The Shadow Fold is real, and it’s dark as hell. The first full trailer for Shadow and Bone, the Netflix series based on the books by Leigh Bardugo, is here, and it’s just as impressive and epic as anyone could have wished. It’s a perfect introduction to the series’ world, full of dark and light magic, mysterious powers, and the question of how a humble mapmaker has light for blood.
Shadow and Bone is based on Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows duology, though this trailer is largely focused on Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) as she’s swept into the world of General Kirigan (Ben Barnes) after her powers are revealed during a deadly attack. When creatures within the Shadow Fold threaten the life of her childhood friend Mal Oretsev (Archie Renaux), Alina unwittingly unleashes a “searing” light—which brings her to Kirigan’s attention. “You and I are going to change the world,” he purrs to her.
And what a world it is, with gorgeous costumes, epic sets, and that looming wall of shadows. We get just a glimpse of the rest of the major players, including Amita Suman’s Inej, Kit Young’s Jesper Fahey, and Freddy Carter’s Kaz Brekker. And, of course, all of their stunning coats. (Is this show not about lush outerwear? Surely that’s a valid topic for a subplot.)
Shadow and Bone‘s eight-episode first season arrives on Netflix on April 23rd, which is quite frankly not soon enough.