The Tournament is due to be released in November with Pan Macmillan, with Reilly describing it as “…set in 1546 and is fast, cool and very grisly in places.”
Given The Tournament will be his first novel in two years, expectations are high after the success of his previous books. His 2009 release Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves received acclaim and was a fixture on bestseller lists for months. The Tournament promises to be no different.
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…