'''The Secrets of Droon''' is a children's fantasy series written by Tony Abbot and illustrated by David Merrell. With over 40 books (none much longer than a hundred pages), the series is intended to get children to continue reading after one book.

The plot centers around three children, Eric Hinkle, Julie Rubin, and Neal Kroger, who find themselves in the world known as Droon after [[DownTheRabbitHole finding a magical staircase in Eric's basement closet]]. For the first ten or so books the plot is relatively straightforward, chronicling the adventures the children have with their new companions Princess Keeah and the wizard Galen to stop the EvilOverlord from taking over Droon. Pretty soon, though, things start to expand and many genuinely surprising twists and turns come about. The plot gradually encompasses a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters massive amount of characters]], several different worlds (including the Upper World, the "real" world where we live), and some long-needed subplots.

While the books themselves are rather predictable kids books, and fall victim to many cliches, the series is quite enjoyable. It may not be complex, but it's fun, interesting, and can entertain just about anyone who reads it, regardless of age.

!!!The Secrets of Droon provides examples of:

* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: The red Ninns.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Sparr. He's never really referred to in a way that would reveal his species. He has a human body shape, except for, well, the ''fins'' behind his ears. He's obviously not a Ninn, either.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Three of them. (The Three Powers.)
* BadassLongcoat: According to the artwork, Lord Sparr alternates between sporting this and a BlackCloak.
* BalefulPolymorph: The Eye Of Dawn turns Lord Sparr into a scaled-up monster, and Keeah (accidentally) turns Neal into a bug.
* BigDamnHeroes: So, our three main characters are about to be eaten by giant serpents, they've found out that there is, in fact, no way out, and suddenly... [[spoiler: Young Galen]] shows up and zaps the kids out of trouble.
* {{Brainwashed}}: The nobles of Droon get brainwashed by the Golden Wasp.
* CardCarryingVillain: Lord Sparr starts out as this. He undergoes a bit of character development and shakes it off, though. Well, for the most part.
* ClingyMacGuffin: A magic wand gets stuck to Eric for a while.
* CoolPlane: Sparr has one.
* CrowningMomentOfFunny: The below mentioned Gilligan Cut leads into a pretty funny scene.
* CrypticConversation: The oracle Portentia attempts to have one with the heroes, but fails miserably when she can't come up with rhymes fast enough.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Knights Of Silversnow contains several parallels to slavery and imperialism with the history of the Orkins.
* DamselInDistress: Eric imagines Keeah as this in his dream in Dream Thief.
* DoomyDoomsOfDoom: Neal laments the Droonians' use of the word "doom" at one point.
* DownTheRabbitHole: Or rather, Down The Luminescent Staircase In A Closet.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: All three of the kids dream about upcoming adventures in Droon before they happen.
* DumbMuscle: Slag.
* EccentricMentor: Galen.
* EnemyMine: Sparr and the heroes in book 23.
* TheEveryman: The three main characters are pretty much supposed to be anyone within the target audience (children).
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Oh, Keeah.
* EvilLaugh: Pretty much every villain in the series has done this - all written out, of course.
* EvilOverlord: Lord Sparr. The guy should get an award for encompassing just about '''all''' the cliches associated with this character.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: They call it "the evil fortress of Lord Sparr" ''in-universe''.
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: Keeah.
* {{Fangirl}}s: The 'Giggle Twins' become instant fangirls of Neal. They want to touch his hair. A lot. Neal even lampshades it:
--->'''Neal:''' Now I know what it feels like to be a pop star. And I don't like it!
* FantasyKitchenSink: Is there any creature that ''isn't'' in Droon?
* FireForgedFriends: Sparr, the kids, and Keeah for several books.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Eric.
** TheLancer: Neal.
** TheSmartGuy: Julie.
** TheBigGuy: Usually filled in by whoever happens to be accompanying the Band-- Galen, Sparr, etc.
** TheChick: Keeah, although she subverts it by displaying a lot of traits not associated with TheChick, and slips into the role of TheLancer often.
* FloatingContinent: The floating city of Ro.
* ForbiddenZone: The Forbidden City Of Plud.
* FunnyAnimal: Among others, the Oobja and Mooples. The Lumpies would count, except that most people don't count pillows as animals.
* GilliganCut: When Neal and Keeah want Eric to dress up as a girl to sneak into Maliban's court...
