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The Wolf Den Reviews

The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper

The Wolf Den

Elodie Harper

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2 reviews

Imprint: Apollo
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 13 May 2021
ISBN: 9781838933531

First novel in a new historical trilogy set in Ancient Pompeii. Amara is a slave at the Wolf Den - the city's infamous brothel. But just because she's a slave now, doesn't mean she inends to remain a slave forever...

  • The TimesHistorical Fiction Book of the Month
4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
6 May 2021

"Vivid, wise and unflinching, this is a triumph."

This is Harper’s first foray into historical fiction after two contemporary crime novels. She has that rare knack of making the reader believe she was there, stylus in hand, chronicling what she witnessed. Vivid, wise and unflinching, this is a triumph.


4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
22 May 2021

"(A) colourful, compelling first novel"

A chance encounter with a wealthy man, together with her own resourcefulness, offer a slim chance of freedom. Direct in both its language and its presentation of life in the brothel, Harper’s narrative never romanticises the exploitation Amara suffers, but it leads eventually to a kind of painful redemption.