One of the most anticipated upcoming Netflix series is the adaptation of Shadow and bone. This TV series based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels released a teaser trailer today, February 26. Oh dear, we are absolutely thrilled about this upcoming series. First, we get more imperial Russian vibes than medieval England, which makes sense given the book series. Still, it feels new, you know?
In Ravka’s world, people are dealing with the Shadow Fold. Inside the Fold, there is constant darkness and gruesome monsters within. But there are people named Grisha, who can manipulate the elements to use as weapons, who can fight back against the monsters. We follow a Grisha named Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), who can manipulate light. Needless to say, she will be quite valuable.
What do we know about Netflix’s Shadow and bone
The two and a half minute teaser trailer, which is more of a trailer than a teaser, but okay, we see Alina, a member of the First Army, board a ship to enter the Shadow Fold. When her ship is attacked by winged volcra who are besieging the ship, unlocking Alina’s power over the light. This attracts the attention of General Kirigan (Ben Barnes), who enlisted her in the Second Army.
Now this mapmaker is at the center of political intrigue, dangerous machinations, and secrets pertaining to the Shadow Fold. In the trailer, we also get our first look at Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev, Alina’s childhood friend. In addition, there is the Six of crows gang: Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman as Inej and Kit Young as Jesper Fahey.
Bardugo serves as producer on Shadow and boneIn addition, Eric Heisserer is the showrunner of the series with Lee Toland Krieger as director. Also, oh wow, this Netflix series looks dark, but it looks great too. Sure, it’s dark, but given the need for it in the series, we can apologize. At least we can see everything!
What do I need to know about the Grishaverse?
Shadow and bone is the first book of the Grishaverse, containing a trilogy, two duologies and a collection of short stories. Needless to say if Shadow and bone if a success, Netflix has a lot of real estate to play with in terms of content for the streamer, you know? Bardugo is still actively working on the trilogy.
If you’re curious about the series, start with 2012 Shadow and boneTwo sequels follow Siege and storm (2013) and Ruin and rise (2014). A duology for the Grishaverse is Six of crows (2015) and Crooked Kingdom (2016) and the second is King of scars (2019) and Rule of wolves (2021). Finally, the collection of short stories from the Grishaverse is mentioned The language of thorns (2017).
Other than, it is a complex world rich in knowledge that Bardugo has created. One that promises to be a great franchise for Netflix if it works out the way people think it will. It is especially interesting if Shadow and bone will add in parts of Six of crows taking place simultaneously. It provides a richer storytelling experience. Hopefully the writers can balance things out.
Should we look at it?
Based on that trailer? We’re going to give up our thumbs. It looks great across the board. We already love Li’s Starkov, so we can’t wait to see what she can actually do when the series kicks off. If you are curious about Shadow and bone, be sure to watch when Netflix releases the episodes on April 26.
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