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The Tournament by Matthew Reilly
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

The game in question is chess, the board Constantinople and the prize, a broader education for Elizabeth I! This imagines Princess Elizabeth, aged 13 (1546) being accompanied by her tutor, a chess master and an oversexed lady-in-waiting to a chess congress organised by the Sultan. There are all sorts of Christian/Muslim tension, spying and murder, sex and skulduggery in an easy, fast read of escapist fun.

If you like Matthew Reilly you might also like to read books by Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler and Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo 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.
~ Julia Hamilton

Synopsis

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly

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.

About the Author

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 international bestseller. Since then, he has been published in over fifteen countries, including Norway, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, South Africa, Japan and China. Reilly's main influences include Michael Crichton, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and possibly Art Bell.

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Publication date

29th January 2015

Author

Matthew Reilly

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www.matthewreilly.com/

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Historical Fiction
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Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9781409147183

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