This set contains the first three books in the Artemis Fowl series. Eoin Colfer is a master at writing fast paced, entertaining stories. His characters are amazing, particularly for a children's series. They start out very static in the first book, but the development as the series progresses is refreshing to find. Most authors for younger audiences do not bother to advance their character's at all and simply rely on an extravagant plot to capture their audience. But as a further bonus the stories themselves are no less engaging despite the obvious focus on the characters. In fact the progression, and maturation of Colfer's writing in each subsequent book is a welcome change to most series that tend to peak early and then steadily decline towards their end.
Anyone who enjoys the genre of fantasy/supernatural should purchase these books. Though they are short and obviously for a juvenile audience, the series is surprisingly entertaining for people of all ages. If you're not looking for a profound, life changing narrative, you can just enjoy the good-natured humor, and fast paced action.