Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell (Sebastien de Castell)
Following his beloved debut, Traitor's Blade, Sebastien de Castell returns with volume two of his fast-paced fantasy adventure series, inspired by the swashbuckling action and witty banter of The Three Musketeers. Knight's Shadow continues the series with a thrilling and dark tale of heroism and betrayal in a country crushed under the weight of its rulers' corruption.

A few days after the horrifying murder of a duke and his family, Falcio val Mond, swordsman and First Cantor of the Greatcoats, begins a deadly pursuit to capture the killer. But Falcio soon discovers his own life is in mortal danger from a poison administered as a final act of revenge by one of his deadliest enemies. As chaos and civil war begin to overtake the country, Falcio has precious little time left to stop those determined to destroy his homeland.

April 11, 2019 – Finished Reading
April 10, 2019 – Started Reading

Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell (Sebastien de Castell)
As members of the legendary Greatcoats, Falcio, Kest, and Brasti once brought justice to a troubled kingdom with their knowledge of the king’s laws and their skills with a blade. But now the king is dead, the Greatcoats have been disbanded, and a royal conspiracy is about to unfold in the most corrupt city in the world that could mean the ruin of everything Falcio, Kest and Brasti have fought for. If the trio want to unwind the conspiracy, save the innocents and reunite the Greatcoats, they’ll have to do it with nothing but the tattered leather coats on their backs and the swords in their hands, because these days every noble is a tyrant, every knight is a thug and the only thing you can really trust is a traitor’s blade. Falcio Val Mond and fellow magistrates Kest and Brasti have been reduced to working as bodyguards for a nobleman who refuses to pay them. Things could be worse – their employer could be lying dead on the floor while the three of them are forced to watch as the killer plants evidence framing them for the murder. Oh wait, that’s exactly what’s happening . . .

April 8, 2019 – Started Reading
April 9, 2019 – Finished Reading

My rating: 3

Batman & the Signal by Scott Snyder (DC)
Duke Thomas, a.k.a. the Signal, is back! After months of training, the Signal is ready to step out of the shadow of the Bat to become a hero for Gotham City’s daylight hours. But can he handle the challenge of Gnomon and his minions? And what key does Gnomon hold to Duke’s past? Find out in these stories from the three-issue miniseries, plus backup stories from ALL-STAR BATMAN #1-4 and 6-9.

Started Reading and completed reading: April 3, 2019

Salvation by Peter F. Hamilton (PenguinRandomhouse.com)
In the year 2204, humanity is expanding into the wider galaxy in leaps and bounds. Cutting-edge technology of linked jump gates has rendered most forms of transportation—including starships—virtually obsolete. Every place on Earth, every distant planet humankind has settled, is now merely a step away from any other. All seems wonderful—until a crashed alien spaceship of unknown origin is found on a newly located world eighty-nine light-years from Earth, carrying a cargo as strange as it is horrifying. To assess the potential of the threat, a high-powered team is dispatched to investigate. But one of them may not be all they seem. . . .

February 17, 2019 – Started Reading
March 13, 2019 – Finished Reading

Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 5: Booster Shot (DC)
Superman and Booster Gold travel back in time to verify the claims that Kal-El’s father somehow survived the destruction of Krypton. What they find, though, is a vastly different world than history has shown. When the time intruders are discovered, Jor-El and General Zod collaborate to capture or destroy them. The Eradicator will chase the pair through time to 25th-century Gotham City and back to Krypton in pursuit of justice.

January 24, 2019 – Started Reading
February 25, 2019 – Finished Reading

Read as Single issues: ACTION COMICS 993-999 and a story from ACTION COMICS SPECIAL 1.

3 out of 5 stars

These short stories are the very last ones written by Arthur Conan Doyle about his much-loved fictional detective. Holmes and Watson are faced with cases that range from the suspicious to the seemingly supernatural, and they encounter characters as diverse as an evil Austrian adventurer, a formidable female criminal, a distinguished professor who is acting oddly and a mysterious tenant who refuses to show her face.