Netflix released the teaser of Shadow and Bones, its upcoming fantasy web series, on Thursday. The series is an adaptation of two books by Leigh Bardugo, Shadow of Bones and Six Of Crows. While the former is a part of Burdugo’s Grisha trilogy, the latter is the first of a two-book series.
The first season of Shadow and Bones will begin streaming on Netflix in April 2021.
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— Shadow And Bone (@shadowandbone_) December 17, 2020
Directed by Eric Heisserer, the first season will star Jessica Mei Li as Alina Starkov, Ben Barnes as General Kirigan aka The Darkling, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman as Inej Ghafa, Kit Young as Jesper Fahey, and Archie Renaux as Malyen “Mal” Oretsev.
The storyline, as reported by Entertainment Weekly, will merge elements from both books.
“The books are all set chronologically, so we technically don’t get to events in the Six of Crows books until after the Shadow and Bone books have ended,” Heisserer said in a statement. “So what Leigh and I had to do was essentially invent prequel stories for the key Six of Crows characters this season — Kaz, Inej, and Jesper — to fit alongside what is happening in the Shadow and Bone storyline.”
In Shadow and Bones, the protagonist is a teenage orphan, Alina Starkov, who grows up in Ravka (a land inspired by Russia) and finds she has unexpected powers. The story revolves around her fight to set her country free.
Shadows and Bones is the first book in the Grisha series, followed by Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising.
Six of Crows revolves around the character of Kaz Brekker, who also features in Shadows and Bones. Brekker is a thief in the economically bustling hub of Ketterdam, inspired by Amsterdam. The spin-off follows Brekker’s journey, as he tries to pull off a big heist.
Leigh Burdoga is also the author of Wonder Woman: Warbringer, the first book in the DC Icons Series.
Netflix had announced the series in 2019 and filming was completed in 2020.