The Making at the Heart of the World is the third episode of Netflix's Shadow and Bone adaptation.[1]


Ensconced in the lap of luxury among the Grisha, Alina begins her training. The Crows- Kaz, Inej, and Jesper - prepare for their risky journey.

Plot Summary

A Tailor, Genya, arrives in Alina’s chambers to make her presentable for the king. She gives Alina a bath, new clothes and an offer to modify her features and hair. Genya is a Tailor, which means she can alter people’s appearances temporarily, eliminating flaws and creating beauty. Alina then meets General Kirigan, who brings her before the king and a large crowd of people. Together, they demonstrate Alina’s powers. The Grisha now believe that Alina is their savior and that she will destroy the Fold. Grisha come up to hug Alina to welcome her.

As Alina leaves the ceremony, Zoya pulls her close for a hug and tells her that she reeks of the orphanage. The next day, when Alina starts her combat training, she chooses Zoya as her opponent. Zoya uses her powers to slam Alina into a wall. Alina briefly loses consciousness, but she insists she’s okay. Zoya gets scolded by the trainer.

Alina meets the castle priest, The Apparat, who explains the power of Amplifiers to her. If a Grisha slaughters a mythical animal that appears only to Grisha, and they meld part of the animal into their body, they can harness the animal’s power and become more powerful. He also gives her a gift: a book called The Lives of the Saints. Alina then meets Baghra, a teacher who’s meant to help her draw forth and control her powers. Alina struggles with summoning the light, which frustrates Baghra. She also learns from Baghra that Kirigan is a human Amplifier, which means he can make other Grisha more powerful.

The Crows are preparing for their journey across the Fold. The Conductor’s contact to get them inside the Little Palace, Nina, has been captured by the Druskelle. He wants to abandon the job, but Kaz tells him, “You get us across the fold, and I’ll figure out the rest on the other side.” The Conductor says he needs 20 pounds of coal, a peck of “Majdaloun jurda” and a goat.  The group assembles later that night and boards the train. Jesper only managed to steal 16 pounds of coal, which might not be enough to cross but there is an angry mob after Jesper so they jet off anyway. The Conductor has neglected to mention one thing — the tracks aren’t complete, which means they can’t shift their weight. The Volcra attack but they manage to escape and make it across the Fold.

A Grisha named Nina is captured by several Druskelle and taken aboard a ship, where she will stand trial in Fjerda. She has a short conversation with a soldier, who seems drawn to her while being repulsed by her powers as a “witch.”



Guest Starring



  1. Shadow & Bone - Writers Guild of America West. Accessed 29 October 2020.
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