The year is 1546.
Europe lives in fear of the powerful Islamic empire to the East. Under its charismatic Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, it is an empire on the rise. It has defeated Christian fleets. It has conquered Christian cities.
Then the Sultan sends out an invitation to every king in Europe: send forth your champion to compete in a tournament unlike any other.
We follow the English delegation, selected by King Henry VIII himself, to the glittering city of Constantinople, where the most amazing tournament ever staged will take place.
But when the stakes are this high, not everyone plays fair, and for our team of plucky English heroes, winning may not be the primary goal. As a series of barbaric murders take place, a more immediate goal might simply be staying alive …
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Great story. Beautifully told. It just needed to be spoken louder. Too quiet sometimes which made it hard to hear.
It was a nice change of pace for a Matthew Reilly book, not action packed and full of guns and bodies. Instead a period piece with historical figures set in an historical city and from a first person point of view. Not s bad first effort in my opinion.
I became instantly hooked with this book.
There is so much depth to the plot and to the characters.
The narration is amazing too.
It has some very dark themes but is absolutely worth a read / listen.
Who knew Reilly could be so sedate? Wonderful narration. Intriguing whodunit. I'm a fan of all his books and this one was a surprise.
MAYBE not the best suited book for all ages, this tale has more than a few raunchy moments and dark dark settings all round, BUT It does have a wonderful look on the era in point and historical figures and locations that might intrigue the curious about famous people that lived back then. The story has moments that seem lacking but instantly bring you back because of the characters and devious later plot line. All in all it was another great Matthew Reilly read
I have liked all M R books but usually they are full of fun but unrealistic action . This book was sort of historical intrigue . Very interesting . A few sexy escapades for the voyeur in me . I really liked it .
I absolutely loved it. A wonderful blending of a story involving real characters from history, richly woven into a mystery that keeps you gripped until the end. Highly recommended.
Matthew Reilly has done it again with this thrilling book that keeps you guessing all the way to the end. I am a huge fan of his work and this story did not disappoint me, a step away from the action of Scarecrow or Jack West Jr but no less thrilling. Loved it!
"Brilliant historical fiction"
Elizabeth is my favourite character as she is brave and willing to learn about the realities of life in all its horror, and is not naive as Elsie was.
Lucy Gaskell did a wonderful job and I love her British accent.
The most memorable character is Elsie, Bessie' s friend. Her naivete, the way she discusses her sexual relations with Bessie and the trouble she eventually finds herself in are all memorable moments in The Tournament.
"Another great book from Matthew Reilly"
A different story compared to passed books. But I can say that it is slow to start but a great finish.
"History and Action, a winner"
This is a surprising offering from Matthew Reilly, when you look at his previous books, which can be best described as "Die Hard" in book, this is a big change of pace where the focus in more on the intrigue rather than the action. Its a nice change, and one that Matthew achieves with ease.
Another significant change for Matthew Reilly fans is the absence of Sean Mangan doing the narration. However, with this book, Lucy Gaskell, is probably a better choice to tell the story of a young Queen Bess.
The story keeps you on your seat to the end and while based on a simple plot, combined with historic references it provides a wonderful journey of discovery.
I strongly recommend this book.
"a departure from his usual style"
Matthew Reilly has produced a book quite different form his usual action, action, action style. It is patient and detailed; reflecting the main device, chess. The game is less important than the moves in it.
Lucy Gaskell does a good job of narration. She matches the mood of the story very well.
"You'll be disappointed, not like his other books."
Very very different book from his others. Very predictable. Boring historical rubbish.
Lucy Gaskell did an awesome job, the book was not that good.
My review may be hard, but I'm a Matthew Reilly fan. Not a fan of boring historical made up rubbish. I want action action action.
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