This is a book by LloydAlexander about an adventure to the nation of Illyria. Vesper Holly, our hero, wants to know more about the legends of Vartan. The book has five sequels. This article needs some WikiMagic.
!!Tropes used:
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Helvitus]]
* AllMythsAreTrue: [[spoiler: subverted]]
* DeathByOriginStory: Vesper's father.
* FunnyAnimal: Zalik is [[spoiler:a crocodile]].
** [[spoiler: Ergon Pasha is also a reptile, although we are not told what specific kind he is]]
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Helvitus]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Nilo is Vartan.]]
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: [[spoiler:Zalik and Ergon Pasha]]