First Shadow and Bone pictures convey the Grishaverse to life

The primary pictures of Shadow and Bone, Netflix’s adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s best-selling Grishaverse books, reveal the primary solid in motion — in addition to a glimpse of the fantasy world.

“Assume Imperial Russia, not Medieval England, repeating rifles as a substitute of broadswords,” mentioned Bardugo, who additionally serves as government producer.

The primary set of books facilities on Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), an orphaned mapmaker unaware of her personal nice energy. The land of Ravka is torn in half by the Shadow Fold, a supernatural barrier of tangible darkness, which is slowly destroying the nation’s financial system and society. Alina, alongside along with her finest pal Mal (Archie Renaux), are members of a dispensable military that the Ravkan authorities sends by the Fold.

jessie mei li as alina, staring off into the distance

Picture: Netflix

mal and alina hanging out

Picture: David Appleby/Netflix

mal in a cool coat

Picture: David Appleby/Netflix

After her powers manifest, Alina joins the ranks of the Grisha military — a power of magic-wielders led by the mysterious and extremely highly effective Basic Kerrigan (Ben Barnes, in what is really essentially the most excellent fan solid come to life).

ben barnes as the darkling

Picture: Netflix

However the present isn’t simply adapting the primary trilogy: it’s additionally incorporating tales from the Crows duology, the spin-off heist books a couple of gang of criminals. These books technically happen years after the primary trilogy, so the complete six-person gang isn’t assembled but. Nonetheless, there’s the Crows chief Kaz Brekker (Freddy Carter), his right-hand girl Inej Gafta (Amita Suman), and sharpshooter Jasper Fahey (Package Younger).

jaspar, inej, and kaz draped in shadows

Picture: David Appleby/Netflix

inej looking intimidating and holding a knife

Inej, my queen
Picture: David Appleby/Netflix

Rounding out the solid are Grisha spy Nina Zelik (Danielle Galligan) and Fjerdan witch hunter Matthias Helvar (Calahan Skogman). Matthias comes from a Scandanavian-inspired nation that fears the magic of Ravka. The 2 finally be a part of the Crows years down the road, nevertheless it appears just like the present will discover their contentious first assembly.

nina and matthias in the snow

Picture: Attila Szvacsek/Netflix

All eight episodes of Shadow and Bone will premiere on Netflix on April 23. Take a look at the solid posters under:

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