Out this week is the newest book in the Descendants series, RISE OF THE ISLE OF THE LOST. It follows last year’s RETURN TO THE ISLE OF THE LOST and the book that started it all in 2015, THE ISLE OF THE LOST.
For those unfamiliar with the series, it’s a story about the offspring of Disney’s wicked cast of villains from various books and movies. The Isle of the Lost is where they keep the whole lot of no good families. The parents may be nasty but are their kids the same way? Along the way four of the youngsters break free and live in idyllic Auradon, making enemies with those left behind.
If all of this makes sense then the third book will be a perfect fit for you. Of course it helps to be well versed in Disney villain lore, but even without, the story rolls along to an exciting climatic confrontation. The characters are in their teens but the intended audience is middle grade. It’s the next step for those having grown up with princesses, sea creatures, and a little bit of Hi-Ho…Hi-Ho.
Here’s the official book jacket blurb:
Ride with the tide!
Deep beneath the waves, King Triton’s powerful trident has passed through the magical barrier that surrounds the Isle of the Lost-keeping villains in and magic out. And when Mal’s longtime rival Uma, daughter of Ursula, gets wind of this, she can’t believe her luck. The tide has dragged in something good for a change, and Uma is determined to get her wicked hands on it. But first, she needs a pirate crew.
A storm is brewing back in Auradon, and when Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay hear that the trident has been washed away, they realize they’ll have to find it before anyone from the Isle does. Luckily, they seem to have a talent for locating missing magical objects.
As Uma readies for the high seas alongside Harry, son of Captain Hook, Gil, son of Gaston, and the toughest rogues on the Isle of the Lost, the reformed villains of Auradon devise their own master plan. And with King Ben away on royal business, they won’t have to play by all the rules. Using bad for good can’t be totally evil, right?
The thrilling, perilous race to the trident pits old friends-and current enemies-against each other with the future of Auradon on the line. Both teams might like to make waves, but only one will come out on top of this one.
In typical Disney fashion the book is a prequel to the upcoming second Descendant’s movie coming out this July on the Disney channel. Keep the excitement going must be their motto as they’ve certainly succeeded on all fronts. It sure appears a Descendant’s summer is on the horizon.
Melissa de la Cruz is the author of the #1 New York Times best sellers The Isle of the Lost and Return to the Isle of the Lost, as well as many other best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, Lost in Time, and Gates of Paradise. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter. (For more visit Melissa’s author web site)