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J. R. Milward
Writer ~ Voice actor ~ Artist

"Welcome to my humble abode. Feel free to take a look around."
- Lara Croft

Jenni Milward is a long-standing and active member of the Tomb Raider fan community. She is known for her fanfiction - including the critically-acclaimed novelisation of Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness - and for providing voiceovers for dozens of fan-made animations, custom levels, trailers, and more. She is also a graphic artist, and a blogger and co-admin for the official fansite Survivor Reborn.

Sideways from all things Tomb Raider, Jenni also holds a BSc Open (Hons) from the Open University, and is an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Biology. She currently works as a researcher, writer, and editor for a local disability charity. 

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness - The Audiobook

The audiobook adaptation of Jenni's Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness novelisation


Watch and listen to the Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness Audiobook on YouTube

Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness - The Novelisation

An Angel In The Darkness


My interpretation of Lara's escape from beneath the Great Pyramid.


Short story

A group of truck drivers makes a special delivery to the Cabal.

The Road To Angkor

Short story

Lara arrives at the home of her new mentor, Professor Werner Von Croy.

Into The Labyrinth

Short story

A young Lara takes shelter from a storm on Black Isle.


Short story

Lara receives an unexpected guest on winter's night at Croft Manor.

Wild Life

Short story

Lara struggles to survive in a future dystopia.

Story reviews

“This expertly crafted novel not only does the Angel of Darkness justice as originally intended by its designers, it also allows the reader to share in the adventure from an exclusive perspective: Lara's own. Game novelizations are by no means easy, as what may be fun doing by yourself in a game might not be so exciting to read about. Luckily, Jenni Milward keeps the action moving at a cracking pace, and we'll get to learn that there is a lot more to Lara Croft than the attractive, gung-ho exterior. Lara's characterization is spot on, and although the main thrust of the novel is obviously mystery and suspense there are plenty of funny and reflective moments, too - due to Lara’s unique take on things. The only drawback is that the story has to end!”

“Mention of the novelisation of AOD by Jenny Milward is appropriate here too. It is something I would have loved to have done myself back in the day and Jenny has pulled off a superb job. Get it. Read it. Enjoy it. Demand it gets published. Get loud, now!”

What she has achieved sings loud of an impressive and gifted wordsmith... This is a striking piece of work not just for the sheer scope of what she took on – and accomplished - but because the writing does justice to the scale and ambition of the AOD story. She writes with style and command [sic].

“I think you did a great job with the novel, especially the dialogue. Many writers just copy/paste the dialogue from the game - and write a long novel on how amazingly handsome Kurtis is - so it was nice to see that you added some interesting things. And I have to say I loved what you did with Kurtis (okay I've always loved him, but that's not the point), because I'm honestly not a big fan of how most people depict him or his relationship with Lara. Like how he overpowers Lara and how impressed she is that he's the only man who challenges her and actually wins that was exactly how I imagined it being like. I loved it. I've always wanted to do a novelisation of AoD, but I'm not a good writer (and I'm better at expressing my thought through images), so it's nice to see that there are fans that still care about this game.”

“Well so far I've only read your novelization of AoD, but I plan to get to your other stories when I can. But I can be perfectly honest when I say I enjoyed the novel better than the game itself. It's not every day I get to read an entire game in first person, and not only that, I thoroughly enjoyed the extra bits of the story, like Lara's inner voice: Maggie. I found quite a bit of entertainment with her and Lara debating wink emoticon. And I liked the idea of Kurtis' Chirugai actually being somewhat alive. And last and not least, you got Lara's personality spot on in my opinion! You made her just as I always picture her. Anyway, took me a few days to read, but that's typical of a novel that I'm into. I do look forward to seeing a sequel some day, though no rush. Atm I find no flaws or the need to criticize with your book but it's been a while since I read it as well, and if I were to read it again there's a small possibility I could, once my memory is refreshed. But atm, 5/5.”

"Jenni Milward is an incredibly gifted writer who manages to capture Lara's voice in ways I've never seen in print media before. The attitude, dark sense of humor, and sense of determination we've all come to love about Lara shines through in Milward's gifted hands. I've always pondered what could have been with regards to Angel of Darkness, and this novelization delivers, even offering an explanation for the ever-mysterious Luther Rouzic, who was present in the AOD game's guide, but never seen or heard from again. Kurtis also gets his long-deserved backstory, and I can only hope we get to see more of it in the inevitable sequel from Jenni. But no pressure, of course!"

Voice acting reviews

Since Tomb Raider fans obviously have no way of getting Keeley Hawes to voice Lara in their fanmade works, they use Tomb Raider Forums mod Greenkey2 (Jenni Milward) who sounds very similar to both Keeley and a previous voice actress, Judith Gibbins. 

From the very first start I was fascinated by the moving screen and the amazing monologue of Lara voiced by one of the best Lara Croft voice actress in the TRLE community….and the voice over is amazing.

I often pressed the 'H' key not for a hint itself, but just for pure pleasure to listen to Lara's voice, everytime wondering how it's been executed - and each time it was excellent. I also enjoyed the fact that, together with Lara's frequent lines, there were no supporting character dialogues. That resulted in perfect isolation feeling - it seemed Lara felt so lonely that she started to talk to herself.

Oh, and what delight we have. At least, I can only speak for those who select the English audio when setting up this game, for we are treated to the melodious and ever alluring voice of Jenni Milward as Lara. Ah! Vocal treat done then, it's on with the game.

My review would not be complete without a special acknowledgement to the person who does Lara's voice in this game - it is just perfect IMO.  I think the custom world of Tombraider owes you a debt of thanks for your wonderful contribution of "Lara's voice" - it's unquestionably the best!

The award for Best Lead Female of 2010 not only goes out to Samantha Weaver but to Jenni Milward, the actress who voices her in the audio series Doctor Who Tales. The character easily lives up the reputations of previous strong female characters and surpasses it in many ways. Hailed as the series' best point, Jenni's portrayal of Sam is both realistic and emotional, allowing readers to follow her story and to actually care for her.