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Artemis Fowl #4

The Opal Deception

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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 must stop the human and fairy worlds from colliding—only this time, Artemis faces an enemy who may have finally outsmarted him.

416 pages, Paperback

First published April 30, 2005

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Eoin Colfer

194 books10.9k followers
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 Artemis Fowl novels, Eoin retired from teaching and now writes full time. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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Profile Image for Tharindu Dissanayake.
279 reviews486 followers
November 24, 2021
"You're looking directly at me. That's very bad for my skin."

"Now, my enemies. They are well and happy, I trust."

Opal Koboi is the best villain ever! This was by far my favorite book of the series (among the first four books). Colfer has come a long way in character development department, and for the first time, it felt like the characters were well balanced. If it wasn't for a single highly disappointing event at the beginning of the story, the would've been perfect. It's also great to see the author getting better at cliffhangers.

"Into the chute, and straight down to Haven."

"Extra-hot curry is illegal in Haven."
Profile Image for Ahmad Sharabiani.
9,566 reviews56k followers
December 4, 2020
The Opal Deception (Artemis Fowl, #4) , Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception, is a teen fantasy novel published in 2005, the 4th book in the Artemis Fowl series by the Irish author Eoin Colfer.

Preceded by Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code and followed by Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony, it is centred on the brilliant pixie Opal Koboi's second try at rebellion and Artemis Fowl II and his fairy comrades' efforts to stop her.

The book begins with the pixie Opal Koboi faking a coma inside a hospital to avoid incarceration by the Lower Elements Police (LEP) after her failed rebellion and attempt of world domination.

تاریخ نخستسن خوانش: روز هفتم ماه جولای سال 2017میلادی

عنوان: آرتمیس فاول و انتقام اپال: کتاب چهارم از سری آرتمیس فاول؛ نویسنده: ایون(اوئن) کالفر؛ مترجم: شیدا رنجبر؛ تهران، افق، 1385، در 452ص؛ شابک 9643633139؛ چاپ دوم 1386؛ چاپ سوم 1387؛ شابک 9789643693138؛ چاپ چهارم 1389؛ چاپ پنجم 1390؛ چاپ ششم 1392؛ چاپ هشتم 1397؛ موضوع داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان ایرلندی - سده 21م

شخصیت اصلی «آرتمیس فاول»، نوجوانی نابغه، تبهکار و ماجراجو است؛ کتاب چهارم، دومین تلاش «اپال کوبویی» برای سلطه بر جهان را نقل می‌کند؛ پس از نخستین تلاش ناموفق او، در «آرتمیس فاول و ماجرای شمال»، «اپال کوبویی»، «جیوانی زیتو» را باورمند می‌کند، که یک کاوشگر را به درون زمین برای کشف دنیای «اجنه» و «پری» بفرستد؛ در این کتاب خوانشگر درمییابد که چگونه «آرتمیس» و دوست نزدیکش تلاش می‌کنند تا از فاش شدن داستان «اجنه» و «پری» و برخورد انسانها با آن‌ها و رخداد جنگ، و پایان دنیای «اجنه» جلوگیری کنند؛ در این جلد «اپال» موفق می‌شود که «جولیوس روت» فرمانده نیروی ویژه را به قتل برساند

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40 reviews2 followers
August 17, 2008
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 cannot betray our existance to the greedy humans. Of course, not all humans are greedy. You, deputy, are a noble member of your species. And clever too. We only recruit the best. Our intellegence department has studied your file and concluded that you were suitable for LEP membership. At the moment, you are only a deputy officer. To become a fully fledged officer, you must complete four tasks. Number one, decode this message. Something you are well on your way to completeing. Number two, save the life of a member of another species. You can complete this task in any number of ways. Open a window to release a trapped fly. Build a birdbath in your garden. Release a mouse from a trap. Number three, acheieve a perfect score on a school test or homework assignment. In this job, you need to be smart as well as fit. Number four, wash yourself every day for a week. This is a difficult assignment, especially for human boys, who do not like contact with water. If you are going to work underground, often in crampted tunnels, you appreciate a partner who does not smell like a hermit dwarf. Once you have completed these tasks, you must summon your recruiting officer in the ancient fashion. Go to your back yard, or nearest green area. Make sure you are not being watched. Find a soft spot of ground and burrow a six-inch hole with a broom handle or a short stick. When the hole is ready, type out the letters LEP in morse code. The code is as follows:
L= tap-tap-wiggle-tap.
E= wiggle-wiggle-tap.
P= tap-wiggle-drill.
Do this at least a hundred times and our underground sensors will pick up the vibrations and send and LEP officer with your uniform and orders.
Good luck deputy,

