3.5 stars! Again, we see the wit of Mr. Colfer and praise all his cleverness! However, this was not on par with the typical exciting Artemis novel and that's biased. Since I always took Artemis Fowl, teen mastermind, for granted, I would've thought the mess more elaborate and the plan to salvage it more so. Of course it is brilliant as usual but the boy has seemed to have lost his touch. His other masterpieces were greater and compared now, this was a new low. Sad that it's the last we'll ever hear from Fowl...or not?! There's enough room left for so much expansions or even a spinoff. Fo rnow, I can only content with the mystery and my vivid but limited imagination.