Before I dive into this hilariously adventurous children’s book; you should know that The Fowl Twins stands on its own two tiny feet, but trust me, the experience will be far more worthier and enjoyable if you have read The Artemis Fowl series about a criminally genius 13 year old who discovers and hold ransom, an entirety of fairy species who live underground and had thus far, escaped notice from the human eyes.
Now, The Fowl twins, are Artemis fowl’s younger twin brothers who couldn’t be more opposite of each other, if they tried – Myles Fowl, is a suit wearing genius with snobbish and a know – it all attitude who tends to enjoy lecturing others, a little too much (reminds me of Artemis at the start of his adventures, to be honest!) and Beckett Fowl whose clothing optional attitude rankles Myles, takes amazing delight in doing his best to irritate Myles, has the amazing ability to talk in languages understood by different species and is as disorganised and disorderly as Myles is organised and ordered.
They live in fortified Iland Dalkey Island under the protection of NANNI; designed by Artemis Fowl, with inputs from Myles; to keep the twins out of trouble (kind of disappointed we do not have a Butler progeny protecting the twins!). However, with Fowl genius in play, it was of course to be expected that the twins would also find themselves in the bulls eye of villains; though unlike Artemis, it of course through no fault of their own.
When Beckett finds a miniature troll on the beach by their fortress, neither he nor Myles had any idea that the troll or rather its venom is coveted by a 150 year old English Lord Teddy Bleedham-Drye, who is seeking ways to live forever (rather droll, isn’t he?). On the other hand, we have a blue pixel, Lazuli Heitz (an pixie and elf hybrid) with no magic powers, only ambition and a whole lot of encouragement from her ‘angel’, is on a simulation when she catches sight of the miniature troll and goes against protocol to protect the creature from humans, without realising that the humans she would be encountering would of the Fowl variety (pun so totally intended!).
Now, while Artemis had done his best to educate Myles and Beckett with his ‘fairy’ knowledge; Myles, primarily hasn’t actually accepted the fairies as more than a bedtime story that Artemis told them to placate Beckett. But when Myles, and Beckett along with the miniature troll, Whistle Blower, is his name like Beckett would like you to give the respect the troll is due as his friend; are kidnapped by a secret agency whose leader is a NUN (Nunterrogator, to be specific); Myles and Beckket along with Lazuli and Whistle Blower, form a reluctant team (The Regrettables, of course!) in face of common enemy(ies).
Like always, there is no comparison to the beauty of the talent that is shown by Eoin Colfer; brilliantly written, scientifically nuanced and hilarious adventure of two 11 year old with a pixel and troll against a Nun and a Lord – it was comical, witty and absolutely thrill worthy and I am so excited to see where Mr. Colfer takes us on the next adventure with the Fowl Twins and their fairy liaison, Lazuli Heitz.