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How to read the Artemis Fowl books in order

Cliff Weitzman
By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in Books in Order on April 19, 2023

    How to read the Artemis Fowl books in order

    Artemis Fowl books in order

    When it comes to any series with multiple parts, what’s important is to know which order to read it in. After all, if you mess up the order, you might find yourself confused. Additionally, it’s also important to know if the series has some additional content. That’s why today we will be discussing the order of the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, so let’s get right into it.

    Who is Artemis Fowl?

    Artemis Fowl II, also known as Artemis Fowl Jr., is the main character of the book series. He’s an Irish boy with an extremely high IQ who comes from a rather wealthy but dysfunctional family with a long criminal history. Starting out as cold and apathetic, he slowly turns into a more honest and empathetic person.

    Author of Artemis Fowl books

    Eoin Colfer is an Irish author of children’s books, famous for writing fantasy, science fiction, and adventure novels. Colfer was born in Wexford, Ireland, and his work gained popularity with the first installment of the Artemis Fowl series back in 2001, which became a New York Times bestseller.

    An introduction to Eoin Colfer’s writings

    Aside from the main Artemis Fowl series and the novellas, Eoin Colfer has written other popular works as well. Some of his other works include Half Moon Investigations, The Wish List, The Supernaturalist, and Eoin Colfer’s Legends.

    Overview of the Artemis Fowl series

    Artemis Fowl is a fantasy series following the young criminal mastermind as he discovers a new world populated with strange creatures armed with dangerously advanced technology, faces new dangers, and goes from a borderline antihero to an actual hero. It consists of seven main novels, some follow Artemis Fowl II, and others follow other members of the Fowl family.

    There are also short novels, a spinoff series called The Fowl Twins, The Artemis Fowl Files – a guide through the series, Artemis Fowl: How to Be a LEPrecon – another guide, and a movie on Disney+ which had seen its release date on June 12, 2020.

    Artemis Fowl books publication order

    Now, let’s discuss the publication order of the book series, as well as summarize each of the books.

    Artemis Fowl (2001)

    This is the first book of the series, and it introduces us to the story of twelve-year-old Artemis, a genius heir of the Fowl family and resident of the Fowl manor. In this book, he first discovers a world located below ground filled with high-tech wielding pixies that he deems as his enemies and he ends up kidnapping one of these fairy creatures, whose name is Holly Short, in exchange for ransom, eager to restore his family fortune. However, this leads to many problems and possibly, even a war between humans and fairies.

    The Arctic Incident (2002)

    The second book finds Artemis as he tries to locate his father, who is being held hostage by the Russian mafia. Holly, on the other hand, wants to find out who the goblins are using as a supplier for human technology, and Foaly wants to uncover who has disabled the LEP (Lower Elements Police) technology.

    Meanwhile, Artemis receives a ransom demand regarding his father but is then captured by LEP as their suspect. Convincing them of his innocence, he promises to help them if they agree to assist him with the situation regarding his father. As this happens, all chaos breaks loose in the underground.

    The Eternity Code (2003)

    Now, Artemis is thirteen, and he has constructed a very powerful supercomputer using stolen fairy technology. This supercomputer presents a danger for both sides if it were to fall into the wrong hands. This is precisely why Artemis doesn’t plan to use it, instead, he does something even riskier. With his bodyguard Butler by his side, he decides to present his creation to an American businessman affiliated with the mafia, and, well, that turns out not to be the best idea.

    The Opal Deception (2005)

    Opal Koboi, the evil pixie, has been plotting her revenge while in her self-induced comatose state. While Artemis may have had his memories wiped, the fairies still remember him. Again, he needs to stop the chaos that could occur if the two worlds collide, however, this time, he doesn’t have the upper hand.

    The Lost Colony (2006)

    When a confused demon appears in the middle of a Sicilian theatre, Artemis tries to find answers. However, this is cut short when the demon gets kidnapped by a mysterious perpetrator. This is no good news for the fairies since this confused fella is the last demon warlock. Now, Artemis and Captain Holly Short need to get to the bottom of this.

    The Time Paradox (2008)

    It’s been three years, and now Artemis is mostly dedicated to all the duties of an older sibling, teaching the pair of twins some useful everyday stuff. However, peace doesn’t last for long as it’s revealed that Artemis has a deadly illness – and it’s all definitely his fault. With the help of the fairies, he travels back in time to find the extinct Silky Sifaka Lemur and faces a very peculiar enemy – the ten-year-old version of himself.

    Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex (2010)

    Artemis has changed, his main weapon – his mind has been tampered with. And, the timing couldn’t be worse, evil robots are a threat to all life at the moment. Captain Holly Short has to help restore the old Artemis and cure his Atlantis Complex disorder.

    The Last Guardian (2012)

    It’s time for the biggest battle yet – to prevent the end of the world. Opal Koboi plans mass extermination of humans. That sounds terrible, right? Well, it can get even worse as Artemis’ two younger brothers get innocently caught up in the whole ordeal.

    Artemis Fowl short stories/novellas in order

    Alongside the main story, there are also a few short stories centered around the book series and its theme, so let’s very briefly summarize the two.

    The Seventh Dwarf (2004)

    In this novella, the criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl crosses paths with Mulch Diggums, a dwarf who is on the run, being pursued by LEP. Artemis sets him up, planning to foil his stealing plans, and that’s all because he actually needs his help.

    Artemis Begins (2010)

    This short story is not actually related to the book series in a straightforward way. Instead of being about the fictional Artemis Fowl, it deals with a short story from author Eoin Colfer’s life.

    Artemis Fowl: the graphic novels books in order

    The Artemis Fowl series also has graphic novel editions based on their respective books, so here they are in their correct order.

    1. Artemis Fowl (2007)
    2. The Arctic Incident (2009)
    3. The Eternity Code (2013)
    4. The Opal Deception (2014)

    Artemis Fowl audiobooks collection

    There’s no stopping diehard fans, so if you don’t have time to read your favorite books, you can simply listen to them! Audiobook services are all the rage these days, which means you can experience the Artemis Fowl series in audio form. And you can do that pretty easily with the abundance of audiobook services available.

    Listen to Eoin Colfer’s books with Speechify

    If you’re a fan of the Artemis Fowl series and are looking for more great reads from the same author, Eoin Colfer, there are plenty of options to choose from on Speechify Audiobooks. Speechify Audiobooks is a fantastic platform for avid readers and listeners alike. With a collection of over 70,000 audiobooks across various genres, it’s an excellent resource for those looking to discover new books and authors. You can also take advantage of convenient features, such as the ability to adjust narration speed and bookmark favorite sections, so you can easily enjoy these fantastic reads at your own pace. Sign up for Speechify Audiobooks today and check out Eloin Colfer’s other works. Plus, get your first premium audiobook for free.


    Can an 11-year-old read Artemis Fowl?

    The book is generally suitable for kids 10 and up, so your 11-year-old should enjoy it!

    Is the Artemis Fowl series over?

    The original series is over. However, there might be other things still in store.

    Cliff Weitzman
    Cliff Weitzman

    Cliff Weitzman is a dyslexia advocate and the CEO and founder of Speechify, the #1 text-to-speech app in the world, totaling over 100,000 5-star reviews and ranking first place in the App Store for the News & Magazines category. In 2017, Weitzman was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list for his work making the internet more accessible to people with learning disabilities. Cliff Weitzman has been featured in EdSurge, Inc., PC Mag, Entrepreneur, Mashable, among other leading outlets.