Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Island on Fire by Sophie Schiller @SophieSchiller @GoddessFish

Island on Fire
by Sophie Schiller
GENRE:  Historical Thriller


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, has been 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. 

At the summit, the explorers discover that a second crater has formed and the volcano appears to be on the verge of eruption. But 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. With ash and cinders raining down, chaos ensues. Left with no choice, Lt. Rémy deserts his post and sets off on a desperate quest to rescue Emilie. But with all roads blocked, can they escape the doomed city of St. Pierre before it’s too late?


They continued climbing up the steep mountain road for another half mile, then suddenly the wind picked up. All at once they were assaulted by a downpour of ash, cinders, and muddy rain. The pellets beat down on their faces, hands, and bodies, lacerating them, burning them. Now they were surrounded by swirling clouds of ash. The horse reared, almost throwing them off. Rémy did his best to calm the animal, but they were at the mercy of the onslaught. The volcanic rocks were raining down like hailstones, pelting them with fury. The horse was near collapse, unable to breathe. Emilie and Rémy choked on the fumes that swirled around like the inside of a furnace. She thought that at any minute they would be asphyxiated. In the distance they heard wailing voices. There were a dozen people clinging together by the side of the road, their voices barely audible above the noise of the bombardment. That was the only way they knew they weren’t alone. But it was impossible to see them through the ash clouds.

They covered their noses and mouths with handkerchiefs, but it did little to filter the noxious fumes. Everything was coated with gray ash, including their hair and skin. It soaked into their clothes and streaked down their faces. The downpour was so overpowering, Emilie felt as if they were drowning under a waterfall of ash and cinders. The ground was covered in a thick layer of ash, pumice, and cinders, giving it the appearance of a moonscape. Suddenly Emilie screamed. Several feet away lay the body of a woman buried beneath a layer of volcanic debris. Beside her was a basket with all her worldly belongings and a tiny infant, his body gray and still, frozen in time.

My Review:

In 1902 Mount Pelée a volcano erupted causing the death of thousands of people. Island on Fire is based on Mount Pelée’s eruption. In Island of Fire the volcano is spewing up black smoke and boiling water leaving the town covered in a thick layer of ash.

The governor has been informed of Mount Pelée’s possible eruption and that the town needs to be evacuated but the governor is worried about the upcoming election and losing so he orders everyone to keep quiet about the volcano. No one is to be evacuated under the governor’s order. Winning an election is more important to him than the lives of these people.

Emilie Dujon is engaged to a rich sugar plantation owner Lucien. Emilie cared for Lucien very much until the day she caught him in the arms of another woman. When she tried to call off the wedding neither Lucien nor her parents would allow it. Emilie tried explaining to her family what kind of man Lucien was but they would not listen to her as they needed her to marry Lucien because the plantation was in trouble. Lucien knows this and wants to marry Emilie to get his hands on the plantation himself.

Emilie’s parents made me so mad I was like how could they make her do that? If they loved her how could they force her to do something she didn’t want to do? How could they make her life miserable for a plantation or a piece of land?

Emilie learns that a group of people are going to the volcano to find out if it may erupt or not and talks them into letting her join them on their adventurer up the mountain. On her journey she meets an army officer, Lt. Denis Rémy, an army officer whom she gets to know fairly well.

Emilie decides to go see a voodoo witch doctor hoping that he could help her out of her dire situation with Lucien. Going to see a witch doctor ends up costing her more than she wants or can pay.

When the volcano erupts and Emilie goes missing Rémy deserts his post to find her. With the volcano spitting out fire and ash will Rémy find her in time? Can they make it out before the volcano erupts or will it lead them in a fiery death?

Island of Fire is filled with action from beginning to end that is promised to keep you entertained. It also promises a rainbow of emotion that will take you on the ride of your life running from black smoke, fire, ash, a voodoo witch doctor and a ruthless, controlling and dangerous fiancé hot on your tail.

I would like to recommend Island on Fire to historical fiction fans. If you like fiction stories that are based on fiction then you are definitely going to fall in love with Island on Fire.  

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sophie 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 latest novel is Island on Fire, a thriller about the worst volcanic disaster of the 20th century, the Pompeii of the Caribbean. She was educated at American University, Washington, DC and lives in Brooklyn, NY

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

I appreciate getting to read about another book my family have not known about previously. Thanks so much for the book description and giveaway also.

Sophie Schiller said...

Thanks so much, Nancy, for your charming, heartfelt review! I am so glad you enjoyed "Island on Fire"! And I'm so glad we met up here on "The Avid Reader". You have a very nice blog! Cheers!