Vesper Holly, a headstrong, witty heroine, sets out with her guardian for Illyria, a tiny country in the middle of no one knows quite where, on a quest to prove her late father's theories about the country. Rebel forces, heat, assassins, treasure, conspiracy, a quest, and villainous villainy. Action-packed. Never a dull moment. Fantastic narration by loyal uncle-like Brinnie. Wonderful writing. Characterization is very well-done. Recommended.