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The Wolf Den

Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/09/2021
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The Wolf Den
Oh my god... buy it!!
I am very easily swayed to buy books based on their covers and this one is beautiful. I was very lucky then that this was also a wonderful book, completely... READ MORE
Tamara  Paine
The Wolf Den
My favourite read this year
I inhaled this book within two days, it was BRILLIANT. Dare I say it’s my favourite book i’ve read this year, and it’s September! ‘The Wolf Den’ follows Am... READ MORE
Leah, Brent Cross
The Wolf Den
Just read this!
Reading this takes you straight back in time to the bustling heart of Pompeii in Ancient Rome where you will meet Amara, and the other ‘she wolves’, enslav... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
The Wolf Den
Captivating and Powerful Women
A captivating start to what is no doubt going to be a very intriguing trilogy! Amara never chose this life in the Wolf Den, the local brothel in Pompeii. S... READ MORE
Riddler
The Wolf Den
My favourite read so far of 2023
I consider The Wolf Den to be my favourite read so far of 2023, it is a genuinely remarkable work of fiction. Elodie Harper is a master storyteller and thi... READ MORE
Victoria
The Wolf Den
Gritty but Glorious
I loved this book, it contrasts a lot of the romantic Greek retellings with details of the murkier side of Roman culture. Even without the classical theme ... READ MORE
Sophie Riley
The Wolf Den
Atmospheric
I really felt I was walking the streets of ancient rome alongside Amara and the She-Wolves as I read this book. The characters are so distinct and well wri... READ MORE
Cerys at Hemel Hempstead

Synopsis

Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for September 2021

Shortlisted for The British Book Awards 2022 Pageturner Book of the Year

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 now 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 the Wolf Den's other women, 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 is the first in a trilogy of novels reimagining the lives of women who have long been overlooked. Perfect for fans of Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls and Madeline Miller's Circe.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781838933555
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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The Wolf Den
dido i love u
Decent read. The story is powerful, strong and emotional but I felt I struggled to relate or (rather) connect with the main character Amara which made read... READ MORE
holly can read
The Wolf Den
An excellent summer read
This was not what I was expecting at all – it opens like an episode of Footballers' Wives. I almost didn't continue, but it's what I came to love about it!... READ MORE
Claire S
The Wolf Den
A Thrilling Introduction to Life on the Mean Streets of Pompeii
This is a fast paced historical novel that reads with the intensity of a thriller. Amara has been sold as a concubine and has now washed up in Pompeii, sol... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Wolf Den
A great historical romp
This was such a rich and enjoyable foray into the world of the wolf den brothel in Pompeii. I thought the author did a fantastic job at bringing these forg... READ MORE
Laura Newsholme
The Wolf Den
Gripping!
Bought this on recommendation from Waterstones staff, so glad I did! A fantastic read, have already pre-ordered the next book in the trilogy!
Tracy Duhaney
The Wolf Den
Love it
The second I saw this book I needed to have it. Once I started reading I just couldn’t stop. A perfect story about freedom, love and friendship. Can’t wait... READ MORE
Julle
The Wolf Den
Highly Recommend
I couldn’t put this book down! So original and a fascinating read. Cannot wait for the next 2 in the series! There was some reviews I’ve seen saying ‘it ... READ MORE
Hollie Ennis
The Wolf Den
Great tale of resilient women
I love books about strong and resilient women, and that is exactly what this historical fiction delivered. Amara is an incredible character - her life and ... READ MORE
Ania
The Wolf Den
A fascinating historical novel set in Pompeii
Huge thank you to Head of Zeus for sending me a proof copy of The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper to read. I don’t read very much historical fiction, so this no... READ MORE
Rachel
The Wolf Den
Brilliant historical fiction.
This book is exactly as it’s printed on the cover…beautiful, brutal and compelling! I inhaled it in one day, i was instantly pulled me in and couldn’t pu... READ MORE
bookishlybesotted
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Roman Times
I really enjoyed this book; historical fiction at its best. This is a fascinating time in the history of Pompeii and this novel is set some 5 years befo... READ MORE
Ricoh
The Wolf Den
Excellent but depressing
Amara was once the beloved daughter of a doctor, until her father’s death and her sale into the slave trade. Now she lives as a whore in a brothel in Pompe... READ MORE
Ella - The Story Collector
The Wolf Den
The perfect start to a trilogy!
I loved this book, and have already pre-ordered the sequel, out next May! I’m so invested in the lives of Amara and everyone else at The Wolf Den. When I f... READ MORE
Molly Frost
The Wolf Den
Perfection in written form…
Honestly, this is one of the best books I have ever read. The careful narrative that places readers on the edge of their seats for Amara- a disgraced femal... READ MORE
Jude Hailey
The Wolf Den
Brilliant read
Great read, with some brilliantly written characters. Strong female characters in a time when they were viewed as nothing. All just trying to survive and g... READ MORE
Becky Way
The Wolf Den
Gripping historical fiction
This is an incredible story about female survival and the struggle towards a better life. Amara is a slave in a brothel in Pompeii and the novel chronicles... READ MORE
Emily - Cambridge
The Wolf Den
Wonderful
Possibly my favourite book of all time, one of the most gripping stories of feminine friendship, love, suffering and fear.
Sarah Beqiri