Hi all, I am looking for some sage advice for crafting the finale for the first book (B1) in a fantasy series. Sorry if my description below gets wordy. My story is in single 1st POV. My MC is figuring everything out with the reader (or maybe even slower). So whatever she knows at the end of B1, we know. Therefore, I am treading a fine line. Bear with me if I am cryptic from trying not to give away any spoilers. MC has these flashes to other people in the past, in which she essentially lives in their body and experiences what they experience. They end up being little, seemingly random vignettes that together span around 3000 years (yeah, I know, broooaaad scope, but it's the only way.) Unfortunately, I fear these will leave the reader feeling a little unfulfilled, because I can't tell all of their complete stories in this book. So that alone will be a big dangling thread. The story itself is intended to be a series of 4 books, maybe 5 (but that just seems awfully ambitious at this point). So, there is the microplot of this book. And then the grand overarching plot of the series in which MC will learn about the vignette-characters (and be given some resolution to those tales as we move through the series), plus all sorts of other good world-saving stuff. For now, I need to wrap things up enough be satisfing, but not filling, if you know what I mean. Just a snickers for an appetizer in B1, but you can see the main course cooking. B1 is a quest story for the most part. MC must find the **** in order to stop the **** before it gets worse and a bunch o' innocents die. Obviously that particular thread will be tied up in a neat little bow, but what of...? * Various other questions that have come up thru B1, like an (as yet) unsolved murder from midway thru Act 2. Do I need to tie that thread up or can it dangle into B2? * Should I let her figure out what her 'hallucinations' into the past really are? As in the cause of her forays into the past. Or can this, too, stretch into B2? * Romance and a few other things will play much more heavily in coming books, so I'm comfortable letting those teasers hang. I just don't know what else beyond that 1 main plot question needs to be resolved now. I am the sort of reader that loves series with grand, deeply involved big-picture plots, but I despise cliffhangers, when an author just leaves everything unresolved, essentially coercing you into buying B2 just to answer the major question of B1. Maybe that's just me. Regardless, I don't want to do that to my readers. I don't know how to provide just enough, but not too much - where to draw the line of mystery vs. answers in a series. Any tips or suggestions are greatly appreciated, even if they are not specific to my project. Thanks in advance!