Kitty Ree reviews Talon, Come Fly with Me

5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty Muse Book Reviews, November 25, 2014

By K. Ree “Kitty Muse Book Reviews” (Oregon) – See all my reviews
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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.
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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

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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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