The Tournament



The Year Is 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 CitiesThen The Sultan Sends Out An Invitation To Every King In Europe Send Forth Your Champion To Compete In A Tournament Unlike Any OtherWe 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 PlaceBut 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 Immediate Goal Might Simply Be Staying AliveThe Tournament

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  • Paperback
  • 432 pages
  • The Tournament
  • Matthew Reilly
  • English
  • 13 December 2019
  • 1409147193

10 thoughts on “The Tournament

  1. says:

    As a teenager, my brother hated To Kill A Mockingbird but adored Matthew Reilly novels This is interesting, because when you strip away the hovering cars, the doomsday devices and the maghooks, all Reilly s books are a version of Harper Lee s classic tale one wise, kind man, surrounded by savagery and corruption, fights to protect the innocent.His new hero, Roger Ascham, resembles Atticus Finch eventhan usual Ascham is a gentle, intelligent schoolmaster who leads Scout I mean, teenage As a teenager, my brother hated To Kill A Mockingbird but adored Matthew Reilly novels This is interesting, because when you strip away the hovering cars, the doomsday devices and the maghooks, all Reilly s books are a version of Harper Lee s classic tale one wise, kind man, surrounded by savagery and corruption, fights to protect the innocent.His new hero, Roger Ascham, resembles Atticus Finch eventhan usual Ascham is a gentle, intelligent schoolmaster who leads Scout I mean, teenage future queen Elizabeth the First to a chess tournament in the Ottoman Empire When the young princess and her teacher stumble across a murder, they find themselves hunting a serial killer in the Sultan s palace Or is it something evensinister It s a complex, unpredictable plot, and it moves along at an electrifying pace, driven by many colourful characters including some real historical figures such as Ivan the Terrible and Michelangelo The only pauses are thoughtful ones when Elizabeth reflects on the carnal adventures of her friend Elsie, or when she and Ascham compare behanding thieves in Turkey to hanging them in England The Tournament doesn t shy away from scenes and ideas which may offend, be they cultural, sexual or visceral The book is both violent and sexy, but sensibly, never both at the same time The most addictive thing about Reilly s writing has always been the thoroughness of his research, which often leaves the reader wondering how much of his tale is true Sure, the Sultan s palace in Constantinople was probably a real place, but how about the incredible menagerie within it Queen Elizabeth the First and her father were real people, but how about Roger Ascham What about the chess master Gilbert Giles The quotes from Elizabeth which begin each chapter did she really say those things, or are they a product of Reilly s imagination Ultimately, it doesn t matter The fact and the fiction blend together so seamlessly that the setting comes to life, giving the reader a tactile sense of the luxurious palace, the sleazy brothels and the bustling bazaars of Constantinople in 1547.It may seem strange to call a number one bestselling author underrated , but Reilly s earnest, no frills prose often leads critics to dismiss him as nothingthan a literary Michael Bay His exhaustive research, tightrope storylines and his delightful tendency to experiment are regularly overlooked.I have a feeling that this is about to change Reilly may be best known for the bullets, bombs and outlandish technologies which populate his books, but with The Tournament, he has proven that these are only window dressing He can tell a gripping tale with nothingthan chess pieces and the occasional flaying That makes him indisputably a master of his craft

  2. says:

