Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks
Location: Solani Island, Titan
References: 400
Publication Details
Author(s): Keith Martin

Illustrator(s): Russ Nicholson
FF51 Dragon Spine
Cover illustrator: Terry Oakes
First published: September 30 1992
Number 51
ISBN: ISBN 0-14-036257-6
Previous Book: Return to Firetop Mountain
Next Book: Night Dragon
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Island of the Undead is a single-player role-playing gamebook written by Keith Martin, illustrated by Russ Nicholson and originally published in 1992 by Puffin Books. It forms part of Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy series. It is the 51st in the series in the original Puffin series (ISBN 0-14-036257-6). There are currently no announced plans to republish this book as part of the Wizard series.


The book's working title was Plague of the Undead. The book was referred to by this title in the list of Fighting Fantasy gamebooks at the front of some of the Fighting Fantasy books printed or reprinted after its release.[1]


Ancient evil has come to Solani Island!

The mysterious sorcerers of Solani Island have protected the local people from danger for many years. Now, it seems, their power has been usurped. An evil force holds sway across the land, an evil that seems to hold the power over life and death itself!

A hero is urgently needed to journey to Solani Island and discover what has happened to the wizards. Dare YOU be that adventurer? Who knows what terrible fate awaits you on the island where death rules? There is only one way to find out. Are YOU brave enough to solve the mystery of Solani Island?


In this book the player travels to Solani Island, which lies near the south-east coast of Allansia, to discover what has happened to the wizards who are supposed to protect the coastline.


The book in general follows the original rules set down in The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (see Game System).

Unique RulesEdit

  • A new attribute called presence is a 1d6 roll, which is halved (rounding fractions up) and 4 added. This reflects the force of the player's personality and can either gain help or attract unwanted attention depending on the situation. The score must not exceed 12.[3]
  • The player can not carry more than 12 Provisions at any one time.[4]
  • As the player begins only with a knife they must perform a 1d6 roll for each round of combat in which they win. Here a 5 or 6 denotes a 2 stamina point attack, a 1-4 a 1 stamina point attack.[5]
  • The player is encouraged to keep empty potion bottles.[5]

Equipment List[6]Edit

Cover and IllustrationsEdit

Main article: Island of the Undead (illustrations)


The original cover of the book was designed and illustrated by Terry Oakes.

Island of the Undead through the years
1992 1993
FF51 Dragon Spine FF51
No. Spine Only No Bronze-Foil
£3.991 £3.992


  1. Price of 1st Impression
  2. Price of 3rd Impression


The interior illustrations were by Russ Nicholson. There were 30 full page illustrations and 6 minor repeated illustrations scattered throughout the text. The paragraphs with a full page illustration were: 1, 14, 32, 43, 59, 69, 84, 97, 114, 128, 141, 155, 173, 184, 201, 215, 230, 241, 254, 268, 280, 289, 299, 313, 326, 339, 355, 368, 383 and 397.

Intertextual ReferencesEdit

Other MediaEdit

Main CharactersEdit

YOU: Hero of Island of the Undead



Further NotesEdit



Adventure Sheet from Island of the Undead

  • The Adventure Sheet reports HONOUR instead of PRESENCE stat. There is also a TIME ELAPSED box not mentioned in the rules.
  • (79) should link to (146) instead of (46).
  • The inscription in the illustration opposite (97) should read "BJQDKF" not "BJQDNF".
  • (221) should read "roll four dice" not "roll your dice".
  • (236) should refer to "provisions" not "possessions".
  • Additionally, there is poor pagination on (1) and (397), where it is not obvious that further options are given over the page.



See AlsoEdit


External LinksEdit


  1. Night Dragon - p.2
  2. Island of the Undead - Back Cover ("Golden Dragon" Edition)
  3. Island of the Undead - p.13
  4. Island of the Undead - p.15
  5. 5.0 5.1 Island of the Undead - p.16
  6. Island of the Undead - pp.15-16
  7. Island of the Undead - p.14

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