Netflix appears to be doubling down on epic fantasy with the new trailer for Shadow and Bone.

The series is based on the worldwide bestselling book series, it appears this show will fill a similar niche as The Witcher. There’s plenty of fantasy action, intrigue, and hints at a potential romance between the leads. The show premieres on Netflix April 23, 2021.

Shadow and Bone Official Trailer

Shadow and Bone

Based upon the first book in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, we follow orphan teenager Alina Starkov as she discovers a previously unknown power that she must use to free her war-torn world and defeat an evil force known as The Shadow Fold.

The trailer for Shadow and Bone looks promising.  While there’s no shortage of fantasy shows starring teen protagonists, this one looks like it could stand out from the crowd with its noticeably impressive visual effects, cast of fresh faces (barring Ben Barnes, who has made a name for himself in other fantasy properties), and interesting new world to get lost in.

Netflix has had a successful run recently with adapting fantasy properties with the likes of Fate: The Winx Saga and the abovementioned The Witcher, so there’s little doubt to me that Shadow and Bone could reach similar heights if all goes well.

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The novel Shadow and Bone was originally published on June 5, 2012 and followed by 2 sequels: Siege and Storm in June 2013 and Ruin and Rising in June 2014. Spin-offs include the duologies 2015’s Six of Crows, 2016’s Crooked Kingdom, and 2019’s King of Scars and 2021’s Rule of Wolves, as well as a short story collection The Language of Thorns.

Shadow and Bone poster

Shadow and Bone will adapt the first book in the Grisha trilogy and star Jessie Mei Li, Ben Barnes, Freddy Carter, Anita Suman, Kit Young, and Archie Renaux.  The show is created by Eric Heisserer, executive produced by Heisserer, Shawn Levy, Pouya Shahbazian, Leigh Bardugo, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen, and Josh Barry.  It will premiere on Netflix April 23, 2021.

Are you chilled to the bone waiting for this adaptation? Have you read the Grisha novels or spin-offs? What’s your favorite fantasy series? Let us know in the comments below and on our Twitter.

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