    In November of last year, I attended a local Dymocks Books event where Matthew Reilly was interviewed, promoting his new book, The Four Legendary Kingdoms I was surprised by how enthralled I was by Matthew Reilly, as I had not read any of his books prior to the event and in general, the genres he tends to write for do not appeal to me However, one audience member at this event asked Reilly about one his books written in 2011, The Tournament This question related to whether Reilly was going to In November of last year, I attended a local Dymocks Books event where Matthew Reilly was interviewed, promoting his new book, The Four Legendary Kingdoms I was surprised by how enthralled I was by Matthew Reilly, as I had not read any of his books prior to the event and in general, the genres he tends to write for do not appeal to me However, one audience member at this event asked Reilly about one his books written in 2011, The Tournament This question related to whether Reilly was going to write a sequel to The Tournament In answering this question, Reilly gave a great plug for his book So very soon after meeting Matthew Reilly, I took the plunge and read my first ever Matthew Reilly book The result I enjoyed it immensely In the opening of The Tournament, the ageing Queen Elizabeth I is dying and she finds herself reflecting on a great event that shaped her life as a young queen to be, a world chess tournament In 1546, Princess Elizabeth and her loyal tutor Roger Ascham, made the pilgrimage to Constantinople to attend this revered event.This was the world s greatest tournament of its time, arranged by the powerful Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire The Sultan attracted some of the world s best players to this prestigious event and pitted them against one another, such as Ivan the Terrible and Michelangelo The Tournament is a book that uses a magnificent chess championship to highlight issues prevalent at the time, such as politics, philosophy, intrigue, spies, religion and culture.I believe part of my enjoyment of The Tournament, came from the time period and the principle character The main events of The Tournament are set in 1546 and follow Princess Elizabeth It is no secret that I am fascinated by the tudor period and Elizabeth I is my favourite monarch This novel offers a different take in the monarch, providing an alternative coming of age story At the close of The Tournament, Reilly explains that the events he puts a young Princess Elizabeth through in the novel, although fictional, played an important role in the long term, shaping many of the decisions she made whilst on the throne.Supporting Princess Elizabeth s journey to the great chess event are a number of secondary characters Roger Ascham, tutor to the princess, plays an important role in her life and in the events in the novel Ascham becomes embroiled in a murder investigation at the chess event, looking into the mystery murder of a cardinal He is a clever man and a compelling historical figure that I took great pleasure in readingabout his life In addition, Princess Elizabeth is supported by a female character her friend Elsie, who plays a significant role in Elizabeth s sexual awakening It is for this reason that Reilly fans have been warned that these sections contain mature content Roger and Princess Elizabeth also take with them England s chess champion, Gilbert Giles Although chess does not interest me at all, I found the sections involving the chess tournament very interesting.Reilly works hard to build his setting The stage for The Tournament is set very well, aided by Reilly s blockbuster storytelling style The inclusion of great figures of this era, such as Ivan the Terrible and Michelangelo,are fascinating additions to the narrative The use of the murder mystery underpinning this famous event sets the tone for plenty of intrigue, which was a common occurrence in the royal and tudor courts of the time My only difficulty with this book was the language The phrasing used by the characters definitely requires a suspension of belief, as it didn t quite fit the times, it seemed too modern, especially after I have read many books set in this period However, the creative concept of this book was plenty enough for me to like this book.The Tournament, my first Matthew Reilly novel, was a welcome read and one that I had fun reading from cover to cover I really warmed to Reilly s storytelling abilities and for this reason, I am prepared to readfrom this talented Australian author, even though his books are outside my genre comfort zone

  3. says:

    I know a lot of people are going to consider this one of Matthew Reilly s weaker books, but I think it s one of his strongest.With a far slower pace than what we can normally expect from a Reilly The Tournament is no less gripping or thrilling than anything else Reilly has ever written.Accurate historical details and a true murder mystery featuring some beautiful and horrific descriptions, this is a properly thrilling read.The young Princess Elizabeth views the action with an innocent eye and w I know a lot of people are going to consider this one of Matthew Reilly s weaker books, but I think it s one of his strongest.With a far slower pace than what we can normally expect from a Reilly The Tournament is no less gripping or thrilling than anything else Reilly has ever written.Accurate historical details and a true murder mystery featuring some beautiful and horrific descriptions, this is a properly thrilling read.The young Princess Elizabeth views the action with an innocent eye and we can see the fictional events that shape her as a future queen Roger Ascham is presented as a 16th century cross between Sherlock Holmes and Scarecrow, a thinking hero who defeats his foes using wits rather than brute force.All in all, The Tournament is a fascinating departure from Reilly s usual style, and his enthusiasm at writing this piece of historical fiction can clearly be seen in the book

  4. says:

    The Tournament by Matthew ReillyPublished 2015 US , GalleryStars Review also posted at Slapdash SundryMatthew Reilly is really good at thrillers Like, super fun, crazy explosions, fast pace, unbelievable yet unputdownable thrillers But then I attempted to read Troll Mountain, his foray into fantasy No thanks Not so good So when I saw that Reilly had branched out into historical fiction and mystery, I was a little concerned but since I love Reilly s work other than Troll Mou The Tournament by Matthew ReillyPublished 2015 US , GalleryStars Review also posted at Slapdash SundryMatthew Reilly is really good at thrillers Like, super fun, crazy explosions, fast pace, unbelievable yet unputdownable thrillers But then I attempted to read Troll Mountain, his foray into fantasy No thanks Not so good So when I saw that Reilly had branched out into historical fiction and mystery, I was a little concerned but since I love Reilly s work other than Troll Mountain, ick , I had to see if this would be any good.And it was I loved the characters of Bess and Ascham, and there were plenty of murders and lots of intrigue to keep it entertaining I ll give it four stars, with the missing star because of the convoluted solution.All in all, a strong entry by Reilly into the historical mystery genre Much better than I had expected, considering Troll Mountain s blah ness Did I mention I really didn t care for Troll Mountain at all Thanks Netgalley for this review copy I ve provided my honest opinion, and gotten nothing other than the ARC in return

