Book 1 of the Talon series.
Nine year old Matica lives in a remote village on a dry plateau in the Andes of Peru. She moved to Peru when she was five with Australian missionary and schoolteacher parents. Because Matica is trapped in the body of a two year old, her growth handicap has caused her to be rejected by the local people and they would not accept her into their community or allow her to play with the children.
With patience and a sense of adventure Matica befriends a pair of condors. A strong bond and love develops between them. Matica rescues the egg the condors, Tamo and Tima, are trying to protect from poachers and nurtures it to hatching. The egg hatches on her 10th birthday and she names the new fledging Talon.
Many adventures unfold, including her finally being accepted into the local community.
This is the beginning of many incredible adventures with Talon and Matica. It is a story of hope, determination and love.
To her family, Matica is a girl desperate for friendship and to the villagers she is an oddity, someone to be feared and even shunned. But to these two birds, Matica is their only close contact with humans, that is, except for the poachers who are desperate to steal the eggs from the endangered Condors. When the poachers almost succeed, Matica, with her father Crayn’s help, finds herself in a desperate race against time to protect the birds and their unborn young. So begins a tremendous story of courage, love, family and a beautiful friendship, culminating in some quite extraordinary scenes in the book.
Matica’s story invites the reader to see the world as she does, through the eyes of a little girl with a big heart and great challenges she must overcome. But when she does overcome, she takes everyone, her family, her village and the reader, along for this joyous and addictive ride.
The Story of stories awaits you….don’t let it slip by you…fly on the wings of Talon.
This review is from: Talon, Come Fly with Me (Kindle Edition)
Yes, I love the written word, but only when those words are well written. I have discovered after reading hundreds and hundreds of books, that the main ingredients needed by an author are heart, mind and soul. If an author feels the story, then and only then can she transfer the full meaning; the sorrow, joy, pathos and deep down love, tenacity and hope that glues those words together ~ melding them into the magnificent literature that become the classics of our time.
Gigi Sedlmayer is just that breed of author.
Little Matica and her family move to Peru to live among the Indians, high on a plateau surrounded by the beautiful snow capped Alps. Matica is a 9 year old girl living in the body of a 2 year old because of a growth impediment. But the superstitious Indians treat her as a stigma, perhaps even a devil possessed person and shun her and do not allow their children to make friends with her. She is terribly lonely and decides to make her own friends….and so our magic carpet ride begins.
The Andean Condor is the largest flying land bird in the world and is endangered. So how did a tiny girl and a bird with a 12ft. wing span becomes friends? Follow along as this author leads you on a beautiful journey of love, forgiveness, reconciliation, hope and daring.
This is the first book of a ten book series and I am halfway through the second book. Although I am a fast reader, I will not read quickly now as I want to savour every nuance, every well chosen word of this exceptional work. A job well done! How special that you can read it to a child and also share it with your Grandma and both will be appreciative. There are beautiful thoughts, loving feelings and exceptional gently taught lessons to be gleaned from the author’s words.
Give it as a gift…you and it will never be forgotten.