Shadow & Bone Review
By Karina Gonzalez
Netflix has fans all over the world spilling with excitement after releasing their 8-episode TV adaptation of the popular book trilogy, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. The show combines two of Bardugo’s book series, Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. Both of the series are widely spread and have enormous fanbases, giving the producers of Shadow and Bone high standards to live up to. With an 85% critic scoring and 94% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems the standards were met.
The show begins with a young orphan, Alina Starkov, discovering her powers to summon sunlight after her longtime best friend and childhood love, Mal, faces a near-death situation. This newfound gift of hers may allow her to defeat a dangerous shadow fold that has split her country in half and endangered the lives of many. Thrust into a world of magic and danger, Alina navigates her power and responsibility to save her people all the while being hunted by the Crows. The show perfectly encapsulates the eerie and cloak-and-dagger essence of the books while still maintaining its own unique twist.
It is a difficult thing to live up to such an iconic and well-developed book world like the Grishaverse. With spot-on casting and plotline that stayed true to the books, Shadow and Bone deserves all the love and praise it has been getting.