The Netflix platform warned us: 2021 will be a very good year in terms of new features. Of all the series that we expect most, one is already considered the “New Game of Thrones”. We describe this highly anticipated series coming soon on Netflix.
The new series was particularly expected on Netflix
In a small month, exactly on April 23, 2021, we will discover the Shadow and Bone series. We had already talked about her in a previous article about the series not to be missed in 2021. It must be said that Shadow and Bone is particularly expected by the fans. This series is an adaptation of the famous Grisha literary trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, whose first volume, Les Orphelins du Royaume, was published in 2012. In France the saga was a great success, and readers who appreciated the work have been waiting for an adaptation for several years. Netflix responded positively and delivered a first teaser at the end of February 2021.
The story of Shadow and Bone takes us to Ravka, a kingdom that has been cursed for millennia. The fate of this kingdom rests on the shoulders of Alina, an orphan enlisted by the army to accompany the Grisha, particularly powerful magicians who must fight together against the evil mist that sets the land on fire and blood. We are immersed in a very (very) huge fantastic universe in which the lines between good and bad are sometimes a bit blurred.
What can we expect from Shadow and Bone?
We have read everywhere that the Shadow and Bone series will be the new Game of Thrones and that it will be a huge success for Netflix internationally. Indeed, the series could very quickly become the benchmark if the Grisha trilogy is wonderfully adapted, which has already won over many readers. Only here: the universe of the literary saga is so rich and extensive that it will be necessary to make screenplay writing decisions and to make good choices in order to get the most out of this adaptation.
Regarding the cast of the series, we find Jessie Mei Li as Alina Starkov, Archie Renaux as Mal Oretsev, Freddy Carter (Pennyworth) as Kaz Brekker, Amita Suman (Doctor Who, The Outpost) as Inej Ghafa, Kit Young as Jesper Fahey and Ben Barnes (Chronicles of Narnia, Westworld, The Punisher) as General Kirigan / Darkling.
Left to right: Ben Barnes, Kit Young, Freddy Carter, Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, and Amita Suman.
Will the series stick exactly to the books?
Regarding the Shadow and Bone scenario, we already know that the Netflix series will be based on the books of the Grisha trilogy, but also on the story and characters of Six of Crowns, two books that are part of what we call this “Grishaverse”. The showrunner of the series, Eric Heisserer (known as the screenwriter of Bird Box, Premier Contact or Final Destination 5), said on behalf of TV Guide that he did not want to miss any important character in the works of Leigh Bardugo:
In this way we don’t break anything in the chronology of Leigh Bardugo’s novels. In the series, the Six of Crows characters present fit into the story of Shadow and Bone with all of their own backstories. But (…) you can almost read Shadow and Bone again and see that the way these characters were added has not changed.
We will therefore see with Shadow and Bone a mixture between the Grisha trilogy and the Six of Crowns duology. Are you one of those looking forward to this series? We’ll let you reply to our survey below as well as in the comments section.