THE EVENT In the year 1546, Suleiman the Magnificent, the feared Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, invites every king in Europe to send a champion to compete in a grand chess tournament. THE COMPETITORS The English delegation, led by esteemed scholar Roger Ascham and accompanied by his pupil, Bess, journeys to the glittering city of Constantinople. THE IMPACT ON A YOUNG GIRL It is not a battle of wits that unfolds before Bess' eyes but barbaric deaths, unimaginable depravity and diplomatic treachery - a terrifying sequence of events that will forever determine how she will perform her future roll...as Queen Elizabeth I. EVEN A PAWN CAN BECOME A QUEEN
Shortlisted for ABIA Australian General Fiction Book of the Year 2014.
Matthew Reilly is the international bestselling author of thirteen novels: Contest, Ice Station, Temple, Area 7, Scarecrow, Hover Car Racer, Hell Island, Seven Ancient Wonders, The Six Sacred Stones, The Five Greatest Warriors, Scarecrow and the Army of Thieves, The Tournament, The Great Zoo of China and the upcoming Troll Mountain. His books are published in over 20 languages, with worldwide sales exceeding 4 million copies.