Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse is coming to Netflix in April! If you're unfamiliar with her work, there are 9 books in total set in her witchy Grisha universe. The first three are the Shadow and Bone Trilogy which is the Netflix's show's namesake. You follow Alina Starkov as she discovers her powers and goes to the Little Palace to study the Small Science.
Without giving too much away, this is where the 3 orders of Grisha (read: witches) are established.
First is the Corporalki, these are the healers, heartrenders and tailors - the order of the living and the dead. Second are the Etherealki, home of squallers, inferni and tidemakers - the order of summoners. Last and certainly not least are the Materialki, where durasts and alkemi reside - the order of fabrikators.
You can take the Grisha order quiz to find out where you'd rank in the Second Army!
Personally, my favorite books in the series are the Six of Crows Duology where you follow a Ketterdam gang through an epic heist at the Ice Court. The King of Scars duology comes in a close second, the story of the privateer prince turned king. (I am not so patiently waiting for the second book in that series, Rule of Wolves to come out in March!) Leigh has a way of bringing characters to life that you can't get enough of. I have listened to the Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom audio books so many times I can recite most of the chapters word for word. The narrators are spectacular and the characters are some of my favorites of all time.
The Lives of Saints is a book the main character is gifted in the first trilogy and is rumored to make an appearance in the show! It tells the tales of all the saints throughout the Grishaverse and adds such an intricate layer to the world building. The second companion book The Language of Thorns, includes 6 short stories with beautiful illustrations to weave folklore into the universe. These are stories and old wives tales the characters would have been read at bedtime as kids.
We were blessed by the Saints with 7 photos from the show and 6 show posters and I cannot be more excited. This quote paired with the image above gave me goosebumps.
"These are three of our Crows, a criminal element who have a mission all their own. How it dovetails in with the [Grisha trilogy] storyline I hope will be very exciting for our fans. Jesper is an accomplished gunslinger, he's an amazing crackshot. Inej is very good at being quiet and with knives – she carries around 14 knives." Adds Bardugo: Kaz [on the right] is the mastermind of the crew and he's like a much less suave and much more violent Danny Ocean." - Entertainment Weekly
This quote paired with a deep dive into the IMDB page proved my deepest desire to be true. The show will include all 3 of these characters from Six of Crows in all 8 episodes. This is especially exciting because the Six of Crows stories come after the Shadow and Bone trilogy in the Grishaverse timeline so we will be getting some never before read/seen prequal stories of the Crows in the show!
Corporalki – The Order of the Living and the Dead
A Corporalki Heartrender can snatch the air from your lungs, slow your pulse until you drop into a coma, or literally crush your heart in your chest—all without ever laying a finger on you. Healers put you right again. Tailors have the ability to change their appearance and the appearance of others—sometimes permanently depending on the talent of the Tailor.
1 oz red colored vodka (we used Vampyre Vodka)
0.5 oz peach schnapps
0.5 oz bourbon
1 oz triple sec
1 oz orange juice
0.5 oz of Grenadine
2 oz peach seltzer
Potion Making: Add everything except the seltzer to a shaker filled with ice, shake vigorously. Strain into serving glass and top off with seltzer.
Etherealki – The Order of Summoners
Grisha cannot create or animate matter. Inferni don’t “magically” create fire. They summon combustible gases like methane or hydrogen, but still need a flint to start a spark. Squallers can raise or lower air pressure to create storms, while Tidemakers use temperature and pressure to summon and control water. Etherealki frequently work in pairs.
1 oz pepper vodka (we used Absolut Peppar)
1 oz blue curacao
1 oz triple sec
0.5 oz agave nectar
2 oz gingerale
Splash Overproof Rum
Potion Making: Add vodka, blue curacao, triple sec and agave nectar to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, strain into serving glass of your choosing. Stir in gingerale and add an overproof rum floater to the top by slowly pouring over a spoon, then carefully light on fire. Blow out before consuming.
Materialki – The Order of Fabrikators
These are the lab geeks of the Grisha Orders. They’re the least respected, but they became increasingly valuable to the war effort as enemy military innovations began to surpass the power of Grisha magic. Durasts deal in the solid: Grisha steel, corecloth (similar to modern body armor), textiles, and glass. Alkemi specialize in poisons and blasting powders.
2 oz. gin
1.5 oz grape juice
1.5 oz lemonade
0.5 oz agave nectar (+ a splash for your rim)
0.5 oz blue curacao
Silver luster dust
Potion Making: Prep your serving glass by pouring some agave nectar or honey onto a plate and place your glass top down into the sticky liquid. Pour pop rocks onto another plate and with your now sticky rim run the glass through the pop rocks.
Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Pour carefully not to activate the pop rocks and enjoy!