Villains don't have friends, and neither do their children. -Melissa de la Cruz, The Isle of the Lost
Mal, Jay, Evie, and Carlos are offspring to some of the most legendary villains: Maleficent, Jafar, the Evil Queen, and Cruella De Vil. Exiled before birth to the Isle of the Lost, along with their wicked parents, these teenagers are protected by a dome that keeps them from leaving the island or performing magic. Then one day, a hole in the dome awakens Maleficent's scepter, the Dragon's Eye, and together Mal, Jay, Evie, and Carlos set out to find it in hopes of freeing themselves from the dome, the ban on magic, and the isle itself. Of course, each of them has an eye on his or her own personal agenda (they were raised by villains, after all), whether that means finding treasure or proving to their disappointed, wicked parents how truly evil they can be.
As these characters embark on their journey, the only thing standing in the way of each of them fulfilling their potential for evil (a.k.a. "evil quotients") and upholding the scruples of their land is perhaps each one's own true nature beyond their parents' expectations--and maybe even friendship.
The characters are unique and endearing, despite their evil upbringing, even because of it. My favorite part of the story is when the group travels to the mysterious land of Nowhere and Maleficent's Forbidden Fortress, complete with magical traps, in pursuit of the scepter. Each member of the group must step up at some point to help everyone safely through the castle's traps and forward on their journey--for the first time building teamwork when they thought they were made for tyranny.
I kept hoping to see the two sides come together, but that also gives me excitement to read the sequel, Return to the Isle of the Lost, to see what happens next.
What fairy tale villains would you like to see more of after the conclusions of their original stories?
The Isle of the Lost: http://www.amazon.com/Isle-Lost-Descendants-Novel/dp/1484720970
Return to the Isle of the Lost: http://www.amazon.com/Return-Isle-Lost-Descendants-Novel/dp/1484750713