Eoin Colfer

Airman

“Conor Broekhart was born to fly…” *
It’s the 1890s. Conor Broekhart’s greatest dream is to fly. Born in a hot-air balloon and gifted with a genius for science and experiments, it appears that perhaps he was destined to. That all changes when he is accused of treason and thrown into an under-sea dungeon. How can you fly when you’re trapped by stone walls and forced to fight for your life while trying to mine underwater diamonds? Is there any way out?
Airman, written by Eoin Colfer (made famous by the Artemis Fowl series) and published in 2008 by Disney Hyperion, features a determined boy, a young queen, a blind musician and a power-hungry marshal. Join Conor as he battles against all odds to break out of the Little Saltee Dungeon. Using the walls of his cell as his journal, Conor sketches the designs for his air machines. Flight is the only way off the Little Saltee. The Airman is planning to take to the skies. Will his plan work? Can he make it out? And will the true traitor take over the kingdom before Conor can stop him?
Airman is a fast-paced action novel, filled with fencing, gliders, intrigue, dark dungeons, poison, and treason. Eoin Colfer writes with a good mix of detail and dialogue; and there are almost no dull spots in this book. It flows smoothly and quickly, with new challenges rising at ever corner. Airman is at a medium reading difficulty.
I would highly recommend this book for flight-lovers ages 13+. There is a little bit of mild vulgarity as well as some intense action. Airman is written with a high dose of adventure and courageous tactics, well-written action scenes and enjoyable characters. 3 out of 5 stars.
*Airman by Eoin Colfer-Prologue

Artemis Fowl

Brimming with action, intrigue, crime, technology and fairies; Artemis Fowl is a gripping read for teen booklovers. Written by Eoin Colfer and published by Disney • Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group; this book would fall under the fantasy genre.
Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old child prodigy. His family-the Fowl family-are legendary criminals, and have made a fortune dealing on the wrong side of the law for generations. Artemis is no exception, and neither was his father, Artemis Senior; who mysteriously disappeared some time before, after his ship exploded while it was at sea. Artemis is convinced his father is still alive and is determined to find him. However, what he intends to do requires money…something the Fowls are running low on. Artemis knows just how to attain the funds he needs: kidnapping a fairy to acquire fairy gold. The fairy he kidnaps just happens to be an Elf named…Holly Short.
Captain Holly Short is a female officer in LEPrecon. Known as “leprechauns” in human lore, they are an elite division of the Lower Elements Police force. They protect all the fairies that live beneath Earth’s surface in huge cities that (they think) humans know nothing about, and they are determined to keep it that way. If the humans found out that there were armed and deadly fairies living below them, there would surely be consequences. So far, they have succeeded in remaining hidden; or so they think…until one of their own is captured by a juvenile human.
How did he know where to find them? Will Holly be able to escape the boy genius’s grip and foil his evil plot? The fairies are bound by ancient laws and have specific boundaries regarding humans…but what if they stop playing by the rules? Will Artemis attain what he needs to locate his father?
Eoin Colfer writes with excellent imagery and a good dose of comedy. His use of dialogue is fairly good; and the story flows very well with no dull spots. I would recommend this book for ages 13+; as there is an occasional inappropriate word and some mild rude humor.
Artemis Fowl is a riveting story with genuine characters and is a thoroughly enjoyable read. 3.5 out of 5 stars.