Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer (Age 10+)
Hyperion Books for Children, New York
The fourth book in the Artemis Fowl series, this is another magical page-turner from Eoin Colfer.
Thousands of years ago, defeated by humans at the Battle of Taillte, the fairies left the surface of the earth and moved belowground. All except the the demons, who used a time spell to lift their island, Hybras, out of time into Limbo. The demons could, if they chose, travel through the time tunnel.
Now, though, the time spell is unravelling, and the demons are in danger of getting pulled back to earth. Demons begin to appear without warning all over earth. If humans start noticing this, then all fairykind would be exposed, and would be in danger of extinction. The fairies need help, and of course, there is only one person who can help them, and whom they trust enough - Artemis Fowl, the Irish teenage genius.
Once again, Holly Short the elf, ex-LEPrecon captain, now turned private investigator, Mulch Diggums the dwarf, once wanted criminal, now Holly's partner, and Foaly the centaur, technical genius of the Lower Elements, join forces with Artemis to save the fairy world.
Artemis Fowl fans will meet a host of exciting new characters - Imp No. 1 who is 'different', Qwan the demon warlock who has been under a spell for ten thousand years, Leon Abbot, the leader of the demon pride, Minerva Paradizo, Papa's golden-haired darling who almost succeeded in outwitting Artemis Fowl himself, Doodah Day the pixie who can drive any vehicle ever thought of by human or fairy and who faces a charge of fish smuggling...the list continues.
The combination of technology, magic, wit and fast-paced action makes this another brilliant Artemis Fowl tale.
The other Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer are Artemis Fowl, Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident, Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code, Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception.