Now that all the brouhaha about the PAX Magic party and its plethora of spoilers is over, there's still one more major Magic event at PAX Prime this year. The flavor-focused Theros worldbuilding panel is scheduled for tomorrow, with Jeremy Jarvis, Richard Whitters, Jenna Helland, Jennifer Meyen, and Doug Beyer as panelists.
When Beyer was asked by stormx on his Tumblr blog, "Any ebooks for Theros or waiting until feedback on the Ravnica books comes in?" he answered:
I wonder if you guys knew there was a PAX panel on Sunday? My WotC colleagues Jeremy Jarvis, Richard Whitters, Jenna Helland, Jennifer Meyen and I will be talking about world-building and all topics Theros.
Including, perhaps, this topic.
This is basically a not-so-tacit admission - it's tagged with "#SUBTLETY I HAS IT" that there will be an ebook series for the coming block, no matter how well the Return to Ravnica block books performed; Beyer himself may even be writing this new series. The original novels were discontinued because of poor sales; printing and distributing them all simply was not worth Wizards of the Coast's time and money. There are much lower overhead costs associated with making ebooks, so perhaps The Secretist Parts 1-3 turned quite a big profit because of that. Even if they were not a huge success, it seems like an experiment worth continuing. The story of Theros has the potential to be as epic as the Greek mythology it's derived from, with plenty of opportunities for awesome classical references, heroes struggling to perform near-impossible feats and defeat chthonic monsters, and the all-too-fallible gods being taken to task for their caprices.