The Temple of Fortuna - EXTRACT
by Elodie Harper
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Pub Date 09 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 09 Nov 2023
Head of Zeus, Apollo
A preview extract of THE TEMPLE OF FORTUNA.
The final instalment in Elodie Harper's Sunday Times bestselling Wolf Den Trilogy
'Beautiful, moving, captivating.' Jennifer Saint
'Vivid, unsentimental and compelling.' The Times
Amara's journey has taken her far; from a slave in Pompeii's wolf den to a high-powered courtesan in Rome... though her story is not over yet.
While Amara plays for power in Rome's imperial palace, those dearest to her remain in Pompeii. But it is AD 79, and mighty Mount Vesuvius is about to make itself known...
Praise for the Wolf Den Trilogy:
'Harper's recreation of this ancient world continues to thrill.' Observer
‘Gripping and richly imagined.' Louise O'Neill
'A spell-binding novel that brings Pompeii back to life.' Anna Mazzola
'Brutal yet beautiful... compulsive.' Susan Stokes-Chapman
'A one-of-a-kind historical novel.' Red Magazine
Average rating from 87 members
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK AND THIS EXTRACT JUST CATAPULTED THE EXCITEMENT!!! this has prompted a reread of the first two books. i am so ready for this book. i cannot WAIT
I h ave been eagerly anticipating the third in Elodie Harper's trilogy about Amara so was very pleased to read this first chapter. Amara is now in Rome under the patronage of Demetrius, who was introduced in the previous novel. This first chapter finds her at the Imperial Palace, home of Berenice, consort to the emperor Titus, just as she is being banished from Rome for political reasons. Amara has been sent there by Demetrius who wants all the court gossip on her return and then sets her up on another spying mission. Amara is realtively safe here at the home of Demetrius but she does not feel safe outside in the streets of Rome as a foreigner. Nor is she happy and the end of the chapter sees her recalling her one true love Philos,
The stage is set for another tale of intrigue, power battles and love featuring a wonderful fictional creation in Amara.
I am really looking forward to reading the full novel The Temple of Fortuna though I shall be loath to see the trilogy end. My 4* rating is due to only having read one chapter of the title so far.
Hugely excited to be back in Amaras world.
Definitely whet my appetite for the rest of the book and made me even more impatient to read it!
I was so excited for this I didn't even realise it was an extract 😅 Can't wait to read the full book
The finale of the book that I have been looking forward to having loved Amara"s journey so far from the Wolf Den in Pompeii to become a high powered courtesan in Rome. We delve into her next adventure. She's a shrewd character. Makes me wonder what is in store. Can't wait for this to be released.
A gripping start to Roman historical fiction, with strong female lead characters. I will definitely be reading the rest when it is published.
Loved this short extract of Amara in Rome, I'm really eager to find out what happens next in her story and whether she gets back to Pompeii before the volcano erupts.
I badly need to read the rest of this book as I want to know what will happen, how the author deals with Vesuvio eruption and a lot of things.
My most anticipated book of the year! I absolutely loved the first 2 books of this trilogy and recommended it to so many others, who have all loved it too!
This is a tantalising teaser of what’s to come, as once again, Elodie Harper transports us back to Ancient Rome, to follow Amara’s journey. I’m sad the trilogy is coming to an end, but excited to see how it does.
With thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this extract - roll on November!
I cannot WAIT for the third book to come out! I am a huge fan of this trilogy and have the third on pre order ready to go. I have loved following Amara's story so far and this first chapter has my intrigue from the get go! Can't wait!
Thank you to Head of Zeus Apollo for an extract from the upcoming ‘Temple of Fortuna’ by Elodie Harper due to be published in early November.
This is the third book in Harper’s Wolf Den Trilogy, following on from ‘The Wolf Den’ (2021) and ‘The House with the Golden Door’ (2022).
The trilogy follows the journey of Amara, originally a slave in Pompeii's wolf den and now a high-powered courtesan in Rome. As it’s 79AD the eruption of Vesuvius and destruction of Pompeii is expected to be part of this final volume.
Obviously as this is a short extract, it’s impossible to say much about the novel as a whole. However, having read and loved the first two novels, I have every confidence that the conclusion will live up to the same standard.
