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Publisher's Summary

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 …

©2013 Karanadon Entertainment Pty Ltd. The moral right of the author has been asserted. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Brilliant historical fiction

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about Lucy Gaskell’s performance did you like?

Lucy Gaskell did a wonderful job and I love her British accent.

Who was the most memorable character of The Tournament and why?

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.

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  • Luke
  • Quakers Hill, Australia
  • 03-06-15

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.

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  • K
  • Australia
  • 12-27-14

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.

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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.

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  • Gary
  • Bexley, Australia
  • 01-16-14

You'll be disappointed, not like his other books.

What disappointed you about The Tournament?

Very very different book from his others. Very predictable. Boring historical rubbish.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Enders Shadow

What didn’t you like about Lucy Gaskell’s performance?

Lucy Gaskell did an awesome job, the book was not that good.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Lucy Gaskell

Any additional comments?

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-18

Amazing Author

A different change of pace for a Matthew Reilly book, but still full of the usual intrigue and suspense. Great book for anyone who likes to be on the edge of their seat and who enjoy historical novels.

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  • amanda boyd
  • 09-29-17

OMG

I always love Matthew Reilly books but this brought so much more to into it and made the book so much more to love.

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  • K Fletcher
  • 09-16-17

Not sure why I kept reading.

There was way too much torrid sex going on. I liked the narrator. The storyline was predictable. There were some dramatic moments. I did enjoy imagining the unique places described in the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-23-17

The Origins of the Virgin Queen

This is both the first audiobook I have finished and the first Matthew Reilly book I have ever read. In both categories, this book was an excellent introduction. With the exotic locale of Constantinople, Reilly spins a dazzling tale of intrigue and suspense, pacing action with an experienced hand. The interpretations of real life people, Roger Aschem and a young Elizabeth I serve as highly appealing protagonists, with Elizabeth's arc serving a brilliant fictional justification for her effectiveness as a ruler. My only issues with the audiobook come with moments of Lucy Gaskell's performance. When she has to shift her voice to play heavy accented male characters, you can hear her struggling. However, on every other account, she nails the delivery of this novel, with an excellent control of tone and delivery. In short, this was an amazing introduction to both a format and an author, and I cannot wait to indulge in more of both!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-17

Very good story.

It was a little slow to start, but the twists and turns kept me entertained.

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  • Aaron
  • 03-21-17

Good change of pace.

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.

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  • Laura
  • 09-22-16

Best book I have read in years

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.

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  • Amanda
  • 03-04-16

Different. Interesting. Enjoyable.

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.

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  • Patricia Sloan
  • 02-24-16

The dear Rodger

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I recommend it to those who enjoy a very good story.

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  • James
  • 02-23-16

Hard finding time to do my job while listening

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