Ireland; Haven; the
The setting in this book is quite literally all over the map—or
under it, as the case may be, since because Haven exists underneath all the
surface continents. Once we get past all the flying and the traveling to Ho Chi
Minh City though, Ireland is where everything goes down.
Artemis shows up in Ireland because, well, he lives there, and
Holly shows up in Ireland too because Ireland is the "old country,"
the most magical spot in the world. Most of the later action in the book
happens within an eight-hour time bubble dropped over Fowl Manor and the
grounds, though fortunately this doesn't leave us longing for a change of
Think about the two major settings—Haven and Fowl Manor—together.
Both are old, but one was built out of necessity when the fairies were driven
underground, and the other was built with money and for family legacy. Fairies
have to be invited into Artemis's setting, but there's nothing stopping him
from walking in Haven's front door (assuming he could find it)—and because of
this, Haven is less like an actual haven than Fowl Manor, which in turn makes Fowl Manor a symbol of Artemis's expansive
But then again, time-stop gives the fairies a way to turn any
place into their home turf and control the setting in both space and time—though Artemis
robs them of this ability at his house. And when he does, Artemis
single-handedly turns the most magical country in the world into the number one
danger zone for fairies, casting doubt on the future of fairy life (and
possible setting up the next book in the series).