What is Shadow and Bone about?
Shadow and Bone, adapted from fantasy author Leigh Bardugo's trilogy of the same name and her Six of Crows duology, follows the story of Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a cartographer who discovers that she has sun-summoning powers. This makes her a member of a magical community of people called the Grisha. ELLE.com'Shadow and Bone' Season 2 News, Release Date, Cast, Spoilers
Is there going to be a season two of Shadow and Bone?
Has Shadow and Bone been renewed? According to a report from What's on Netflix, which is usually pretty reliable when it comes to these things, the streaming service has already renewed the show for a second season. ThrillistEverything We Know About 'Shadow and Bone' Season 2
Who is the darkling in shadow and bone?
Grisha Type This article is about the character in Shadow and Bone Trilogy. For the Netflix adaptation character, see The Darkling (Netflix). The Darkling is a Shadow Summoner, the former Second in Command in all of Ravka, and the former leader of the Second Army. fandom.comThe Darkling | The Grishaverse | Fandom
Here’s the best order for reading Leigh Bardugo’s fantasy novels
Here’s some unsolicited advice: don’t start with the first novel, Shadow and Bone.
But wait, you might ask yourself, is that not the book that the show is based on? Isn’t it the first book of the series? The one that sets the stage for everything else? The one that introduces the Grisha, Sun Summoner Alina Starkov, and the swath of sentient darkness that tears Ravka in half?
Well, yes. But you know how some Star Wars fans recommend a non-intuitive order to watch the movies? I’m about to suggest a similar strategy for diving into the Grishaverse books. It isn’t a particularly controversial method, by any means, but for those unfamiliar with the books, I am here to be your Grisha guide.
And with that: Start with Six of Crows.
Newbies starting to read the series with Six of Crows after watching the show won’t be lost, since out of the six “Crows,” five of them — Kaz, his right-hand knife-wielding spy Inej, sharpshooter Jesper, Ravkan spy Nina, and Fjerdan soldier (and hunter of Grisha) Matthias — appeared in season 1 of the TV series. Their characters will make more sense in the show with the background of the book, and the chance to see their future adventures in the existing books makes their storyline in the series more interesting. Additionally, Six of Crows steps out into the world beyond Ravka. Shadow and Bone is primarily concerned with Ravkan politics and what it means to be a Grisha, which is interesting on its own, but Six of Crows expands on the universe, and Bardugo’s worldbuilding gets a chance to shine.
But starting with Six of Crows also makes sense because the Crows duology is just objectively better writing. Shadow and Bone has all the trappings of a debut novel. The first-person perspective does the other characters a disservice, and it follows a typical Chosen One setup. Even Bardugo admits there are things she wishes she’d done differently, like including more character diversity and fleshing out Mal’s character. The main trilogy gets better with each subsequent book, as Bardugo grows into her own world’s potential. But if you want to be pulled in from the get-go, Six of Crows is the way to go.
If you are curious enough, you should then switch to the main trilogy (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising), since the second Crows book, Crooked Kingdom, contains some spoilers for the big central Grishaverse plot, and some appearances from characters who appear in the first trilogy. Then move to Crooked Kingdom. After that, you can dive into the sequel series (King of Scars and the newly released Rule of Wolves) which pulls in Nina, Squaller Zoya Navalyskey, and yet-to-be-introduced-in-the-show Prince Nikolai Lanstov (my favorite character in the franchise) as they deal with the aftermath of the turmoil in Ravka.
The Grishaverse books are an exciting fantasy series that ushered in a whole wave of high-fantasy YA which steps outside of the typical medieval England settings. If you haven’t paid much attention to the young-adult genre since it stopped dominating culture with series like the Twilight and Hunger Games novels, you may not realize the impact that Bardugo’s series has had on the genre since then. The world is rich, but the dynamic characters are what capture fans’ hearts. The Netflix series achieves the grand feat of adapting the series while caters to fans of the books first, sprinkling in little details, and hinting at the world beyond the first story. Reading the books will augment the experience of watching the show — and prepare you for possible upcoming adventures in further seasons.
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28 April, 2021 - 11:10am
Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’ Has Been the #1 Show for Days, But Is It Worth the Hype? Here’s My Honest Review
28 April, 2021 - 11:10am
There's nothing I love quite like a good fantasy series. When I was little, family members would have to dodge the pointy sticks I waved around when I pretended they were magic wands from the world of Harry Potter. On trips to the local pool, I played games with friends where we pretended we were monsters from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Even as an adult, I found myself pulled into shows like Game of Thrones, where supernatural themes reign supreme.
