“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.” (Amazon)
Review of The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer
My rating: 4/5
Thank you to Tandem Collective UK and HarperCollins Children’s Books for my copy of this book.
Over the last week, I have taken the part in readalong for The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer organised by Tandem Collective on Instagram. Take a look at all the pictures I have posted with this lovely book as well as my responses to the readalong prompts here. All of the other participants are also tagged in my posts there so check out their lovely pictures and reviews!
I don’t read that many middle-grade books these days, but it has been such a nostalgic read for me in many ways. I have enjoyed Artemis Fowl series when I was younger, so naturally, I jumped from joy for having an opportunity to take a part in this readalong. And I haven’t been disappointed!
The Fowl Twins follows Myles and Beckett, younger brothers of Artemis Fowl, as they get in the troubles and discover the magical world Artemis has discovered years ago. Although they are twins, Myles and Beckett have completely different personalities. Myles is more similar to their older brother, Artemis, similarly focused, intelligent and behaving older than his age. Beckett seems to behave more like eleven years old boy, but he too has his talents – like communicating with different species. While I feel more kinship with Myles, Beckett is such a loveable character, and I have enjoyed getting to know him more.
Although the story starts slower than some other Eoin Colfer’s books, the action picks up quickly in The Fowl Twins, and the reader meets a cast of varied characters with different agendas. And Myles and Beckett in the middle of all of it. The Fowl Twins takes place in numerous spectacular locations, amongst others Amsterdam, and I loved that. I think this first book in Eoin Colfer’s new series has set up nicely the possibilities of endless future adventures for the twins.
While inevitably Artemis Fowl series remains my favourite (I have so many memories of reading this series!), it was so much fun to see the sibling interaction between Myles and Beckett in The Fowl Twins, and I’m looking forward to their next adventure.
Who is the book for: The Fowl Twins is a great read for both children age 10-12 (and some older!) and their parents alike. If you have enjoyed Artemis Fowl series, you’ll love this. You can get your copy here. The second part of The Fowl Twins series by Eoin Colfer, Deny All Charges is getting published in October!