New character posters for Netflix's Shadow and Bone series confirm the show will arrive this April, adapting Leigh Bardugo's beloved fantasy world.
New character posters for Netflix’s upcoming Shadow and Bone series confirm the show’s release this spring, while also giving fans a glimpse at the major players in the world of Ravka. The live-action series is based on Leigh Bardugo’s popular young adult fantasy novels set in the “Grishaverse.” Beyond providing the source material, Shadow and Bone is being executive produced by Bardugo and developed by Eric Heisserer.
The Shadow and Bone book takes place in a fantasy land called Ravka, which is largely inspired by 19th century Imperial Russia. The story follows Alina, an orphan who unlocks rare magical powers and becomes the target of various dangerous factions. Season 1 of the Netflix series will adapt Shadow and Bone – the first in the core Girshaverse trilogy – alongside Six of Crows, a spinoff set in the same universe but in the distant city of Ketterdam, inspired by the 17th century Dutch Republic.
Netflix has released a series of character posters for the upcoming series, which confirm it will premiere on April 23. The posters also show off primary characters Alina (Jessie Mei Li), Mal (Archie Renaux), and General Kirigan/the Darkling (Ben Barnes) from Shadow and Bone, as well as Inej (Amita Suman), Jesper (Kit Young), and Kaz (Freddy Carter) from Six of Crows. The blend of historical European style and bits of more fantastical aesthetic are central to the Grishaverse, and so far it looks like Netflix is on the right track with the costumes shown in the posters.
Shadow and Bone is the latest such fantasy adaptation from Netflix, following in the footsteps of other recent shows like Locke and Key, The Witcher, and Fate: The Winx Saga. The streaming giant has generally found success in the genre over the past few years, even stretching into the anime space to release acclaimed shows like Castlevania and Blood of Zeus. Hopefully for fans, Shadow and Bone will release to a similar level of critical and popular success.
The fantasy space is only becoming more competitive, with HBO’s His Dark Materials currently airing and the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon also ramping up into production. Amazon’s Lord of the Rings show also looms on the horizon, and there's even reportedly a live-action Harry Potter project in the very early stages at HBO Max. Shadow and Bone will be one of Netflix’s biggest fantasy series yet, and hopefully the adaptation will satisfy fans when it releases on April 23.