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Shadow and Bone is a Netflix adaptation of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy and Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo. The series, announced on January 10, 2019, was created, written, and executive produced by showrunner Eric Heisserer, and executive produced by Leigh Bardugo, Shawn Levy, Pouya Shahbazian, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen, and Josh Barry for 21 Laps Entertainment.[1] Season 1 was released on April 23, 2021.[2]

On June 7, 2021, Shadow and Bone was renewed for a second season, which will consist of 8 episodes.[3]


In a world cleaved in two by a massive barrier of perpetual darkness, where unnatural creatures feast on human flesh, a young soldier uncovers a power that might finally unite her country. But as she struggles to hone her power, dangerous forces plot against her. Thugs, thieves, assassins and saints are at war now, and it will take more than magic to survive.[1]




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  • Leigh Bardugo has a cameo in one of the episodes. She originally wanted to have a dramatic death scene but instead, she is seen hugging Alina after her display of power before the royal family. On her Instagram story she shared that she will be wearing a purple Materialki kefta.
  • February 28, 2020: The show officially wrapped production on the first season.[8]
  • October 2, 2019: Key cast members announced; cast and crew are filming in Budapest.[9]
  • January 11, 2019: In her newsletter to fans, Leigh Bardugo offered additional details about how the series will be adapted for television:
    • Netflix has the rights to the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology, and The Language of Thorns.[10]
    • The producers do not plan on "just smashing together the timelines". It is not set in stone, but Bardugo stated that she has "been thinking of Season 1 as getting Book One of Shadow and Bone and Book Zero of Six of Crows."[10]
    • The show will focus on bringing "more diversity into play early in the Shadow and Bone narrative, meaning that "some of the characters aren't going to look the way they were described on the page—and that’s the way it should be."[10]
    • On June 7, 2021, after being watched by more than 55 million member households in its first 28 days, the series was renewed for an 8 episode second season.[3]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Refs
2021 People's Choice Awards The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2021 Shadow and Bone Nominated [11]

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