J. R. MILWARD
Q: What are you up to, Jenni?
I am in the process of completing the final novel in a three-book trilogy of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness (the original game was always intended to be a trilogy). The first book, The Angel of Darkness, and book two in the trilogy – titled Tomb Raider: Path of the Black Alchemist – are available now as a free digital download. The third and final book is drafted and I hope to release it late 2023–early 2024.
Q: Are these books an official sequel to AoD?
No. These are fanfiction and are not officially recognised as canon by Embracer Group AB, CDE Entertainment, or Crystal Dynamics. However, the original writer for Angel of Darkness, Murti Schofield, has acknowledged that they are as close to a canon sequel as fans are likely to get. Murti has also written the foreword to Tomb Raider: Path of the Black Alchemist.
Q: Are they free to download?
Yes. Like my other stories and the novelisation of AoD, these sequel novels are completely free and available as digital downloads from my website, as both .pdf and .mobi formats for e-readers.
Q: Do these stories include any beta/unreleased material that was originally intended for the “official” sequel before Core Design was shut down?
These stories are a hybrid of both my own ideas and elements by Murti Schofield. However, nothing is an exact transcript of what the Core Design team originally intended to include in the sequels: there should be plenty of surprises even for hardened AoD aficionados!
Q: How come it’s taken so long to write these books?
This is my third attempt to write a sequel since my AoD novelisation was published in 2012. The previous two attempts were both group projects and were intended to accompany fan-made TRLE games. However, neither project came to fruition, their stories had to be shelved, and I began again from scratch in late 2018. Third time’s the charm…
Q: What's with the Appendices?
The novels are accompanied by a wide range of bonus materials. The Appendices can be read in any order. However, they will – by necessity – be full of spoilers. You have been warned!
Q: Are you planning an audiobook adaptation of these stories?
Honestly, I'm too focused on finishing the writing to think that far ahead! Ask me again when the books are published...
Q: What will be the age rating for these stories?
Like AoD, these stories will be aimed at a YA/mature audience. They contain mild profanity, depictions of violence and injury detail, and mild sex/nudity references.