TALON, CONNECTED, the fourth book in the Talon series


TALON, CONNECTED is the fourth book of the epic adventure series TALON.

Matica lives in the small village of Pucara with her brother, mom and dad, who is recovering from a near-death experience. (described in book three) Her 11th birthday is coming up and the things she is about to encounter proves she is very brave.

Events take a sudden turn when she is invited to see Elcano, the very old and frail father of the village elder Pajaro. Not once, but three times he summons her. She is afraid of him but again he fascinates her. He calls her ‘his daughter’ he never had. Why? The amazing things he is about to tell her will be life-changing, things she had never thought about.

Matica nearly jumps out of her skin at what she is told. ‘Who me?’ she questions herself. ‘Really me?’

Will Matica be able to cope with these life-changing disclosures?
In the midst of all this, the poachers are back, looking for eggs and birds – and Talon.

TALON, CONNECTED is far more than a kids’ story. It is a story about growing up, friendship, and the challenge of moral choices and respect. Ride along during the ongoing adventures of Matica and her best friends, the condors Talon, Tamo and Tima, characters many readers already know and have learned to love.

By Vincenton March 6, 2016Format: Kindle Edition

This author has a talent, and I already noticed that from the previous books. She knows how to put emotional, soothing, heartwarming stories into a good-looking book series. This time, the inspirational message lies in several factors, among others that we are all connected with our family, and the way the world works, in a sense. Gisela has definitely thought things through and raises questions and comes up with thoughts that have entered my mind as well when I ponder the meaning of life. Again, very well written.

By Steve Mannon January 3, 2016Format: Kindle Edition

The Talon Series is not just a fantasy, as it contains tragic elements in the plots as well. “Connected” is no exception, as father gets bitten by a poisonous spider, which has devastating effects on the family, not to mention his health.

From a technical perspective, this is very well-written, with description of things like the rainforest. In addition, the dialogue is sprinkled with interior monologue, which is a breath of fresh air.

By book four, the characters of Talon, Tamo and Tima are recognized as being members of the family. They are remarkable birds. Crayn, for one, admits the birds saved his life.

Another aspect that demonstrates that it is not just a wonderful fantasy world is “you-know-who” keep popping up – poachers, a threat to the heroes’ existence.

More delicious reading recommended to parents, educators and adults. This is some of Sedlmayer’s finest work. Well done!


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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4 Responses to TALON, CONNECTED, the fourth book in the Talon series

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Here is a reminder of Gigi Sedlmayer’s wondeful series of books about a girl and a condor.. This is book four.. Talon Connected.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sounds captivating. ❤ ❤ ❤

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