it repeats itself several times throughout the bottom.
Profile Image for Ahmed  Ejaz.
549 reviews324 followers
March 11, 2017
Friendship isn't a science mudboy. Just do what you think is right.

This book has so much action...so much thrill...so much excitement that I couldn't stop reading. I CAN'T stop!! I am completely under the influence of this series and can't take rest till the last book.

About Opal Koboi
Opal is also very intelligent. Like Artemis. But her plans are evil. She is very hungry for POWER!!
I liked the way she is written as an evil-minded Fairy.

Opal plans to take revenge from those who stopped her rebellion in the 2nd book. She frames Holly in very serious matter.
She also tries to kill Artemis for which I was soooo angry to kill her. But Artemis, of course, is saved by his bodyguard.
As we know, Fairies had wiped the memory of their existence from Artemis' mind in the last book for a reason. So he doesn't know about them.
But he when Holly comes for his help, He gets ready to help.

One thing I didn't like that Artemis was completely blank. He didn't remember anything about his adventures with Fairies. This fact makes the book exciting but don't know why I couldn't like it that much.
If only I could remember. If only I knew what I know.

4 books left!!

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Profile Image for Tina ➹ Woman, Life, Freedom.
385 reviews397 followers
February 13, 2022
3.5 Silver Stars
with Golden Sparks

better than other 3 books.
first favourite of the series.

I like Artemis's character development.
Opal was good (but sometimes, reallyyyyyyyy megalomaniac! but I think I liked her.), though I couldn't remember who she was (the problem of too long lasts to read the whole series! & not re-read, probably?) I still don't know exactly, but by some tiny google, I remembered a little about who she was.
May the next book I read sooner!
& sometimes, the stupidity of some (minor, but Umbridge like!) characters were annoying!
& too much explaining about elf technologies.

I like Holly & Foaly now, probably Artemis too, but this I shall see. (Mulch was funny too & those two poor pixies, but I won't admit anything!)
Profile Image for Dean Ryan Martin.
200 reviews38 followers
April 13, 2019
Done reading THE OPAL DECEPTION - Book 4 in Artemis Fowl octalogy. The story begins unexpectedly. I did not saw it coming, D'Arvit! Captain Holly Short needs to rescue a mind-wiped Artemis Fowl from a revengeful non-human creature, Opal Koboi. Opal is a minor character introduced in Book 2. She is a genius antagonist. Returning from a coma, multiple layers of mysteries are uncovered as she executes her master plan to destroy her equal. "Welcome back to the land of the condemned (page 162)."
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193 reviews185 followers
September 18, 2017
“If we make it through this, we will be friends. Bonded by trauma.”

Oh myyyy GOD !!! I love every character's development throughout the series. The plot line presents in how we had followed their journey so far is so heart-wrenching and emotional much. It's just so memorable and I LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS HERE. They're all my baes <3

“I do remember, Holly. I remember it all. Especially you. It's a real comfort to have you here.”

Come on, the idea of wiping memory and how he slowly remembering it and of course, they're certain struggle to fully coming back all those memories just sooooo perfecccctttt ~ I love it so muuucchhhh :') I CRIED LIKE SERIOUSLY

“My truffles? You took them? That's just mean!”

Opal such a devious villain. And how that plot twist, daaangggg Mulch and Artemis will be a great partner of crime hahaha TOTALLY DIDN'T SEE THAT COMING !! I was so afraid that they failed but whoaaaaaa

“That's the last order I'll ever give you Captain. Don't you dare ignore it.”

And finally,

My Artemis Fowl's reading playlist : https://open.spotify.com/user/debbyhattan/playlist/1rQmLp9EHxnQwB72zHGgSk
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690 reviews461 followers
June 21, 2022
I love this series so much.

