Friday, November 4, 2016

Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever by Dan Abnett and Nik Vincent

I’m not much of a gamer, but I have played all of the Tomb Raider games. I’m a Tomb Raider fan. Loved the films starring Angelina Jolie, bought the comics, and so on. I bought this novel because Dan Abnett wrote it with his wife, Nik Vincent. I’m also a Dan Abnett fan. He is currently writing DC’s Aquaman series, which is among the best of the “DC Rebirth” titles. Abnett has also published numerous outstanding novels in the acclaimed Warhammer gaming series, and even if you’re not a gamer, his novels are great entertainment. His first Tomb Raider novel was titled The Ten Thousand Immortals. Anyway, check out his books. Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever manages to capture the adventuresome spirit of the games while telling a unique story. It gets a little talky in the middle section, but Abnett and Vincent keep the pacing even. Croft delves into a mystery involving an archeological dig in England that amazingly links the UK to ancient Egypt. There are double-crosses, exotic locales and some hefty action to drive the narrative. The basic elements of the Tomb Raider mythos are present, and Abnett and Vincent add the right flourishes in the right places. Lara Croft is brainy and tough as nails, a core element in the gaming experience, and realized fully in this story. Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever is a solid adventure and highly recommended for Tomb Raider fans.

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