The Final Artemis Fowl Book, THE LAST GUARDIAN, Coming Next Summer

Bestselling author Eoin Colfer recently signed a three-book deal with Disney-Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide. Part of the deal includes the eighth and final installment of the Artemis Fowl series, The Last Guardian. The book will be published in Summer 2012.

Disney also bought two books in a brand new series called W.A.R.P. The first book will be called The Reluctant Assassin and will be published in Winter 2013. Here’s more about W.A.R.P.:

The assassin of the title is young Riley, who has fallen into the FBI’s W.A.R.P. – Witness Anonymous Relocation Program -after a murderous escapade with a Victorian illusionist. Riley is transported to modern-day London, where he must both evade the illusionist and keep him from returning to Victorian times, where, with his new knowledge of all things scientific and technological, he could literally change the world.

Colfer said in a statement, “W.A.R.P. is an exciting new venture for me that combines a love of Victorian crime fiction, which I developed from reading Sherlock Holmes, and my fascination with science fiction, which has always been a hallmark of my books W.A.R.P. is dark and funny and hopefully thrilling, and I am over the moon that Disney-Hyperion Books is prepared to journey into the past and future with me.”

Well, we knew that Colfer was wrapping up the Artemis Fowl series, but now we know the last book is officially called The Last Guardian. In an interview last year, Colfer said he wanted to end the series with Artemis facing a choice:

“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.”

What would you like to see happen in the final book? Are you sad to see the series end?

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