--->Neal pulled a blue gown off a rack and draped it over Eric's shoulder.
--->'''Neal:''' This one even matches your eyes. How about it...Erica?
--->Eric stomped his foot and began to shout.
--->'''Eric:''' I won't, I won't, I won't-
--->[''End of chapter, next chapter...'']
--->'''Eric:''' Are you sure this dress matches my eyes?
* GirlNextDoor: Julie to both Eric and Neal.
* GoodParents: Relna and Zello, Keeah's parents.
* GoshDangItToHeck: Justified, since, as a book for kids, Abbott pretty much had to do this. "Holy crow!" and "Oh, my gosh!" are the most common offenders.
* GrandFinale: Special #8 concludes the series.
* HamToHamCombat: Galen VS Ving, Keeah VS Sparr, Demither VS Sparr... pretty much any time two characters fight in the series.
* HandWave: In The Knights Of Silversnow, it's established at the beginning that the marmots infesting Droon are the main problem. They are promptly forgotten about until the last three pages, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: the Orkins are known for making cheese]].
* HeelFaceTurn: Sparr after becoming a child.
* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler: Prince Maliban is Lord Sparr.]] However, [[spoiler: Gryndal is not.]]
* TheIngenue: Keeah, at first.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: A dragon suddenly comes in for no reason at all in The Sleeping Giant Of Goll, despite there being absolutely no mention of dragons before this.
* InvisibilityCloak: Galen gives one to the kids in the first book.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Oddly enough, Galen.
* LargeHam: ''Every single major character in the entire story.'' And 90% of the non-main characters as well.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Each book introduces a minimum of five new characters. With almost 40 books...
* MagicalGirlWarrior: Keeah.
* MagicalLand: Droon, of course.
* MagicMusic: The harp Friddle made for Relna.
* MerchantCity: Tortu in ''The Mask Of Maliban''.
* MissingMom: Keeah's mother, Queen Relna.
* MobileMaze: Sparr traps Keeah in one in ''Into The Land Of The Lost''.
* {{Mooks}}: The Ninns.
* MundaneFantastic
* NiceHat: Galen wears the stereotypical pointy wizard hat.
* OverlyLongGag: "It's a [[strike:boat]] '''ship'''!" In ''Voyage Of The Jaffa Wind''.
* PettingZooPeople: Max.
* PlotCoupon: So many. In the first book alone there's the soccer ball and the Three Powers, and later we have Julie's bracelet, Eric's father, the individual powers...
* ThePollyanna: Relna.
* PowerUpFood / GRatedDrug: The Tangfruit, which allows Eric to both communicate with the Mooples and hear what the hawk bandits are saying.
* PurityPersonified: Again, Relna.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia: Keeah does indeed wear a crown, and her mother has a PimpedOutDress.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: Sparr in]] In The Shadow Of Goll.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Both King Zello and his daughter are warriors, and work for the good of Droon.
* SealedGoodInACan: The titular Knights Of Silversnow in book 17.
* SkilledButNaive: Eric with his powers.
* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: Lord Sparr talks like this when he's [[spoiler: Prince Maliban]].
* StandardFantasySetting
* TalkingAnimal: What animal in this series ''doesn't'' talk?
* TalkingInYourDreams: Dream Thief. Dreams are also Keeah's way of bringing the kids back to Droon in the earlier books.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Hob talks like this.
* ThirstyDesert: Panjibarrh.
* UpTheRealRabbitHole: For the first book, the kids refer to their world as "the real world", although they don't show too much interest in going back.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: [[spoiler: Sparr.]]
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: Oh, where to begin! It's a series about three kids who find a magical rainbow glowing staircase in a closet with the lights turned off, and in the first book alone meet a spider with a human head, a tunic-clad princess, a wizard whose magic consists of shooting sparks out of his fingertips, and an EvilOverlord with ''fins growing behind his ears''. And those are just the main characters. Don't even get me ''started'' on the other creatures/events.
* WingedHumanoid: The Hawk Bandits Of Tarkoom.
* TheWoobie: Max sometimes fills this role.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Ye gods, ''[[spoiler: Sparr]]''. As if [[spoiler: living his life in captivity with Ko, then losing his mother wasn't enough, then his brother has to go and become his ArchNemesis. Even with the whole TakeOverTheWorld thing, you'd have to have very little heart not to feel sorry for the guy.]]
* WorldOfHam: Oh, yes.
* ZanyScheme: '''Meatballs?!''' ''Really?!'' (ItMakesSenseInContext.)
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