Despite my adult status I've read and thoroughly enjoyed the previous six AF books. Book 7 fell short for me because Artemis himself was relegated to the role of supporting character. Much more time was spent with this episode's bad guy than with Artemis. The Artemis I was waiting to experience didn't really show up until somewhere in the second half of the book, where he was as enjoyable as ever, but then the book ended. I have to acknowledge that Eoin Colfer took some risk in having his title character take a back seat to other characters in the ensemble (Butler, Juliette, Holly, Foaly, as well as the current bad guy). Did the risk pay off? For this book, I'm not so sure it did. (I'll still be back for the next book!)
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