Published: April 19, 2013
Published by: CreateSpace
Trade paperback, 220 pages
Content rating: G
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 in side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.
Oh boy! Book three of the not-to-be-missed Kitty Hawk series! Kitty is now 18 years old and is heading to the land of the Vikings – Iceland in her trusty Beaver seaplane. Along the way she encounters corrupt politicians (really?), environmental tree-huggers, Russian criminals and a culture totally foreign to her. "The landscape in Iceland was fascinating to me. It was like nothing I'd ever seen before. It was like the surface of some far distant planet in a different galaxy – rugged and beautiful in its harshness. I thought about the existence of a hidden world here in Iceland, and it was easy to believe that such a landscape was home to beings other than humans."
As in the other two books by this author, this one is not only fun to read, but is crammed full of interesting facts on Canadian history and Iceland. For instance, I learned that Icelanders read more books per capita than any other population in the world. There is an Icelandic saying, "Without a book in his hand, a person is blind." The phone book is sorted alphabetically by first name! In Iceland a person's last name isn't a family name. It's a name formed using the father's or mother's name to indicate that the person was his or her son or daughter. In fact, there is an Icelandic Naming Committee – a governmental body that regulates which names are allowed in Iceland. And people's occupations are put right alongside their names – how handy is that!
I love some of the descriptions: "It was as though this small island was some magical place where all the elements existed all together at once. In fact, it seemed to me that the entire country of Iceland was like this. More connected to nature somehow. More fundamental. And more elemental. Iceland is the very essence of earth, air, fire, and water."
Once again, I wholeheartedly recommend this entertaining, fast-paced novel to young and old alike.
Sandra Olshaski's disclaimer: Thanks to the publicist for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.
About the Author:
Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently lives in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.
Ian is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Water and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to his Amazon page.
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