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Undying Sway follows a girl who is looking for her family and finds much more than she expected. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?
The inspiration was a real life person in history who was said to be an immortal. I also thought it would be interesting to involve the recent phenomenon of DNA collection and write about the obvious secrets that this technology must have revealed.
Kara is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character development?
The ideals behind Kara are those of morality v desire, right v wrong. I thought it would be interesting to have a main character faced with ethical dilemmas – weighing up the good and the bad in a situation. Kara is emotional and at times indecisive and yet she is intelligent and has principles too – like all people she is complex.
The book explores morality and family duty. What were some themes that were important for you to focus on?
Life is not just about hedonism, morality and duty do play a part in life. With this book, I wanted to weigh up personal desire and pursuit of love with duty and morals. Kara is often put in a position where she has to decide between the angel and devil that sit on her shoulders.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I am currently brainstorming my next book and even considering writing a non-fiction piece. I am one half of the podcast The Wedge with Sara Cream and Sweet Jenny Sauce and I am also currently enjoying songwriting.
Posted by Literary Titan
Jenny M. Mason’s book, Undying Sway, is an exciting fantasy novel in a modern setting with all kinds of plot twists and turns. Follow the heroine, Kara, as she discovers more and more about her family history all because of an online DNA test. Since she was adopted and never met her mother, a gap existed in her life. She then meets her long lost aunt and learns that they are more than meets the eye. Alex, a handsome cousin of hers, also turns out to lead a life more complex than it seems on the surface.
In this story, I found that the major character’s were interesting and relatable. Everyone has their flaws, and we see that in every character. The internal monologue of Kara was constantly intriguing and we really saw how she analyzed all sides when making her decisions. Her voice was unique but at times I felt it was a bit too colloquial.
Throughout the novel, we see Kara debate the themes of morals, family duty, and immortality. At the start of the novel, we see Kara exploring the concept of lucid dreaming. During those scenes, she lives her life freely without repercussions, but of course, over time we see that there is always a catch. When it comes to family duty, we learn more and more about Kara’s history. Then we see how Kara’s relationship between her grandparents becomes complicated like her own with Alex. Finally, we also see how immortality, while a fun dream, has plenty of flaws in itself.
The setting was interesting, but through much of the story we are told how to feel and see things by the narrator instead of witnessing it first hand. While voice and emotional tone were strong, the setting and description were not as strong at times.
Undying Sway has an interesting premise and I adore reading fantasy placed in the modern setting. I loved the idea of an immortal long lost family member. I would like to see more scenes with the side characters and delve further into their stories as they were really interesting. This is an exciting paranormal romance novel that is sure to entertain.
Pages: 324 | ASIN: B0812F7ZWK
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