Shadow and Bone - the Grishaverse series on Netflix. Who is in the cast? What's it about? When is it streaming?

The Grishaverse series of bestselling books comes to TV. Here's all you need to know about the fantasy world and its characters.

By Katie Archer Published: 18 March 2021 - 2.12pm
Netflix Shadow and Bone Jessie Mei Li and Ben Barnes

Starting to feel like you’ve completed Netflix? Well, luckily there’s a raft of great new Netflix Originals ready to stream, including the highly-anticipated Shadow and Bone.

Get ready for the epic adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels in a stunning fantasy series that will see lockdown fly by in no time.

Whether you’re new to the stories or a Grishaverse superfan, here’s all you need to know about Shadow and Bone.

What is Shadow and Bone?

If fantasy drama is your thing, Netflix’s latest offering Shadow and Bone will have you binging the entire series.

Based on the worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo, it already has a huge following of fans who are eager to see how the TV series measures up to the popular books.

Shadow and Bone Jessie Mei Li � 2021 Netflix, Inc.

This first series roughly follows the Shadow and Bone and Six of Crow novels, although fans will notice that major characters Nikolai Lantsov and Wylan Van Eck do not appear just yet.

Shadow and Bone centres on Alina Starkov, a lowly soldier and orphan whose world is turned upside down when she unleashes an extraordinary superpower that has the potential to unite the devastating divide in her country.

Alina lives in a world where the Shadow Fold, a massive barrier of perpetual darkness, has split the land in two, and where terrifying creatures feast on human flesh.

But it’s no straightforward journey to saving the world. Dangerous forces begin to plot against Alina while she hones her powers in the elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha.

With a band of charismatic criminals adding to the threat and Alina discovering that friends and enemies can turn out to be the same people, it will take more than magic for her to survive.

Shadow and Bone was filmed in Budapest and its richly detailed world is sure to enthral both longtime fans and viewers just discovering the stories.

Who stars in it?

Jessie Mei Li takes the lead role as mapmaker-turned-soldier Alina in her first major project.

She will star alongside Freddy Carter (Pennyworth, Free Rein) who plays Kaz Brekker, and Archie Renaux (Gold Digger) as Malyen Oretsev.

Also starring are Amita Suman as Inej, Kit Young as Jesper Fahey and Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya Nazyalensky.

Shadow and Bone Jessie Mei Li and Ben Barnes � 2021 Netflix, Inc.

Star names in the cast include Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Punisher) as General Kirigan, Zoë Wanamaker (My Family) as Baghra, Kevin Eldon (Sanditon) as The Apparat, Daisy Head (Harlots) as Genya Safin and Luke Pasqualino (Our Girl) as David.

Look out for Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik , Simon Sears as Ivan, Calahan Skogman as Matthias Helvar, Julian Kostov as Fedyor, Jasmine Blackborow as Marie and Gabrielle Brooks playing Nadia.

When is it available to watch?

The series is due to stream on Netflix from Friday, April 23.

All eight hour-long episodes of Shadow and Bone will be available to watch from the launch date.