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A Trace of Copper

(The Elemental Web Tales #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  31 reviews
New recruit to the Queen’s agents, Dr. Piyali Mukherji is given a simple first assignment. Travel to the small Welsh village of Aberwyn and solve the mystery of a young woman’s blue skin lesion. A challenging task, for the alarming infection is unlike anything she’s seen before—and it’s spreading.
Evan Tredegar, the town’s pharmacist and the only man to ever capture her he
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Published June 8th 2019 by Anne Renwick
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Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this much more than I did 'The Tin Rose' and it had me starting The Golden Spider (the first novel in the same series) almost immediately. So far I've found the short stories/novellas an interesting mix of steampunk elements and of romantic melodrama (which I find a bit silly) with a genuine romantic/sexual tension that I enjoy.

A side note: In a Victorian steampunk/alternate history fantasy, historical context can't be expected to be authentic, but when a specifically American expre
Terri Wilson
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite part of steampunk is the women is the female characters. They are strong and often times are the heroes of the day. Renwick's novella is no exception to how great the female characters in this genre can be. First I loved her twist on character development by creating a multi-cultural world that that included cultures not normally presented. Her use of foreign words interwoven throughout the story read flawlessly. I never once felt like she was banging me over the head with massive in ...more
Kristen Lewendon
Like the previous book, this one is a delightful blend of modern and mystical. It's easy to see the author's great love of all things science within this series. And I love that you can feel the story being grounded in scientific fact while still spinning an incredible tale that requires you to suspend your disbelief. I mean, really, bitten by a blue Amazonian tree frog in the Welsh countryside? That requires more than just a little bit of trust on behalf of the reader. But that trust is well re ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Dr. Piyali Mukherji, an agent of the Queen, is on her first assignment: she is sent to a small village to determine the cause of a mysterious infection. Although she’s excited to solve the challenging case, she’s on edge because her once-fiancé is the town’s pharmacist.

Evan Tredegar never stopped loving Piyali, however the day he returned from his travels abroad, a tragic event prevented him from contacting her. When she shows up in his small town, he realizes that time cannot erase his love or
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The romance fell a bit flat. There was no drama or angst. There was no real conflict anywhere. Russian spies didn't even add any heightened emotions.

Despite the book feeling like it needed some more emotions, it was a fun read and I enjoyed it.
Erin Kelly
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun quick read. I especially enjoyed the diverse couple and the second-chance romance. The mystery was fun, though not too deep or engrossing. I will definitely try something longer from this author.
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you get when you mix a little Jules Verne with a little romantic suspense and add in some steampunk espionage and a blue frog? Anne Renwick's A Trace of Copper! Although the author wrote a tough act to follow with the first two books the third is a worthy successor, although even less Jules Verne and more romance than the first two. With every Steam-Punk book I read I become more hooked on the genre, even though each of the author’s subsequent books becomes more romance and less romantic ...more
Nicola Pike
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book promised to be the perfect fit for me. Steampunk, check. Strong female character, check. Bi racial couple, check. Bechdel test, pass. Lovely cover, check. Okay, the last isn't really needed for a good read but it certainly helps with my expectations. And the story did deliver.

We have our very competent Dr who got ghosted by her love when he came down with a mysterious illness. It is all the fault of a blue frog from deep in the Amazon jungle. I would have liked a few more tension fille
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Planning for the future

A story from within the Elemental Web universe, but one that can be read without reading the rest of the series, this was an exciting story that comes from the quality I expect in this series. My only complaint it that it wasn't just a little bit longer.

Evan and Piyali met and fell in love, but they both had school and jobs they wanted to pursue countries apart. Planning to meet again in five years and marry, Piyali instead comes back to find that Evan does not want her an
Jennifer Olivas
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is there not to like about this story? You have the heroine of the story, Piyali. She is a physician who is sent in from London to investigate this mysterious infection that was supposedly caused by a blue frog. The there is Evan, a research pharmacist. The two of them had planned to be together when she was through with school and he was back from the far off jungles. Circumstances had gotten in the way, and he ignored her messages to him, but now they were thrown together again, trying to ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
A Trace of Copper is a wonderful novella set in the Elemental Web steampunk world. It’s a standalone mystery/romance, and knowledge of the series/world is not needed. The main characters are smart and witty. Ms. Renwick’s storytelling is both intellectually stimulating as well as emotionally satisfying.

I originally read and enjoyed this novella back in January 2018, and found the newly released audiobook just as enjoyable.

Piyali and Evan remained loyal to one another for the years he was abroa
Elemental Web Tale Book Two. Elemental Web Chronicles Book Two.Five.

