High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Artemis Fowl is a series of novels written by Eoin Colfer, starring a teenage criminal mastermind named Artemis Fowl II. Artemis Fowl, the main character, is a ruthless and extremely intelligent young (human) criminal whose main goal is the acquisition of money through a variety of often illegal schemes. There are many settings in the series, including Siberia, Chicago, Taiwan, Morocco, France and various places in Ireland. One main setting that has been in all the books is the Lower Elements. The author has described the series as "Die Hard with fairies." There are six novels in the series so far; the first was published in 2001 and the sixth released in the United States on 15 July 2008. A film based on the series is also in development, although most details are unclear. The series has sold over 18 million copies as of June 2008.