“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” ― Neil Gaiman
Read by Melissa: I really like the way Matthew Reilly writes - it is very bare and all about the plot, not so much about the characters. This was quite a diversion from Reilly's 'usual' action settings - I mean how exciting can a chess tournament BE?? However, he uses the history of Europe at the time, as well as some actual figures that existed during this period to tell a rollicking, action-packed tale. His focus is Roger Ascham, a teacher from England, and his student Bess who travel to Constantinople in the 16th Century for a chess tournament. Reilly uses the experiences that Bess has to explain some of her behaviours when she grows up to become Queen Elizabeth I. A very enjoyable read that doesn't require too much thinking.