So, when I heard that Netflix was adapting the popular Grisha books by Leigh Bardugo into a new television series titled Shadow and Bone, I was highly intrigued. Although I had not read the source material, I was eager to see if Netflix would be providing my newest fantasy obsession.
As it turns out, I wasn't the only one looking forward to the show. When the eight episodes premiered this past Friday, the series quickly jumped to the #1 spot on the streaming site and has stayed there ever since. So, the question remains: Is Shadow and Bone worth the hype? Let's just say, it did not disappoint.
Our series is lead by the willful Alina Starkov, an orphan cartographer living in the nation of Ravka. In this world ravaged by war, there are a group of magical beings called the Grisha, who have the ability to transform the earth's elements into unique weapons. But, in a fateful turn of events, one of these Grisha created the Fold, a swath of darkness filled with killer creatures that separates the east and west sides of Ravka.
When Alina's lifelong friend, Mal, is charged with crossing the Fold, she finds a way to go with him on the dangerous journey. But in the process, she will discover that she might be the most powerful Grisha the world has ever known.
The role of Alina is played by Jessie Mei Li while Archie Renaux plays her best friend, Mal. Other main characters are played by Freddy Carter (Free Rein), Amita Suman (The Outpost), Christopher "Kit" Young (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Ben Barnes (Westworld) and Zoë Wanamaker (Britannia).
So I know you're wondering, is this series that's getting so much buzz actually worth all the hype? The answer is yes. Shadow and Bone offers plenty of romance, action and mystery to keep you entertained for all eight episodes, and the tense ending of the first episode alone was enough to have me sold.
One of the best parts of Shadow and Bone is that you can see hints of other popular movies and shows within Bardugo's storytelling. When Mal's name gets called to cross the Fold and Alina finds a way to join him, I was reminded of other heroines like Mulan and Katniss Everdeen, who throw themselves into treacherous situations to protect those they care about. Meanwhile, the powers of the Grisha evoke qualities of beings like those in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Don't get it twisted, though. Shadow and Bone is not merely copying from its predecessors. The series offers originality in droves, with a complex universe (that admittedly, takes a bit of time to fully understand) of creatures, languages and politics.
Meanwhile, the cast is strong, with Jessie Mei Li offering an electrifying performance in the lead role of Alina, and her co-stars matching her contagious energy. (For fans of love triangles, there will certainly be something to offer in these episodes as well).
4 out of 5 stars. Shadow and Bone is worth the hype. This series can sometimes move a little quick (because there's so much going on), but it's a compelling, action-packed adventure that is sure to become everyone's latest fantasy obsession. Now that I've already binged the first season, I'm on my way to go read the books.
"It adds a lot more to sort of understand who she is as a person and why she doesn't feel worthy," said actor Jessie Mei Li.
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Shadow and Bone creator and showrunner Eric Heisserer knows this and seems to love it. Asking him about the time put into building the bars of Ketterdam will have him immediately nerding out about the different labels on liquors imported from every corner of the Grishaverse world as well as the “Act Zero” scenes written and left on the cutting room floor. (Like the fact that Six of Crows favorite Wylan Van Eck is the guy who hooked up Kaz with his firebomb in that Darkling scene.)
Decider got a chance to catch up with Eric Heisserer ahead of the show’s premiere and we asked him about everything from the role racism plays in Ravka to the choice to change Alina’s iconic stag necklace into prosthetics. Here’s some of our favorite tidbits from our conversations with Eric Heisserer about Shadow and Bone, from his plans for the future of the series to the fate of Leigh Bardugo’s character in a potential Shadow and Bone Season 2…
When Decider asked Heisserer where his favorite Easter Eggs in the whole show were, he immediately zeroed in on Ketterdam.
“We put a lot of work into that and it’s stuff that I don’t know if anybody can catch because it’s fleeting in a few frames, or it’s something that just never got fully filmed. So it doesn’t fully exist there, but it was existing on set,” Heisserer said.
Some of Heisserer’s favorite details in Ketterdam?
Circling back to Heisserer’s earlier comment about everything not making it to the screen…not every scene written or shot for Shadow and Bone made it to the final cut, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see it in the future…
During a roundtable interview Decider did with Eric Heisserer and Leigh Bardugo last month, Heisserer revealed that the writers’ room scripted a number of scenes that never made it to the screen — or were never even shot! These included a scene where “before Kaz left Ketterdam — knowing that they were crossing the Fold, knowing that they were possibly crossing paths with the Darkling himself — he visited Wylan and said, ‘Can you make me some sort of device, something that might give me a second of freedom if I ever encounter the Darkling?'”
