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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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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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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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Loved this so much!!

Great characters in it and description of what life was like back then in Pompei was excellent. Highly recommend.

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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