The Tournament

Author(s): Matthew Reilly
Original Publish Date: Jul 21, 2015
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100135861
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781442391307
Narrator/s: Katie Firth
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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.

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Author(s): Matthew Reilly
Product Number EB00590840
Released: Jul 21, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN: #9781476749594

Professional reviews

"Narrator Katie Firth perfectly matches the excitement and subterfuge of this historical novel. Reilly mixes the reliable Elizabeth Tudor with the more novel setting of the Ottoman Empire for a story that thrills all the way through--despite the implausibility of a young Elizabeth traveling to Constantinople for a chess tournament. Fans of Nancy Bilyeau's Joanna Stafford series will love the story, which is only improved by Firth's able narration. Firth's performance seems consistent with what we know of Elizabeth's personality, helping to keep this fictional story rooted in historical realities. Listeners who love their historical fiction with a bit of mystery will find this a thoroughly engaging listen. J.L.K. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"