The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants)

Book 1 of 3 in the The Descendants Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 6n/a5.363152
Evil tree. Bad Apple?

Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost--a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world.

Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon's Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The eye is cursed, and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the Dragon's Eye, these four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published on April 25, 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
ISBN-10: 1484725441
ISBN-13: 9781484725443
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  • howlergirl
    howlergirlWednesday, August 16, 2017 at 5:54 pm55 stars
    I watched the movie too, and it's pretty good! The story starts with 4 main characters in the isle of the lost. Those 4 characters are all sons and daughters of evil villains. They get an invitation from the son of Belle and the Beast, Ben, to come to the school for royals. While at the school they start of with their mission to find a scepter that Mals mother, Maleficent, wants back. But while Mal and her friends are on their quest, they learn that maybe it's not so bad to be good. This was a good book and I like how instead of talking about princesses and jewels and all of that, it takes a turn and talks about villains and their descendants!
    • danipuppygirl
      danipuppygirlMonday, August 14, 2017 at 1:46 pm44 stars
      Evie is my favorite character. She wants to be different from her mother kinda. She is evil and wants a new way to do things with her friends from the isle.
      • readingkendal
        readingkendalSunday, August 6, 2017 at 7:04 am55 stars
        This book is amazing! I read Return to the Isle of the Lost and that was good too. This book is about the 4 descendants of Maleficent, Evil Queen, Jafar, and Cruella De Vil. They go to the Forbidden Fortress sent by Maleficent to find the Dragon Eye scepter. If you like the movie read this.
        • girlygirl1014
          girlygirl1014Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 7:59 am55 starsFeatured
          The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants) The Isle of the Lost is the amazing prequel to the Descendant movie about life on the Isle of the Lost, the dark, filthy island that is covered by a magical dome that rids villains of their powers that king Beast banished all the most famous villains from the classic stories we all love. Such as Maleficent, the dark fairy who cursed a young girl to sleep for a-hundred years, Cruella De Ville, the madwoman who wanted to turn innocent dalmatian puppies into spotted fur coats, Evil Queen, the witch with her poisoned apples, and Jafar, the royal advisor who tried to take over a kingdom. These villains all had children who were born and raised on the Isle of the Lost. Now teenagers these children are Carlos, the intelligent son of Cruella De Ville, Evie, the fashionable daughter of Evil Queen, Jafar's son, Jay, the talented thief, and Mal, daughter of Maleficent who's only wish is to be just as evil as her mother. During a magical mishap Carlos and Evie accidentally brake a hole into the dome; causing the Dragon Eye, Maleficent's magical scepter to gains power. The four go on a quest to find it in an attempt to impress their parents. During the dangerous journey they face tests, magic, become friends, learn that the rotten apple does fall far from the tree and that good always overcomes evil. I would recommend this to anyone who loves the Descendants movies and enjoys a good book about the misfits rising up.
          • djplay
            djplayFriday, July 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm44 stars
            WOW! Its cool!
            • callie_b
              callie_bFriday, July 28, 2017 at 6:55 pm44 starsFeatured
              This book opens like any other: Once upon a time. But it's not your typical happily-ever-after. Queen Belle and King Beast of Auradon banished all the villains of the fairytale world to the Isle of the Lost, an island protected by a magical barrier that traps all the evil-doers inside, and takes their powers away in the process. All the villains are stuck there with their kids-- yep, that's right, the villains have kids! But this book is about 4 certain descendants: Mal, daughter of Maleficent; Jay, son of Jafar; Evie, daughter of Evil Queen; and Carlos, son of Cruella De Vil. Ever since Mal wasn't invited to Evie's birthday party when they were younger, she's been determined to get her back. This year, as her Evil Scheme project at school (yes, villains teach their kids how to be evil at school😜) cunning Mal is planning to really get her. And it's going down at her midnight party, with the help of her thieving partner, mischievous Jay. Meanwhile, beautiful Evie and intellegent Carlos try out Carlos's new invention: and it breaks a hole through the barrier! Even if it's only a small one, it allows them to grasp a bit of magic from the mainland. And as they discover later, this magic awakens Diablo, Maleficent's raven sidekick, and Maleficent's infamous scepter. And there's different reasons everybody wants to venture to find it: Mal's evil scheme to "dethrone" Evie never worked, and she's looking for a way to prove to her mother that she really is evil. Jay wants to get the scepter so it can be the "Big Score" his father has been raving about, the one that will make them rich. Evie just wants to make friends, and live on the mainland. Carlos wants to get away from his mother, who treats him like a maid, and continue his inventions. For these reasons (that they all keep to themselves), they band together and journey through the Isle of the Lost to find the scepter. Through the obstacles and challenges that face them on their way, they find that they need to use every one of their different strengths to help them continue on. Will they find the scepter? Who will make the move to take it for themselves? And are these villains really that bad?! As the back of the book states; Bad tree. Bad apple?? This book was so good! I love the idea of descendants of the classic villains! Melissa De la Cruz did a great job bringing this idea to life in her amazing writing. I actually watched the movie Descendants (BTW, it's a great movie if you want to check it out) BEFORE reading the prequel, but luckily that didn't really matter. All in all, I recommend this book for anybody! 5/5 stars!
              • din10
                din10Friday, July 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm55 stars
                best book ever i loved it so much i really recommend this book for everyone please read this book also thanks for whoever read this review
                • pieasaurusrex21
                  pieasaurusrex21Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm55 stars
                  The Isle of the Lost gives a glimpse into the lives of Disney villains' children as they learn to survive a world of evil. Soon, the main characters are thrown into a quest to find the Dragon's Eye, dodging many obstacles as they try to get to it. This book is a recommended read for those who liked the Descendants movies or who are just looking for a fun Disney novel to read.
                  • tlivi
                    tliviThursday, July 27, 2017 at 1:46 pm55 stars
                    Reading more about Mal and Evie was so much fun! It was cool to see how they lived when they were on the isle before they were on Arodon. Mal is my favorite charachter.
                    • tlivi
                      tliviThursday, July 27, 2017 at 12:45 pm55 stars
                      Reading more about Mal and Evie was so much fun! It was cool to see how they lived when they were on the isle before they were on Arodon. Mal is my favorite charachter.