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Netflix's Latest Shadow and Bone Is Not Extraordinary, yet Worthy of a Weekend Binge



In a world where dark forces have taken over, a mapmaker, Alina Starkov discovers a rare power she never knew she possessed. She is the only one who has the power to summon light, and can destroy the division between her country, called The Fold, a region inhabited by Vulcras who are human eating beats.

The show plays also follows Kaz Brekker, Inez Ghafa and Jesper as the three members of the 'Crow' club as they take up an impossible task for a huge some of money and putting everything they care and own at risk.

The Origins

This story, although mainly focuses on the character from the book of the same name, it also follows the characters from the book 'Six of Crows' set in the same 'Grishaverse' the author has created. This entangled story line can sometimes feel weird but is overall handled well enough and giving the readers some great fan-friendly moments.Over one million copies of the novels have been sold, and have gained appreciation worldwide. Netflix has adapted them into an 8 episode big-budget show with CGI and action that keep you thrilled. While the targeted audience are older teenagers, enjoyment can be found in the show even by older ages.

Viewers familiar with the novels may find it easier to be hooked by the show and digest the heavy world building faster, although the show does not necessarily require you to read the books prior to watching it. It can take a while for new viewers to fully associate with the show, but will mostly find it worth it towards the end.

Our Review

Let's get the obvious out, the effects, action sequences and production design is splendid. In fact, this is definitely one of the better book to tv show adaptation that Netflix is now rather commonly doing.

The three Crows, have a great dynamic while Jesper is the one who has the most fun among them. Their adventures are entertaining but only sometimes thrilling. Every on screen character has a great charm that holds the show together. The plot which is essentially: a dystopian world where one person can change the world can seem familiar hence the show does have some cliches but is executed well enough and set in a 'Game of Thrones' type setting to feel fresh enough.

The three leads are also intriguing enough to get you to the later episodes which then pick up and really get both entertaining and to some extent unpredictable. The highlight is the relationship between Mal and Alina which works well enough and you do end up caring about them. The show does have some interesting themes as the story explores friendship and also has a coming of age story feel.

Overall it caters to exactly what you would expect out of a show like this. If you are a fan of this genre you should stream it or if it does not intrigue you it has nothing extra-ordinary to hold you through 8 episodes.

We give it a B from a scale of A TO F.

What Everyone is Saying

This show has been positively received by most. It currently holds a score of 8.0/10(as of 4th May) with 26,804 reviews on IMDB. It also is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a score of 87% and audience score of 93%. The site has this to say about the show:

Critics Consensus

From gorgeous costumes to impressive -- if intimidating -- world-building, Shadow and Bone is certainly as meticulous as its source material, but by folding in unexpected stories it expands the novel's scope to craft an exciting new adventure for fans and newcomers alike.

  • Shadow and Bone: Season 1 - Rotten Tomatoes
    Based on Leigh Bardugo's worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free.

The Three Crows


Cast and Crew


Jessie Mei Li

Alina Starkov

Archie Renaux

Malyen Oretsev

Freddy Carter

Kaz Brekker

Amita Suman


Kit Young

Jesper Fahey

Ben Barnes

General Kirigan

Eric Heisserer

Executive Producer

Shawn Levy

Executive Producer

Leigh Bardugo

Executive Producer

Josh Barry

Executive Producer

Dan Cohen

Executive Producer

Lee Toland Krieger

Executive Producer

Josh Berry

Executive Producer

Dan Levine

Executive Producer

Pouya Shahbazian

Executive Producer

What's Next

Although a season 2 is not confirmed yet officially by Netflix, there is a high possibility of it getting renewed, as the show does end with a cliffhanger. We can expect to see it earliest by fall 2022 as these big budget series often take time to shoot and also more prominent delays are caused by the pandemic. The positive reviews for the already anticipated series should make Netflix in favour of a season 2.


Lady Dazy from UK on May 11, 2021:

I am a Netflix fan and I will look out for this.

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