Shadow and Bone, Netflix, 21 Laps Entertainment

Chosen One

Netflix original series Shadow and Bone dropped April 23rd, 2021.

โœจ#ShadowandBone is based on literature of the same name.

rottentomatoes: 86%

metacritic: 68

imdb: 7.9

Alina Starkov

Alina Starkov is destined to unite warring nations outside of East Ravka, The Fold.

“When I was young, I was afraid of the dark. When I got older, I learned that darkness is a place, and it’s full of monsters. I live in East Ravka, but I’ve never been welcome here because I look like my mother, and she looked like the enemy.”

“Bumps help with texture. But they aren’t the monsters. They’re just boys. I learned about my true enemy when I was a child.”

“Is it real? Then why cross it? Why not go around? I spent years thinking I’d find a way out. Around the Fold, to go somewhere where no one cares where I’m from. But now, I’m old enough to know the only way out is through. You’d be surprised.”

“Mal? Where? Stay away from him. Or I’ll cut you.”

“When did you get in? Suppose cartography’s heading south. Oh! So we’re back together? Corporal Oretsev, are you saying you miss me? Oh, they moved our tent. So many First Army here. We look like a halfway house, accepting donations. Huh? Look at you. Flush with five whole… kruge? What will you do with foreign money? We’re not in Ketterdam.”

“Ugh. Grisha. It’s like home all over again. Yeah? Care to share with the class? Hide your emotional breakdown for when you’re alone. Obviously. Always. That looks new. What happened to the last one? ‘Little friend?’ What does he say about me? Did he… but you’re in our unit. Didn’t sound lik ean error, Mal. Mal.”

“I’m Ravkan. On the cartography team.”

“You always do, somehow. I’m brooding. Where did you get these? From a Grisha tent? You tumbled a Grisha? Did you see the lieutenant? And? So… I could shoot you in the foot. Don’t cross it. f it goes wrong, come back. You’ve lost enough to it already. Without me? How long would that take?”

“Is it him? What? We can run. Together.”

“I’ll go. Put me on the skiff, I’ll go. Nothing. We’ve been assigned with you. Order are orders. I like my feet, thank you. I’m never that sick. And what’s your lie? I’m with you. I’ll make it, promise.”

Malyen Oretsev

“Alina. Look what I found. Little guy’s lost. But I found some chewed plants in the woods to the east. I bet his warren’s there. No! Yes, I can! You try me without that magic, huh?”

“Alina! Yesterday. Everyone’s getting their assignments. I found out ’cause they’re putting my unit with yours again. They’re looking for a way through the mountains. They can’t keep best friends apart for too long. Well, I need someone to take the fall for my petty crimes, that’s all. Yeah, it’s down that end now. Actually, I won’t be accepting any donations because I won this betting on a fight. Don’t crush my dreams.”

“This is why our tents got moved. Grisha wanted more space. Show-offs. They’re always picking on us when their general’s not around. It wasn’t all bad. We learned some good life lessons back then. One, don’t cry in public. Two, always carry a weapon on you. There’s a third I can’t remember. Grand new. Grish call it ultralight. Made by their own Fabrikators. It’s supposed to be faster. Never came back.”

“Here we go. Okay. Dubrov, Mikhael, this is Alina. How is that wrong? What does he say? Don’t listen to these two. They like to exaggerate. It’s what they do. Yeah? All right. Come on, you bastard. Come on, then. Oh, I wouldn’t say so.”

“‘There’s nothing to fear.’ ‘I will now be selecting names for what I call the ‘nightmare lottery.’ Uh… it has to be an error. It has to be. Well, if it does work, I’ll get to visit Ketterdam.”

“Maybe you should arrest me. That’s right. Well, it’s not for me. It’s for a friend. Some of it’s for me. I’m Mal. I’m a tracker. I should go.”

“I found you. Well, it’s not hard, you always perch. Well, I have something for you. I stole them I thought it would get me an invitation to jail, but it just giot me an invitation to tumble with a Grisha. No. No, I just flirted with her. Maybe she flirted with me. Look, Grisha women scare me. Okay? Yeah. Well… turns out they do need me. So… you’re a terrible shot. When I was young, I had nightmares about it. Going in. Finding my parents… still dead. Waiting for me. Well, orders are orders. I’ll find my way back to you. But first, I am going gambling in Ketterdam. I’ll write you a letter. We don’t have that kind of time.”

