A review by Tigerlily64 for TALON, ON THE WING

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A Special Story That Is Delightful, Fun and Heart-warming

Gigi Sedlmayer asked me to review her Talon series. So far, I have reviewed book 1 and now book 2. Book 1, Talon, Come Fly With Me was an exciting adventure. Book 2, Talon, On The Wing, continues this intriguing story of Matica and the condors.

In the beginning of the second book of the Talon series, the reader is pulled right into the story. Matica is dreaming that she is flying on Talon, a magnificent condor; they are looking down upon Pucara, her village, and then the Andes mountains below. The ride is at first exciting, and then very scary, as they go high up into the clouds and even under an airplane. She falls off Talon’s back and then wakes from her dream. The dream was not real, but Matica had really flown on Talon a short distance the previous day. It had been an accident; a spark from a fireplace had scared him, and Matica had jumped on his back to calm him. When they went to bed that night, her little brother, Aiken, had said “sweet flying dreams”.

Ten year-old Matica is very small for her age, since she has a growth disability. She is really just the size of a two year-old. When she was younger, she had felt her size was a curse, but then she realized her small size was something special; it allowed her to actually fly on a condor’s back. Her size was a gift, after all.

As we learned in the first book of the series, Matica lives with her family in a remote area in Northern Peru near the Andes. Her parents, Crayn and Mira, are missionaries, who came to Peru from Australia. The Indians of Peru shunned her initially, but they grew to respect her and hold her in great regard when they saw her friendship with the condors. Tamo and his mate, Tima, communicated with Matica and even followed her instructions; she in turn did their bidding. Matica kept the condor’s egg warm until it hatched. Little Talon, the baby, grew up in Matica’s household and eventually let her ride on his back.

Talon, On The Wing is an uplifting, charming and heart-warming story of Matica maturing and growing more confident. It has themes of patience, courage, faith, love, forgiveness and trust.

This is a great book for young teens, especially, but it can be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

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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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