Like the current Tomb Raider comic book series, the events in the novel have been plotted in consultation with the game developers and take place between the end of TOMB RAIDER (2013) and the start of the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider. Brady Games' marketing blurb reveals few details, but it's clear that Lara is still struggling with her experiences in the Dragon's Triangle.
"Haunted by what she was forced to endure in order to survive her first adventure, Lara Croft wants only to put her horrifying ordeal on Yamatai island behind her. 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.
"However, 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."The Ten Thousand Immortals is written by Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent, British authors who have both worked on successful game and movie tie-ins. The two previously teamed up on Fiefdom: A Kingdom Novel.
The last official Tomb Raider novels were published during the Core Design era. In The Amulet of Power(2003) by Mike Resnick relates the events that took place between The Last Revelation and The Angel of Darkness, which were never told in game format. In James Alan Gardner's The Man of Bronze(2004), Lara is on the hunt for the missing parts of a mysterious mechanical man, thousands of years old, with uncanny powers. The Lost Cult(2004) by E. E. Knight focuses on Lara's entanglement with a sinister cult in the cloud forests of eastern Peru. As far as I know, all are out of print, but copies are still available on sites like Amazon.comand Amazon.co.uk.
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