The Tournament

The Tournament

Tournament Series, Book 1

eBook - 2015
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"A complete success...action fans and PBS types can share their enthusiasm" (Booklist, starred review) when a young Queen Elizabeth I is thrust into a gripping game of deception and lust at the height of the Ottoman Empire in this edge-of-your-seat historical thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Great Zoo of China and Temple.The year is 1546, and Suleiman the Magnificent, the feared Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, issues an invitation to every king in Europe: You are invited to send your finest player to compete in a chess tournament to determine the champion of the known world. Thousands converge on Constantinople, including the English court's champion and his guide, the esteemed scholar Roger Ascham. Seeing a chance to enlighten the mind of a student, Ascham brings along Elizabeth Tudor, a brilliant young woman not yet consumed by royal duties in Henry VIII's court. Yet on the opening night of the tournament, a powerful guest of the Sultan is murdered. Soon, barbaric deaths, diplomatic corruption, and unimaginable depravity—sexual and otherwise—unfold before Elizabeth's and Ascham's eyes. The pair soon realizes that the real chess game is being played within the court itself...and its most treacherous element is that a stranger in a strange land is only as safe as her host is gracious.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781476749594
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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SEBoiko
Sep 17, 2015

If aggression meets empty space it tends to defeat itself.

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SEBoiko
Sep 17, 2015

An angry mind does not do anything well.

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SEBoiko
Sep 17, 2015

There is no better lesson than seeing something with your own eyes.

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SEBoiko
Sep 17, 2015

They are priests, not angels.

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What people do in the name of religion is not necessarily religious.

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Chess is the sport of sports.

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kgillham
Jul 05, 2017

One of his best yet!

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cmlibrary_tjansen
Dec 17, 2015

I really enjoyed this! It was a combo of real people who MIGHT have connected, and fictional people. I thought the plot idea was unique and the twists and turns fascinating!

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willdawg_0
Dec 04, 2015

Not typical Reilly. While it had a good story line, there was way too much graphic sexual content for my taste. Personally, I would have enjoyed it more if it had been a bit more discreet.

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creeker868
Aug 09, 2015

Not the expected from Matthew Reilly. Story is set in 1546 and involves Elizabeth ! is 13. Premise she travels to to Ottoman Empire with her teacher and gets involved in solving a mystery. While unexpected this is still a fun read.

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