What I’m Loving Right Now: Shadow and Bone
The Shadow and Bone series, based on the best-selling novels by author Leigh Bardugo, may feature the typical ‘chosen one’ fantasy trope, but it’s refreshing enough to get you hooked. With some fabulous CGI, a talented cast and a band of misfit criminals, there’s plenty to keep you watching.
Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) is an orphaned mapmaker in a fantastical world divided by the Fold – a place of darkness inhabited by terrifying shadow beasts. When it’s discovered that Alina has extraordinary powers she is recruited by a supernatural force known as Grisha and their commander, General Kirigan (Ben Barnes) – also known as The Darkling. Kirigan initially poses as Alina’s ally but it soon becomes clear he has a more sinister agenda.
All the while, Alina’s best friend, soldier, Malyen Oretsev (Archie Renaux) tries to track down his friend, but must fight his own share of evil forces.
While a second season hasn’t been announced yet, I’m sure there is much else to explore in the Grishaverse.