Bookish Beginnings on Friday| The Wolf Den – Elodie Harper

The Wolf Den is a book I’ve been seeing every since last year. It released in the UK last year and this year in the US. I recently received a copy of it and I have to say I’m curious. I’ve been wanting to read more historical fiction and Greek mythology is something I’m interested in. So a perfect book to use in a Bookish Beginnings on Friday post.

This meme was created by Rose City Reader. The idea is to post the first sentence or so of the book you’re currently reading. After that you talk about your initial thoughts about the sentence, book or anything to do with that.

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.

She holds her hands up as if in prayer, steam evaporating
from her skin. The water laps at her neck as she lies back

into its warmth. Laughter and female voices surround her, a

confusion of sound echoing off the stone. She filters it out,

focusing on her fingers, turning them, watching the water

drip down, the steam rise. They could be anybody’s hands,

she thinks, they could belong to anybody. But they belong

to Felix.”


Honestly, I can’t really say much about this first paragraph. It doesn’t give me much to go by yet. I do have a feeling by this that book is going to be beautifully written. I already love the author’s writing style. I have a feeling it’s not going to be the easiest read, but definitely worth it.


Seeing how The Wolf Den has been out in the UK for quite some time. Have you read it? Or do you plan on reading it? Does the opening of this book also have your curious? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

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