Shadow and Bone, the TV adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s best-selling YA fantasy novels, will hit Netflix in April. The first teaser trailer, released Thursday, reveals Morozova’s stag, an ancient and magical creature that roams the wilds of Ravaka.
Shadow and Bone won’t just follow the events of the first three Grishaverse books, but will also include new stories for characters in the spinoff duology. The first three books take place in the Russian-inspired fictional country of Ravka, which has been plagued by tangible darkness splitting the nation in two. It follows Sun Summoner Alina Starkov (played by Jessie Mei Lin in the show), who can manipulate light. The Six of Crows duology, meanwhile, takes place in a completely different country, and is less “saving the world from eternal darkness” and more “dangerous heists.”
“The books are all set chronologically, so we technically don’t get to events in the Six of Crows books until after the Shadow and Bone books have ended,” said showrunner Eric Heisserer to Netflix. “So what Leigh and I had to do was essentially invent prequel stories for the key Six of Crows characters this season — Kaz, Inej, and Jesper — to fit alongside what is happening in the Shadow and Bone storyline. That’s been the heavy lifting.”