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The Golden Spider

(Elemental Steampunk Chronicles #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,072 ratings  ·  162 reviews
London papers scream of dirigible attacks, kraken swarms, and lung-clogging, sulfurous fogs. But a rash of gypsy murders barely rates mention.

Lady Amanda is tired of having both her intelligence and her work dismissed.

After blackmailing her way into medical school, she catches the eye of her anatomy professor from the moment she walks into his lecture hall. Is he
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Published August 8th 2016 by Anne Renwick
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Kat Valentine
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a simply fabulous read!!! This is my first time reading Anne Renwick and it won't be the last!!When I first saw this cover it was love at first site! It's so beautifully done. In the last couple of years I've read a couple of steampunk romances and have enjoyed this genre very much. Anne's storytelling is fabulous and her words flow flawlessly from page to page. I really liked her two main characters Sebastian and lady amanda. And her side characters like mr. black sebastian's partner and ...more
"He'd set her free to choose-his arm tightened around her as warmth flooded his chest-and she'd chosen him."

Regardless of what I read during the day, which is mostly arcs or review copies, for some reason, I love to read romance at night. It's a weird habit, but one I can't seem to break. I seem to crave the HEA and most of the time, the predictability. Every once in a while, the predictability becomes a little too predictable. So, I step outside my normal romance novel box for something
Jennie Damron
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a pleasant surprise. I was scrolling on goodreads when I saw a review one of my friends had done on this book. It sounded like my cup of tea so I found it on my Libby App. Lady Amanda is everything I love in a female character. Fiercely independent, smart, sassy, and not afraid to go for what she wants. Lord Thornton is everything I love in a male character. Brooding, tortured soul, knowing what he wants, but over complicates. The steampunk elements were wonderful and added to the story. ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While Lady Amanda is attending medical school after successfully blackmailing her father the Duke, all of London is watching the papers regarding serial murders of gypsies and kraken swarms in the River Thames.

Amanda lives in an alternate steampunk London and is quite skilled as a self-taught scientist. She has even created a spider that if successful may help her brother walk again. She is eager for some assistance or direction from the esteemed Lord Thornton, a prominent neurobiologist. He
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy

I love steampunk and this book is really good! Not perfect, but really good! For me it was 4,5 stars rounded to 5.

I loved the gadgets and all the pure steampunk side of the story.

I didn't loved (but didn't hate either!) the conflicting aspect of the victorian excetating behaviour of women. If they need a chaperone to go shopping, how the heroine, Amanda, can go sneaking in the night with the hero, Thornton?

The explanation that she's working for the Queen is lame...

Also the expectation of her
Under the Covers Book Blog
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
You may know this already, but I struggle to read steampunk.  I have the hardest time getting really into the stories I've read in this genre.  This is not to say I haven't found some favorites, but usually they're few and far between.  Enter THE GOLDEN SPIDER.  I was lured in by the beautiful cover and I admit it's been on my radar for quite some time.  I'm glad to say that this is a steampunk romance I could sink my teeth into and enjoy!

There's a bit of mystery and murder investigation,
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ooohh, I so enjoyed reading this story! Steampunk, danger and romance...oh la la. What a fun time this was. Lady Amanda was a wonderful character and Thornton was gruff but memorable. Can't wait to continue this series!!

Love a good Steampunk story with romance and mystery!
I don't normally read steampunk romantic thrillers, but The Golden Spider by Anne Renwick sounded like a doozy. Lady Amanda, the female protagonist, is attending medical school and spends her spare time at home working on a device that can reverse paralysis. I wanted to know more about this woman. So I requested a sample through Instafreebie, and then purchased the book on Amazon.

Opinion on this book is divided. Some readers who love to read steampunk that really develops the scientific side of
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk, romance
3 1/2
Unexpectedly good, even if far from perfect.
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Set in a time when England and Germany have heightened tensions, spy networks are vast, and the ton continues with its balls and social obligations unaware of the secrets around them, Lady Amanda wars with her father, the Duke, over her ability to attend medical school. Amanda is driven by her keen intelligence and a guilt over her brothers injured leg, to produce a clockwork device to repair nerve damage. Under pressure to find a husband within the year, Amanda courts a classmate, but finds no ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I cant really put my finger on it but there was something that really wasn't working out for me whilst reading this story.

The steampunk was nice , the romance was steamy , the angst was palpable but something just didn't make me go all ' yeah this was bloody fantastic ' ...
Not bad. An interesting alternate historical steampunk world and interesting characters. The romance was OK, though I did think everyone was kind of annoying and borderline stupid with some of the decisions and actions they took. Not everything made sense but I was entertained.

I thought the Duke's family were the most annoying characters of the lot, no exceptions (ironically, the Duke himself least). Though I admired the skanky (for the time) heroine's cleverness and intelligence. Mostly.
Anne Boleyn's Ghost
3.5 stars. A suspenseful and sexy steampunk. While I was ultimately more invested in the resolution of the mystery than the romance, I nevertheless found it an engrossing and enjoyable read.

