Tips for series and movies of the week: Shadow and Bones

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The “vacuum” between the end of game of Thrones, on HBO, and the debut of Lord of the Rings, on Amazon Prime Video, has left many fantasy fans orphaned. Despite representing the supreme sum of the genre – each in its own way -, both have left an important legacy of increased interest in fantastic stories.

Therefore, in the framework Tips from series and movies of the week we will indicate precisely the production that emerges as a new “darling” of this niche: Shadow and Bones.

Based on a saga of books by Israeli-American author Leigh Bardugo, the series debuted on Friday (23) on Netflix and has everything to console (at least a little) the hearts of fantasy fans.

Shadow and Bones

With lots of magic, diverse characters and a dark atmosphere, the series promises to captivate anyone who is willing to embark on a completely new world.

Welcome to Grisha

The plot of the production takes place in the fictional universe of Grisha, which was portrayed in the books Sombra e Ossos; Sun and Storm and Ruin and Ascension. Despite having spin-offs, the 3 works are the main source of all the plot’s fantasy.

Based on a tsarist Russia, the story tells of a world destroyed by a great war. In this scenario, the orphan Alina Starkov discovers that she has a magical gift when she visits the “Shadowfold”, a dark region that is inhabited by terrible monsters.

Without giving spoilers, the protagonist is taken to train with an elite of soldiers, who promises to teach the young woman to control her powers. In this environment Alina will have to deal not only with new knowledge, but also with new friends (or enemies).

Shadow and Bones

During the episodes, which pass through different nations, in a plot a la game of Thrones and their different kingdoms and continents, the public knows the Ravens, for example, a group of thugs who are more like anti-heroes than villains. The charisma of the characters draws attention and serves with a little comic relief.

This typical fantasy story mixes elements of romance, drama and action (there are fights), providing good fun throughout the 8 episodes of the 1st season.

While the main character is played by Jessie Mei Li, the cast still features Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, Ben Barnes and Daisy Head. The various newbies join more experienced and well-known actors like Zoe Wanamaker (Harry Potter and Doctor Who) and Luke Pasqualino (The Borgias).

Who will enjoy?

In addition to those who already enjoy the aforementioned fantasies, Shadow and Bones can please those who liked productions like The Witcher. For sharing European historical and mythological narrative elements (Russia in the case of Shadow and Bones and Poland for The Witcher), both have a certain aesthetic similarity. It is worth mentioning that the Polish series has a much more adult plot, while the other is more youthful

Precisely because of this, young adults and teenagers who are fans of Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Series Divergent you should also like Shadow and Bones. Elements of youthful plot such as the discovery of the world and self-discovery itself, love without malice and rebellion are also present in the production of Netflix.

Shadow and Bones

All of these components combined generate a good story and a very rich universe. As stated at the beginning of the text, it will come as no surprise if the series becomes the new fever even among the most hardcore fantasy fans. Even though it premiered today, it is easy to imagine that the series will be renewed for at least one more season.

For those who don’t care about spoilers, our review of Shadow Bones argues with revelations about the plot because the series deserves your attention.

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