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The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl #8)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  19,493 ratings  ·  1,540 reviews
It's Armageddon Time for Artemis Fowl

Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen.

If she succeeds, the spirits of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deer, or badgers - or two curious little...more
Hardcover, First American Edition, 328 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Disney Hyperion (first published January 1st 2012)
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Daria
I'm a biased reader. I'm a hypocrite. I'm probably just a terrible person overall. I'm sitting here, looking back at the first time I picked up Artemis Fowl, remembering how much I didn't love it at first. I remember adoring The Arctic Incident, and feeling slightly less partial to The Eternity Code. I applauded The Opal Deception, but The Lost Colony made my head hurt a bit, and The Time Paradox was stunning. The Atlantis Complex fell out with the rest of the series, and, here we are with The L...more
Levina  C.
EDIT 07/12: Other reviews have started flooding in, and all of them seem to be favourable, which tells me I'm in the minority here in my dislike of this book. So I'll leave this review as is, but I encourage you not to let my ramblings stop you from liking this book, if, as it seems, there's a great chance you'll like it anyway.

I hope all you AF fans out there will enjoy this book more than I did.


Well, here we are. The end of it all. It's been a great ride these past couple of years, so believe...more
Melanie
SPOILER ALERT!!!!
I loved this book. The Last Guardian had all of the trademark things we all love about Artemis Fowl- the amazing characters who were all so steady, strong, and constant, the ridiculous, yet amazing and action-packed plots, and that signature Eoin Colfer humour that I've never, ever read anywhere else. (Because where else are you going to find the Attack of the Crickets, a megalomaniac pixie, or a drawf riding a troll?)

Now: to the topic everyone is talking about; the ending. I t...more
Mith
4.5 stars for the entire series as a whole!

It's like the seventh book didn't even happen. Eoin Colfer is back with a bang, and how!

The Last Guardian has :

- Criminal Mastermind Juvenile Genius, Artemis Fowl, back in full form and all his brainiac glory.
- Captain Holly Short, as kick-ass as ever.
- Butler, still hoping his primary's end-of-the-world shenanigans stop for good, soon!
- Myles and Beckett Fowl, Artemis's four-year old siblings. Twins. (God help the world!)
- Foaly, as vain and awesome...more
Ashley Poston
Eoin Colfer went there.

He actually went there.

In an attempt to not spoil the entire book (and the entire series if you're one of those people who look up the last book to see if it's good enough to start the first one---and to them I say take the chance, read them. All of them. The good ones, the not so good ones. You'll find friends in those page of which you'll laugh with and cry with, fart with and time-travel with. Friends that, by the last novel, will feel like a well-worn pair of sneakers....more
Jonathan

Thoughts before reading

So...I believe this is the last book in this series. Well I'm only going to read it to finish a series I actually read most of (same as how I finished the poor Maximum Ride series). Why is it that these YA authors (and authors in general - but I've read a lot of YA authors who do it) start out with such brilliant or original first novels in the series only for the series to degrade into a series of cash grabbing schemes.

Thoughts after reading

To be honest this book was not...more
Mitch
I don’t think I would’ve liked The Last Guardian as much if this book wasn’t the last Artemis Fowl. Let’s be honest, since Artemis first stumbled on the fair folk more than a decade ago, this series has abandoned any sense of logic or reasoning in favor of nonsensical plots and gimmicks. I could’ve stopped at The Lost Colony, but I didn’t. I could’ve stopped at The Atlantis Complex, but I didn’t. I’d like to think The Last Guardian is my reward for my perseverance and, well, it’s not perfect but...more
Annie
How does one review an Artemis Fowl book?





Where do I even start? I haven't ever reviewed one of these before, so I haven't ever had this problem. Because Eoin Colfer is a genius. Seriously. He's written a book series that is so good, I can't possibly begin to do it justice with a review. So this review will probably be more like a rant.

In this series, you can't help but love the characters. Throughout the first seven books, each of them has grown. They've changed (just like real people! *gasp*)...more
Lauren
Review also posted here.

