Netflix revealed the release date for its upcoming Shadow and Bone on Thursday with a haunting teaser set in a snowy forest. It is based on the bestselling novels by Leigh Bardugo, in which the magical warrior Grisha (Jessie Mei Li) hones her powers in order to protect her world. Netflix also revealed that the series will finally be released in April 2021.
Along with the teaser’s release, Netflix also sent over the show’s official description for season one. “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. With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive.”
The one-hour, eight-episode series also co-stars Archie Renaux as Malyen Oretsev, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman portrays Inej, Kit Young is Jesper Fahey and Ben Barnes as General Kirigan.
“We’ve taken the stories of Shadow and Bone and the characters of Six of Crows and we’ve brought them together in what I think will be a really unexpected way. Eric and our writers’ room and our directors have built something entirely new that still somehow stays true to the characters and to the heart of the stories,” teased author and executive producer Leigh Bardugo.
Fans can also expect to see some characters on the screen that were not in the book. “I get most excited talking about certain characters meeting certain other characters — meetings that don’t happen in the books because they’re set on different timelines But they happen in the show, and I believe those moments are meaningful” added Heisserer. “