Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Review: The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

Title: The Fowl Twins
Author: Eoin Colfer

Series: The Fowl Twins #1
Publication: November 5th 2019 by HarperCollins Publishers
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade
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Rating: 5/5

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.

The first in a breath-taking new series from global superstar Eoin Colfer. Set in the multi-million bestselling world of ARTEMIS FOWL.

"Fowl and fairy, friends forever."

The Artemis Fowl series has always meant a lot to me and it has also always been my favorite series ever. So it's not surprising that The Fowl Twins was my highest anticipated book of the year. Ever since this book was announced I was beyond excited to get back to the magical world of Artemis Fowl. But of course there's always that tiny voice inside the back of your head thinking, what if this spin-off book is not as good as the original series or what if it's just a disappointing book in general and so on. I should've known not to doubt Eoin Colfer one bit because I absolutely loved The Fowl Twins. It was one fantastic read!

At the start of this book I didn't think it would be a 4 star read. I was a little bit sad about Artemis being on a space mission to Mars. It took me a chapter or three to really get into the story, but once I did I was hooked and didn't look back. So this story is obviously about the Fowl twins, Artemis' 11 year-old younger brothers who are named Myles and Beckett. Myles and Beckett are both very different characters even though they're twins. Myles is the genius out of the two, resembling Artemis and Beckett is the energetic, silly action-taker. But their twin bond is unbreakable. Personally I really liked Beckett especially.

In typical Eoin Colfer style we have some baddies with hilarious names that are out to get magic, money, both and even more. So of course we have a new fairy character coming to the twins rescue. This new character is called Lazuli Heitz and she is an elf and pixie hybrid called a pixel. I really missed Holly Short (even though I shouldn't have fretted so much about her absense...), did really love Lazuli. She was the perfect addition to the twins and the three of them made a pretty good team.

Overall, The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer was an action-packed story, laugh-out-loud funny and full of magic. It was a real page-turner and I can't wait to see where the Fowl twins' adventures will take them next. 

About the author:
​Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!

After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin university and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books (see below). Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

He says, “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
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  1. I have Artemis Fowl on my TBR and I am so ashamed that I haven't read it yet. I am glad to hear that you did end up enjoying it. Hopefully I will get to it myself one day. :)

  2. The Artmeis Fowl series has always got such great reviews, I am curious about this one. Spin offs can be hit or miss but this one really seems to work.

  3. Ooooh I have been wanting to read this author for way too long!! So glad you enjoyed it and the spin off wasn't a disappointment. I am also a skeptic when it comes to spin offs of a series I adore!!

    Chanzie @ Free To Be Me

  4. It takes a lot for me to hate a story by Colfer. Which I have never done. xD

  5. I've never read the original, but now from the sound of it I need to pick it up. Glad you liked it, beside the small bit of disappointment at the beginning.

  6. I am glad you were able to get into the book after the first three chapters and then fall head over heels in love with it! Not surprised that you did :)


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