5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty Muse Book Reviews, November 25, 2014
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This review is from: Talon, Come Fly with Me (Kindle Edition)
Matica could handle the move from Australia to this small village high up in the Andes in Peru. She adapted easily to the lack of modern technology and running water. But there is one thing that makes her life difficult.
For whatever reason, the natives see her as an outcast because of her stature—or, rather, her lack. She is much smaller than other girls her age, and her new neighbors spurn her for that reason only. The rest of the family – little brother Aikon, father Crayn, and mother Mira – all seem to have as many friends as they would like.
But Matica wanders alone.
Her meanderings bring her to a peaceful, out-of-the-way clearing she decides to call Ramah, and this is where her life changes forever. She discovers two condors, who she names Tima and Tamo, and to her delight they seem to be just as curious about her as she is of them. Time passes, and they get to know each other to the point of a true friendship.
This does not go without notice by the villagers, who begin to see Matica differently. And when she is designated by Tima and Tamo to keep their egg, after a very dramatic struggle with poachers, she becomes even more famous.
And what happens after Talon is born will surprise everyone, even Matica and the condor parents.
This story, Book One of the “Talon” series, is a great beginning to the tale of a lonely girl’s friendship with these huge birds of South America. I loved how their friendship grew, as much because of Tima and Tamo’s efforts as Matica’s. Fiction or not, I cannot say, but the condors possess a deep intelligence that I found in turns charming, endearing, and downright incredible.
I didn’t say much about Talon, even though his name is in the title. His was the egg rescued from the poachers, and he does some fantastic deeds while he is growing up. But to say too much would spoil it for other readers. Suffice it to say, he does some things that really make him memorable. The part in the book where he learns to fly—funny and frightening at the same time.
I loved how the villagers, and eventually people from all over, came to respect and understand Matica, and lost their unfounded fear of her stature. It took the friendship of one of the largest airborne animals in the world, but they finally realized that she was really no different from them.
Except she had huge birds following her around like dogs…
A great start to what should be a wonderful series. I look forward to reading the rest of the books