Book Review: The Fowl Twins

Eoin Colfer

Rating: 4 out of 5.

published: 5th November 2019
spoilers? nope


Criminal genius runs in the family…

Myles and Beckett are eleven-year-old twins, but the two boys are wildly different. Beckett is blonde, messy and sulks whenever he has to wear clothes. Myles is fanatically neat, he has an IQ of 170, and he wears a fresh suit every day like his older brother, Artemis Fowl.

Perhaps you have heard of the Fowl family and their adventures?

This Fowl adventure is filled with the most unusual of individuals: an immortal duke, a miniature troll, a nunterrogator and a Police Specialist that’s 42% elf. And of course, the Fowl twins – one a certified genius with a criminal leaning, and the other possessing an unusual talent that has not been fully explored… yet!

Here begins the second documented cycle of Fowl Adventures.

“How much do you trust me, Beck?” Beckett smiled. “How big is the universe?” he said.

Galley provided by publisher

Artemis Fowl was easily one of my favourite series growing up. So when I found out there was going to be a sequel series, God knows how excited I was. And this, the first book in that series, does not disappoint.

The Fowl Twins follows Artemis’s younger twin brothers, Beckett and Myles. The narrative is somewhat of a collision course between four parties: the twins, Lazuli (a pixel), Lord Teddy Bleedham-Drye (one of the villains, chasing immortality, and yeah, the name still makes me laugh every time I read it), and Jeronima (a nun working for a shady organisation searching for proof that fairies exist). And it’s a very enjoyable collision course, with several points where I started laughing out loud, subjecting me to strange looks from my mum and sister.

Because that’s what Eoin Colfer does best, creates a really good adventure story, where it doesn’t matter that you’re now twice the age of the protagonists (God….), you’ll still have a lot of fun reading it. Maybe I’ll just go back to reading books marketed at 9-12 year olds if this is how much fun I have compared to reading more adult books.

Part of it might have been some kind of nostalgia when it comes to Artemis Fowl, sure, because I definitely remember the first series having more action in it than this one (but obviously, it being the opening book may account for that). But even despite that, you’re never bored reading this book. Partly because you get to see everyone involved’s POVs throughout. Sometimes 5 POVs can seem like a lot, but not here because they’re all so distinct from one another and their plotlines are converging too.

All of which to say, you should definitely read this book, even if you haven’t read the original series.

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