The Tournament is Matthew Reilly's eleventh novel. It is a stand-alone story, following a young Queen Elizabeth the First as she gets caught up in a chess tournament gone wrong.
An online prequel titled Roger Ascham and the King's Lost Girl was released about a month after this novel's release.
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…
- Princess Elizabeth I
- Roger Ascham
- Elsie Fitzgerald
- King Henry VIII
- Gilbert Giles
- Primrose Ponsonby
- Llewellyn Ponsonby
- Gwinny Stubbes
- Katherine Ashley
- Sultan Suleiman
- Queen Roxelana
- Crown Prince Selim
- Afridi the Whoremonger
- Darius the Wrestler
Delegations & Tournament PlayersEdit
- Italy / The Papal States
- Wilhelm of Konigsberg
- Pablo Montoya of Castile (Spain)
- Dragan of Brasov / Wallachian (Romania)
- Lao Tse of the Han People (China)
- Prince Nasiruddin Akbar of The Moghul Empire (India)
- Talib of the House of Wisdom (Baghdad)
- Mustafa of Cairo
- Ali Hassan Rama of Medina (Saudi Arabia)
- Brother Eduardo of Syracuse
- Marko of Venice
- Michelangelo "Michel" di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
- Chef Brunello of Borgia
- The Harelipped Fiend
- This is the first novel to feature a lead character who is female.
- However, both Ascham and Elizabeth share the position as lead protagonist.
- At this stage, this novel has been confirmed to be a stand-alone novel.
- Later, in the interview included in the published edition of Troll Mountain, Reilly notes that could potentially write a sequel to The Tournament in the future.
- This is the first Reilly novel to be told in first-person perspective.
- The Tournament is also the first of Reilly's novels to be completely set in the past.
- In the interview in the back of The Four Legendary Kingdoms, Reilly mentioned that he had written a screenplay for a film adaption of The Tournament.