While that particular scene never was shot, a lot of other moments were filmed on set and then cut from the final version of Shadow and Bone Season 1.
“Editorial shows you the version of the episode that you need it to be and sometimes that means you have to murder your darlings and let go of pieces of scenes or you know, entire elements that just don’t work in execution,” Heisserer said. “If we have the privilege of returning with this amazing group of people, and we can make a second season, it is our greatest hope that we can bring some of those extra scenes and Easter eggs and off-camera pieces into the season somehow.”
One of the key changes made from book to screen was to make Alina Starkov half-Shu. The choice helps to underline the reasons why she’s always felt other in Ravka, and why she’s so attached to fellow orphan Mal.
Heisserer confirmed to Decider that Mal is “multiracial” in the series, as they wanted to “embrace the multi-racial qualities of our cast from wherever they came from.” This means that show Mal “is part Shu. He’s also part Zemeni,” according to Heisserer. However as an adult he passes more easily for Ravkan than Alina does, which is why he deals with less overt racism in Ravka.
Another character who deals with racism in Ravka in the series is Sujaya Dasgupta’s Zoya. “Zoya is actually part Suli,” Heisserer told Decider. “Yes. But she’s had a troubled history with that. So she’s carrying some emotional baggage about that.”
Two scenes that hint at Zoya’s own “otherness” in the series are the scene in Episode 5 when she coldly corrects a visitor at the Little Palace who misidentifies Inej as Zemeni. “She’s Suli,” Zoya says. Heisserer also shared that her complex feelings about her Suli heritage pop up “when she and Felix are in the crow’s nest on the skiff in Episode 8. She gets bristly when he seems surprised that her family is from Ravka.”
Hopefully the show will get to delve into these heritages more in a potential Season 2…
One of the most iconic pieces of “jewelry” in the Shadow and Bone books is the amplifier that Alina gets. It is a stag antler necklace, made from the bones of Morozova’s stag. Throughout the rest of the series, the necklace is bound to Alina. It not only graces her with more power, but gives her away as the Sun Summoner. However, the show takes a creepier direction with the stag amplifier. Instead of being fashioned into a necklace, it’s bonded under Alina’s skin to her collarbone.
So why pick this version — which looks cool, but might take way more time to perfect on set? Well, it actually was way more pragmatic!
“Our safety person stepped in with a lot of concerns about Jessie accidentally getting injured,” Heisserer said. “Even if we had made something softer — and we tried with some soft foam, rubbery necklaces, and they just looked that they look very soft — they would be very bendy when Jessie moved around.
“That led also to other conversations about other amplifiers and using them as jewelry,” he said. “Is it something that could be stolen from [Grisha] so that they would end up losing that power if they had it?”
After realizing that bonding the amplifiers to the wearer’s flesh was more dramatic (and safer on set), Heisserer said they were able to tell Jessie Mei Li, “Congrats! You’re no longer wearing this necklace for the rest of your life.”
One sweet moment in Shadow and Bone Season 1 has a dark undercurrent to it you might not expect.
When Decider sat in on a roundtable interview with Heisserer and Shadow and Bone author Leigh Bardugo last month, a journalist asked Bardugo about her sweet Season 1 cameo. She is the first Grisha to embrace Alina in the Little Palace. Bardugo shocked everyone on the call by complaining that she wanted a death scene for her cameo! Heisserer confirmed to Decider that if Shadow and Bone is renewed, Bardugo will get her morbid wish.
“Leigh certainly came to me with a lot of thoughts and ideas [about her cameo],” Heisserer said. “The truth of it is we’re still holding out for another season. If there’s ever a chance of us doing another season, I promised Leigh she’s going to get her death scene.”
“Yeah, I’m not too worried about that,” he told Decider. “I mean looking at how people enjoyed watching say, Game of Thrones. I’ve seen videos of book readers and non-readers sitting on the couch watching the same episode. I’ve seen the way that book readers tend to cherish the reveals, and the surprises, and are excited to see how the non-readers react to that. Hopefully, we can have a similar experience here.”
“However, if [the story’s ending] gets spoiled, I don’t think it’s going to ruin the experience for a viewer going into a future season,” Heisserer said.
Hear that, Grishaverse fans? You have the blessing of Shadow and Bone‘s showrunner to post Ruin and Rising spoilers on main. (But maybe don’t?)