Today is a very exciting day. Matthew Reilly’s new book, ‘The Tournament’, has finally been released. The blurb below is from the Dymocks website:
The year is 1546.
Suleiman the Magnificent, the powerful and feared Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, issues an invitation to every king in Europe: YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND YOUR FINEST PLAYER TO COMPETE IN A CHESS TOURNAMENT TO DETERMINE THE CHAMPION OF THE KNOWN WORLD.
The English delegation – led by esteemed scholar Roger Ascham – journeys to the glittering city of Constantinople. Accompanying Ascham is his pupil, Bess, who is about to bear witness to events she never thought possible. For on the first night of the tournament, a powerful guest of the Sultan is murdered, and against the backdrop of the historic event, Ascham is tasked with finding the killer.
Barbaric deaths, unimaginable depravity and diplomatic treachery unfold before Bess’ eyes, indelibly shaping her character and determining how she will perform her future role…
Good to see another author has recognised the rich historical tapestry that is available =)
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Something amazing happened. It only took 18 months, but I finally wrote another section in ‘The Paths’ series. It may have only been 1200 words, but something is always better than nothing.
It is one of the most important scenes of the whole series, as it will explain A LOT about why the main character is the way she is. The only trick will be placing it in the right book of the series. I thought Book 2 prologue would be the right spot, but two things stopped that: it may be too early a reveal of a pivotal plot point (alluded to in the last line of Book 1), and it would detract from Book 2’s beginning (a much different start than Book 1).
Maybe keep fleshing out the pivotal storyline from those 1200 words, and place portions strategically through the series… Will be difficult, but need to have hooks in them stories.