Yeah, definitely.Well, I found 'lil Arty about as dark as Book 1 Arty. Cold, calculating - just lost his father and is slowly losing his mother, an entire criminal empire is left to him, etc. He had to be cold-blooded to make through all that...
But yeah, TTP focused on some more serious issues. Like the Extinctionists and what they were doing, unwillingly betraying a friend's trust, (can't really say kidnapping and death and/or near-death - kind of a trend by now), etc. And the last third of the book? Kinda creepy, it was. What with the sucking brain fluid from animals and... barrels of pig fat... Arty's mother...
Although, I think TOD definitely has the darkest scene of the series...
I agree completely, I think it wasn't until the beginning of TOD that I began the process of *really* getting into the series, and started to bond with Holly as a character. The scene right after Root has been killed, and she thinks she has failed to save Artemis and Butler... But yes, it was only the beginning that was dark for me, the rest was exciting, but not frightening and oppressive in the same way, where it seemed almost hopeless for a little while.The intense part in TTP is the relationship between characters, the comparisons, the betrayal, etc. Not really the adventure. TTP felt more like a character exploration than an adventure. Like the comparison of past and present Artemis, Artemis as a brother and son, Artemis as a friend, Holly and Artemis. The beginning of TLC started out as light enough, but the end was more intense.
Also TOD. Though I think only the start is dark. The end was a bit lighter.
The betrayal and isolation themes in this book made it the darkest one for me.On this evening, the stars just made him feel tiny and insignificant. Nature was vast and mighty and would eventually swallow him, even the memory of him. He lay there cold and alone on the plateau, waiting for a feeling of triumph he realized would never arrive [...]
Magical sparks flowed from Holly's fingertip, engulfing Artemis like a cocoon. He felt comforted and peaceful, like a baby in its blanket. [...]
"I'm sorry I lied to you, Holly. Truly. You've done so much."
Holly's eyes were distant. "Maybe you made the wrong decision; maybe I would have made that decision myself. We're from different worlds, Artemis. We will always have doubts about each other."
Lol, interesting, for me the relative 'dark' qualities of TTP are part of what made me like it so much. (:In what you said, the relationship of Holly and Artemis breaking I find this book was dark. But in everything else TTP was my favourite book. Action all the book, real problems, esporadical jokes, the "Do I or do I not love Holly/Artemis?" and nasty little Artemis gave me all the thrill I was expecting from the series.
I really, in overall, didn't find TTP dark. Like others said, to me the darkest one is TOD, with deaths, trolls, psychotic pixies and angry chefs. The good thing aboit that book though is that Artemis' and Holly's relationship grows A LOT!, but other than that is was as dark as a wolf's mouth.
*going off topic* Yeah I agree, the fact that he actually felt so guilty about it was revealing about Artemis' character. The fact that he *did* tell Holly what he had done even though it would probably prevent him from getting something he wanted (namely, furthering his relationship with Holly). He thinks instead, "If you answer this question, it will be the worst thing you have ever done."We can take a good thing of Artemis' lie. He was actually VERY guilty of lyieng to her. That's something good in my opinion
Oh yes, that is another aspect that you could say makes TTP 'dark' is how the bad guy (one of the bad guys) is actually Artemis's younger self. For one, I think it would be very hard to have to face up to what you have done and the kind of person you once were so directly.After it was pointed out did i think the book seemed darker, Little arty was down right mean and hateful!Celsica you should read the next book, it's not as dark and quite humerus. i liked it
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