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Book Thoughts: The Wolf Den (Elodie Harper)

Just what I was in the mood for!

★★★★★★☆

Title: The Wolf Den (Wolf Den Trilogy #1)
Author: Elodie Harper
Genre: Historical Fiction
First published: 2021
Edition: Paperback, published by Head of Zeus in 2021

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.

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Sometimes you read a book at exactly the right time. That is how this one felt for me. It is a wonderfully written historical fiction novel, and it was just what I needed. It worked wonderfully as an escape, into the seedy side of Pompeii in this instance.

Amara is an easy character to like and relate to. Her feelings and her character make sense as do her actions. What can you do when you are a slave and a prostitute? You do not have much choice, and most of the novel was exactly about that. The lack of choice and looking for a way out.

I enjoyed the relationships between the women, not only friendship, but also rivaly. I never felt it went over the top. Their relationships with the men that rule their lives are far more complicated and heartbreaking.

The author brought Pompeii in Roman times to life very well. I believed I was in the city and following Amara as she tried to make the best of a bad situation.

I can’t wait to read the next book in this trilogy.

6 out of 7 stars

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