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The Wolf Den

The Wolf Den

Author(s): Elodie Harper

Location(s): Pompeii

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early A.D.

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An engaging, female-focussed novel set in ancient Pompeii, from an exciting new voice in historical fiction.

The streets of Pompeii have a life of their own: the cries of the hawkers, the beauty and dirt of the crowds, the shifts in mood from delight to danger. These are the streets that have become Amara’s home. Day after day she must walk them, looking for business to bring back to her master’s house: the Wolf Den, Pompeii’s infamous brothel.

The realities of her existence are made bearable by the other she-wolves at the Wolf Den. Together they can gossip, offer comfort and dream; and their dreams, when woven together, create a picture of life that makes Amara catch her breath.

They may only be dreams for now, as insubstantial as the candle smoke that follows the flame, but Amara is determined to make them burn bright. She is only a slave in this beginning, but all good stories must start somewhere…

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