"The sonic blast from Butler's grenade had crashed through the kitchen door, sweeping aside stainless-steel implements like stalks of grass."
Child criminal genius Artemis Fowl is back for adventure number three. He has mellowed slightly under the positive influence of the LEP and due to the return of his much changed father. The family credo of "Gold is power" is called into question and the more broader question of whether Artemis will become a hero is posed.
A delightfully evil villain in the form of Jon Spiro and his evil kiwi bodyguard are about to stir things up for the tween protagonist on his "one last" jaunt in the world of crime.
Colfer transforms mythical creatures into kick-ass ones as fairies and dwarfs take on hit men and hi-tech security systems.
As always, these little adventures prove entertaining and like a good chocolate bar - leave you wanting another bite. 5 out of 5 and thankfully more volumes to explore.