Sophie Schiller

on Tour

May 18-31


Island on Fire

Island on Fire

(historical fiction)

 Release date: March 1st, 2018
272 pages



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In the lush, tropical world of Martinique where slavery is a distant memory and voodoo holds sway, Emilie Dujon discovers that her fiancé, a rich sugar planter, is unfaithful. Desperate to leave him, she elicits the aid of a voodoo witch doctor and is lured into a shadowy world of black magic and extortion. When the volcano known as Mount Pelée begins to rumble and spew ash, she joins a scientific committee sent to investigate the crater. During the journey she meets Lt. Denis Rémy, an army officer with a mysterious past with whom she forms an unlikely attachment.

During the journey, the committee discovers that Mount Pelée is on the verge of eruption. When they try to warn the governor, he orders them to bury the evidence for fear of upsetting the upcoming election. As the pressure builds, a deadly mudslide inundates Emilie’s plantation and she disappears. Lt. Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Emilie. But with all roads blocked, can the lovers escape the doomed city of St. Pierre before it’s too late?

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Island on Fire_Sophie SchillerSophie Schiller
was born in Paterson, NJ
and grew up in the West Indies.
She loves stories that carry the reader back in time
to exotic and far-flung locations.
Kirkus Reviews called her
“an accomplished thriller and historical adventure writer”.
Her novel, Island on Fire,
is a historical novel about the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century,
the eruption of Mount Pelee on Martinique.
She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

To find our more,
please visit her website, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter

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Boys’ Mom Reads!

The story is a fascinating reimagining that is both suspenseful and absorbing.
By the end, I was thoroughly entertained, had learned a lot about Martinique’s history, culture, and geography, and found myself checking out travel options to the interesting island.
I recommend ISLAND ON FIRE to readers of historical fiction, those interested in tales set in the West Indies, and armchair travelers to the French Antilles.

Locks, Hooks and Books

Island on Fire is a fascinating story. It is a perfect combination of love, action, horror, survival, suspense and history.
I recommend it for readers who enjoy reading historical fiction based on real events. I would love to read more like this from Sophie Schiller in the future. She has earned herself a new fan.

Svetlana’s Reads and Views

I think the first thing I thought about are the similarities between a Mount Vesuvius YA novel I read and this book, namely that people thought they weren’t active volcanos and were extinct. Yet the cultures of the two port cities are very distinct and fascinating, especially the voodoo parts which I have greatly enjoyed.

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