The Tournament

The Tournament

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By (author) Matthew Reilly

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  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Hardback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 143mm x 222mm x 38mm | 574g
  • Publication date: 12 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1409134237
  • ISBN 13: 9781409134237
  • Sales rank: 69,475

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England, 1546: A young Princess Elizabeth is surrounded by uncertainty. The Black Death stalks the land and with it deadly conspiracies against her. She is not currently in line for the throne, but she remains a threat to her older sister and brother. In the midst of this fevered atmosphere comes an unprecedented invitation from the Sultan in Constantinople. He seeks to assemble the finest players of chess from the whole civilised world and pit them against each other. The prize? Fabulous wealth but also the honour of Christendom. Roger Ascham, Elizabeth's teacher and mentor, is determined to keep her out of harm's way and also continue her education in the art of power and politics. Ascham resolves to take Elizabeth with him when he accompanies the English chess champion to the Ottoman capital. But once there, the two find more danger than they left behind. There's a grotesque killer on the loose and a Catholic cardinal has already been found mutilated in the grounds of the palace. Ascham is asked by the Sultan to use his razor-sharp mind to investigate the crime. But as he and Elizabeth delve deeper into the murky world of the court and the glittering chess tournament, they find dark secrets, horrible crimes and unheard-of depravity. Things that mark the young princess for life and define the queen that she will become...

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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. His latest work is a novel called THE SIX SACRED STONES, the sequel to SEVEN ANCIENT WONDERS.

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By Jack Heath 07 Nov 2013 5

As a teenager, my brother hated To Kill A Mockingbird but adored Matthew Reilly novels. This is interesting, because when you strip away the hovering cars, the doomsday devices and the maghooks, all Reilly�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?�??�?�¢s books are a version of Harper Lee�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?�??�?�¢s classic tale: one wise, kind man, surrounded by savagery and corruption, fights to protect the innocent.

His new hero, Roger Ascham, resembles Atticus Finch even more than usual. Ascham is a gentle, intelligent schoolmaster who leads Scout �????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?? I mean, teenage future-queen Elizabeth the First �????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?? to a chess tournament in the Ottoman Empire. When the young princess and her teacher stumble across a murder, they find themselves hunting a serial killer in the Sultan�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?�??�?�¢s palace. Or is it something even more sinister?

It�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?�??�?�¢s a complex, unpredictable plot, and it moves along at an electrifying pace, driven by many colourful characters (including some real historical figures such as Ivan the Terrible and Michelangelo). The only pauses are thoughtful ones �????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?? when Elizabeth reflects on the carnal adventures of her friend Elsie, or when she and Ascham compare behanding thieves in Turkey to hanging them in England. The Tournament doesn�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?�??�?�¢t shy away from scenes and ideas which may offend, be they cultural, sexual or visceral. (The book is both violent and sexy, but sensibly, never both at the same time.)

The most addictive thing about Reilly�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?�??�?�¢s writing has always been the thoroughness of his research, which often leaves the reader wondering how much of his tale is true. Sure, the Sultan�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?�??�?�¢s palace in Constantinople was probably a real place, but how about the incredible menagerie within it? Queen Elizabeth the First and her father were real people, but how about Roger Ascham? What about the chess master Gilbert Giles? The quotes from Elizabeth which begin each chapter �????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?? did she really say those things, or are they a product of Reilly�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?�??�?�¢s imagination?

Ultimately, it doesn�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?�??�?�¢t matter. The fact and the fiction blend together so seamlessly that the setting comes to life, giving the reader a tactile sense of the luxurious palace, the sleazy brothels and the bustling bazaars of Constantinople in 1547.

It may seem strange to call a number one bestselling author �????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�????underrated�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�????, but Reilly�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�????�??�?�¢??�????�??�?�¢??�????�???�??�?�¢�??�?�¢?�??�?�¬�??�?�¢?�??�?�¢s earnest, no-frills prose often leads critics to dismiss him as nothing more than a literary Michael Bay. His exhaustive research, tightrope storylines and his delightful tendency to experiment are regularly overlooked.

I have a feeling that this is about to change. Reilly may be best known for the bullets, bombs and outlandish technologies which populate his books, but with The Tournament, he has proven that these are only window dressing. He can tell a gripping tale with nothing more than chess pieces and the occasional flaying. That makes him indisputably a master of his craft.