I am always so impressed with how the author manages to raise the stakes with each and every book. The suspense was high in this one. The plot was so good and honestly, one of the best in the series so far.

I didn’t expect to see Butler included in the series as much after certain events, but I am so happy we do get more of him in this one again! I find the relationships between all of these characters to be so unique. They have changed and transformed over time and with the help of a certain trope (I loved how it was done here!), the relationship is different again and it adds another layer to the story.

But while the plot is busy and suspenseful, the book still manages to have enough funny moments to have me smiling and even laughing aloud while I am reading. ‘I thought of truffles and revenge for the past year.’ Me too honey, me too. :D

I found Opal to be such a formidable female villain. We love to see it! She is the kind of villain who is smart, so it truly looks like she might end up winning throughout reading this one. She’s down to business and also science-minded which is always interesting to see.

Eoin Colfer also manages to slip in some good moral moments among the comedy and plotline. We have a moment where sexism is discussed in Holly’s work industry. There is a moment where some characters are horrified by the use of animal fur. And there is a no smoking and no littering mention thrown in there for good measure as well.

I know I have already talked about how much I loved the characters, but I feel a need to reinstate it. Mulch, Holly, Butler and Artemis. They own my heart. I like how the series not only brings back main characters for the stories, but it even brings back side characters from time to time too, and that also works so well.

The world and magic system have already been so well established in the previous books in the series. But I love that with each book the author manages to add in a little more detail, or something new. But the something new always makes sense with what we have previously known to the world as well. It’s flawless.
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1,219 reviews165 followers
January 10, 2020
At the end of The Eternity Code, Artemis and Butler had their memory wiped of all things pertaining to the fairy world. Naturally, I couldn’t wait to see how our master genius would foil this. In the meantime, Opal is out and bent on revenge and destruction, and she is one angry, nasty, devious little thing. It of course takes Holly, Artemis, Butler and Mulch to deal with it :0)

Colfer has created one brilliant world and cast, and yet, he keeps re-inventing parts of it by turning the table on us, sometimes even at great cost! I’m impressed.
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6,119 reviews215 followers
October 3, 2020
Oh Opal.

Okay so the second time around and I'm still shocked about how certain things went down. It was pretty predictable that Holly would somehow be the main suspect to Root's unexpected murder and I was worried that the whole gang wouldn't find a way back to one another before this book ended.

Luckily for me, and Holly I suppose, they did have a little reunion. Plus I really enjoyed everyone working together in this one. I just feel like Holly was a great addition to Artemis because she makes him better. Then there's Mulch and ugh I love him so much.

I can't wait to see how this series is going to end because I don't think I've ever read all the books.
The Opal Deception was so freaking good! I still think it's beyond weird how I never read these book when I was in school. Thank god I'm starting them now because I'm hooked and I can't wait till I get my hands on the next book in this series.

I'm so happy that I got to see my favorite character Mulch again! I'm also really happy that the whole gang is back too. Well, not everyone.. but hey I'll take what I can get. Artemis is back and I love it!

The villain is Opal, who is very intelligent. Where her character was involved I feel like I was also second guessing myself. I always thought I knew where things would be heading and then find out that I was completely wrong. Which is why I loved the little twists and turns within this book.

Holly, Butler, Mulch, and Artemis are probably my favorite group of people ever. I love how they all work so well with each other. I like how together they are stronger and smarter than any villain out there - but apart they aren't.

Besides being super happy that everyone I love is back in my life.. I mean this book. The overall outcome was just fantastic. I loved getting to see a different side of Artemis in a way because he was slowly learning back his memories. When he did remember someone it just left me overjoyed.

