The Wolf Den By Elodie Harper

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The Wolf Den (Wolf Den Trilogy Book 1) By Elodie Harper

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Book/Novel Author: Elodie Harper

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#1 London Times Bestseller “A gripping historical story.” —The Independent “This powerful . . . trilogy opener beautifully walks the line between gutting and hopeful.” —BuzzFeed, Best Books of March 2022 Sold by her impoverished mother. Enslaved in an infamous brothel in Pompeii. Determined to fight for her freedom at all costs. . . . Enter into the Wolf Den.Amara was once the beloved daughter of a doctor in Greece, until her father’s sudden death plunged her mother into destitution. Now Amara is a slave and prostitute in Pompeii’s notorious Wolf Den brothel or lupanar, owned by a cruel and ruthless man. Intelligent and resourceful, she is forced to hide her true self. But her spirit is far from broken. Buoyed by the sisterhood she forges with the brothel’s other women, Amara finds solace in the laughter and hopes they all share. For the streets of the city are alive with opportunity—here, even the lowest-born slave can dream of a new beginning. But everything in Pompeii has a price. How much will Amara’s freedom cost her? The Wolf Den is the first in a trilogy of novels about the lives of women in ancient Pompeii.
”Either we choose to stay alive, or we give up. And if it’s living we choose, then we do whatever it takes.”If your literary sweet spot involves historical fiction that centers on the people and stories of ancient cultures (think The Silence of the Girls or The Song of Achilles), then make room on your TBR for The Wolf Den!”I can’t give you anything; I have nothing,” she spreads her arms out to illustrate the empty cell. “I don’t even own myself, my own body, my own life.”Elodie Harper’s impeccably well-researched novel tells the story of Amara, a young woman sold into brothel slavery in Pompeii. Though she is valued only for her beauty and her body, Amara is smart, talented, and clever, and she believes that, if she can leverage her unique skills the right way, she might be able to gain her freedom. But freedom won’t come easy, and it won’t come cheap: eventually Amara will have to weigh the cost…”May men fall to me as this offering falls to you, Greatest Aphrodite. May I know love’s power, if never its sweetness.”The Wolf Den doesn’t skirt around the ugly truths of brothel slavery; rather it shines a spotlight on the way women were degraded and discarded, their bodies and their spirits used up for someone else’s pleasure until they were completely broken, inside and out. I was stunned by the harsh realities of their situation and how vicious their daily fight was, just to survive.”Slaves do not usually ask each other about the past without invitation. Nobody wants their grief dragged up unexpectedly into the light.”Wanting more than basic survival, as Amara does in the story, borders on scandalous—themes of classism, oppression, and patriarchal power dynamics abound—but her resilience and determination made for an inspiring read. While I wished, unrealistically, for a happier ending for Amara, I am already looking forward to the next book in this series! Four well-deserved stars!”When you cannot make your own choices, what good is wanting anything, or anyone?”——A huge thank you to Elodie Harper, Sterling Publishing, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
I plowed through this book, so it kept my attention. I did want to keep reading about Amara and the rest of the she wolves’ stories when I was finished, so I will definitely be reading the rest of this series when available. My only gripe is all of the modern references for supposedly having taken place in first-century Pompeii.
Noticed it was on the best selling book list. I ordered it to read on the plane. Well, it is a fascinating look into history(I visited Pompeii) and she writes so well, I finished it in 2 days. So sorry to finish it,then I saw it’s has a second book that continues Amara’s story. If anyone goes to Pompeii and loves dogs, bring a large purse with dog food and treats. In the ’90’s it was heartbreaking to see so many abandoned dogs there,just wanting some kindness.
Short on plot, lots of unfinished business, unnecessary scenes with little sense of resolution. The setting was the most interesting part.
Raw and lush in turns, the story runs directly to the heart of what it means to be a woman making her way in world that cares nothing for her happiness or self-determination. This novel should stand alongside Circe and Queen of the Night as one of the great novels about a woman making the world her own any way she can.
This unusually packaged toilet paper isn’t all that bad. Seriously though, this is a badly written missed opportunity, and I’m not just talking about my review, amirite. I guess the publisher wouldn’t sell it if there weren’t buyers.

 

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