So, my urban fantasy novel follows an mc who suspects there’s something supernaturally wrong with her, and catches up to her on the tail end of months worth of searching and trying to figure out what it could be. One main thread of the story is the idea that she’s delusional and hallucinating rather than encountering magic stuff, and another concerns her trust/intimacy issues (having spent so long with people - including her family - thinking she’s crazy, she’s not too great at interpersonal relationships). Of course, though, her explicit main quest is to find out what's up with her. Through the course of the story, she relearns how to trust people and obtains proof that the magical things aren’t just in her head, but doesn’t actually find out that main thing. She gets some hints about it and finishes the book armed with her first ever concrete lead, the mental stability to pursue it, and a group of friends to support her. Obviously my intention is to write a sequel in which she would finally get her answers, but I want the first book to be strong enough to stand on its own and I’m worried that not actually completing the ‘main quest’ makes it kind of weak. The thing is I’m wanting to aim for an admittedly cheesy “the real treasure was the friends you made along the way!” type moral - not letting her finish the quest is part of the point. Plus, I want exploring the answers she gets in the second book and the repercussions of them to be a major part of it, not a resolution in itself, so I can’t really tack it onto the end of the first book. What I guess I’m looking for is opinions on whether or not this seems feasible? While the mc’s main goal is to find out what she is / what’s wrong with her, the narrative itself mainly focuses on the mental health and interpersonal relationships aspects of the plot, using the magical stuff as window dressing, so my feeling is that while her intended goal might not be reached, the narrative’s implicit goal of seeing her healthy and happy will be, and that should be enough for a satisfying ending (albeit one with a hook for the next book). Disclaimer: While I’ll probably try for traditional publishing, my heart’s not set on it, so I’m not too concerned about what this structure will mean to prospective agents/publishers. I’m more concerned about prospective readers feeling like there was no real resolution or the entire book was just sequel bait.