Dr. Piyali Mukherji has been summoned by the Queen's agents to help a small Welsh village cure a strange blue lesion. As the town's pharmacist, Evan Tredegar will be her main point of contact. What the town doesn't know is that Evan proposed to Piyali years ago, and she turned him down. Now, Piyali is ready to rekindle the relationship that they lost, but Evan has a secret that prevents him from going there. As the mysterious le
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this book. I am voluntarily choosing to review it. Anne Renwick has done it again. She has written a story of mysticism and steampunk adventure that I want to be a part of. This is the third book of hers that I have read, and she is totally responsible for my fascination with steampunk and Queen's agents. Her writing is concise and for someone who is new to steampunk, I understood easily what was described and what was going on. The characters of Piyali and Evan ar ...more
Kelsey Bedolli
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of the stronger Elemental Web Tales, but still fun. One of the things that attracted me to the series to start with is that the conflict between the characters isn't usually something stupid that could be solved with a simple conversation that honestly has very little risk for any party involved. And yet....that's how this one starts. So I was a little put off from the beginning. That being said, a woman of color against the odds of her profession and her environment is refreshing and wa ...more
I was a little disappointed in this book. It was a little bland compared to the Golden Spider and the Silver Skull. The story is about a young woman doctor who is a Queen’s agent. She is sent out to investigate a former lover. She discovers that foreign agents are trying to steal her lover’s plants from his expedition to the Amazon. The book just doesn’t have the excitement of the other books.
Jealanie Davis
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very captavating with a new heroin to be proud of. Something even my 13 year old granddaughter would enjoy reading. This is by far one of the best books i have sat down and read. In ages.

Most pleased with the way it was written so even my 13 year old granddaughter could read. I enjoyed this book tremendously. I haven't enjoyed a book like this in a long time. Please keep up the good work and I look forward to reading more of your books in the future.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique tale with interesting characters and set in a unusual setting that has it's share of complications. You like the characters and the tone of the story and you like the way the narrator told the story and you hoped the main characters would get a 2nd chance at a HEA. So when you get a chance pick up a copy and enjoy.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfully written and intriguing story. I really enjoyed the steampunk elements and the scientific aspects of this book. There was also a good amount of mystery and romantic suspense.
I loved Piyali. Not only is she a very intellectual person but she’s also strong and independent. All things I love in a heroine.
I look forward to reading more from this author.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great story in this super fantastic series. I can't wait to read more from this series and all these amazing characters. Piyali and Evan were great characters and I really loved reading their story. I'd really love to see Mr. Black get his own HEA.

*I received an ARC copy for an honest review*
Jill Purinton
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating steampunk romance. Throw in some characters who are dedicated to their jobs, some spies, espionage , weird flora and fauna, amazing steampunk tools , great location (Wales) and you have an entertaining cannot put it down read.
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as part of the Myth & Magic anthology and enjoyed it as much as the others in the series. Both of the leads are likable in this second chance romance with a bit of steampunk and a bit of science. I'll be keeping an eye out for more.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An exciting romance I really enjoyed Piyali and Evan. The plot is wonderful and the chemistry between Piyali and Evan is excellent. Well written and highly enjoyable. This is a voluntary review of an advance reader copy.
A fun short romance novel, in a steampunk setting, with a kick-ass heroine and the old flame who's been ignoring her letters for years (but turns out to be OK).
3.5⭐ Well, I've never read Steampunk before, so there's a little bit to get used to in the way of world rules, but I did enjoy it, and will be looking into more! ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wished this was a full length novel it was so good.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book by a first time author for me. I just couldn't put it down. The characters flow together in such a way that you feel a part of the story.
Noodle TheNaughtyNightOwl
7/10: Good solid read, something to get your teeth into.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another journey into the steampunk world and this little book does not disappoint. I don’t read much in this genre but I cannot pass up an Anne Renwick story. This one is book 2 in the Elemental Web Tale series and at a little over 100 pages, is perfect if your short on time. The story is set in Wales and tells the story of Dr. Piyali Mukherji, an Indian woman who is a medical doctor and a Queen’s Agent, and Evan Tredegar, a pharmacist to whom she was once engaged. When a young lady develops an ...more
Melanie Schuler
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this story in the boxset of Myths and Magic. I really enjoyed this short story set in this descriptive world of The Elemental Web Chronicles. This time you had time to delve into the world and still get the complete sense and fulfilment like the first two books in the series. I liked that the characters came from drastic backgrounds and got separated for a time but eventually crossed each other’s paths to once again become a couple after years apart and critical medical reasons. The ...more
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you’re looking for an easy read something that’s not too heavy this book is for you. I enjoyed reading this book. I did not feel the 2 main characters relationship was rushed. I did not feel that thing were put into the story just too make it longer. This book was written well and with a point. Since this was given to me for free for an honest review I did not read the one before this, but based off this book I am sure it was well written too.
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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 insid

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