To start with, one compliment to the author: Eoin (heavens, what a name, how do you pronounce that?) Colfer succeded in writing a completely new book - instead of rewriting the first story - a technique so often used by bestseller authors, who want to repeat their original success (are you listening, Mrs Rowling?). The story itself is quite fascinating, though a little bit foreseeable. The character of Artemis is much more engaging now than in the first book - but also more of a conventional child hero (whith just a hint of "Die Hard"). Still the great sense of humor, persiflage and sometimes satire remains that made the first book so readable for adults too. The story itself takes up loose endings from the first book and brings them to a logical conclusion: It answers the question of what happened to Artemis' missing father and how the fairies reacted to the events in the first book. I'm not going to tell more about the plot in case you still want to read it - which I would advise whith all my heart!