“General Kirigan. Do you think he’s coming with us? I’ll be back before you know it.”

“We can’t hide forever.”

“What the hell are you doing here? No. Turn around right now. I could shoot you in the foot. Tell them you’re too sick to go. Lie if you have to. Get off this boat now, or I’ll carry you off. Sergeant! What now? Where’s your general? Kirigan?”

Jesper Fahey

“The Lucky Nine casino up the block has had trouble with counterfeit coin lately. Heavy, but brittle. Zemeni coin can take a bullet. But the knockoff… busted. Wouldn’t want that, boss. Yeah, right away, boss.”

“Here’s what I don’t get. Rude. Why haven’t they tried going under it? Just dig a tunnel. It was made hundreds of years ago by that crazy Grisha. The one who controls shadow. They’ve got one in their army now. If one of his kind made it, can’t he unmake it? Then what’s the opposite? Right, then, get one of those. Sounds like a trap, anyway. A Heartrender? Why?”

Kaz Brekker

“No loud noises at the table, Jesper. You’ll scare off the pigeons. Shouldn’t you be on the door? What do you want, Rotty? Is that so? I know who DeKappel is. Get to it, Rotty. Fabrikator. Why does this concern me? Who can hear a whisper here?”

“Hello, Inej. What information do you have for me tonight? It doesn’t take much to change someone’s life in the Barrel. What’s the name? Dreesen? I’ve heard of him. He could afford it. The question is, what’s worth a million kruge to him? The Fold? Well, of course, certain death pays a million. He didn’t say what he wants nicked? Tell me you followed him. Private security. Anyone we know? Yeah. He gambles at one of Peek’s clubs. So I won’t have leverage on him. But Pekka will. I didn’t, I’m paying off your indenture. You know what I mean. I only invest in the one of a kind. She isn’t like you. No one is. You’re the one of us who believes in a higher power. If we’re going to survive a round trip though the Fold, we’ll need a miracle or two.”

“Tell us how to safely cross the Fold. It stretches all the way north to the Fjerdan border.”

“Tried that. More than a century ago. Something… heard them digging. Doesn’t exist. Dreesen comes into town, doesn’t waste a minute. Sends out for a crew to steal something but doesn’t specify what. Is it heavy, large, worth more than a million on the black market? Maybe he doesn’t know. A trap would sound easy. This is something else. Did you, now?”

“You don’t bring in a Heartrender unless you need an answer out of someone who isn’t willing to talk. That’s how we get this job. Bring Dreesen a Heartrender. Pekka Rollins.”

Inej Ghafa

“A lead on a job. A big one. Enough money to change lives. A million kruge? Dreesen. A wealthy merchant. He’s looking for a crew willing to cross the Fold into East Ravka and bring back something. No. But he’s taking meetings tonight at midnight. He brought someone in from a ship. Took a way back to his house in the Garden District to avoid attention. I would have followed him inside, but Dreesen’s hired some private security. I would have had to use my knives to get closer. A Zemeni man. I think his name is Tendo. You know him. Kaz, I got this lead from one of the girls at the Menagerie. They tell me things in case you’d buy them out, like you did with me. This one girl, Kesh, she has skill. She’s like me. So? What’s our move now?”

“You told me you brought in girls from Os Alta. The other side.”

“We’re going to be here all night. The Black Heretic. General Kirigan? Your point? Have you ever put out a fire by adding more fire? A Sun Summoner. Doesn’t exist yet. We can let this one go, Kaz.”


“Alina, how can you do that in here? She grew up here, come on!”

“We are never going to see it go away. This abomination is here forever.”

“She’s half Shu. She’s an orphan.”

“Or a spectacular failure. What? Sorry, Mal. If he does, then you know what he believes.”

“Leave her alone, Raisa. You want everything to be her fault.”


“It’s all right, breathe. Breathe, here we go. Come on. He’ll be all right? You beauty!”

