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Wednesday, 28 April 2021 16:17

Shadow and Bone Lives up to the Hype

Written by Charly and lucks

Warning; spoilers below.

Set in the mythical Russian-inspired land of Ravka, the series combines characters from both the Shadow and Bone book series, as well as the Six of Crows books. While their journey starts off separate, the six main characters eventually cross paths and beautiful chaos ensues.

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Unlike the books which only focus on Alina’s perspective, the show thrives by showing not only what Alina is up to, but also incorporating Mal’s perspective in addition to the side stories going on with Kaz, Jesper, and Inej and Nina and Mattias. This gives the audience the opportunity to get to know and love these characters and their dynamics with each other.

If you are looking for romance, then fear not because there is an abundance of it! From the best friends to possibly more Malina, the slow burn/longing looks of Kanej, the beguiling Helnik and the lovers to enemies Darklina, there is something for everyone to root for!

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In our opinion, the show does a good job of world building without it hurting our heads trying to understand. We particularly found it quite easy to get the layout without much fuss after an episode or two. However we know some might get a bit confused by the incredibly elaborate world building and character intricacies, so we would recommend reading the first book if you have time (or at the very least skimming the Grishaverse wiki). But once you get the basic feel for what’s going on, the show proves to be immensely entertaining and instantly addictive.

The cinematography and special effects are also stellar. From the ominous shadow fold to the CGI volcra and various Grisha abilities, to the gorgeous scenery in Budapest, the whole series is visually impressive.

The pressure and complications of being the chosen one destined to save the world with your magical sun-summoning powers are balanced out by the off-beat humor and hilarious one-liners, especially around Jesper and his goat friend Milo. Milo really is the GOAT in this series if we are being completely honest.

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The character building was done extremely well and we thoroughly enjoyed the complex nature of each character, whether they be good or evil or morally grey, it is something that has to be applauded. Every character was so entertaining and intriguing, we never felt bored in any scene throughout this season.

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By the end of the 8th episode, you can’t help but fall in love with all of the characters and we are definitely excited to see what happens next in season 2.

All 8 episodes of the first season of Shadow and Bone are now streaming on Netflix.

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