I seriously can't wait to dive into the next book. I definitely need more of Holly and Artemis right now!
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1,693 reviews855 followers
October 3, 2021
#1) Artemis Fowl ★★★☆☆
#2) The Arctic Incident ★★★☆☆
#3) The Eternity Code ★★★★☆
#5) The Last Colony ★★☆☆☆
#6) The Time Paradox ★★★☆☆
#7) The Atlantis Complex ★★☆☆☆

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Profile Image for Louie the Mustache Matos.
915 reviews62 followers
April 12, 2022
Like a master at chess, Opal Koboi is a master villain that has concocted a plan with machinations that anticipate the actions of others. While she lies in a self-induced coma, she rests, but Opal has devised a revenge plot that is not contingent on her presence until completely necessary. Her intent is to make Captain Holly Short, Julius, Foaly, Artemis, and the entire Lower Elements society suffer for foiling her previous attempt at world domination. One of the difficulties that Artemis must contend with is that his previous interactions with the Lower Elements have been erased from his memory by a mindwipe. The people believed they were protecting themselves from Artemis and humans in general, but instead have ostracized a potential ally. Early on, Julius and Holly realize that if the Lower Elements are to protect themselves from another attempt at world domination by Opal, they are going to need the help of Artemis Fowl, Butler, and Mulch Diggums. This was a thoroughly entertaining read with some laugh out loud moments, and I think my allergies may have caused my eyes to tear. Also, this is Book #4 in the Artemis Fowl series. I don't think this should be read as a stand-alone novel.
Profile Image for BAM the enigma.
1,813 reviews360 followers
July 28, 2019
"It's about me! It's always about me! I'm the only important one here!"

Great book for the fourth in the series! More fairy action, which is what I loved about the first book. Artemis gets a soul.
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665 reviews472 followers
August 1, 2014

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 consequences there’s no rescue from, and definitely throwing our protagonists out from the frying pan straight into the fire. There’s non-stop thrilling action from start to finish in this one too, and the sheer variety of scrapes and situations the characters face make this the series’ best rollercoaster of an adventure, in my opinion. And yet there is character stuff here too. A lot of the emotional tension comes from Colfer is always great at the show-don’t-tell maxim though, weaving this emotional growth into the unfolding action a bit at a time – and incidentally, keeping us reading the series by having his characters grow at a slow pace whilst the fast-paced action takes the forefront of our attention. I remember being on the edge of my seat the first time I read this. Admittedly nowadays I wasn’t quite as gripped; but of course I already knew what was going to happen, since this was a re-read.

Highly recommended to all you YA fantasy fans out there. Although the Artemis Fowl series is aimed at pre-teens, it’s definitely enjoyable for adults, and considering the state of the YA genre these days if you want something that is not set in a school, where the main character is not a special snowflake (well, aside from being precociously smart), where there are no paranormal romances or love triangles, but has genuine action, plot, and fantasy aplenty, with the added bonus of cool gadgetry – you may find what you’re looking for here.

9 out of 10
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711 reviews133 followers
January 20, 2020
3.5 stars
Though I truly liked this book there were a few things that bothered me.
Profile Image for Andy.
1,132 reviews71 followers
March 8, 2020
Dies war ein absolut zufriedenstellender Reread. Lese ich Bücher noch mal? Ja, natürlich nicht jedes aber ja. Ich tue es und Artemis Fowl gehört definitiv dazu.
Da eine neue Reihe Die Fowl-Zwillinge und der geheimnisvolle Jäger (The Fowl Twins, #1) by Eoin Colfer herausgekommen ist, bei der die Geschwister von Artemis die Protagonisten sind, musste ich den ersten Band davon natürlich auch haben. Leider beschlich mich bereits nach den ersten paar Seiten das Gefühl, dass Eoin Colfer seinen Biss verloren hat und ich brach das Buch zu Gunsten des Originals erstmal ab. Nein, Artemis hat alles, was diese Reihe so genial macht. Weniger ist inakzeptabel.
Profile Image for Connor.
681 reviews1,657 followers
June 17, 2015
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 can't help but cheer for them. Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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135 reviews29 followers
March 31, 2016
I'm looking forward to seeing how Artemis will continue to change. I'm also excited that I like Holly now.
Profile Image for C.P. Cabaniss.
Author 4 books95 followers
November 23, 2018
Each time I reread one of these, I'm reminded of why I loved this series when I was younger. It has fun characters, interesting stories, and is very well written.

This one started out where the last ended and still gave that bittersweet feeling. We were immediately thrown into the action and some devastating events took place. But we got our team together and were able to see them in all their glory. There was a little less Foaly this time, I think, but he still played a key role.

