I will start this review off by saying that I have not read any Artemis Fowl books before reading this one. I have only read one other book by Eoin Colfer and that was his new Fantasy book for adults. I don't think it is necessary to read the Artemis Fowl books to understand this one since it was still easy to understand everything.
After reading two books by this author in the last month I can say that I just don't think this specific author is for me. Although he creates interesting plots and characters, I still find myself not engaging very well with the books. This one was a lot better than the Adult Fantasy one but it still missed the mark for me.
The beginning of this one was a bit slow and involved quite a lot of information. I also felt that the writing style didn't fit the middle grade audience either. In just a couple of pages there were a lot of big words, including scientific ones, that even I don't understand as an adult.
Myles and Beckett may be twins but they are definitely different from each other. They compliment each other and I thought that was a great aspect about them. They were fun to read about but I didn't find myself ever really connecting with them or their story for the most part. The other characters were okay but again, they just left me needing something more. The book does have multiple point-of-views and this is always a nice touch. My only complaint with them is when they switch in the same chapter. It always leaves me having to go back and reread parts to make sure I am understanding the switch correctly.
As for the plot, it was fun and I liked that it included trolls and fairies. I feel like a lot of kids would like that aspect because who doesn't love those types of mythical creatures?
Overall, it was a good read. I think a lot of kids and even adults who enjoy Artemis Fowl will like this book. Personally, I don't think the author is a right fit for me.