A tale of murder, passion and intrigue set in the majestic city of Constantinople.
From global superstar Matthew Reilly comes this gripping historical thriller . . .
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A PRINCESS IN DANGER
England, 1546. A young Princess Elizabeth is in a dangerous position as her older siblings jostle for the throne.
A TOURNAMENT UNLIKE ANY OTHER
Roger Ascham, Elizabeth's teacher and mentor, is determined to keep her safe. So when he receives an unusual invitation from the Sultan in Constantinople, asking him to take part in the greatest chess tournament the world has ever seen, he resolves to take the princess with him.
A DEVASTATING SECRET
But death stalks the streets of the glittering Ottoman capital - a cardinal has been found mutilated. Ascham is asked to investigate, but as he and Elizabeth delve deeper, they uncover a secret that marks the young Princess for life. And a darkness that defines the queen she will become.
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READERS LOVE THE TOURNAMENT
'So full of intrigue, it kept me reading late into the night'
'An amazing book. Thrills, spills, twists and turns'
'Action, adventure, history . . . A read that you cannot put down'
'Totally unputdownable . . . Magic stuff!'
'Another blinding read'
Matthew Reilly is the internationally bestselling author of many novels including Contest, Temple, Ice Station, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, The Great Zoo of China, Troll Mountain, and the Sunday Times bestseller The Tournament.
Matthew's books are published in over twenty languages and have sold over 7.5 million copies worldwide. Song Pictures have optioned the movie rights to his book The Great Zoo of China.
Matthew lives in Los Angeles, California. To find out more visit www.matthewreilly.com or follow him on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.