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Talon, Connected opens with a connection to the ordeal Matica coped with inthe last volume, which moves her mother to think, "You are as strong as I thought you would be. I'm so proud of you." This sets the tone for thecoming adventures, where the girl's bravery and passion for animalsdrives her to overcome her handicaps. Even in weakness, she isstrong-willed.
Summoned to Elcano's hut, it is with mixedfeelings that Matica recalls "his look, his eye, his stare," which makeher ponder about his frail condition, "Why is his body failing? His mind is so alert, so watchful and vigilant. She experiences grief, butlearns to frame it within the notion of a celebration of life.
The word 'Connected' in the title is of great importance. Matica expressedit best, with profound simplicity: "Dad said it, Mum said it, and Elcano said it just before he passed away... We are all connected, with thecondors as well." This bond, this togetherness underlies the writing ofGigi Sedlmayer, allowing her characters to soar. "Talon placed himselfin front of her and Matica leaned against his back, his wings alreadyspread out... and soon they were in the air."
From the Author
- ASIN : B018FNCA6K
- Publisher : Aurora House (November 23, 2015)
- Publication date : November 23, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1137 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 387 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,172 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Matica eventually befriends 2 Giant Condors named Tamo and Tima who eventually have an offspring named Talon who Matica helps save and vice versa throughout the series. Matica eventually learns to fly on Talon’s back and gains the respect and trust of the entire village.
In Talon, Encounter, vicious Poachers Pete and Zed are out for revenge on Talon and shoot and injure his father, Tamo. The dialogue in the story is gripping as the poachers shout “We get them this time. Shoot the brown one, not the black one. That’s the young one. So they will have another egg. We can steal it and finally get our money as we should have before.”
The pace of this book was thrilling and the plot is gripping. The editing and formatting were excellent.
As with her four other books in the Talon series, author Gigi Sedlmayer has done a superb job producing another thriller with Talon, Encounter.
All in all this is a great and exciting read. I highly recommend Talon, Encounter to all young adult and adult readers alike. 5 Stars!!!
Its main theme is human arrogance toward other species, how wrong that is, and how perceptive we humans and other species can be if we bother to spend time observing them and learning how they communicate on their terms and not ours.
Another theme is criminals - the human ones who view other species as commodities for the taking rather than as people of other species.
It was great fun to see the poachers get their comeuppance, and to see how the condors and the other humans worked to resolve this dangerous situation.
I'm hooked on this series.
There's a lot of action which keeps the reader wondering if the bad guys will ever get caught. This is a good story, recommended for middle-grade readers and older.
The story starts on an agitated note that highlights the vulnerable nature of their flight: “Not only was she agitated , Talon was grunting nervously as well, shaking himself and flapping his wings irregularly, hardly flying straight. Matica had difficulty holding on…” After many twists and turns, the story ends with on a note of celebration, with the villagers standing around the pyre. “Matica had a long flight but when Talon brought her back, he flew off immediately again.”
The author provides an intimate knowledge of condors, crows and other animals, to the point they seem not only human but personable. When Tamo is wounded, he “looked pleading from one to the other, wondering why no one was helping him, as he had shown his wound to everyone.” This is such an endearingly familiar behavior… The series as a whole is a source of hope for all of us. It is a wonderfully uplifting lesson to teach our children, how to overcome fear, how to cope with the sense of being weak, and find ways to persevere against any and all adversities.
Reviewed by children's author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne