“Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals” Novel Coming This Autumn

This novel is now available to purchase on Amazon and Amazon UK.

BradyGames have announced that a brand new Tomb Raider novel will be coming our way later this year.

Cover for Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals
Cover for “Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals” (Image credit: Gamestop)

Written by the bestselling author and comic book writer Dan Abnett and his partner Nik Vincent, Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals will continue and build upon the events of Tomb Raider 2013 and, like the ongoing comic series, will become canon within Crystal Dynamics’ reboot timeline.

Little is known about the novel’s plot at this point beyond the rather vague synopsis on the BradyGames and GameStop websites:

“Haunted by what she was forced to do in order to survive her first adventure, Lara Croft wants only to put her horrifying ordeal on Yamatai island in the past. Her modest wish shatters as she’s plunged into a frantic race to save her best friend Sam from a toxic overdose. Desperate for a remedy, Lara searches for anything that could help Sam. A wisp of hope arising from a myth gives Lara purpose: the story of an ancient and mysterious artifact that could heal her dying friend, and possibly help explain the supernatural events she witnessed on Yamatai.

But Lara is not alone in her pursuit of the treasure. A nefarious magnate, a shadow society, and lethal henchmen will stop at nothing to exploit the powerful relic for their own ends. The hunt drives Lara across the globe, through a twisted web of conspiracy, suspicious contacts, and life-or-death intrigue, as she seeks salvation for her friend and the truth behind the legendary talisman.”

So it looks like Lara will be dealing once more with shady characters, secret societies, and her friend’s blatant inability to stay out of trouble. The titular “Ten Thousand Immortals” calls to mind the elite soldiers of the Persian Empire who fought against the Spartans and other Greeks at Thermopylae, an event that was immortalised in Herodotus’ The Histories and liberally re-imagined in the Frank Miller comic series, 300, and its 2007 film adaptation.

Although there is little indication from the novel’s synopsis that the “Immortals” referred to in the title are of ancient Persian origin, it’s worth noting that Herodotus gets a mention in the 5th issue of Dark Horse’s ongoing Tomb Raider comic series and that, while trying to rescue Sam for the hundredth time, Lara tries to remember the details of a Persian prophecy, which is first touched upon in the 1st issue.

Could this be pure coincidence or will the comic series and novel tie into one another in the lead-up to the release of Rise of the Tomb Raider next year? Does the story in the novel take place before or after the story arc explored in the first 6 issues of the comic series? Only time will tell what new adventure Lara will be embarking on in The Ten Thousand Immortals and how it will fit into the rebooted timeline.

UPDATE: Crystal Dynamics have confirmed that the novel will take place directly after the game and before the events of the Dark Horse comic series.

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6 Comments on ““Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals” Novel Coming This Autumn”

  1. Although I love the fact that Lara will be travelling around a lot more, I don’t like how Sam seems to be what drives her to do so. I don’t want Sam to be killed off since it’s blatantly obvious that Lara needs Sam just as much as Sam needs Lara (and apart from when she’s getting constantly kidnapped and put in general danger, she can be a good character), but also, it would feel like wasted efforts to keep her safe. Anyway, those are just my thoughts 🙂
    (and sorry if this posts twice; it didn’t post properly first time)