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Running in the Family: Review of The Fowl Twins

November 4, 2019

Criminal genius runs in the family…

We all remember the escapades of boy genius and criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II. His past with the Fairy People has been fraught. He’s almost a mythological character to the Fairy People. But now he’s on a journey into space, leaving behind his younger twin brothers. And trouble just seems to follow the name Fowl wherever it goes!

Myles and Beckett Fowl are completely different, even though they are twins. Beckett is blonde, messy, talks to seagulls and dolphins and just hates wearing clothes. Myles takes after his older brother Artemis – very well put together, impeccably neat, and 3D prints a brand new suit every day. But they will do whatever it takes to protect each other.

The story starts one week after their 11th birthday. As a reminder, Artemis was only 12 in the first book in his series. Criminal activity starts young in the Fowl family. The boys are left in the care of their house security system, known as NANNI, for just one night. But we soon find out exactly how much can happen in just one night. On this particular night, Beckett befriends a toy troll. Not a plastic toy as you may assume – but a real-life troll, just a very small one. This troll is a wanted creature, by both a nefarious nobleman wanting the secret to immortality and an interrogating nun who wants the creature for her own gain.

Eoin Colfer’s works are beautifully engaging, captivating readers from the very first page. The Fowl Twins is the start of a brand new series from Colfer, and it stands to be just as successful as the Artemis Fowl series. If you enjoyed Artemis’ adventures, you’ll want to join Beckett and Myles on theirs. There were some great call-backs to the original series, but you don’t have to read the original series to enjoy the rollicking tale that The Fowl Twins provides.

You’re taken on an epic adventure with the twins and their ragtag collection of allies as they get shot at, kidnapped, buried, arrested, threatened and killed – but only temporarily. Along with the twins, you’ll travel the globe but also learn important lessons. Maybe to stay out of the way of criminal masterminds, but definitely that the strongest bond in the world is not the one forged between covalent electrons in adjacent atoms, as Myles and Artemis would try to tell you. It is the bond that exists between a pair of twins.

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Eoin Colfer was born and raised in Wexford, a seaside town in the south-east of Ireland. He began writing plays at an early age, forcing his unfortunate classmates to dress up as marauding Vikings when they would have preferred to be outdoors doing some real marauding.

Browbeaten by constant encouragement from his family, Eoin continued to write as an adult. His first novel, Benny and Omar, was an instant bestseller in Ireland, and Artemis Fowl, his first book featuring the brilliant young anti-hero, was an immediate international bestseller. It was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year and was winner of both the WH Smith ‘People’s Choice’ Children’s Book of the Year and of the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year.



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