Shadow and Bone Series


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Paige Johnson, Editor

Leigh Bardugo, the author of the world famous Grishaverse series, has finally worked with Netflix to bring her books to life on the screen.

On April 23rd Netflix released Shadow and Bone which followed the Shadow and Bone series. But as a twist the writers and producers also slipped in the characters from her other series, Six of Crows. 

The series follows Alina Starkov, played by Jessie Mei Lee, as she learns to live with this secret while far away from her childhood best friend Mal, Archie Renoux.

Living at the little palace she works with Grisha, those who have specific talents, water, metal bending, etc, while trying to take down the Fold, a dark presence separating the world, with General Kirigan, the infamous Ben Barnes.

On the other side of the Fold, however, the Crows, a trio of ragtag, ruthless and money driven kids learn of Alina and are offered a large reward for bringing her across the Fold and to Ketterdam. Played by Amita Suman, Freddie Carter, and Kit Young, the Crows bring an entirely different presence and vibe to the story line.

They bring humor and anticipation of what will happen to Alina.

At eight episodes long and each around an hour, there is so much content and you never know what is going to happen next. Leigh Bardugo, the author, worked on the show so for all the book lovers it follows the original storyline pretty well.

Bardugo also worked as an executive producer and she played a large role in bringing this universe to life. She explains in an interview with Michel Martin on All Things Considered, “I think adaptation can be a really awful process. And so I felt very grateful to actually be able to be involved and also then to feel very excited and proud of the work we’ve done.”

The show brings the Crows and The Shadow and Bone series together when in the books the two do not interact at all and they are not even in the same time period. Six of Crows comes into play two years after the last Shadow and Bone book takes place.

It was an interesting choice the producers and screenwriters made and one that kept the audience engaged because the readers knew nothing about the Crows plot line because none of it was in the books, it was never seen before. 

Actor Kit Young, who plays Jesper Fahey, explains why this choice was made. He states, “The Shadow of Bone trilogy is, it’s a very heroic journey. It’s very macro scale or saving the fate of the world. Whereas The Crows books are a bit darker in nature and it’s about who’s double crossing who and it seems like it’s mostly in one city, so it feels like a microscope in comparison, but to put the light and the dark with each other I think gives us a really interesting texture in the show. It’s really exciting, basically.” 

All in all, whether you’ve read the books or not this show has something for everybody. It is a vast universe with a story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, never being able to guess what happens next.