Lady Amanda was a treat. Ive become somewhat disenchanted with historical romance over the years because I prefer ambitious, career-minded heroines and, unsurprisingly, they arent particularly common. Amanda was smart and sassy, but she also had vulnerabilities and insecurities. She made mistakes. I was sold
Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
Man oh man was this book GOOOOD! It was steamy (though I must admit to skimming through the naughtiest of bits), extremely well written, well researched, action/romance packed and neatly wrapped up at the end (for most of the leading characters that is). It was told in multiple POVs which can be tricky but worked here. There was quite a bit of Romance so those who are deathly allergic beware BUT most importantly there was Science! Science how I love thee!! A few reviewers complained about the ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
i'm finished with the book, tho i didn't actually finish reading it. this is one of my favorite genres-historical mystery/suspense with a steampunk theme. at first, i was really into the storyline and wanted to continue reading till i was done. however, after several chapters that changed.

one of the things i had a problem with was the continued use of medical terms. on almost every page it seemed as though one of the characters was spouting off medical terminology as if we were supposed to know
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved it! I'm a huge fan of steampunk and romance and found this book a great read!

Lady Amanda is strong and smart without anachronistic sentiments or tendencies. Thornton is written with a certain dry British air that I just loved. The spark between them felt very real and was based on much more than surface attraction. I loved how necessary they each were to solving each other's problems, and the main conflict in the book. They worked well together and the tension keeping them apart was
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Steampunk romance in the style of Bec McMaster. While the steampunk element is very well done this is predominantly a romance. I liked the Amanda was strong and intelligent and that Thornton recognised this and respected her abilities. However I was baffled by his resistance to marrying her her given his attraction to and respect for her and the fact the he fully intended to marry to carry on his title in the future. Yet despite all of this he is insistent that all he can offer her is ...more
Should have enjoyed this more - the genre is a fav, the H/h had chemistry, the mystery was one...but the telling was tedious. Speeding things along and adding some smex would serve future stories by this author well.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review originally posted at Thoughts Stained With Ink:

This is exactly what I was looking for.

I was in a massive reading slump there for a little bit, stressing myself out being behind on ARCs and everything else that was going on in my personal life. I knew, if I ever wanted to get out of that spiral, I just had to read something fun; something just for me. Romance is that genre and I'm always looking for more steampunk romance--a niche I really struggle to find quality reads in.

So, you can
This one was so average, I guess I was expecting something spectacular like Bec McMasters. Instead I got this, where the main problem was the romance just was so lacking and tepid. I wanted passion instead I got a whimper. Hell even at the end it took the h pushing him for the H to do something about them being together. This series may not be for me.
Jun 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Cecilia Dominic
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First, I love that the heroine is smart and not afraid to hide her femininity, which is refreshing. Second, I really like the hero - wounded, brilliant, and of course handsome. Okay, I have a soft spot for academics. He of course fights falling for her, but the process of their relationship and seeing how they both gradually bend and adjust is one of the most fun parts of the book. Yes, there's some sex, but not too much. And lots of adventure, intrigue, and espionage. I found some of the ...more
Barbara Russell
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lovely romantic suspense/ steampunk novel with a great world building and an amazing cast. I loved the plot and the scientific details. (On a personal note that has nothing to do with the quality of the writing or the story, I didn't like all the scenes where the protagonists torture mice and lab rats for their experiments. I found them quite cruel and gruesome especially since none of the characters seems to care about those poor creatures. We torture mice and rats on a daily basis in real ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i'm actually glad i had no idea how good this book would be when i met the author, because i would have fainted upon meeting her. this is a great book, and i get star-struck. that's just me. but she signed my book so, nyah nyah-nyah and other noises.

i liked it a lot. i don't know much about medicine, but i loved the medical jargon. i loved the steam punkiness of this book. it was perfect. the story was awesome. perfect amount of romance, etc. i guess if you don't like romance, you might not
Drew Doll
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Fun Read

This is a really fun story. I enjoyed the Steampunk world-building, and appreciated the way we learned about this world naturally through the action in the story.

I enjoyed this quite a bit, good use of the steampunky bits and nice attraction between intelligent characters. I did skim the smexy parts - I wasn't really in the mood. And if I had a nit it was that I have a hard time with regency era (or alternate regency era in this case) heroines succumbing to passion outside of marriage when the price is so high for the female - and in this case the reputations of her other siblings would potentially be adversely impacted as well. Still I am continuing on ...more
Jenny Koch
DNF @ 33%

I had been anticipating reading this book and I figured I'd really like it. Unfortunately, the hero was a cocky bastard and utterly unlikeable (and the heroine only marginally more tolerable). The romance felt very forced and bland - and the plot wasn't strong enough to carry the day.
One of my first forays into the steampunk mystery genre. Well written and exciting.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars. Bodice ripper masquerading as steampunk fantasy.
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Though Anne Renwick holds a Ph.D. in biology and greatly enjoyed tormenting the overburdened undergraduates who were her students, fiction has always been her first love. Today, she writes steampunk romance, placing a new kind of biotech in the hands of mad scientists, proper young ladies and determined villains.

Anne brings an unusual perspective to steampunk. A number of years spent locked

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