The best book of the series.
Melissa de la Cruz has written all three books in the Descendants series and she keeps getting better. Already a talented writer and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, she crafts a story in this third novel that flows smoothly, reads easily, and holds your attention from beginning to end. There is literally no time lag between Return to the Isle of the Lost and her newest novel Rise of the Isle of the Lost. Return was the sequel to the film and Rise is a sequel/prequel following the second novel with barely any time elapsed and setting up the story for the second film, Descendants 2.
Rise introduces new characters essential to the second film including Uma, the daughter of Ursula; Harry, the son of Captain Hook; and Gil, the son of Gaston. Uma in particular is the nemesis for Mal in Descendants 2 and Melissa establishes how that rivalry developed in a way that doesn’t diminish Uma’s reputation as a villain kid, but at the same time helps you come to an understanding of why she might hate Mal, hate her life, and just so desperately want to get off the Isle. And even though both Harry and Uma are villain kids, there’s something lovable about their relationship. As loathe as they would be to admit it, they take care of each other.
The story centers on King Triton’s lost trident which has made its way to the OTHER side of the barrier surrounding the Isle of the Lost. Uma finds out and wants to use the trident to be free of the island while Mal wants desperately to not only help her friend retrieve the powerful item but to stop Uma from using it. It’s a race against time for both sides as each has to overcome obstacles to achieve their goal. But who wins and how?
While you don’t need to read the book to enjoy the movie, it adds depth of character you won’t find any other way. It helps you to understand where the characters are as they come into Descendants 2 and deepens their relationships with one another. In particular, I love how much King Ben has really become king and how he shows both maturity and depth. And not only the love Ben has for Mal, but the trust he has in all the villain kids is genuine and evident. This is a great romp through the Descendants universe and well worth the read. Honestly the best book of the series!
- Rise of the Isle of the Lost is already available in bookstores like Barnes & Noble or online through retailers like Amazon.
- Check back to the Disney Nerds blog as we share more from our exclusive interviews with both Melissa and Dove!