Publishers Leaving A Series Unfinished

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Hello fellow readers! This has been on my mind for a bit now ever since I finished reading Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott. I can’t find much information about this so it’s mostly just me rambling. It’s so frustrating when publishers don’t continue publishing an authors work. Do they do it because they don’t like it? Because the books not selling well? There just isn’t enough people reading it?

Two books come to mind when I think about this topic. The first one is The Archived by Victoria (V.E.) Schwab.

The first book was published in 2013 and the second book came right after in 2014. After that there was no hope for a 3rd book. I know booktubers were going crazy trying to get the publishers to finish the trilogy. I was confused as to why they wouldn’t. The first book has a solid 4 star rating on goodreads and the second has a 4.25. The book finally has a title on goodreads but there still is no known release date. 

The next book that comes to mind is Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott.

The first book was published in 2014 and the second came in 2015. This one frustrates me because they could afford to change the covers but never release a 3rd book. The first has a 4.05 rating and the second comes in at a 4.26 rating on goodreads. Rumor has it that Victoria might self-publish it someday.

This lead me to my why? At first I assumed these books were not getting a 3rd book because they weren’t getting great ratings. Both series are above 3 stars so that ruined my theory. I then thought maybe it’s because no enough people on goodreads were rating the books. Each of these books has less than 11,000 ratings. But then I discovered Jade City by Fonda Lee has all of the books published and the first book only has 6,000 ratings on goodreads. This ruined my theory, too.

How is this fair to the readers or the authors?loved Fire & Food. After I heard there might not be a 3rd book, I became hesitant to read the second book because I heard it has a pretty good cliffhanger. As a reader, I don’t appreciate getting invested in a story and the characters only to be told that their story is done before it’s actually over. I’m not sure if that makes sense. The authors put in blood, sweat, and tears for their stories and to be told their story will not continue is hard.

Why are books with less than 3.5 stars still getting the next book to the series? If a series on goodreads has 4 stars, it usually means the majority of people enjoyed it. If it wasn’t selling a lot, I feel like this is a problem for the publisher. They’re not advertising the book to the best of their ability. I don’t think it’s fair to take it out on the loyal readers and author who wrote the story.

I’m not in the publishing industry so I’m not sure how things work. I just know as a reader, it is so hard for me to start series because I’m always scared the next book won’t be published, and i’ll be left with so many questions. It also fills me with rage for the author because their work isn’t being 100% published. If the publishers won’t publish the next book, I wish they could at least release a statement explaining why. It’s not fair to the readers to patiently wait and wait and wait and wait and wait for a book that will never come.


What do you guys think? Do you think it’s good they don’t finish a series? Do you think it sucks? Let me known down below! ❤

Amber (1)

17 thoughts on “Publishers Leaving A Series Unfinished

  1. I totally know what you mean! When I went through my TBR my number one criteria causing me to drop a book or series was whether the final book was published. Sooooo many aren’t finished. I read one time what an author said about continuing her series and it was all about the fact the publisher owned the rights so she’d have to wait for them to revert back to her to publish more, 🤷🏻‍♀️

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    1. oh my gosh, that’s horrible. It’s crazy how the industry works like music. The artist and author produce the work but it’s not actually their “own”. I don’t like think I could ever be in the industry. :/

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  2. I *try* to pick up series once they’re finished or almost finished, but that’s not always feasible. It hasn’t happened to me yet, but it would be extremely frustrating to read a series that never gets finished. Super frustrating. Great post!

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    1. I should start doing this. Sometimes I consider buying the whole series so at least then i’ll have the books but then i’m like “what if i don’t like the first book?”. It’s always such a struggle XD

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  3. I actually have the Archived series but I have no idea that it wasn’t finished?!??? HAHAHHA I just really thought it was a duology. Also, I completely agree with your sentiments :< It's so frustrating to experience this and I think it really depends on the publisher and the power imbalance there. Like you said, we don't know much about the behind the scenes in the industry but it really is heartbreaking for us readers and authors :<

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    1. I might have been meant to be a duology at the time! I just remember booktubers so many years ago ranting about there not being a 3rd book. I think it got to the point where Victoria said enough was enough, but I don’t remember. XD

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  4. It must be so frustrating when this happens! Never happened to me before, but I have so many book series on the go that it definitely might happen in the future. When it comes to chunky adult fantasy series, I usually try to pick them up once there are a few books out, or when they are all finished, to avoid the wait 😀

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    1. I really need to start doing this! It’s so frustrating waiting years for the next book to come out. Especially because I always forget what the previous book was about and i’m too lazy to reread it just so I can read the sequel XD

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  5. I definitely feel you on this. I’m not like, a massive fan of Schwab, but I enjoyed the Archived novels, so it was frustrating that they only published the first two. It’s also interesting, because I read them in Hungarian, and if the international rights were sold to a Hungarian publisher, I’m preeeetty sure they were also sold to other countries. In that case the book couldn’t have sold badly enough for them to stop the series, imo. The same happened with Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ Fixer series; it was supposed to be a trilogy, but they only published the first two books. 😦 She’s

    Great post! 🙂

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  6. Wait a minute- I thought The Archived and The Unbound were part of a duology? I didn’t know this! I’ve read Vicious and Vengeful, and I have these books on my tbr, so maybe I need to try to get my hands on them at the earliest.

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