by Eoin Colfer
I hope I know what I'm doing starting a series that already has seven or books. I am starting them, though, because I've heard they were fun fantasies.
The main character is Artemis Fowl, a child-genius who is pompous and full of himself. Artemis decides he wants the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. He's still young enough to believe in it and he's smart enough to figure out how to succeed. He tricks an old fairy and gets his hands on the fairy instruction manual. From that he learns enough to capture a fairy named Holly.
A group consisting of fellow fairies, trolls and dwarfs set out to rescue Holly. It's really a fun romp with quite a bit of humor.
I will definitely be reading Book 2.