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November is set to be an exciting month for Tomb Raider fans and collectors. The highly-anticipated sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be out on November 10th, the recently-announced Xbox One bundle will be on sale as from early November, and the second issue of the new comic series, Lara Croft & the Frozen Omen, will be hitting stores on November 4th.
Update: It looks like the release date has been pushed back to January 27th 2016 since this article was published. The release date and synopsis below have been updated accordingly.
But wait, there’s more…
A new novel set in the “Lara Croft” universe will be out on
November 3rd January 27th and, like Frozen Omen, it promises to be a standalone adventure featuring “enough dual-pistol wielding action and sharp wit to please nostalgic fans of the franchise”.
Lara Croft & the Blade of Gwynnever will be a 352-page action epic by Dan Abnett, the British novelist and comic writer behind last year’s Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals, and has been created in conjunction with the Crystal Dynamics team.
While Abnett’s earlier work received mixed reviews from the fanbase and was criticised for its inconsistent characterisation of Reboot Lara, Blade of Gwynnever should be free of the constraints and guidelines he had to adhere to when writing Ten Thousand Immortals; after all, this novel had to be shoehorned into the reboot timeline. This may be his chance to redeem himself in the eyes of Tomb Raider fans.
There’s no confirmation of whether or not Carter Bell will be making an appearance in this adventure but a synopsis can now be found on Amazon and the Penguin Random House website:
“After a ruthless competitor beats her in a race to recover a priceless antiquity in Sri Lanka, Lara Croft returns home to London. Nursing her bruises, she gets a call from an old friend in desperate need of help and learns that something truly strange has been discovered during an excavation beneath the City of London. Investigating, Lara witnesses something so spectacular it could rewrite the history of the British Isles – and perhaps even the world – but is drawn into a dangerous shadow world of espionage, conspiracy and black market trafficking. There’s too much at stake.
Lara sets off on a globe-trotting mission to recover a precious antiquity that links the modern world to ancient myths and legends, as old foes and new threats gather to stop her finding the truth. What is the true secret of the blade, who can she really trust, and is this the one mission even she can’t survive?”
Let’s see if Abnett is finally able to deliver a true Lara Croft experience when the novel goes on general release
next month in January.
Pre-order your copy of ‘Lara Croft & the Blade of Gwynnever’ today over on Amazon!