No Shade for the Shadow and Bone Adaptation!

Like everyone and their mother, I’ve been bingeing this series. And like most people, I’ve been absolutely loving it.

It’s the best kind of adaptation. Taking the source material and enhancing it with some big changes, it’s truly a delight for fans (and newbies) to the Grishaverse. I have to confess, I was never a huge fan of the original series, yet really fell for the follow up duology Six of Crows. The prospect of seeing them in later series was what made me so excited about this show. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to wait so long, as this manages to weave the new characters into the older story (giving us scenes I didn’t know we needed!).

Having the Dregs, absolutely improves upon the narrative. Not only do they add oodles of personality and plenty of great new scenes, but it’s also fabulous to have more of their backstory on screen. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the casting is perfect! I can’t imagine these characters any other way.

In terms of the original characters, my favourite is (*drumroll please*) the Darkling. Yes, that’s right, I’m #teamdarkling now. Not because I want him with Alina, I’m just happy for him to take over the world and cover it in darkness 😉Barnes does a brilliant job, bringing intensity and charisma to the role. And showing the Black Heretic’s backstory made it all the more powerful.

I’m still not keen on Alina. For all the commentary on her being more assertive in the show, I just don’t see her having much agency. She’s always reacting to something or being pushed along by the plot. I don’t care about her enough- even now. Yet I can say that I’ve come round to her with Mal… if only because I find them equally boring.

What I appreciate *far more* was the gorgeous effects. The costumes/sets/cinematography all help to bring the Grishaverse to life. The Fold in particular was done so well. I took a breath with the crew as they went inside. It’s terrifyingly tense.

This is definitely one of the most enjoyable adaptations I’ve seen in a long, long time. I did see this being compared with Game of Thrones… which is frankly bizarre. It’s nothing like GOT- and it’s not trying to be. It’s not grimdark and it’s not adult (and it’s not going to have as disappointing an ending). It is, however, a fantastic YA fantasy show. And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m probably going to rewatch it 😉

So, are you a fan of the Grishaverse? Have you watched this? Do you plan to? Let me know in the comments!

17 thoughts on “No Shade for the Shadow and Bone Adaptation!

  1. The thing with the Darkling is that I 100% get people’s fascination with him. I love the character, but … when people ship him with Alina I just shudder because it makes me feel uncomfortable. So, I’m all for stanning him, just not in a relationship with Alina haha
    I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the adaptation too! I think I sounded a lot more critical in my post about the show, but I honestly had a great time watching it. I binged it all in one sitting the day it released because I didn’t want to wait a second longer.

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  2. I still haven’t seen this as I still need to read books. But I heard many people say it’s best adaptation. Amazing review!

    And I’m already team darkling even though I only read first book in trilogy not because I want Alina with him but he is charming and interesting. I just don’t like Mal, didn’t like the way that dude was acting.


  3. Team Darkling for the win!!! He was my favorite part of the books – Alina was the BIGGEST Mary Sue, she just drove me crazy, and I literally don’t even care about whether she or Mal end up together (quite frankly, the idea that she may defeat the Darkling and choose Mal as her romantic partner made me not finish the trilogy!). I didn’t like Six of Crows, either (what I can remember of it anyway! I read it about 8 years ago!), but I could about stand those characters in the show. I liked Anej MUCH more in the adaptation. And can we just start a petition now for MILO THE GOAT to have his own spinoff!!!


  4. Milou and i have watched the first episode. Never read the books so i do not know all the ins and outs yet. Seeing as this is YA i hope it does not cringe me out too much


  5. I watched it and absolutely loved it!! It’s probably one of the best adaptations of a YA fantasy book series!


  6. I’m following every meme, joke and everything under the sun about the GrishaVerse. I started reading Shadow and Bone early March and fell absolutely in love with it. And for the first time in a long time, I binged on a show. (I’m not a fan of binge-watching otherwise.) 🤷🙈😁
    I LOVED the series…


  7. Great review, I also am a much bigger fan of Six of Crows oved Shadow and bone and really loved how they integrated both stories as I don’t feel i would have enjoyed it much otherwise.


  8. I started reading Leigh Bardugo’s books last year and enjoyed them tremendously reading straight through the Shadow and Bone trilogy and Six of Crows duology. I just started King of Scars, which is set after the events of Shadow and Bone.

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the adaptation so far and how they intertwined the characters into one timeline. I’m a huge fan of Kaz Brekker in the books and seeing him come face to face with the Darkling was unexpected and tense! I hope we see more of the crew’s schemes in future seasons. Kaz is as ingenious as he is vindictive in all the best ways.


  9. This was truly such an outstanding adaptation, and I’m already working on my second rewatch. While I did love the original trilogy, and Alina is one of my favorite characters, I’ll readily admit that the addition of the Dregs amplified this in big ways, and it’s 100% going to make even more people love it than they might’ve without them. Plus, Freddy Carter as Kaz Brekker just stole the show for me, and I’m perpetually dead over seeing that character brought to life.


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