The ending was still bittersweet, but sets up for a lot of great things in the future. I can't wait to continue the rest of the series.

I enjoy Nathaniel Parker as the narrator for this series. He voices all of the characters very well. My only issue was his voicing of Opal, which I found a bit awkward. It was very different from what I imagined. It was still a solid performance.
Profile Image for Sara Rastakhiz.
123 reviews36 followers
February 23, 2019
well actually thus is the first book i read in this series cuz the others werent in the library and there was only the opal deception and the north and the eternity code and since me and my friend didnt know wich one was first we each took the one that seemed more interesting and really i think this one IS among the more intersting books of the series
here we see trust and friendship and we see loyalty to the good side always pays off and of course stupidity has no end!!! ( meaning the new commander) i have always loved Holy and saw her as a strong character that girls can really learn from ! there is no sign of the romantic heroin and all thise romantic stuff ( i really hate romance) i always wanted to be like Artemis BUT i always wanted to have a sister or friend like Holy!!!
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1,169 reviews29 followers
November 18, 2022
Artemis po latach wciąż bawi i zachwyca! Ale nawet teraz to nie jest mój ulubiony tom. Tak naprawdę nigdy za nim nie przepadałam i mimo upływu lat i zmiany perspektywy nic się nie zmieniło :D. Nie zmienia to faktu, że rozwój postaci mocno na plus, a Opal Koboi to złoczyńca, którego nie lubisz, ale mega doceniasz za jej podły charakterek ;)
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41 reviews1 follower
November 4, 2022
Thanks go out to Hasu for giving me this book. (❁´◡`❁)
3.95 stars

The reason I am giving the Opal Deception only around 3.95 stars is because....I am heartbroken.
I am writing this review as letters. They're the only way I can express myself.
Dear Julius Root,
My book friend, benefactor, beetroot, why didn't you survive? That...Opal. She thinks revenge is nice? I'll show her revenge 😡👿.
My friend, it's tough without you.

Dear Holly,
Be strong. Julius is above you, his face redder than a beetroot. It's a comforting sight for you. Artemis is there for you. You are amazing, queen! Make your decisions! You SLAY.

Dear Arty,
Amazing, you are amazing, my genius. Just don't show off your fake ego. You are a good person. Be that, bro! Slayyy

Dear Butler and Mulch,
You both are the best side characters there ever can be. Bro, Mulch, I can hire you to fart on my enemies. Can I? Hopefully. And Butler, you will be forever young....in your heart. People change man, people change on the outside, never on the in. You both rock and hold this charade together.

Dear Author,
OMG I love your writing. Keep at it. Take care.
Profile Image for Jamie.
98 reviews
May 22, 2020
Similar to the previous one, I enjoyed this :)

I love how quick these books are, and how easily they are to get into. Aside from a few things that didn’t seem quite natural near the end, it was a solid read.
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3,530 reviews790 followers
December 26, 2019
The series retains its high entertainment factor in this much more rollercoaster of a ride volume.
Mulch is in prison. Holly and Julius remain in the LEP, Opal is in a coma, but still under arrest; and as for Artemis and Bentley - they've been mindwiped. In a slighter darker, but page-turning volume, Artemis and co. find themselves up against as they strive to save the world underneath even as they are hounded from all sides!
Taking on board the aging of the original readers Colfer puts out a slightly darker more grim version, as Fowl reaches 14. The comedic value also took a jump up in this book. A delightfully entertaining series that every child would appreciate, especially Colfer's now obvious idea that any fantastical creatures would most certaining have and use tech! 8 out of 12.
Profile Image for Deanie Nelder.
1,131 reviews13 followers
October 15, 2020
Four books in, the Artemis Fowl series keeps getting better. Without his fairy-influenced memories, Artemis has returned to his life of crime, trying to steal a painting (ironically) called The Fairy Thief. Seeing a mind-wiped Artemis interact with Holly, who can remember how good of friends they were becoming, manages to be heart-breakingly sad and endearingly funny at the same time. I don't want to give too much away, but I like the depth the books get from bringing back villain Opal Koboi for a second round with our heroes.
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