Shadow and Bone Show Review (from Someone who hasn’t Read the Books)

As you probably know if you’re here, the Shadow and Bone television series premiered in March. The first season of eight episodes is based on two books by Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. They are both the first in series set in the “Grishaverse,” and the TV show follows the characters of both books simultaneously. Although the show aired a few months ago at this point, I was very busy during that time span. But I finally got some free time recently, and I ended up binging the entire show in just a couple of days! However, I also -gasp!- have never read any books in the Grishaverse.

I know what you’re thinking: how can you have read so many YA books and not read a single book by Leigh Bardugo, literally one of the most popular YA authors? The answer is: it’s complicated. But when I heard about the television show, I made a deal with myself: I would commit the book lovers’ sin of watching the show before reading the book. And if I liked the show, I would consider reading the books. Delve under the cut to discover how much I was swayed!

This review contains spoilers for the Shadow and Bone television series, and probably the books too but I wouldn’t know 🙂

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