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The Last Guardian

(Artemis Fowl #8)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  54,199 ratings  ·  2,504 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 Books
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(A-) 84% | Very Good
Notes: A series that's lived off Chekhov's Gun sees its most poignant use. The usual peril is boosted by bursts of emotionality.
Tharindu Dissanayake
Nov 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
"It is I, Opal Koboi, from the house of Koboi. High Queen of the fairy families."

"Be careful, Myles! That's very sharp."
"Sharp is it, Mud Boy? That's the way I like my spears."
"It's not a spear, idiot. It's a pike. You call yourself a warrior?"

Colfer is back to his normal great self with this last entry of Artemis Fowl. I was a little worried after reading the penultimate book, The Atlantis Complex, thinking that it might become somewhat repetitive after that. But The Last Guardian broug
Jan 11, 2011 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
Teno Q.
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: novels, fantasy
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
Alice Oseman
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Artemis Fowl was my favourite childhood book series and a couple of years ago I decided to start a full reread of all 8 books on audiobook... and today I finally finished it! (It took ages, I know, I don't listen to audiobooks very often.)

(This little ramble contains spoilers for the whole AF series)

My official verdict is that the first three books are excellent. They were the books I read and reread over and over again when I was a kid, especially the first one, which is truly a masterpiece. I
Ahmad Sharabiani
Artemis Fowl: and the Last Guardian = The Last Guardian (Artemis Fowl #8), Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian is the eighth and final novel in Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series. Colfer had previously alluded to the novel being the final entry when he stated that the previous book, The Atlantis Complex, was the penultimate in the series. The Last Guardian was released 10 July 2012. Just as Artemis leaves his final session of therapy for Atlantis Complex, he and Butler are summoned by Holl
Jul 27, 2011 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
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
Ahmed  Ejaz
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, full-lengths
Finally, I have finished this series Reading this series....long series... was kind of long journey.

I didn't want to read this book after its previous book. I really didn't!! I even started a new series and read some pages, but I couldn't help myself to think about what would be the conclusion of this series. I was completely thinking about this series. So, I thought, it would be better to read this and finish this series rather than being disturbed all the time.

Well, this book was great! I
Jul 12, 2012 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
Feb 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YOU
Recommended to Annie by: Artemis Fowl himself. Duh.
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
Apr 27, 2012 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
I did it guys, I did another thing. I finished a series! Woohoo!

The Last Guardian was an interesting book since it was the final one in the Artemis Fowl series. I did like getting to see more of the twins and Juliette in it as well. Plus having Opal back as the villain did make things a bit more entertaining... yet, I found myself bored with some of this book.

Don't get me wrong, it had a bunch of twists and turns throughout it but not everything held my attention. I did want the gang all back t
Dean Ryan Martin
Yey, I am done reading THE LAST GUARDIAN - the final book in Artemis Fowl Octalogy. Opal Koboi is back! She is the psychotic villain in Books 2, 4 and 6 but surprisingly returns with a genius plan to eradicate humanity. No one can stop her black magic. Yet, Artemis Fowl never surrenders like a teenager with an acne on his nose. He plans, he executes the plan with his friends until they succeed. The last two chapters of the book (pages 285 - 326) would hail him as one of the most esteemed protago ...more
Jun 07, 2011 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 Nevermore wa
Mar 03, 2016 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
Oct 04, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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
Adibah Atiqa (persephtiyareads)
Dear Eoin Colfer, thank you for introducing me to this world, to all the beautiful & amazing characters. I am so honored to travel along the journey of this series <3
Jul 27, 2012 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
rachel ☾
#1) Artemis Fowl ★★★☆☆
#2) The Arctic Incident ★★★☆☆
#3) The Eternity Code ★★★☆☆
#4) The Opal Deception ★★★☆☆
#5) The Last Colony ★★☆☆☆
#6) The Time Paradox ★★★☆☆
#7) The Atlantis Complex ★★☆☆☆

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Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I finally did it. I started this series all the way back in middle school and I finally reached the end. I must say, it was an amazing ride. It was so much fun to see the evolution of Artemis, his friendship with the fairies, and all the exciting adventures. The fact that Opal is finally dead was definitely satisfying. Initially, I was extremely disappointed that Artemis was dying at the end after surviving literally everything else. I thought it was amazing how they managed to bring him ba ...more
May 01, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Favorite line, "Silence was safety. Words would only bind themselves into strands and hang him." ...more
May 23, 2012 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
Lost Planet Airman
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: completed-series
Dropping back a star. Of course, I have no memory of reading in 2012, so it must not have made much of an impression. Honestly, it still didn't. This one, needing to be told from so many POVs, it got disjointed. And cliche. And middle-grade. None of which was the right fit for me, right now. ...more
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: artemis-fowl
(A-) 90% | AGES 13+ | Ah...What is there to say about Artemis Fowl? The most cunning, clever, and intelligent boy alive and yet, somehow, still not the brightest. This was a good closure. But a closure to what? You might be wondering. So here are some questions I can answer in the end.

Should I read this series?
To read Artemis Fowl is an acquired taste. If you like long chapters with multiple points of view and witty humor, this is for you. If you like goblins, fairies, daring exploits, time tra
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3 ⭐
Unfortunately, I didn't *love* this book in the series either, but I loved every other book in the series, so I still count this as a win! I love these characters and have grown very attached to them over the years as I've been reading the series, and I'm honestly upset that this series is over. I'll definitely be starting The Fowl Twins series this year (I intend to review it, also) because I can never leave this world for too long, Eoin Colfer's books are just SO good!

Also, they
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
3.75/5 stars
Artemis Fowl, the human who had once lied as a matter of course, was surprised to find that in this instance, lying for the greater good did not make him feel any better about it.


I truly cannot figure out whether this was satisfying or not. I am absolutely certain now that I never read the final book in this series when it first came out, because I remember nothing that happened in The Last Guardian.

There's pretty much everythi
Sarah Skinner
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 14, 2012 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
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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

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)
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  • The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl #7)

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