Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls. Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.
Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into - and out of - all kinds of precarious situations.
This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages - armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This has not changed my opinion on this book in any way!
Last year I got an email with the question if I wanted to read the first Kitty Hawk book, called The Curse of the Yukon Gold. I was a tiny bit sceptic, because the cover looked like a middle-grade book and I was more of a Young Adult reader. But I decided to accept it, because the summary sounded interesting enough for me to try out. And it was an amazing book! Soon after writing my review for this book, I got asked if I was interested in reading the rest of the series which at that moment consisted of four books in total. I accepted and got three new books sent to me.
The Hunt for Hemmingway’s Ghost I reviewed a while back already, and today it’s time for the third book, The Icelandic Intrigue. In this third book, Kitty has left America and is on her way to Iceland, going to Europe for the first time in her life. Personally, I was super interested in this book, because it was about Iceland, a country I’ve been wanting to visit for ages. Of course, Kitty wouldn’t be herself if she didn’t get in a little trouble now and then.
She meets up with a guy named Konrad Cooper (and his family), who is a friend of Charlie (one of the brothers we met in the first book). She stays with them (or actually their daughter, Kristín, who has her own apartment) during her whole stay in Iceland. I really liked this family, especially Konrad and Kristín. We also meet some other characters, like Canadian professor Albert and his assistant Avery, and Erík who I don’t really know what to tell about. He’s from Iceland, and he’s kind of important to the story.
To be honest, I don’t have a clear opinion on the first two, because we didn’t see them for the majority of the book, but Erík. Oh Erík. View Spoiler »I had kind of suspected he was the antagonist of this story already because that always happens with a guy named Erik. I mean seriously – X-Men’s antagonist is called Erik Lehnsherr; one of the bad guys in Divergent is called Eric. Eric/k is just a bad guy name! I didn’t really hate him even though he did stupid things, but I kind of felt sorry for him? Oh well. « Hide Spoiler
I honestly really enjoyed reading this book, like I said before, because I was interested in reading about Iceland. This book was so informative about the country and things that happened there. I was a bit annoyed at the amount of story-telling going on in these books, but to be honest I think I have made peace with it. Because these books are just telling you so much about the area Kitty is in, and I think the majority of the reason I accepted it was because I just wanted to know more and more about Iceland.
We are told about the elves and the hidden people, which are the ones messing things up for the construction people that are trying to do their thing. At the end of this book, where there is a couple of pages giving more information about everything mentioned in this story – there was a link to an actual ELF SCHOOL in Iceland, where you can learn more about the elves and hidden people. I am so planning on going there when I ever go to Iceland!
This story was just super interesting and very thrilling, I think I like this book the best out of the three I’ve read so far. This book just had a bit more – or at least a bit more violent – action going on, and personally – how cruel this might sound – I like that kind of action. I really hope there will be more action in the following two books, which I am certainly going to read as soon as possible!
Yes to be honest, I did find it a bit predictive; I kind of knew who the bad guy (or one of them) was before the story had even really started, and though I thought it was a bit of a shame, it didn’t ruin the entire experience for me. Honestly I had dismissed them as the bad guy quickly after that, and then at the end I was surprised to find out it was them.
In the end, I really liked Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue and I will certainly pick up the rest of the series. If you want to read a nice series about a girl who does awesome detective stuff, you should definitely try out this series!