I saw something that made me sad yesterday: an announcement on Moira J. Moore’s blog saying that Ace will not be publishing the rest of the books in her Heroes series (called the Lee and Taro series on the official website). I recently discovered these books, had a lot of fun reading the first two, and have been looking forward to reading the rest. There are currently six books total: Resenting the Hero, The Hero Strikes Back, Heroes Adrift, Heroes at Risk, Heroes Return, and Heroes at Odds.
However, publisher or not, the author does intend to write a final book wrapping up the series even if she just ends up putting it up on her blog. I think it is great that she is planning to finish the series anyway and it sounds like she’ll be having a lot of fun with it. It still makes me sad to see the publisher dropping a series I’ve been having a lot of fun reading – especially when the covers they designed for it cannot have helped its sales. They’re cheesy and just plain bad. They don’t represent the contents of the books very well at all, and in no way do they make one want to pick up the books and read them. It’s frustrating to me as a reader who would like to see them do well. I can’t imagine how frustrating it is to be the author and have the series dropped before it is finished, but she is handling it with more grace than I think I’d ever be able to in her place.
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe someone else will pick up the series.