Talon, On the Wing review by Diane Pepper Smith

When Gigi Sedlmayer asked me to review the second of her series of Talon books I was thrilled. Thrilled because I had reviewed the first ‘Talon, Come Fly With Me’, and I already knew the adventure I would be going on in this second book.

In book one Talon, a giant Condor, was saved from poachers by Matica and her father, Crain. The poachers stole the egg from the Condors next high on the mountain side and were being chased by Tima and Tamo, Talon’s parents. While trying to escape the Condors one of the poachers dropped the bagged egg down an opening by a tree root and continued to run away. Matica was the only one small enough to slide down into the hole to retrieve the bag containing the bag. As she brought the bag out of the hole the Condor parents crowded her and plucked at her hair as if to thank her. Tima even had tears running down her beak.

The problem was the Condors couldn’t take the egg back to their nest for it to hatch. Matica and her family took the egg into their home and kept it warm and protected until it was hatched. From that day forward Talon was Matica’s constant companion.

In Book Two, Talon was much larger and much more willing to take Matica on even greater adventures than in Book One. He flew higher and longer, sometimes to utter exhaustion and Matica would worry he would have the strength to get them home. He showed her wonders from the air she would never imagine seeing on the ground.

Book Two, ‘Talon, On the Wing’ was a joy to read and like Book One is definitely written with family in mind. There is so much to learn and enjoy about the village culture in which Matica lives with her family. In my opinion, Ms. Sedlmayer has written a home run for all ages to enjoy.

 

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About Gigi Sedlmayer

Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer was born on 19 May 1944 in Potsdam, a suburb of Berlin in Germany. Her family escaped to the West just before the infamous wall went up. They moved around in Germany until finally settling in Munich where Gigi studied architectural drafting and met Albert in 1965, marrying in December 1967. She worked as a civil draftsperson in various private consultancies in Munich. Since her uncle was a writer, she tried to write short animal stories herself. Nothing further came of it, but she developed a love for the written word and started to consume books. In May 1975, Gigi and her husband moved to New Zealand. Because of language challenges, she started a handicraft business. As a specialty, she made colourful parrots of which she sold thousands in a few years. In 1988, they decided to adopt and became adoptive parents of twin girls the year after. They lived in New Zealand for eighteen years and moved to Australia in September 1992. Two years later Gigi was diagnosed with cancer. After operations and radiation, she withdrew, thinking that she would probably soon be dead, like her friend who died of cancer, but her two little girls gave her the courage to keep going. After a few years, still among the living, her brain started to work again, so she thought, 'Get a grip on yourself and do something good with your life'. She remembered the time she wrote short stories and got inspired again, seeing her husband Albert writing the story of their adoption. Her English became increasingly better so she pressed on to develop her creative writing. Albert taught her how to use a computer and she wrote many short stories. She entered them in competitions and often got very good reports back, which gave her confidence to go on writing. One day the idea for the TALON series came to her and she spent the next several years bringing the story and the characters to life. She now loves writing and spends most of her time at the computer, developing new story lines. She also loves travelling, 4x4 touring, swimming, gardening, handcrafting, reading, fossicking and enjoys good adventure DVD's or going to the movies.
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