Wednesday Apr 21, 2021

‘Shadow and Bone’ Review: Netflix’s New Fantasy Series is Complex and Compelling

on slashfilm.com

Summary

And what will the toughest critics think of the first season? Those who’ve read the five books that the show is based on—the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology—will likely be impressed with how showrunner Eric Heisserer (Arrival) has melded the different characters, plot points, and timelines into one, cohesive tale. Alina’s tale is a classic one in fantasy, right down to the potential love triangle set up between her, her childhood best friend Mal (Archie Renaux), and the powerful General Kirigan (Ben Barnes), a rare Shadow Summoner who can call forth darkness and destruction. Even those new to the Grishaverse, however, will enjoy the thoroughly developed magic system (I’m looking at you, Game of Thrones), the detailed, rich worldbuilding, and—most….

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