Netflix has a history of adapting hit YA novels and well-known fantasy titles. It’s no surprise that the streaming giant jumped on the chance to bring Leigh Bardugo’s hugely popular Shadow and Bone trilogy to the small screen. After months of anticipation, the wait is almost over: the series is about to premiere on Netflix, and the reviews are in.
What should viewers expect from Shadow and Bone? The series tells the story of Alina Starkov (played by Jessie Mei Li), an orphan who discovers she may hold the key to saving Ravka, her Soviet-inspired home country. It will also weave in storylines from Bardugo’s other works, including Six of Crows, which takes place in the same universe.
According to Variety, this intertwining of tales is a success. Caroline Framke wrote about the Shadow and Bone Netflix series:
Caroline Framke also praised Jessie Mei Li’s performance in Shadow and Bone, saying:
Vulture, on the other hand, found the multiple storylines in Shadow and Bone to be a detriment. Kathryn VanArendonk said:
However, Kathryn VanArendonk feelings towards the series overall were much more positive. As she put it:
Several reviews commented on the decision to make Alina half-Shu (The Shu-Han being Ravka’s Chinese-inspired neighbor). Daniel Fienberg wrote for The Hollywood Reporter:
Overall, the Shadow and Bone reviews seem to be generally favorable, with many praising the world-building and characters. Petrana Radulovic of Polygon said:
As a longtime fan of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, I’m thrilled to see the series get a warm reception. Adapting famous novels can be a tricky business (looking at you, Eragon). It turns out that I didn’t have to worry - Shadow and Bone seems to be holding its own.
You can judge Shadow and Bone for yourself once it premieres on Netflix this Friday, April 23. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more news concerning the series.
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