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…


English KingdomEdit

Ottoman EmpireEdit

Delegations & Tournament PlayersEdit




  • 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.

Video RevealsEdit

The Tournament - Reveal 1-000:47

The Tournament - Reveal 1-0

The Tournament - Reveal 2-001:20

The Tournament - Reveal 2-0

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly - Reveal 3-103:43

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly - Reveal 3-1


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