“There he is! I would have made a killing on you, but nah, he refused to loan me any money, so… you’re shorter than I am. Ah… he talks about you all the time. Oh, he’s so easy to rile.”

“Oh, is he going to tear down the Fold? Oh.”


“I’m sure we’ll find out. Come on, hit him! Belt him. He doesn’t want it! Come on, chump! He doesn’t want it! Yes! Yes! My boy, Mal Oretsev, wins again! Who wants a go?”

“That’s because you’re a child in a bigger child’s body. You’re little friend from Keramzin? This is her. Oh, well… look at him! Is that annoying you? Saved by the horn, Mal.”

“Cheer up, Dubrov. The Black General’s here to save the day. No, I was being sarcastic. He’s a Grisha, not a miracle-worker. And I’ll be here the whole time. Me and the cartographers, I mean.”


“You can get arrested for that. Stealing from the Second Army will get you thrown in a hole. Hang on. Aren’t you one of our escorts for the crossing? Well, I don’t mind sharing. What’s your name? Zoya. I’m a Squaller. When I get nerves the night before, I like to have a good tumble with a stranger. Clears my head. That’s my remedy. You don’t seem like the type who does what they should.”

East Ravka Kid

“The Fold looks different on mine. I need to get a better view from your country.”

“You don’t go to church. I’d like to see even one person who isn’t scared of that.”

East Ravka

“Cartographers, listen up. We’re almost there. Pack up and be ready to leave. And if you lose anything, you will not be getting a replacement.”


“A Saint who can summon the sun will destroy it. I know someone. Mal. He isn’t afraid of anything.”

“The leader of the Second Army here to grace us with his presence? He must believe the new skiff will be a shining success.”

“What did you do? I’m usually right. But you’re an Inferni, right? Why are you here if we’re supposed to keep things dark?”


“Of course it’s real. The Fold ate your parents. It’s the reason for many of the orphans here. People trying to cross. Taunting the Saints. Read the map. The north want our Grisha dead the south guards its mountains. We have nowhere else to go. Keep a pencil in your hand. Or else someone will put a rifle in it instead.”

“What’s this? Who’s tracked in dirt on my rug? Mal Oretsev! Mal? I know you’re hiding here! Come out now! Can’t hide forever. All right, maybe you can. But this is what you become! A boy who hides from a fight! Get very good at it, maybe you’ll survive to see 20. Bring me a big rabbit before the dinner bell goes.”

East Ravka Kid

“Why you run from me, half-breed? Or what? You going to draw me, rice eater?”

Bare Knuckle Boxing

“Final bets! Final bets! Keep it clean, boys, go on.”

Bare Knuckle Boxing 2

“Get stuck in there. Let’s go! Come on!”

Bare Knuckle Boxing 3

“Hurt him, now! Hurt him! Come on, let’s go! Let’s go now! Let’s have it. Come on!”

Fighter 1



“I’ll take a turn. How about it? Just you and me. It’s just air. Come on! Anyone!”

Bare Knuckle Boxing 4

“No, no, no. If you lose, you’ll be in the medika. If you win, they’ll throw you in the brig. Shut it down, boys! Shut it down!”

First Army

“Again! Inferni! Nice. Nice. Good. Good. Again. Good. Now. I’m going to do it again. Another Inferni and Squallor.”

First Army 2

“Open her up, we’re loading!”

First Army 3

“How about whiskey?”

Pekka Rollins

“So, you know who I am. That makes things easier. My men tell me that you run this club. The Orchid. Hmm. Abram wouldn’t let us talk, so we did the other thing. I’ll jump straight to it. I’m in a bit of a rush. I’m in need of a Heartrender tonight for a million-kruge job. And you got one. At the Orchid. No, no, I’m not renting her. It’s for a job. If I bring her back, she’ll tell you about the job. Next thing you know, everyone’s talking about the job. Hmm. Because they work for you, right? So here’s the deal. Work for me, give over this dump and the Orchid, then I’ll give you 10% of whatever business comes in. Yeah, okay. The other option is… I’ll carve you up and leave you in a barrel for the rats. So… how about ten?”

