"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.
“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.”
"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!"
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.