Book Review: The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper


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?


The Wolf Den reimagines the women that have been forgotten about in history. Moving, captivating, and emotional too, over the course of the book, you see women from all backgrounds in a cycle of slavery, prostitution and abuse, almost impossible to break. The woman are called She-Wolves, and they are protective and supportive, holding each other up in the darkest of moments.

Even though they don’t always get on, they’d always be there for one another and creating a strong alliance and unity, even when the odds are stacked heavily against them. You quickly begin to get a feel for each and every one of them, rooting for them endlessly as they battle the life that they were forced into and the male oppressors. The engaging storytelling pulls you effortlessly in, making you laugh, shed a tear and feel all the emotions.

It mainly followers Amara, a daughter of a doctor who was sold into slavery after her father’s death, and she’s a fierce, intelligent and strong woman, determined to free herself from the life she has found herself in. She’s a brilliantly written and complex character whose sharp mouth and quick thinking not only gets her in trouble but is her greatest strength too. All she wants to do is take control of her life and get freedom, even when she is faced with situations where she is powerless.

It’s hard to believe that this is Harper’s historical debut, it’s well-researched, smart and pulls you into the narrative and the lives of Pompeii. It packs an emotional punch, without romanticising the narrative. Utterly compelling and captivating, perfectly ready and set up for book number two in The Wolf Den trilogy.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Buy The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper from £5.79

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