‘Wolf Den’ by Elodie Harper, a small review.

Synopsis

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.

Book Information
Author: Elodie Harper
Publication Date: May 13th 2021
Page Count: 464
Review: 5/5

Review

A beautifully written story about the women of Pompeii who are sold into slavery and forced to live and work in brothels. An easy 5/5 stars. It was tragic and heart-warming and curdled your insides all at once. It played with every single emotion and plunged you into chaos when you least expected it. It highlighted the true hardships of women in Pompeii and of women all over, past and present – shining the light on how to some, women are simply just bodies and a form of income. It was devastating and lovely throughout, as it showed the individual, varying troubles of each and every woman, from being stolen from their families and wanting to get home, losing children and having them ripped from your arms to falling in love and it being impossible. There are characters you love, characters you hate and characters you can’t help but feel pity for no matter how terrible they are. The best part is, this is only the first book in a trilogy!

The protagonist Amara is everything I aspire to be. She is strong-willed, determined and utterly fearless in the face of god and men. She makes tough decisions because she has to and doesn’t let anyone or anything get in her way of achieving her worth, no matter how heart-breaking it might be for her.

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