What I loved in the Shadow and Bone Netflix adaptation

I got my first covid vaccine on Saturday, and I was so tired for the rest of the day and most of Sunday that I really didn’t have then energy to post. I’m really grateful I was able to get my shot though, and it was so exciting to see that the Pfizer vaccine was approved for ages 12-15. The symptoms I had were a headache, being very tired, and my arm was pretty sore, but after a little over a day I felt pretty much better.

Anyways, if you haven’t already, and you’re able to where you live, you should go get your covid vaccine.

So, onto the post! On April 23rd, the Netflix show Shadow and Bone was released, which is the adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s YA fantasy Shadow and Bone. The show is an adaptation of the first book in the Shadow and Bone trilogy, and also takes characters from the duology set in the same world, Six of Crows.

This is the first of a few posts I have planned about the Shadow and Bone, and I’m really excited to share this one!! I thought I’d start by writing about some of the things that I loved in the adaptation, so that’s what the post is about.

I also made this post as spoiler free as possible. I have mentioned characters that appear in the show from the books, as well as a few minor details mentioned in the trailer, but other than that, there is nothing.

Milo the Goat

Milo the goat is such a fun addition to the show, who I absolutely loved. It’s difficult to explain his importance in the show without spoiling anything, but if you’ve seen the show, you’ll know what I’m talking about, and I couldn’t start this post with anything else.


The Crows

I read Six of Crows a very long time ago, and I love all of the Six of Crows characters so much. Amita Suman who plays Inej Ghafa, Kit Young who plays Jesper Fahey, Freddy Carter who plays Kaz Brekker, Danielle Galligan who plays Nina Zenik and Calahan Skogman who plays Matthias Helvar all did incredible with bringing the characters to life on screen.

Although the characters were aged up, I still felt that every actor really captured their personalities, and portrayed them so well. It was the most amazing thing to see characters that have been inside my head for so long in front of me, and I loved every minute of it.

I also love how the Crow’s stories are woven into the Shadow and Bone plot. Leigh Bardugo worked with the show to use already written backstories for some of the characters, and to create entirely new ones that fit seamlessly with the rest of the plot. So much that I had pictured so vividly in the books were done so well on screen.


The Shadow Fold

The Shadow Fold was brought to life such an incredible way. It has such a huge presence in the books, and seeing it on screen was breathtaking. I felt that all of the special effects in the show were done so well, from the Fold, to the Grisha powers like those of Squallers and Inferni.

Really, all of the settings in the show were done so well, like Ketterdam, Novokribirsk, Fjerda and more. Talking about the places we visited in the show, and how amazing they all are brings me to my next point.


The Little Palace

The Litttle Palace was so grand, and beautiful, and it just felt so real. The keftas were a large part of what made it so real to me. The embroidery is stunning, and the detail on each and every one is so clearly stiched on.

Seeing all of the minor characters as well, like David, Genya, Nadia and Marie was so wonderful. The setting of the show was so gorgeous, and all of the beautiful detail in the palace was amazing. The scenes in the throne room, in Alina’s room, and more were exactly how I had pictured it when reading, and I loved seeing it on screen. In fact, I loved so much about Alina’s character in the show.


Alina Starkov and Mal Oretsev

I actually liked that Mal and Alina’s characters more in the show than in the books. I think that especially at the beginning of the trilogy, Alina’s character is a bit bland, but Jessie Mei Li, the actress who portrayed her did a fantastic job of giving her more of fun personality.

I didn’t dislike Mal in the books, but I definitely was not a fan of his for books one and two of the trilogy. Mal is definitely a realistic love interest, which makes him a good character, but not one as likable. In the show, however, he is so fantastic in the show that even the intensly dedicated Darklina shippers will have to admit he’s good.

Have you read Shadow and Bone? Have you seen the show? Chat with me in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “What I loved in the Shadow and Bone Netflix adaptation

  1. Aah yes I’ve just watched the first episode and I am obsessed. The actors are all amazing and I totally agree with what you said about Mal and Alina. Great post!!

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