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The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl #8)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  27,373 Ratings  ·  1,839 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
Hardcover, First American Edition, 328 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Disney Hyperion
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Jul 21, 2012 Daria rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 06, 2012 Levina C. rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, novels
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
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
Aug 03, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
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
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*)
Aug 30, 2012 Mitch rated it really liked it
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

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
Jul 16, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: july-2012
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
Sep 13, 2013 Ellie rated it it was ok

"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. 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


What is it with series endings lately?! First Neverm
Morgan Oats
Jul 29, 2012 Morgan Oats rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2012 Gina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy

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
Apr 04, 2016 Connor rated it really liked it
It had a slow beginning where I started to get irritated at the writing, but I think that may have been me being a weird reading mood and cranky. Not sure. But once I was half way through, it got back to the old feeling that I had with the series for the first 6 books. I'm very happy to have finished this series and know this final tale in their story. I think people who prefer definite endings won't be satisfied with it because it left me with more than a few curious questions, but I didn't hav ...more
☞Sierra☜ 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**

*calms down* Whew! Okay. Okay. Okay okay. I can't wait! And I'm ve
Aug 23, 2012 Andrea rated it liked it
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?
May 02, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
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
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)
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 is a secret that must remain undisclosed at all times.everyone knows that...except apparently the guy wh ...more
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.

Yikes!!!!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!! Wish I had No:1 He could probably take me through time to read it :) This is going to b
Sep 27, 2012 Booknut rated it really liked it




I would give this book six stars. It was amazing. I'm also very happy that I predicted the ending of the book while reading the book, which hardly ever happens, and is also very unusual with a book of this caliber. BUT the book was spectacularly done. Well done, Eoin Colfer.
Jan 14, 2015 Amin rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books, fantasy
شاید بهتر بود که آرتمیس فاول توی "معمای زمان " تموم میشد .

به نظرم آرتمیس فاول نمونه یکی از مجموعه هایی بود که تا قله رفت و بعد سقوط کرد . شاید بتونه به نویسنده ها بفهمونه وقتی برنامه ای برای ادامه یه مجموعه ندارن ، لزومی نداره کشش بدن و خاطرات جلد های قبلی رو هم خراب کنند .

آخرین جلد آرتمیس فاول ( اگر واقعا آخرینش باشه و آقای کالفر در آینده دوباره به سرش نزنه که کتاب نهم رو هم منتشر کنه ! ) کتاب چندان خوبی نیست . گره های داستان خیلی راحت و بی مقدمه باز میشن . به نظرم نویسنده نتونسته وخامت اوضاع
Jul 15, 2012 Lucas rated it it was ok
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
Oct 06, 2012 Jaime rated it did not like it
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This book's biggest failure is that for the final book in the series, it concludes nothing. At first it has an interesting beginning with Opal trying to rule the world again, but as soon as the book takes off it turns into a meandering round-around in Fowl manor. Sure there are some fun moments and such, but it lacks a feeling of completeness. Not to mention I am sick to death of Opal as a villan and this book did her no favors. No one really looked good in this book. Artemis was painfully silly ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Fatemeh rated it it was amazing
روند داستان رو دوست داشتم... و مثل همیشه در حین خوندن هی به خودم می گفتم واو، کالفر معرکه می نویسه! (نثرشو خیلی دوست دارم) سر هر چیز طنز کوچک هم کلی خندیدیم اشک از چشمانمان جاری شد :دی ولی پایانش... آخ دلم میخواد بزنم کالفرو... مگه میشه آرتی زنده بمونه و هیچ ماجراجویی ای نداشته باشه؟! به نظرم اصن مایلز و آرتمیس باید میمردن... چون جفتشون آروم نمیشنن ی جا زندگیشون بگذره... بعد همش من باید تو خیالاتم تبهکاریای جدید اینارو تصور کنم و چون حال نوشتن ندارم تو ذهنم فن فیکشن بنویسم :))
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Thibaut Nicodème
Apr 19, 2015 Thibaut Nicodème rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if I approve of that epilogue or not, but aside from that, this is a pretty solid conclusion. Also yay no unnecessary romance! WE MADE IT THROUGH THE ENTIRE SERIES WITHOUT IT!
Jan 04, 2015 Matilda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lus-en-anglais
I have been reading Fowl's adventures for the past seven years or so. I discovered it in high school at my local library and was hooked, then years after years I bought the French translations of the new volumes until the seventh one that I read in English. However that was three years ago. Three years is quite a significant gap between the reading of two volumes in a series.
I did not really want to read it, I was out of the whole series thing, but then I could not put it away in my mind if I di
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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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Other Books in the Series

Artemis Fowl (8 books)
  • Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
  • The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl, #2)
  • The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl, #3)
  • The Opal Deception  (Artemis Fowl, #4)
  • The Lost Colony (Artemis Fowl, #5)
  • The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, #6)
  • The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl, #7)

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