I will update my Goodreads review when I read the full text later in the year, whether as an ARC or the purchased book.
An invitation to read the full novel, and I can't wait to do that. The writing and characterisation are excellent as always. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for letting me read an extract of the novel.
I’m more excited than ever for the third instalment of this trilogy! Roll on November! I’ve been a huge fan since the very beginning and I’m eagerly awaiting Amara’s final adventure.
The Temple of Fortuna is a book following Amara, in the final book in the trilogy. Whilst this was only a short sampler, I found myself really interested in reading this book as I have loved the other books in the series, and Amara is a wonderfully compelling protagonist. I thought the cover was also very beautiful and really worked well with the other book covers. I would definitely recommend this to any fans of the series (and would recommend the whole series to anyone interested in ancient history!), as I thought it was very well written and I enjoyed reading it.
This one of my most anticipated books of 2023. I have been obsessed by Pompeii ever since visiting many years ago and this extract is a wonderful tease of the final chapter in this fantastic saga.
The Temple of Fortuna is the conclusion to a trilogy of books that follow Amara as she progresses from a slave and prostitute in Pompeii in The Wolf Den (Book One and my favourite reads of 2021) to a freed woman navigating her newfound freedom and cultivating her own sense of power and autonomy in Pompeii in The House With the Golden Door (Book Two). This extract alludes to Amara working as a sort of spy, and moving the story from Pompeii to Rome, where she continues to navigate some of the more sinister aspects of society in order to guarantee maintaining her freedom.
Elodie Harpers' writing is a masterful description of Roman society and the Ancient World, this excerpt shows her continuing to weave an engaging writing style and real history into a detailed narrative. The writing is immersive and really makes it easy to imagine how the ancient world sounded, looked and even smelt like, this small excerpt was also able to express the tension in Rome (in contrast to Pompeii in books one and two, which felt removed from wider Roman politics) and its citizens trepidation towards foreigners. There is also a clear foundation in historical detail and accuracy, graffiti was commonplace in Roman towns and cities (there is so much of it in Pompeii in particular) and it is one of the indicators historians can use to understand what everyday people valued and feared. Additionally, it masterfully weaves in fictional people such as Amara, in real situations, with real people, such as Pliny the Elder (a naturalist who wrote extensively about geography and is one of our most detailed sources on the Campania region), the Flavian Emperors (Vespasian, Titus and Domitian) and even Berenice.
I am eagerly awaiting reading The Temple of Fortuna in its entirety, this excerpt has already laid a strong foundation and hooked me.
A enticing sample introduction to the final novel in this brilliant trilogy. Amara's journey takes her to the home of her patron and closer to the Emperor's court. There's so much to tie up and this extract seemed to finish all too soon. I can't wait to read the entire story!
This is a teaser! The next stage of Amara’s life. Such an intriguing start… I can’t wait to get my hands on the full novel! Amara is an intelligent female who has allowed Demetrius to be her patron at a huge personal sacrifice as she has had to never get true love Philos, and their baby in order to take up this position. How will fortune play out for Amara? Will she be reunited with her baby and find a way to free her lover?
November is a long way off right now!
This is one of the most underrated book series I've ever read! I am so excited to read this excerpt and hoping we are privileged enough to experience Harper's ARC.
Her writing is phenomenal - you fall into the plot and become one of the characters. It's splendid reading and this excerpt proves that we all have something to highly anticipate.
"The Temple of Fortuna" by Elodie Harper begins with a promising short extract that captures readers' attention and sparks their curiosity. From what I've read so far, the writing style is engaging and immersive, allowing readers to easily connect with the story.
Having enjoyed the first two books by the same author, my expectations are high for this new installment. Elodie Harper has proven her ability to craft captivating narratives, and it seems like "The Temple of Fortuna" will be no exception.
As I eagerly await the full book, I'm holding onto my hopes for an enthralling and intriguing journey within its pages.
Once I receive and read the complete book, i will update the review.
I’ve only read a brief extract of this novel but have already ordered the complete copy. I love stories set in ancient Rome or Greece, and this is suggestive of good research as well as an intriguing narrative.
