Matthew Reilly, author of such great thrillers as Ice Station and Temple, recently posted this announcement regarding his next book:
Hi there everyone,
A big announcement today! The announcement of the title of my upcoming novel! The title of my next book is…
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…
That’s how I’d describe it.
It’s fast, it’s thrilling, it has heaps of twists and turns, and it’s very, very grisly in places. I love it and I can’t wait to unleash it on the world! I hope you enjoy it.