You know that anxiety dream where you find yourself taking an exam in a class for which you haven’t done any of the reading? Even if it’s a class that, by dream-logic, you think you’re familiar with, it’s like a veil of darkness is settling over part of your brain.Shadow and Bone Season 1 Download.
Coincidentally, a veil of darkness has settled across part of the kingdom of Ravka, the Russian-inspired land at the heart of Netflix’s Shadow and Bone. Called “the Fold,” it’s a nearly impenetrable magical partition populated by flying monsters called “volcra.”Shadow and Bone Season 1 Download.
Viewers coming into Shadow and Bone without any of the background from Leigh Bardugo’s novels are likely to feel at least somewhat thrust into darkness by all of series creator Eric Heisserer’s attempted world-building. I even started reading the books to improve my chances of swift acclimation, only to discover that in addition to the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the series has worked in Bardugo’s parallel/subsequent Six of Crows books as well. It was like an anxiety dream where you have to take an exam having done only half of the reading.Shadow and Bone Season 1 Download.
The eight-episode first season definitely feels like it’s a smushing of two not-particularly-synchronous books, resulting in some desired Game of Thrones epic scope at the expense of one story’s full emotional momentum and the other’s sense of fun.
Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) is an unremarkable orphan and junior cartographer, very clearly in love with her childhood chum Malyen “Mal” Oretsev (Archie Renaux), an expert “tracker.” Both Alina and Mal are part of Ravka’s so-called First Army when they’re drafted into a possible suicide mission across the Fold. Their expedition is attacked in the spooky darkness by those vicious volcra and, at the moment when all seems lost, Alina exhibits a special gift that saves the day.
Alina, it quickly turns out, isn’t unremarkable at all. She’s actually a “Grisha,” those gifted with what outsiders deem “magic,” but the series wants to make clear is actually a [magical] manipulation of matter.