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasía
Este el cuarto libro de Artemis Fowl y lo único que puedo decir de esta saga es que son adictivos, o sea, si esperas que estos libros cambie tú forma de ver la fantasía o todo tu mundo, pues no, son libros para entretenerse, con un personaje que se destaca por su inteligencia juntos con otros personajes que se destacan ya sea por la lealtad, como por la osadía o la viveza para salir de ciertos apuros y con los que uno tiene ganas de volver a reencontrase. Bueno, obviamente uno puede ver la evolu ...more
Oscar Despard
Nov 14, 2015 Oscar Despard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exceedingly enjoyable book which saw an enemy from a previous book coming back to try and conquer the world. It was another thrilling, enjoyable read in the series, and was somewhat deeper than the other books. It was an excellent read, which did not dissapoint.
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A
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