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By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on September 30, 2016

What's a good way to celebrate your twentieth anniversary? A luxurious vacation, sipping champagne in a hot tub, or maybe a big party to celebrate this momentous occasion with family and friends? Well, Lara Croft has her own way of doings things. She published a book!

And, more importantly, we at DumeeGamer.com were lucky enough to receive a copy! A couple of months ago I already told you how I love to read books and one of my favorite genres are game novels. Back then, I'd just finished reading Dying Light: Nightmare Row. This month, it is time for a book that's not so heavy in the horror department, but is every bit as exciting! So without further ado, may I present: Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever.

The prologue starts right in the middle of a spectacular situation. Our favorite heroin of all times, Lara Croft, is hanging off a precipice and the only thing that keeps her from falling to her death is her safety rope. This is probably not what she'd expected to happen when setting off on her latest treasure hunt but apparently, Lara didn't do a lot of research on her travelling companions. As we've come to expect from any good Tomb Raider story, these men turn out to be mercenaries who work for one of Lara's many rivals. Now, I don't know about you, but I really think it's about time Lara learned that she's just not that good of a judge of character. One of the mercenaries pushed Lara over the edge and is now busy cutting the rope that's preventing her from becoming a Lara pancake. Luckily for Lara he and his knife are both not the sharpest tools in the shed. This gives her the time to present him with a choice: He can either: let her live and she's not going to kick his ass, or he continues his attempt to kill her, for which she promises him he will be very sorry afterwards. As most of you can probably imagine, the mercenary is not very impressed by the threats of a girl, which he believes is only seconds away from certain death.

I'm not going to tell how Lara survives this particular situation, but yes, she survives. This was to be expected because, otherwise, Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever would be one of the shortest books in human history. Lucky for us, it is not; the book contain twenty-seven chapters after the prologue and is a thrilling adventure full of action and humor. Although most of the time, Lara is the cocky and charming lady that we all have got to know and love, there are also passages in the book in which Lara feels a little bit uneasy and anxious. I don't know if this was the intention of the writers or it's just that a book offers you more time to think about situations and fill in the blanks for yourself. I definitely liked the fact that this book showed me a different side of Lara, just like Crystal Dynamic's reboot of the game series did for the on-screen Lara. And let's be honest, women can't be tough cookies all the time, now can we?

The book is a standalone story; there is no Lara Croft game about the Blade of Gwynnever, which is kind of a shame. I personally think it would be great if there was. The events that take place during Lara's quest to secure the blade are amazing. By the way, I loved it that every chapter was introduced by a title and the location where that chapter takes place. It gave the story even more of an adventurous edge.

So, to conclude this review: Lara Croft and the Blade of Gwynnever is an awesome book for Lara fans and for anyone that likes a good action/adventure book. It would also make a great story for a game, especially for the top-down Lara Croft games, such as Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. (Please, Crystal Dynamics... pretty, pretty please?)

A book by Dan Abnett & Nik Vincent
Prima Games / Crystal Dynamics
September 2016