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New Tomb Raider Novel Picks Up Where Game Left Off

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Fans of 2013’s Tomb Raider reboot were happy to see that a sequel, entitled Rise of the Tomb Raider, is in the works. Still early in development, the sequel is still a ways off, leaving Lara Croft fans clamoring for new adventures in the life of the famous heroine. DK Publishing is making sure those fans aren’t left out in the cold with its release of a new Lara Croft novel, ‘Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals’.

Set immediately after the events of Tomb Raider, ‘The Ten Thousand Immortals’ follows Lara as she attempts to put the traumatic events of the game behind her. Unfortunately, a toxic overdose suffered by her best friend Sam sets Lara on a globe-spanning search for a mythical artifact that can cure her. Lara is not alone in her pursuit of the artifact, however, and must contend with the forces of a nefarious shadow society while venturing to save Sam’s life.

Tomb Raider was previously the subject of a series of novels published by Ballantine Books. April 2004’s ‘The Amulet of Power’ by Mike Resnick was followed by ‘The Lost Cult’ by E. E. Knight in Aug. 2004 and then ‘The Man of Bronze’ by James Alan Gardner in January 2005. The series focused on the original Tomb Raider game continuity, but also made references to events from the Angelina Jolie film series.

The novel is written by famed comic writer Dan Abnett, who has worked on major superhero books like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man and Thor, and Nik Vincent, who has collaborated with Abnett on the Thunder and Steel and Gilead cycles of Warhammer novels. Currently, Dark Horse Comics is publishing a Tomb Raider comic (written by Gail Simone) that takes place immediately following the conclusion of 2013’s game, but there’s no telling yet if the stories will intertwine, or just which one will serve as the true lead-in to 2015’s Rise of the Tomb Raider.

A $12.99 paperback, ‘Tomb Raider: The Ten Thousand Immortals’ is scheduled for an Oct. 20 release.


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