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The Tournament

by Matthew Reilly

eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Thriller and Suspense

The Tournament Synopsis

England, 1546. A young Princess Elizabeth is in a dangerous position as her older siblings jostle for the throne. Roger Ascham, Elizabeth's teacher and mentor, is determined to keep her safe. So when he receives an unusual invitation from the Sultan in Constantinople, asking him to take part in the greatest chess tournament the world has ever seen, he resolves to take the princess with him. But death stalks the streets of the glittering Ottoman capital - a cardinal has been found mutilated. Ascham is asked to investigate, but as he and Elizabeth delve deeper, they uncover a secret that marks the young Princess for life. And a darkness that defines the queen she will become.

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The Tournament Reader Reviews

We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review The Tournament. You can read their reviews below.

 

Barbara Gaskell - 'I found it very enjoyable and it made my daily train commute whizz by. Overall while not quite what I expected, reading The Tournament has tempted me to try Matthew Reilly’s more traditional style of book.' Click Here to read the full review.

 

Beverley Davenport  - 'A well-crafted, well told book that will have readers’ hearts racing and their clogs turning; a must read for all readers.' Click Here to read the full review.
 

Julie Bickerdyke - 'A beautifully written and fascinating story of murder and intrigue in 16th century Constantinople that possibly explains how Princess Elizabeth became the formidable Queen we are so proud of.' Click Here to read the full review.

 

Catherine Jenkins - 'A vivid portrayal that offers to fill the gaps in our knowledge regarding the early education and formative years of Queen Elizabeth I.'  Click Here to read the full review.


Sarah Musk - 'An exciting historical whodunnit with a charismatic, resourceful main character.  The descriptions of 16th century Constantinople are marvellous.'  Click Here to read the full review.


Sarah Harper - 'This is a very cleverly crafted book...It kept me guessing and made it very hard for me to tear myself away from it.  A truly superb read which I would highly recommend.' Click Here to read the full review.


Linda Rollins - 'An historical whodunit involving a royal princess with loads of fascinating facts and fantastic fiction: a great adventure story filled with some gorgeous snippets of wisdom...' Click Here to read the full review.


Susan Walsh - 'Simply wonderful. The British meet The Ottoman Empire.  A fascinating Read.' Click Here to read the full review.


Debbie Patrick - 'This I have to admit was good, it was interesting & well written & you didn’t need to understand chess to enjoy the novel. I would recommend this book.' Click Here to read the full review.


Elisabeth Thomas - 'This book gripped me from the start and is full of intrigue which kept me turning the pages.' Click Here to read the full review.


Suzanne James - 'Evocative writing and a novel idea but a little let down by the pace.' Click Here to read the full review.


Cathy Petersen - 'A potentially good tale of intrigue and murder that doesn’t quite deliver all it promises.' Click Here to read the full review.


Lynn Curtis - 'A shaggy dog of a historical story.' Click Here to read the full review.
 
 

The Good Book Guide Review

It is 1546, the year before the death of Henry VIII, and for the young Princess Elizabeth life is difficult as change looms and her siblings jostle for power. When her tutor, Roger Ascham, is bidden by Suleiman the Magnificent, no less, to go to Constantinople to take part in a chess tournament, he decides to take young Bess with him. On the first night of the tournament, however, someone is murdered, with the result that Bess is exposed to a world quite as dark as the one she has just left, and in which she will bear witness to events that will shape her future life indelibly. A gripping historical thriller by this rightly acclaimed Australian writer.

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ISBN: 9781409147183
Publication date: 29/01/2015
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781409134220
Publication date: 30/01/2014
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409147183
Publication date: 29th January 2015
Author: Matthew Reilly
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense,

About Matthew Reilly

Matthew Reilly wrote his first book, CONTEST, in 1994 whilst attending the University of New South Wales. It was rejected by every major publishing company. This caused Reilly to self-publish 1,000 copies using money borrowed from his family. Reilly went to a bookstore in Sydney and asked if he could place the copies on one of their book shelves. They accepted the offer . Very shortly after, the books had sold out and the owner of the bookstore called Reilly to order more books. One copy was read by Pan Macmillan, who immediately signed Reilly up to write ICE STATION, which became an ...

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