on March 14, 2016
The heroine Matica lives in northern Peru near the Andes and has a special relationship with Talon, a giant condor. The description of the natural beauty and the excitement of flying are exhilarating. This is a coming-of-age story where Matica is learning patience forgiveness and trust.
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon February 21, 2016
Talon On The Wing is book two in the Talon series written by Gigi Sedlmayer. Even though this is book two in the series, you do not necessarily have to have read book one in the series in order for this book to make sense. I had a chance to read this book to an 11 year old girl, she was one of the kids that I read the first Talon book to. This book is much easier to read and understand in terms of wording, as compared to the first book in the series. Because of this, younger children in the 9-12 age group will be able to read this book themselves without any help. The little girl I shared this book with loves the character of Matica and could not wait to see what happened next to her. After we finished this book, she immediately started asking about book 3, and any time a child is encouraged to read, that is a wonderful thing

Caution there may be spoilers ahead

Matica is in a much better place in her village now, accepted by the villagers, even though she’s handicapped, something that they no longer see when they look at Matica. The villagers want to know more about condors, and Matica is all too happy to teach them. Matica finds herself living her life long dream, only to find out that it was just a dream. The plot is overly basic, but that’s okay, the detail in this book is amazing. One thing that I would change is the sure number of sections in this book. There are way too many and they seem very rough and end abruptly without warning

At the end of the day, Talon On The Wing was a hit, and the little girl that I read it to anxiously was awaiting book three in the Talon series

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest product review

on February 3, 2016
Another book in the Talon series that seemed well worth reading. Again, another story about friendship and freedom, about intercultural aspects in South America, and the dilemmas the main characters face. It kind of reminded me about the Disney movie “The Rescuers Down Under” where a child feels the excitement of riding on an eagle’s wings. Perhaps someday, after all the discoveries in this century, we’ll figure out how to communicate with birds and fly on their wings. The book gives a sense of quietness and feeling to the readers, something you may particularly enjoy on your chair in the living room, pulling back into the woods, or on the beach on a summer vacation.
on January 1, 2016
This is some of Gigi Sedlmayer’s best work. The plot is full of surprises. Matica falls off Talon yet recovers, which is how the novel opens. There is personification involving the bird, which makes Talon like a person. Later there is an italicized part which is a flashback, which adds depth to the narrative, along with steady verisimilitude. A good example of this is nobody in the village believes at first that Matica flies on Talon’s back.

Talon demonstrates human intelligence when Matica tries to ride again. Talon does not let her ride until she gets in the proper position.

During the ride there is adventure and suspense when they encounter gale force winds and a cliff. Finally, it is a bittersweet ending when Matica and her father have to leave.

It is a well-told story and highly recommended. Well done!

on December 6, 2015

422 heart-warming, positive, inspirational and uplifting, pages by very talented author Gisela (Gigi) Sedlmayer.

This is book 2 in the TALON series. Gigi Sedlmayer narrates the adventures of disabled main character Matica (or is she very ENabled?) with her condor friend, Talon.

From page one, readers are pulled into the story. The adventures begin and what Matica has dreamed ever since she first befriended the condors is actually happening – she is flying with her beloved bird.

Avid readers will enjoy reading TALON: ON THE WING, and learning more about Condors, missionary work in a small Peruvian village, and a girl with a handicap.

This well written book grabs the attention of readers. Accomplished wordsmith Gisela knows how to write books and adds smiles to faces.

These TALON books are family books – clean, delightful stories of a family and village and their relationship with a very special bird. They are interesting and stimulating, inspirational stories of love, hope, courage, trust and friendship.

Add these books to your library. Buy them, gift them, share them, enjoy.

A well-deserved five stars.

Talon On the Wing cover website

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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