Everything You Need to Know About Shadow and Bone Season 2
What is Shadow and Bone About?Before getting to the new information, let's catch up on what we already know."Shadow and Bone" is a Netflix Fantasy show based on the Grishaverse series by Leigh Bardugo. The first season premiered in April 2021 and has garnered many fans. While the show is called "Shadow and Bone" and focuses on the first Grishaverse trilogy following Alina, Mal, and the Darkling, the show also has a storyline featuring the crows from the spin-off series, "Six of Crows." The cast for the first season included Ben Barnes, Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, and Kit Young."Shadow and Bone" is a fantasy adventure story where monsters are real, and the world has people called Grisha, who can control elements. Those without powers are called Otkazat'sya. A cartographer, Alina Starkov, is the main character, played by Jessie Mei Li. She lives in a war-torn world threatened by a dark entity called The Fold, filled with monstrous creatures called volcra. The story starts when Alina realizes she has incredible powers that might be the key to freeing her home from The Fold and its monsters within.
Who does Alina end up with in Shadow and Bone?While the series is mainly fantasy, some romance elements and storylines are intertwined with all the action. Alina is faced with multiple romantics partners, two of whom we've seen in the show so far, Mal and the Darkling. Her relationship with the Darkling is dark and intense, as he wants her and her powers. Meanwhile, her relationship with Mal had existed since childhood, when they grew up in the same orphanage together.
Is Shadow and Bone Before Six of Crows?Yes, "Shadow and Bone" occurs before "Six of Crows." While there are some appearances of beloved characters from "Shadow and Bone," "Six of Crows" brings new characters and focuses on a cast of characters that is entirely separate from "Shadow and Bone."
What is Shadow and Bone Rated? Is Shadow and Bone Appropriate?"Shadow and Bone" is currently rated TV-14 for violence, language, and nudity. The violence in this show is pretty heavy, and sex is implied, but nothing is explicit. It fits solidly into the young adult genre, so teenagers interested in fantasy adventure and action would probably not find any issue with the show's content. Younger audiences, however, might and are not recommended to watch.
Will There Be a Third Six of Crows Book?During a "Shadow and Bone" event in 2021, Leigh Bardugo mentioned in an interview that she had left a door open at the end of "Rule of Wolves," the final book in the King of Scars duology. At first, she declared that she did not plan to write a third Six of Crows book. But just a few days ago, in another interview with a few cast members, Amita and Freddy, Leigh hinted at what a third Six of Crows book would look like. She even mentioned there is a major character death.So even though we might not be able to expect the third "Six of Crows" to be in our hands for a while, we know it's on Leigh's mind and a long-term Grishaverse plan for her.
What Order to Read the Grishaverse Books InLeigh Bardugo herself has a reading order on her website. There are three series in the Grishaverse, starting with Alina's story in "Shadow and Bone," then continuing to "Six of Crows" with Kaz Brekker and his crew, and then carried into the King of Scars duology with Nikolai. "Six of Crows" picks up two years after the end of "Shadow and Bone" with new characters in a completely different country. You can read this duology first, though you might get mild spoilers for some events in "Shadow and Bone." "King of Scars" takes place one year after the end of "Six of Crows," and while you can read this duology without reading the rest of the Grishaverse books, it's recommended to read them all first to avoid spoilers and to have as much context as possible.Don't forget to watch a Season 1 recap to catch up on the Netflix show!
Welcome to the Grishaverse:
Shadow and BoneBy Leigh Bardugo
Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold—a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.
Siege and StormBy Leigh Bardugo
Enter the Grishaverse with Book Two of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. Alina Starkov’s power has grown, but not without a price. She is the Sun Summoner—hunted and haunted. But she and Mal can’t outrun their enemies for long.
Ruin and RisingBy Leigh Bardugo
Enter the Grishaverse with Book Three of the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. The nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Six of CrowsBy Leigh Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
Crooked KingdomBy Leigh Bardugo
Book Two in the Six of Crows Duology. New enemies challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets—a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
King of ScarsBy Leigh Bardugo
No one knows what Nikolai Lantsov endured in his country’s civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. As enemies gather at his weakened borders, he must find a way to forge new alliances and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Rule of WolvesBy Leigh Bardugo
The wolves are circling and a young king will face his greatest challenge in the explosive finale of the King of Scars duology. As Fjerda’s army prepares to invade, Nikolai Lantsov summons everything—and even the monster within—to win the fight.
The Language of ThornsBy Leigh Bardugo
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, is a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
Demon in the WoodBy Leigh Bardugo
Discover the start of a grand and sinister destiny in Demon in the Wood, the must-have graphic novel prequel to the bestselling book series and international Netflix sensation Shadow and Bone.
The Lives of SaintsBy Leigh Bardugo
Dive into the Grishaverse with this illustrated replica of The Lives of Saints, the Istorii Sankt’ya, featuring tales of saints drawn from the beloved novels and beyond.