Lara Croft has been an idol in video games since her debut in 1996, and now that the new Shadow of the Tomb Raider video game is out, it’s time to question just how remarkable Lara is. With this new tie-in book titled Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Path of the Apocalypse we get a glimpse into Lara’s race with Trinity.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Path of the Apocalypse doesn’t feature a ton of new plot in the series. We’re able to get some background information on the group Trinity, but Lara’s character doesn’t develop any further than it already has in Tomb Raider, and Rise of the Tomb Raider; which isn’t surprising as these three games are her origin story.
The setting for Path of the Apocalypse is Lara Croft has stolen another artifact called the Key of Chak Chel from the Temple of the Moon, but this one sets of an apocalyptic cleansing flood that was foretold by the Mayans. While her heart is in the right place, and she desperately wanted to get to it before Trinity did, Lara set off this apocalypse on her own.
The key though is essential to a silver box that is foretold to remake the world, but in addition, this cleansing is done to prepare the world for the rebirth of a Maya god. The prophecy translated by Croft states:
“At the sacred altar where they key opens the box, she who has unleashed the cleansing will witness its culmination. The ultimate sacrifice will be asked and accepted.”
Path of the Apocalypse features some fighting scenes, dialogue, and a ton of environmental descriptions t set the scene in Columbia, and of course in caves, Temples, and tombs where Lara is venturing to find the silver box that the key belongs with. This is ultimately a battle against Trinity who are hot on her and Jonah’s tail throughout the entire journey. It’s exactly as you’d imagine in the video games.
I think that if you’re really into Tomb Raider then you’ll absolutely love Path of the Apocalypse. It features all the Tomb Raider qualities that you find in the game, except maybe lacking on the plot and character development. Because this is a full tie-in with Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I think they can pair together quite nicely to create cohesive reading and playing.
You can personally get your copy of Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Path of the Apocalypse through Titan Books, there they’ll direct you to a distributor.
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