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The Tournament: Tournament Series, Book 1
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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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From the New York Times bestselling author of Temple and The Great Zoo of China comes a gripping historical thriller featuring a young Queen Elizabeth I thrust into a web of treachery, power, and lust at the height of the Ottoman Empire.
The year is 1546, and Suleiman the Magnificent, the powerful and 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 thrust into royal duties.

Yet on the opening night of the tournament a powerful guest of the Sultan is murdered. Soon, barbaric deaths, diplomatic treachery, and unimaginable...
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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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        May 25, 2015
        The 13-year-old Princess Elizabeth Tudor, the narrator of this delightful, well-crafted thriller set in 1546 from Reilly (The Great Zoo of China), accompanies her tutor, Roger Ascham, to Constantinople, where the sultan Suleiman is hosting a tournament to determine the world’s chess champion. As part of her political education, Elizabeth has a memorable encounter with arrogant young Ivan, “grand prince of the Duchy of Muscovy” and future Ivan the Terrible, but her life lessons turn to the deductive when Suleiman puts brilliant Ascham in charge of investigating the murder and mutilation of an anti-Islamic cardinal just before the tournament’s start. She also gains a better understanding of man’s carnal nature from hearing about the Ottoman crown prince’s after-hours parties and spying on drunken priests cavorting with teenage boys in the priests’ chambers. 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. Agent: Suzanne Gluck, WME.

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        May 15, 2015

        Reilly is a master storyteller of modern adventure thrillers (Ice Station; Temple). In a departure from his usual motif, he sets this novel in Elizabethan England, featuring the Virgin Queen herself. On her deathbed, good Queen Bess recounts a tale of depravity and palace intrigue in which she was an unexpected witness. It is 1546, a plague is sweeping through England, and Elizabeth is 13 years old. When her father, King Henry VIII, receives an invitation from the sultan of the Ottoman empire to send his best chess player to an international tournament in Constantinople, Roger Ascham, the royal tutor, convinces the king to allow Princess Elizabeth to accompany the English delegation for safekeeping. Their visit to Constantinople is marred by sexual indiscretion, dishonesty, and murder. Owing to his reputation for logic, Ascham is asked by the sultan to solve the murders that have occurred during the tournament. With Elizabeth in tow, Ascham uncovers treachery and debauchery at the most exalted levels. VERDICT Fans may be disappointed in this slow-paced murder mystery with a chess theme that is far less captivating than Reilly's previous work. For a better example, see Katherine Neville's The Eight. Checkmate.--Laura Cifelli, Fort Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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