Lieutenant Bohdan

“All right, listen up. I know some of you have been on the road for a week, so I’ll be brief. Most of you will continue forward to the Fjerdan frontlines. Or south to the Shu Han border. The Second Army, however has a shiny new solution to our food shortage, and it sails tomorrow for Novokribirsk. If this model works, it means a full meal for everyone ion this tent next week. It means bullets for your guns and sugar for your tea. Yes, that would be nice, but don’t hold your breath. Of course, they need our help bringing those supplies back, so some of you will be assigned. For the supply run across the Fold! Sergeant Yure Teplov. Tracker Malyen Oretsev! Corporal Masyelentov! Rifelman Valek Tapenyov. And finally, Medic Nolech Barenovsky. That’s it. Dinner in one hour. Come back and line up by rank. Dismissed.”

“Are we children? Or are we soldiers? Get to your posts and pack your gear. Skiff launches in 20. Sergeant, get your crew ready! Mal, you’re with me, son. Chin up.”

“Petya, how did this happen? And what was damaged? Critical? Geographical data of the territory on the other side of the damn Fold? Those records? You think I trust anyone else’s intel? Now someone will have to cross the Fold, to redraw these maps. Yes. You will. Your whole unit will.”


“Yes! I love it! Darling, please. Drinks all round here, please. Hey, you take Zemeni coin, yes? Oh, come on, now. I’ve been here for hours. My money is good, no? What does that prove? Hey! Wait! What are you doing? Get off me!”


“Let me see that.”


“Early for action, innit, Kaz? Someone stole a DeKappel from a merch’s private residence last night. It’s a painting. A landscape of Ravka. The Fold. Oil on parchment. Worth something like 10,000 kruge. The thief had to get past four roving guards, high fences, padlocked doors, and a security system designed by one of them Grisha witches. Whatever. The point is, either it was a group effort or a ghost. I’ve got a buyer lined up. Legit money. So, uh… if you hear a whisper…”

First Army Mess Hall

“What’s a Shu girl doing here? Is that an answer? Back of the line. Your friends, too. Then you go. Come on!”

Ketterdam 1

“The Fold? If I knew safe passage through that, I’d be wealthier than the whole Merchant council. Yeah. The hard way. Lost a few to those damn volcra, too.”

Ketterdam 2

“Nah, there’s no trick to it except how it makes people disappear from time to time. I heard you bragging of a way to make a path. I was taking kruge from a tourist. A little lie. The Fold keeps those Ravkan bastards and their Grisha attack dogs in check. Can you imagine how dangerous it would be if it wasn’t there?”

Ketterdam 3

“Just go around. Ja. So go to Fjerda. March through the permafrost. From here? Four months. Maybe five. Either you take your time or you take your chances.”

Ketterdam 4

“Boss, boss. We intercepted a note from Dreesen. It’s for the owner of the Orchid. Says they require the services of a Heartrender. Tonight. Doesn’t say. Just they need it before midnight. Boss, just one problem. Pekka Rollins knows.”

Grisha Merchant

“Pekka Rollins. You lead the Dime Lions. I do. And the brothel next door. That’s right. Fine girls there. Boys, too. Whatever you like. Abram, get in here! You want Milana, then. I can get you a good rate for her by the hour… my indentures are discreet. That’s a shit deal. I already get 100%.”

First Army

“I’ve crossed it three times without incident. You’ll get your first soon enough.”


“We don’t know. We were extra careful to secure all the lanterns. Nothing major. Just some records of the western coast line, Os Kervo and the river system that runs through it. It’s really not… yes, but I’m sure the that the First Army on the other side has an–“


“I don’t understand. We were going south, now we’re going west?”

Sergeant Yure

“Raise the gate! Ready to lock up. The Grisha will tell us. Not her. The Inferni. Right, listen to me, cartographers. Until we reach the western dry docks, you are to remain at your station. Do not, I repeat, do not leave the skiff during the crossing.”


“Here’s how it goes. We go into the Fold, it gets dark, but we like it dark. That keep us from drawing attention. That’s how we travel. The only light we use is the blue one at the mast. It’s weak but safe. For when the dark comes to keep you. That’s our cue. In we go.”


“ready for launch!”

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