Ah, my friends, Phillip is too resilient to be taken down so easily! You’ll see him again, as the hero of Book #3.
I’m very sorry. As a reader, I’ve also been left hanging by authors who’ve either abandoned series or been unable to complete them for myriad reasons. Even though I understand why that happens from a writer’s perspective, I also know it sucks really bad from a reader’s perspective and I apologize.