A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Introduces the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as well as Abu Simbel, Borobudur, Rapa Nui, and the Throne Hall at Persepolis.
Friendship and forgiveness are important. So is fighting for the greater good, which in this case is to save the world from war.
Positive Role Models
Since Artemis has forgotten all about the fairy world, he's back to being a criminal at the beginning of the story. He comes around again, though, realizing how important Holly and Mulch are to him. He's never truthful with his parents, though.
Violence & Scariness
An important character to the series dies in an explosion and is mourned. Fierce fights against fairy creatures, the worst being trolls. Explosions and high-tech fairy weapons account for the rest of the fighting. A fall from a building with injuries. A plan to start a war between fairies and humans that would wipe out millions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Holly and Artemis are sprayed with troll pheromones and chased by amorous trolls.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some teens smoke briefly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Eoin Colfer's The Opal Deception is the fourth book in the popular Artemis Fowl series. Here Artemis' adversary/friend Holly Short needs his help, as Opal Koboi has escaped and is planning both revenge and world domination. Expect the death of an important character in an explosion; the character is mourned after. There are also fights against trolls, fights using explosions and high-tech fairy weaponry, and a fall from a building with injuries. At the beginning of the story, Artemis doesn't remember his connection to the fairies and is back to being more of the bad guy readers will remember from the first book. He comes around quickly, though, and realizes how important his friends are.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of the series who were horrified to think it would end as a trilogy will be thrilled to see this new episode. While The Opal Deception can be read without reading the previous books, that's not recommended. Even with lots of exposition, it's pretty confusing without the context. But it maintains the strengths of the series: fast pacing, suspense, smarty-pants humor, B movie dialogue and plotting, and unusual settings.
Artemis is considerably softened up here, a process begun in the previous book and now accelerated. At times he is almost, well, nice -- which may disappoint some readers even as parents breathe a sigh of relief.
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