Thrilling, playful, fast and furious: Read a review of The Fowl Twins: Deny All Charges by Eoin Colfer

Thrilling, playful, fast and furious: Read a review of The Fowl Twins: Deny All Charges by Eoin Colfer

Myles and Beckett are twins with opposing character traits and quite diverse skills. Myles is a certified genius, a master planner and tactician with nerves of steel. Beckett is a gung-ho adventurous hero, with tremendous physical skills (judo, gymnastics etc) and a preference for action, gutfeel, and intuitive response. Like two halves of a whole, together they are an unstoppable team.

The 12-year-old twins borrow the Fowl family jet and embark on a hair-raising flight. These opening chapters, written in trademark Colfer cinematic style, set the pace for the entire book and give the reader all the background we need to understand these two very different, but very loyal, brothers. 

The escapade results in their house arrest under the watchful surveillance of their pixel parole officer, Lazuli. When Myles is abducted, Beckett and Lazuli mount a rescue mission immediately. Held captive by unidentified forces, Myles wracks his brain to determine the instigator and the reason. 

Meanwhile, Beckett and Lazuli must overcome several obstacles to their progress, some of which seem insurmountable. Will Beckett be able to formulate a genius plan without Myles? Will Myles solve the various mental puzzles to plan an escape? Can Myles overcome the physical challenges of his incarceration and find freedom?  Will the rescuers need rescuing themselves? 

Featuring an AI minder, dwarves, fairies, elves, strangling vines, and a toy troll, there is magic and technology, loyalty and betrayal, friendship, and family love, and good versus evil. 

This book is Eoin Colfer’s second foray into the adventures of the Fowl Twins, and it is a rollicking adventure through the magical world he created for Artemis Fowl. Artemis is currently on a mission to Mars. His younger brothers are now the same age he was when we first met him, right back at the very beginning of the Artemis Fowl phenomenon, which entails 8 books, graphic novels, video games, audiobooks and a movie. 

Colfer creates characters that are multi-faceted. There is legacy in fairy history that drives their prejudices and decisions, and it is hard for us Mud People to predict their responses which creates plot twists and unexpected diversions. 

The action sequences are jam-packed into this book. It almost feels like Colfer dialled-up the craziness to maximum levels in a kind of literary challenge. I particularly enjoyed the irreverent humour, some of which I suspect many young readers will miss but it will delight adult readers. 

I would thoroughly recommend this book for readers 8+. All the Artemis Fowl books are excellent for read-aloud together, and readers/listeners will eagerly await the next chapter reading. There’s also great scope for discussion about the characters different traits and skills, exploring themes of collaboration, synergy and diversity. 

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Publisher details

The Fowl Twins: Deny All Charges
Author
Eoin Colfer
Publisher
HarperCollins
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
03 February, 2021

Synopsis

The second Fowl Twins adventure starts with a bang – literally. Artemis's little brothers Myles and Beckett borrow the Fowl jet without permission, and it ends up as a fireball over Florida. The twins plus their fairy minder, the pixie-elf hybrid Lazuli Heitz, are lucky to escape with their lives. The Fowl parents and fairy police force decide that enough is enough and the twins are placed under house arrest. But Myles has questions, like: who was tracking the Fowl jet? Why would someone want to blow them out of the sky? These questions must infuriate someone because Myles is abducted and spirited away from his twin. Now Beckett and Lazuli must collaborate to find Myles and rescue him – not easy when it was Myles who was the brains of the operation. Their chase will take them across continents, deep underground, and into subaquatic supervillain lairs. They will be shot at, covered in spit, and at the receiving end of some quite nasty dwarf sarcasm. But will Beckett be able to come up with a genius plan without a genius on hand…?
Eoin Colfer
About the author

Eoin Colfer

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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