  5. says:

    No guns No electricity or even any form of advanced technology No explosions No high octane action scenes If someone told me Matthew Reilly had written a book like this I would have told them they were crazy Surely he wouldn t write a novel without some of the defining traits of his previous work And yet, he has, and pulls it off masterfully.The Tournament, set in the 1500s, is a historical thriller a murder mystery novel that also chronicles a defining, albeit, fictional moment in Queen No guns No electricity or even any form of advanced technology No explosions No high octane action scenes If someone told me Matthew Reilly had written a book like this I would have told them they were crazy Surely he wouldn t write a novel without some of the defining traits of his previous work And yet, he has, and pulls it off masterfully.The Tournament, set in the 1500s, is a historical thriller a murder mystery novel that also chronicles a defining, albeit, fictional moment in Queen Elizabeth I s childhood When I first heard that this novel was to be based around a chess tournament my first thoughts were, what s the catch Surely there s some sort of twist Reilly has installed to make this athan ordinary chess game Perhaps this will be chess with live human beings But no, The Tournament is actually about a standard chess tournament, and I found myself entirely surprised about how enjoyable this is There is no catch like I imagined, but it just so happens that there is some devious murder being undertaken around the tournament The Tournament is a massive departure from Reilly s previous work For one, it is set a long way into the past and features a number of historical figures, such as Queen Elizabeth I and Michelangelo Reilly has clearly invested a lot of time in researching this era, the locations and characters, and brings these things to life, while still putting his own spin on things The main character is Elizabeth and the story takes place in first person, from her own point of view The insight you gain from the sometimes horrific events Elizabeth witnesses gives you a glimpse into how her mind began to be shaped towards the strong, calculating and intelligent Queen she became From memory, Reilly has not used first person in a novel before but the transition is seamless Alongside Elizabeth is Robert Ascham, her teacher, who is knowledgeable in most things and bears a knack for solving terrible crimes and finding the truth in the inconceivable He is very clever and watching him put the pieces together behind the murders in The Tournament is fascinating Gone are the breakneck speed and unrelenting action of Reilly s past novels Part of me thought I was reading a different author for a time The whole way through the book I was waiting for the frantic speed and action that Reilly has made himself well known for to kick in and I was surprised when these did not come More surprising was that I found it did not bother me at all His trademark suspense and infectious writing are still there, keeping you hooked and turning those pages till the end, however, it moves at a different sort of pace, with the tension burning ever so slowly as the book progresses This makes the ending all theexciting and the build up is a worthy payoff as the twisting plot threads come to a head With the Tournament, Matthew Reilly has proven just how versatile an author he is He is willing to take a risk with his writing despite running the risk of alienating his readers Despite stepping out of his comfort zone with novels like Seven Ancient Wonders and Hover Car Racer, the Tournament islike a leap, proving just how talented he is Go into this with an open mind and I think you will be pleasantly surprised It s not the Matthew Reilly you know, but is still the Matthew Reilly you love

  6. says:

    I really felt a spectator throughout the whole story and I wasn t bored which I easily am

  7. says:

    A friend slipped this one to me without it s dust cover so I had no idea what i was getting into By page 100 it was obviously brazen silliness Young Elizabeth I playing Nancy Drew Dr Watson in the harems of 16th Century Constantinople I m ashamed to say I finished it in one sitting like scoffing a box or Turkish delights after midnight I had to hide the evidence I laughed a lot probably for all the wrong reasons but I don t think this writer would care as long as you bought his bo A friend slipped this one to me without it s dust cover so I had no idea what i was getting into By page 100 it was obviously brazen silliness Young Elizabeth I playing Nancy Drew Dr Watson in the harems of 16th Century Constantinople I m ashamed to say I finished it in one sitting like scoffing a box or Turkish delights after midnight I had to hide the evidence I laughed a lot probably for all the wrong reasons but I don t think this writer would care as long as you bought his book The biggest laugh was saved for the afterward, where he lists a TV variety show ABC TV s Hungry Beast as one of his historical sources At least he s honest about his superficiality.The sex in this book deserves a mention there s lots of it and it s graphic I wondered who this book is targeting as his usual audience is teenage boys Maybe this is a blatant grab for playground porn I suspect some school librarians are going to be a bit red faced when they realise what they ordered in

