The Tournament (Hardcover)

By Matthew Reilly

Gallery Books, 9781476749549, 320pp.

Publication Date: July 21, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (7/20/2015)
Paperback (3/29/2016)
Hardcover, Large Print (12/9/2015)
CD-Audio (7/21/2015)

List Price: 26.00*
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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.

About the Author

Matthew Reilly is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Four Legendary KingdomsThe TournamentThe Great Zoo of ChinaThe Five Greatest WarriorsThe Six Sacred StonesSeven Deadly WondersIce StationTempleContestArea 7Scarecrow, and Scarecrow Returns, as well as the children’s book Hover Car Racer and the novella Hell Island. His books have been published in more than twenty languages in twenty countries, and he has sold more than 7.5 million copies worldwide. Visit him at and at

Praise For The Tournament

“[A] delightful, well-crafted thriller . . . Reilly remains true to the realities of his historical characters and effectively communicates Elizabeth’s feeling of being an inquisitive stranger without falling into undue exoticism.”
— Publishers Weekly

“[The Tournament] is a complete success—a vibrantly detailed environment, richly drawn characters, and a great story.

Action fans and PBS types can share their enthusiasm this time.”
— Booklist (starred review)

“Fascinating . . . definitely a must read!”
— Suspense Magazine