It's no wonder the relaunch almost died with this book.
Actually I recall hearing that the Spirit Walk
duology sold quite well. I think what happened was just that the editor and author moved on, the new editor decided to take things in a new direction, and it took some time to sort out the new storylines, which were further delayed when Destiny
was developed and its effects on the overall continuity needed to be addressed. So nothing "almost died," it just had a long pause.