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


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.

My Experience

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.


“Friendship isn’t a science mudboy. Just do what you think is right.”

“Hilarious, dude. You should, like, have your own show.”

“Yes, Chix, it’s between us. Everyone has a right to be temporarily unstable.

“Holly: Seven and a half hours to save the world. Isn’t there some law that says we get twenty-four?

Artemis: I don’t think Opal pays much attention to laws.”

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

“He’s a gem, sir. I wish I had one just like him.” He rattled the ring of keys on Artemis’s belt. “And what are these?” Artemis scratched his head. “Uh, keys?”

“If we make it through this, we will be friends. Bonded by trauma.”

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

“Mulch was not impressed. “I’m not impressed,”

“It’s a game box. They were invented so teenagers wouldn’t have to talk to grownups.”

Where to find this book?

Indie Bound*


*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good PDF reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.

Cite this article as: Serene Haroon, "Artemis Fowl #4: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer," in {sereneharoon.com}, March 11, 2016, http://sereneharoon.com/2016/03/artemis-fowl-4-the-opal-deception-by-eoin-colfer/.

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