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.
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.
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!