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Summary

Sold by her mother. Enslaved in Pompeii's brothel. Determined to survive. Her name is Amara. Welcome to the Wolf Den.... 

Amara was once a beloved daughter, until her father's death plunged her family into penury. Now she is a slave in Pompeii's infamous brothel, owned by a man she despises. Sharp, clever and resourceful, Amara is forced to hide her talents. For as a she-wolf, her only value lies in the desire she can stir in others. 

But Amara's spirit is far from broken. 

By day, she walks the streets with her fellow she-wolves, finding comfort in the laughter and dreams they share. For the streets of Pompeii are alive with opportunity. Out here, even the lowest slave can secure a reversal in fortune. Amara has learnt that everything in this city has its price. But how much is her freedom going to cost her? 

Set in Pompeii's lupanar, The Wolf Den reimagines the lives of women who have long been overlooked.

©2021 Elodie Harper (P)2021 Head of Zeus

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Excellent

I only began this to find its suitability for my daughter as she bought a copy from a Xmas Fair

This is definitely adult content.

After I heard a few chapters I was hooked.

Not for under 18s

But I loved it

Good story. Lots of events and a suitable ending

I definitely recommended. I never review books and rarely get into theM as quickly.

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Fantastic!

Beautifully written. Heartbreaking, Clever and really well-researched. Excellent characters. Can’t wait for the next one!

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A story of love and solidarity among enslaved women in Pompeii

Interesting take on Women’s lives at the lowest level of Roman life. The sisterhood, the rivalry, the utter lack of choice. Sounds harsh, and in places it is, but the female characters and their relationships with each other really make it.

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A Thoroughly Enjoyable Ancient Historical Masterpiece!

I purchased this book after hearing Elodie Harper’s interview about it on the Exploress podcast.
I was then immediately transported back 2000 years to the ancient streets of Pompeii, which I have been fortunate enough to visit twice in my life, so could really visualise scenes from long ago in my mind, particularly after remembering what it was like venturing into the brothel there and seeing how tiny the cells were and trying to imagine what life was like for the women who inhabited it.
I enjoyed how the author wove some of the ancient artefacts into the seams of the story, as well as famous quotations and some of the graffiti from the walls of the ancient city of Pompeii.
I was also very happy when the book ended with the knowledge that there are going to be two more books to follow this, as there is definitely more to explore with this story.

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Great book overall

This review will contain spoilers.

I have always loved the Ancient world and anything Pompeii, so this book was an easy choice to buy. It brings Pompeii to life in a wonderful, yet absolutely heartbreaking way. There were several times when the story took me places where I felt like I had been punched in the gut.

I was a little worried that the book would end with the eruption of the vulcano, I am really glad it didn't. However, I did feel a little let down by the ending - it felt a little rushed and many things were left unfinished. Maybe that's just another testament to the reality of the book, since real life will always have unfinished aspects, but I was a little disappointed. It made me hope and wish and pray that there will be a sequel, as I feel like Amara has so much more to offer and so much more to do.

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Highly recommend

Such an amazing read! I was gripped by this book for days and couldn't stop listening. It takes a few chapters to understand who's who and what's really going on, but after that it's an addictive read. I loved the she-wolfs, and I loved how the author never romanticised or belittled their trauma. Exploring the lives of the prostitutes of Pompeii is such an interesting angle, and I loved learning about the city's history, especially the graffiti. It deals with very tough topics - sexual abuse, assault, poverty, slavery, etc. - in a serious way but, at it's heart, this is a book about female friendship and solidarity.

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Classic

This is excellent. There really is a collection of great novels recently based on the classics. This is set around Pompeii and is a quiet drama, mining what life would be like for a slave in the years before it was destroyed. It is almost like a thriller at the end and is well setup for a sequel.

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Enjoyed

It's a good read. I think a different voice actor should have been chosen though. Would recomend to people who are interested in what life would be like for the Romans

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Best story for a while

One of the best books I've listened to / read for a long time. Excellent characters, storyline and background; it all draws you in to this story of prostitution in Pompeii. I read the second book straight after this one.

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Very enjoyable

I highly recommend this book, it is brilliantly written, well narrated and very interesting. I can't wait for the next book to come out!