Does Mal die in the Shadow and Bone books?

SHADOW AND BONE (L to R) ARCHIE RENAUX as MALYEN ORETSEV in SHADOW AND BONE Cr. DAVID APPLEBY/NETFLIX © 2021
SHADOW AND BONE (L to R) ARCHIE RENAUX as MALYEN ORETSEV in SHADOW AND BONE Cr. DAVID APPLEBY/NETFLIX © 2021 /
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Shadow and Bone season 2 is almost here, and you may want an idea of what to expect. Does Mal die in the books? Could he die in season 2?

If you didn’t realize, we’re looking into the spoilers from the Shadow and Bone books in this post. We’ll start with the spoilers from Siege and Storm, which is the second book in the initial trilogy and is the one season 2 is based on. After that, we’ll take a quick look at how the story ends in Ruin and Rising.

Mal is an important character in the books. In fact, he’s far more important than you would initially think when it comes to Alina’s story. Get ready for the spoilers.

Does Mal die in Siege and Storm?

There is some good news for those who are worried about losing Mal during this season. The character doesn’t die in Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo.

He and Alina confess their feelings for each other, but nothing can happen when Alina realizes that she needs to enter a marriage proposal with Nikolai. Grisha and Ravka need to work together to take down The Darkling and destroy the Fold. That doesn’t mean there’s anything romantic between them, but Mal doesn’t like it. Who can blame him?

Does Mal die in the Shadow and Bone trilogy?

What about the third book in the trilogy? This is where things go crazy. We find out about Mal’s heritage, and it turns out that he is a descendant of Baghra’s sister. It also turns out that the Firebird isn’t the third amplifier. Alina had the third amplifier all along: Mal.

Mal sacrifices his life to make sure Alina gets the power and she can kill The Darkling and take down the Fold. However, her power gets distributed and she becomes powerless.

Tolya and Tamar bring Mal back to life, and Mal and Alina work together to kill The Darkling once and for all. The two are able to take on new identities and enjoy their lives together. That is until King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo, where we learn that The Darkling may not be as dead as we thought Alina and Mal left him.

Shadow and Bone is available on Netflix on Thursday, March 16.

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