Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer has announced that the 8th book in the series will be its last. He tells The Guardian :
“One more book, and then that’ll be the end of that,” he said. “He will be faced with a choice where he can be kind to somebody and he won’t gain anything, or he can be unkind and he will find a million dollars in a suitcase, and he will choose the nice way, and that will be the end,” he explained. “That’s how I’m going to finish it, on a very simple choice.”
The child mastermind has changed through the series, Colfer continued, from being “pretty much your standard bad guy … kind of two dimensional”, to someone with “a bit of a conscience”. “He’s gone from being this horrible bad guy to being more of a Robin Hood kind of guy, where he does commit crimes, but you feel they’re kind of warranted,” he said.
Like Peter Pan, Colfer explained, Fowl will put away the magic, the childish things, but he will also do something “that could be considered very human”. “There’s not going to be any huge battle, and going up the stairs to heaven, it’s not going to be that kind of finish.” he added. “There will be the big adventure, but the end will be in a little epilogue. End of story.”
I’m sure fans will be disappointed, but Artemis has grown older as the series has progressed and it’s probably time for it to wrap up. Plus, fans might have an Artemis Fowl movie to look forward to after the series is finished. I can’t find any recent movie news, but Colfer has confirmed  that one is in the works.
The 7th (and penultimate) Artemis Fowl book, The Atlantis Complex, will be out on August 3, 2010.
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