While I am a big Artemis Fowl fan, the last Artemis book I truly loved was The Opal Deception (#4), and they seem to be steadily getting worse. Of course, after almost a decade of following Artemis and the gang on their adventures, there was no way I was going to stop now, what with this being the last one and all.

I found the first half rather boring and hard to get into. The emergency - and it's the biggest, most disastrous one yet - didn't alarm me at all. It somehow ju...more
Ellie
Ugh.

"The eighth book starring the teenage criminal mastermind will be published in Spring 2012. The plot is being kept strictly under wraps and will not be revealed until publication."

Strictly under wraps, will not be revealed until publication, yes, of course not. How...how pompous! >.<

I was so mad at my library system for not having this until I realized that it was only published yesterday. XD Haha...It's the last one! :O

*UPDATE: READ*

What is it with series endings lately?! First Neverm...more
Morgan Oats
I... but.... it started with... and then the..... but at the end.... and with the.... OH MY GOD JUST READ THIS!


This series has taken me for a ride. I have traveled to Ireland, Asia, the Arctic, under the Earth's crust, another time dimension, and so many more places I can't even remember. I've met the rule breaking, first female Captain of the LEP, Holly Short, the always hilarious dwarf Mulch Diggums, (Which by the way created a whole new character for the title "dwarf" which I was at first co...more
Gina
Update-

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?! I finally read the book and it was really good... up until the end. I'm in shock.... why would Eoin do this to us? I'm so confused *sob*

I'm super confused right now. I think I gave this book 5 stars because I love this series and I'm in love with Artemis but there were some parts I found really disappointing. There was non-stop action, which in a way is a good thing but I wish they would have slowed down a bit in some parts. I think I read the book way to fast as...more
☞Proud☜ ☺✌Bookworm☮♪
omg. i need to read this SO badly. im glad theyve got a title out, but now i have many more questions. like, last guardian of what, or whom? who does Arty end up with, if anyone? what about Holly? ugh, the questions are relentless!! i cant wait until theyre answered [Spring of 2012?? urgh!!!]

**UPDATE 3/14/12**
AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH COVER IS SOOO PURTY DESCRPTION AND RELEASE DATE AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! *babble babble hysteria*

*calms down* Whew! Okay. Okay. Okay okay. I can't wait! And I'm ve...more
Andrea
That last book :( Makes me sad, have been reading these since they first came out!

Well, finished the book, and I am not sure what to think of it. It was a wonderful as all the others, but I can't help feeling that the book finished as an unending. There was no closure, no closed ends.

I wonder if he has left it like that to perhaps write more of the series in the future?
Amanda
I can't believe that this is the last book of the Artemis Fowl Series. I grew up reading this, I sacrificed my sleep reading Time Paradox and got Atlantis Complex confiscated by my mum who was worried about me not studying for my mid-years.

I once recalled Colfer saying that he will never stop writing Artemis Fowl's story unless he couldn't write anymore or ran out of ideas. While this made me very happy at the time, only now, when the series is ending, do I realise that all good things must come...more
ℂᖺαᖇᒪἷ℮ ⊰1017 &Tardis⊱
The last Artemis Fowl book. Oh Artemis how I shall miss you! This book had laying laughing and screaming and TOTALLY fangirling. I love you Artemis, though I'm a bit dissapointed, you're so 'good'. What happened to that bad boy from the first few books? No matter, it was awesome none the less.
I'm shipping Holly/Bulter. They understand each other! :D
It was a nice wrap up, I guess. (view spoiler)...more
Dhriti(Annabeth)(Ginny) Chase
I have been waiting for this book for ages and since my brother likes collecting the artemis fowl books as well, I have been hiding the news that this book will come out for a year now.i mut say, I don't really have very high hopes for this book for several reasons.firstly: wtf is wrong with the guy who created the cover???does he not know that artemis's face must remain a mystery to all...it is a secret that must remain undisclosed at all times.everyone knows that...except apparently the guy wh...more
Elevetha
My feelings are so mixed about the eighth and final (the last book ever) Artemis Fowl book. I laughed. I cried. I yelled, "Where is Book 9!?", knowing that it will never come. I wished for so much more and yet was strangely satisfied in the oddest way. I know that all good things must come to an end but this was especially cruel. I loved this series and the ending book was no exception. I wanted a more complete ending but I had a feeling that that was how he was going to end it so I was semi-pre...more
Keya
So I've finally gotten off my butt to write a review for this.