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    Matthew Reilly Steps out of the Box 3.5 Stars I am generally quite confident in my rating of book I start formulating a rating halfway through In this case, I vacillated greatly as I was reading this book and, ultimately, gave it a rating on the high end In my rating system, three stars are average books that I neither hate nor love and usually feel indifference If anything, The Tournament does not leave you feeling indifferent.If, like me, you are a fan of Reilly s non stop action thri Matthew Reilly Steps out of the Box 3.5 Stars I am generally quite confident in my rating of book I start formulating a rating halfway through In this case, I vacillated greatly as I was reading this book and, ultimately, gave it a rating on the high end In my rating system, three stars are average books that I neither hate nor love and usually feel indifference If anything, The Tournament does not leave you feeling indifferent.If, like me, you are a fan of Reilly s non stop action thrillers and his bigger than life heroes Shane Scarecrow Schofield and Jack West Jr., you are in for a big surprise with his latest work Reilly is apparently channeling is inner Bernard Cornwell and delves into the historical Fiction genre The result is a hybrid historical action adventure mystery focused around a chess tournament Admittedly, this sounds a bit absurd but Reilly manages to pull it together Plot summary The story is a flashback told from the perspective of Queen Elizabeth I On her deathbed, she relates a story to a dear friend A story that informed her adult life and helped shape her in the monarch she would become The story tells of a Chess Tournament in Constantinople at the height of the Ottoman Empire The Sultan has invited major kingdoms from around the world to send their best player to compete in this first ever chess tournament The English champion in chosen and the Teacher of Elizabeth I convinces the King to allow him to bring her to the tournament It would be dangerous, but she was third in line for the throne She was in danger within the confines of her own city Upon arrival to tournament, a murders begin to occur and the Sultan engages Elizabeth s teacher to use his deductive reasoning to find the killer The reader follows the tournament while at the same time follow the investigation We are introduced to many historical characters including Michelangelo and a young Ivan the Terrible to name a couple My Thoughts I have decided to forgo my customary Good Bad analysis to give my overall thoughts In the end, I gave this 3.5 stars because I enjoyed the story The mystery was interesting and was similar to the wonderful and superior The Hangman s Daughter Criminal investigations set in the distant past are interesting as the story often relies of the characters cunning and deductive ability to solve cases It is interesting to see a crime solved without modern instruments, databases and other modern conveniences While this story is considered Historical Fiction, diehard fans of the genre may not novel It doesn t have the hallmarks of great HF While some elements are clearly researched, it doesn t immerse the reader into a time and place Fortunately, I am a fan of Matthew Reilly Having read most of the authors work, it bears the hallmarks of Reilly novel The pace is brisk, people are dying horrible deaths, there is some political intrigue and there are some larger than life characters Similarly, the book also lacks what the other Reilly novels lack, i.e character development and location development Readers familiar with Reilly will probably like this genre diversion while HF fans may find the below standard fare Reilly creates events and places real persons within them There is farfiction than History.While reading the novel, my biggest issue was with some of the content included At the end of the novel, as is all of his novels, there is an interview with the author Reilly clearly states that this novel is not for young people With this, I wholeheartedly agree Fans will be surprised with the amount of sexual content in the story The content ranges from second hand descriptions of erotic rendezvous to disturbing content of abuse of children Reilly states he included this content to provide a possible reason as to why Elizabeth I did not marry While the reasoning is interesting, the content was excessive It is expected that HF novels included customs and practices of the time and the story certainly explores the sexual freedoms of the people of the Ottoman empire, inducing the sale and exploitation of children The author also take the opportunity to use the historical abuse of children in Catholic Church Unfortunately, the author strays far from the historical record and seemingly paints the entire Catholic Priesthood as homosexual pedophiles A fan of the genre, it is important to me that the author clearly differentiate fact from fiction These contrived elements detract from the story.The Matthew Reilly fan in me enjoyed the story The pacing was brisk and the mystery did not slow or stall The HF fan found this to be contrived and below the expected standard Had the story been written by a new author, I may have given it less than 3 stars Being a Reilly fan, I was able to appreciate his form of story telling because for all we know, the next Jack West Jr story may reveal that Jack is the great, great, great, great grandson of Queen Elizabeth s teacher and we will think that he is one bad dude Content Advisories It is difficult to find commentary on the sex violence language content of book if you are interested I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading Disclaimer I do not take note or count the occurrences of adult language as I read I am simply giving approximations.Scale 1 Lowest 5 Highest Sex 4.5 The sexual content is high and may shock those who have read other Matthew Reilly work Sex is prevalent in the book as there some exploration of the culture of sexual freedom in Constantinople and how this contested with the religious underpinnings of the city In a seeming attempt to ensure that religions are treated equally, the same exploration of the Catholic religion is undertaken Very early, we learn that Elizabeth s young friend and travel partner has loose morals A character oversees a sexual encounter that is moderately graphic On at least three occasions, there is a second hand recounting of parties that involved drug uses and public sexual activity There is less graphic descriptions of sexual abuse of children The characters attend for investigative purposes on several occasions a the local whorehouse There is some low graphic descriptions of the sights and sounds While the content and descriptions are not highly graphic, the content is pervasive Language 2.5 There is moderate to low use of mild obscenities and religious exclamations There are multiple scatological terms and phrases used Violence 3.5 There is considerably less violence than the average Reilly novel While some of the murders involved mutilation, the descriptions were not graphic By Reilly standards, the violence was very tame The rating is increased because of the inclusion of sexual violence Some readers will find the discussion of the abuse of children to be disturbing

