Book review: Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue

Author: Iain Reading

Genre: Middle Grade Adventure

No. of pages: 211

Published on: 19th April 2013

Published by: Self publication

Format: Paperback

My rating: ★★★★★/5

"We're used to living with the different whims of nature. Maybe that's why we feel so connected with the earth."


Kitty Hawk is a girl in her late teens who loves flying around in her red and white De Havilland Beaver seaplane. The story in this book is a continuation of Kitty Hawk's adventures after she leaves Key West (in the 2nd book)  and heads back towards her around the world journey.

Kitty Hawk arrives at Iceland's capital Reykjavík. Her friend Charlie (whom she meets in the first book of the series) makes arrangements so that Kitty can stay at his friend, Konrad's place. Konrad welcomes Kitty and introduces her to his family which consists of his wife Ásta, daughter Kristín and son Pétur. Kristín is almost as Kitty's age and she decides to stay at Kristín's apartment.

Kitty travels to Húsavík with Krístin where Konrad has his work site, for sight seeing. Konrad works as a liaison officer between the various construction parties who are interested to build projects based in Iceland. The parties are interested in building hydroelectric dams that will be used to extract aluminium in an electricity efficient way. So when Konrad is called in a construction site where the machineries have been vandalised by the 'hidden people' of Icelandic folklore, Kitty knows something is fishy. Thus begins Kitty's great adventures across the various landscapes of Iceland. From running away from kidnappers to running away from flash floods, Kitty Hawk has done all. Read about the amazing adventures of Kitty Hawk to know more.

Writing style:

Iain Reading delivers his classic narration yet again in this installment of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series. His take on the history and sagas of Iceland and its culture are amazing. His thoroughly researched information has blown my mind once again. The author not only manages to keep the pace of the book but also feeds our brains with rich facts about each and every place Kitty Hawk visits. And it is also amazing how Kitty has these witty and classy conversations with herself. Even Kitty's conversations with other people are so fun-filled and enjoyable to read, that Kitty Hawk will hold a special position in the reader's mind.

About the book:

As this time Kitty Hawk's adventures take place in Iceland, we get to know about a lot of things about Iceland. Some of the interesting tidbits I gathered about Iceland from this book are: about the Icelandic Naming Committee; about Huldufólk or Iceland's mythical hidden people; Vikings; famous volcanic eruptions and a lot more things.

Along with providing brain food, this book speaks volumes about the impending problems regarding environmental issues and the misuse of Iceland's abundant energy resources. Though these problems are not mentioned in a serious note, but the issues stated will surely stir your minds.

Coming to my favourite teenage seaplane pilot Kitty Hawk, I am impressed by her once again. Her daredevil acts in order to save others and her presence of mind is something I crave for. It is so fun to read about her amazing adventures that I wanted to be a part of her adventures for a moment. Kitty Hawk is my hero and if I start blabbering about her once it will be difficult for me to stop (yes, this is how much I love her). So, yeah, if you have read the first two books of the Kitty Hawk series then you should give Kitty Hawk and The Icelandic Intrigue a read too, and those of you who are yet to read a Kitty Hawk book then go get yourself one.

About the author:

Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to

I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.


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