Mar 9, 2015
4:45pm CST

Okay as I told in the previous blog post, I am a huge fan of the Tomb Raider franchise. Normally I don’t read any thing that isn’t posted by the author Nora Roberts. But I knew that I could not just stick with reading one author alone. I had to branch out and broaden my reading materiel a bit. So I’ve been reading a few different things, from J.R.R Tolkien to the creator of The Vampire Diaries.

I have even been trying to get into reading some of the Tomb Raider books. I wanted to read the one they did for Angel of Darkness. As this one was my most favorite in the entire franchise. Though Barnes and Noble did not have it at the time. So I had to settle with my second choice, “The Ten Thousand Immortals” written by Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent.

“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 Sam. Desperate for a remedy, Lara searches for anything that could help her. A wisp of hope arising from a myth gives Lara purpose: the story of an ancient and mysterious artifact that could heal her 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.”

It takes place after the 2013 reboot, obviously, and before where the comic books pick up. Now I was reading up on the new Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, as well as watching the trailers. And I have a feeling this game is going to some how start where the book left off, perhaps? Am I just misunderstanding this? This book is about finding a talisman that is capable of creating immortality, and I believe that is what Lara goes off in search for in the start of the new tomb raider. I could be wrong though.

But I love this book, I loved the story of the new Tomb Raider reboot. Now there has been a lot of fan wars about the new tomb raider. A lot of the die hard fans do not like that they keep creating a reboot.

The argument is that Legend was a reboot, yet others say it was not. However I do in fact believe Legend was a reboot. Why? Because they changed Lara’s story, they gave her a new background that completely canceled out the previous Tomb Raider games. Therefore it was in fact a reboot to me.

There are fans that say they don’t like the new sensitive Lara. This argument goes back to Tomb Raider Anniversary when Lara first kills Larson. Now in Crystal’s version of Tomb Raider, Lara had never killed a human before. Sure she killed animals in order to protect her self. She has never killed a human before. How would you feel if you had to kill some one for the first time? You would feel very sad and remorseful … Unless you’re just a cold hearted killer, but never mind that. So it was understandable that Lara reacted in such a way.

Would you rather have her have no emotion what so ever? Y’all flipped at the end of Tomb Raider 3 when Lara killed that innocent helicopter pilot for no reason at all. Calling her cold-hearted then. So what do y’all what? Hmm? A sensitive, HUMAN Lara or a cold hearted killer? You can’t have it both ways here.

I liked that they gave Lara emotions, not just in Anniversary but in the new reboot. It humanized Lara and made her seem more real, more relatable. Not that I would ever get stranded on a weird, supernatural island with a weird sun goddess. But hey, it shows what we all would have done given we were in the same situation … Very unlikely but still.

I love that they made Lara more real, not just in her looks but in her emotions as well. It makes us want to do what ever it takes to protect her even more. Like I always said, you’re not a true Tomb Raider fan till you’ve seen how many ways you can kill Lara. Yet in this game you almost have a sense of wanting to protect her from that … Or is that just me?

I love the storyline in both the game and the book. However, it did kind of drag on with the descriptions of: “Lara jumps across this roof then turns left.” Like I don’t need to know every detail of where she is going. I don’t know for some reason this bugged me. But I was so enticed in the story that I didn’t pay much attention to the little added details and extra descriptions. In the end … I love the new game and the follow up book. I don’t have many negative things to say about it.

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