  9. says:

    I admit it, It breaks my heart to give Rielly two stars I have read everything he has written thus far, and I was hoping that The Tournament was something of a sequel to Contest But it isn t an intergalactic killing game that features here Instead, it s chess That s fine with me I like chess There is sex in this book too Again, I m good with that What lets this book down, as far as historical fiction goes, is that it is boring.The story follows Elizabeth the 1st Bess to Constantinople, I admit it, It breaks my heart to give Rielly two stars I have read everything he has written thus far, and I was hoping that The Tournament was something of a sequel to Contest But it isn t an intergalactic killing game that features here Instead, it s chess That s fine with me I like chess There is sex in this book too Again, I m good with that What lets this book down, as far as historical fiction goes, is that it is boring.The story follows Elizabeth the 1st Bess to Constantinople, where the Sultan has organised a game of chess Each powerful country is to send their best man to compete for the glory of being the world s best player.Elizabeth is accompanied by her teacher, Roger Ascham, who is soon called upon to investigate the murder of one of the Sultan s esteemed guests What ensues feels like a poorly scripted episode of Sherlock You see, Ascham can solve any mystery by applying logic mixed with some psychological profiling , and Bess follows him around like a lost puppy for the entire book as his trusty sidekick Only, she s less useful than Holmes.For despite the characters in the book remarking at Elizabeth s great intelligence, all Bess does is ask Ascham inane questions, which her teacher then goes on to answer at length, spelling the answer out for the reader s sakeso than for his pupil s.Reilly s characters feel very flat here Take the hero, Roger Ascham, for example He can fight, solve murders without the use of DNA scanners, beat England s best chess player occasionally, speak many languages and spot a cheat by reading the wrinkles on his face His one weakness is that he isn t overly attractive Yes, his Achilles heel is a bad haircut and a bulbous nose And that would be fine if I was reading an action packed explosive techno thriller But I m reading about a murder investigation during a chess tournament set in the 1600 s I appreciate that he is trying something new, but in order to sustain this story, Rielly needed to create deeper,interesting and believable characters.There is an interview with the author at the back of the book where Rielly mentions other works he has in progress I ll hold out hope for those

  10. says:

    This is another example of how authors misuse their creative freedom to tarnish a great historical figure s image in the name of fiction Matthew Reilly had chosen to capitalize on the popular anti Muslim sentiment in the western world and produced a work of fiction to reduce one of the greatest rulers of Islamic Ottoman Empire, Suleiman The Magnificent to a cheater and a murderer Reilly has cleverly implanted in multiple places how cursed the city of Constantinople was, whereas in reality it w This is another example of how authors misuse their creative freedom to tarnish a great historical figure s image in the name of fiction Matthew Reilly had chosen to capitalize on the popular anti Muslim sentiment in the western world and produced a work of fiction to reduce one of the greatest rulers of Islamic Ottoman Empire, Suleiman The Magnificent to a cheater and a murderer Reilly has cleverly implanted in multiple places how cursed the city of Constantinople was, whereas in reality it was a city of light when most of Europe was plunged in darkness Anyone interested, please do a little research in Wikipedia on Sulieman and his Ottoman empire Reilly has carefully used the well known and widely criticized phenomenon of pedophelia in Catholic churches in this book to gain credibility and presented his twisted version of Suleiman The Magnificent to an unsuspecting reader Someone, who is ignorant of history, can be easily convinced about Suleiman s character by this clever ploy Reilly has also shamelessly tried to allude to the fairness and heroics of the British Empire and people He must have forgotten the history of the East India Company in the subcontinent or the Opium war in China He might have also forgotten about the countless women burned alive for alleged witchery in England.It was a shame to see such morally irresponsible writing from an author who is supposedly reeling from an unfortunate suicide of his beloved wife He has lost a great opportunity to channel his emotions to produce a masterpiece

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