I used to love Artemis Fowl. Absolutely love it. I mean, I've grown up with it. It was a childhood favourite. But I can't deny that since the first book, the series has gone completely downhill.

Artemis Fowl was unique, not because of the whole tech fairy thing, but because of Artemis himself. Not because he was the wealthy genius, but because he started out as an antihero. He was a brilliant character to begin with - not evil, but sel...more
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Lucas
The Last Guardian is a mediocre ending to a series that had so much potential. The book begins by sidestepping the atlantis complex, simply declaring that Artemis has been cured. His alternate personality from the previous book is not even mentioned. Just as he's leaving the doctor's office, word reaches him that Opal Koboi has some new plan for world domination. So it goes. I won't spoil the end for any readers, but I will say that it is a stumble rather than a triumphal bow for the Fowl gang....more
Jaime
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Miranda Starmz
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Sarah Potter/Heap/Fowl/Jackson/Ride
Thank you, Mr. Colfer. Thank you for years and years of adventures with some of the most crazy, funny, psychotic characters known to Earth, Haven, and everywhere. I don't even remember when I first picked Artemis Fowl off the shelves of my local library. I couldn't tell you how many years it's been, or how many times I've read each. But what I can remember, and will carry with me, are the times I spent reading each book. The nights, curled up with a flashlight, reading with bated breath to see w...more
Harshini  Ramanujam
One of my favorite series has come to a close, the end was maybe a huge WHY!!?!?!? but overall it was a fitting end.

This book was perfect, it was action-packed like all other installments in the series. All our favourite characters are back, a bit of deja-vu with some. Not that I am all so surprised. This is Eoin Colfer, he just loves writing for his and our entertainment.










21/11/2011
Yikes!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!! Wish I had No:1 He could probably take me through time to read it :) This is going to b...more
Miss Banana
Alright so. Pretty much spoiler free so don't worry about that. It was a wonderful adventure and the pacing kept up just as well as the other Fowl books, only I felt like it needed more. Maybe that's just me being sad to see yet another childhood favorite of mine come to an end, but I didn't really feel like there was enough. It is considerably shorter than Atlantis Complex (okay that's a lie, only 30 pages shorter, but still). I had managed to get through the first 5.5 books in a reread leading...more
Julie
It's hard to believe, but this is the finale to a series that has been a favorite for my son and myself. Artemis Fowl, teen prodigy and the ultimate geek, faces his nemesis, Opal Koboi, the evil fairy genius. This time Opal threatens the existence of all mankind by unlocking an ancient magical weapon, the Berzerker Gate, a portal that is located on the Fowl estate. Artemis, allied with Holly Short, Butler, Foaly and Mulch Digums, must make a final stand and stop Opal.

From the beginning, I have l...more
Bekah Blais
Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian is about Artemis, Holly, and Butler trying to stop the ever persistant Opal Koboi. She just wont stay away! With her first appereance in The Opal Deception she has been showing up ever since. She is trying to destroy mankind once again, by releasing an army of the dead. The army possesses Animals and Humans (including juliette and artemis's little brothers)to destroy the world by opening a lock. Artemis, Holly, and Butler have to stop her before it is too late.
I re...more
Erin Eve
It may be that, as I am guilty of judging books by their covers, the cover art influenced my perception of this and the seventh Artemis Fowl books. Or it could be that I made the mistake of reading anything directly after I read something of Dickens'. Either way, I thought they were pretty horrible. The fist five novels in the series were spectacular, the epitome of young adult fantasy. The first one will always have a special place in my heart, and the fifth one stood out for me because of its...more
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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...more
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