The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer

Myles and Beckett Fowl are twins but the two boys are wildly different. Beckett is blonde, messy and sulks whenever he has to wear clothes. Myles is impeccably neat, has an IQ of 170, and 3D prints a fresh suit every day – just like his older brother, Artemis Fowl.

A week after their eleventh birthday the twins are left in the care of house security system, NANNI, for a single night. In that time, they befriend a troll on the run from a nefarious nobleman and an interrogating nun both of whom need the magical creature for their own gain . . .

Prepare for an epic adventure in which The Fowl Twins and their new troll friend escape, get shot at, kidnapped, buried, arrested, threatened, killed (temporarily) . . . and discover that the strongest bond in the world is not the one forged by covalent electrons in adjacent atoms, but the one that exists between a pair of twins.

Release Date : November 5th 2019

The Fowl Twins is an imaginative return to the world of Artemis Fowl some seven years after the last instalment. Instead of following our old friends Artemis and Holly the focus has shifted to Beckett and Myles who we first met in The Last Guardian. They are now growing up and are about to have their first brush with fairies, creatures they believed to be tall tales from their brother.

This was quite the return to the Fowl world. When I was younger I was a big fan of the series, the first book received in error during a Scholastic school book fair. Let’s just say I’ve never missed the Scooby-Doo book I had actually ordered. The twins are wonderfully imagined and while Myles is the closest to his brother in terms of personality, it is Beckett who truly shines throughout the book. His personality is supremely childlike however he hides a huge brain behind all his jokes.

Lazuli and Whistle-Blower are our links to the Fairy world. Lazuli is a Pixel (Pixie/Elf) and Whistle-Blower is something totally new to us, a toy troll. The Villains, like any Colfer book are imaginative, witty if a bit unique.

The dual personalities of the twins as they skip from trouble to more trouble throughout the book helps to build up a rapport between them and the reader. We learn things that they might not be quite fully aware of each other. Their escapades are already set to rival Artemis – never mind they already bet him in terms of age with first contact at 11, compared to Artemis’ 12.

Colfer’s writing remains sharp and witty, his individual writing style remains distinctive while accessible. This book, like his previous series, is primarily aimed towards children and teenagers. The vocabulary used throughout the book could possibly be considered challenging for younger readers however, more difficult words are often followed by an explanation on its meaning. This first book is a great introduction for a new generation while also satisfying the older generation who grew up with the previous series. I look forward to seeing the reception this receives from younger readers, although I have already purchased my copy to place in my bookshelf.

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