An absolutely brilliant sample. I love Harper’s writing and this series. I am utterly devastated but equally excited for this final instalment. Buzzing to get my hands on it and devour it.
A fantastic Greek myth inspired series that I love recommending.
Stoked I got to see a snippet of what’s to come :)
I loved this and love this series! One of my favourites in the historical/mythology type genre of fiction. I can't wait for this book to come out and have been eagerly waiting for it! So sad that this is just an extract, but very excited for more. I have fallen in love with the characters and can't wait to see where their journeys take them (particularly Amara of course).
This extract has made me so excited to read The Temple of Fortuna - I had high hopes for this book and it seems like it will not disappoint! I love Elodie Harper's writing style, and how well-researched her books are. Her descriptions of the ancient world are immersive and engaging, with a well-needed fresh take on Roman society, from the point of view of those who are missed out of the classical texts - courtesans, slaves, concubines, and sex workers. Really looking forward to getting my hands on the whole book when its released - thanks so much to Netgalley and the publisher for this opportunity to read a snippet of it.
I am so excited for this book, having absolutely loved it’s The Wolf Den and The House with the Golden Door.
This was a fantastic sample, I’m absolutely itching to read the whole book now!
I've been waiting and waiting for this book. So disappointed that it's only a chapter. But what a chapter. Tantalising. I can't wait to read the whole thing.
We've now reached the year of the eruption of Vesuvius. Amara is in Rome so perhaps she'll be safely out of the way? I doubt it. As with the previous two books in the series we are immediately immersed into the world of ancient Rome. Loved this extract. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley.
I love that this opens in 79Ad and the tension is mounting for the eruption of Vesuvius. The setting is captured beautifully in this extract and it flows seamlessly from the previous novel in the series despite the setting shift. Amara is as sassy as ever and her wit and intelligence shine through immediately. The opening chapter clearly sets up the conflict she feels over her feelings for her new patron and the longing for her old life. I’m really excited to read the rest of the novel. Beautifully written, accurate historical fiction is such a joy!
Special thanks to Head of Zeus Apollo for providing an excerpt from the highly anticipated 'Temple of Fortuna' by Elodie Harper, set to be released in early November.
The novel is the final installment in Harper's captivating Wolf Den Trilogy, which began with 'The Wolf Den' (2021) and continued with 'The House with the Golden Door' (2022). Throughout the trilogy, we follow the extraordinary journey of Amara, from her life as a slave in Pompeii's wolf den to her rise as a powerful courtesan in Rome.
Given that the story takes place in 79 AD, the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii are expected to be crucial elements in this concluding volume. Though this extract only provides a glimpse, based on my admiration for the first two novels, I am confident that the conclusion will maintain the same level of excellence.
I am eagerly looking forward to discovering the fate of Amara, Rufina, Brittanica, and, of course, Philos.
I hadn't read any other books in this series so I went in cold, but I enjoyed this sample. The pacing worked well, the characters felt distinct, the historical detail was rich without overpowering the narrative, and I wanted to know what would happen next!
Torture!! Absolute torture!
I am dying for this book, I adore the first two and it's killing me waiting until November, so I jumped at the chance to read this extract. I don't think it was a good idea... now I need the third book even more!
Amara's story is harrowing yet inspiring. She is forced to make so many difficult choices and they take her to beautiful places full of ugly people. I need to see her triumph!! And this little snippet is such a tease!
So of course it's 5 stars from me! And plenty of waiting on the edge of my seat for the full novel!
Wow! I cannot wait to read this full book and the conclusion of Amara’s story! This taster is not enough!
Absolutely pitch perfect writing. I've read the first two books in the series, and so was expecting Amara to be far removed from the world of Pompeii. She's still very much the same person, empathetic but calculated to a fault. I've put in a request for an ARC because I don't think I can wait till November to gush about this third book!
Oooo, we've moved to Rome! I love this series of books by Elodie Harper and have been anticipating the third installment. I was excited to read the extract, which left me hungry for reading the full book. Full book please! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in return for an honest review of this extract of the book.
Review of extract only- so far a similar mix of background knowledge with engaging narrative, it will be interesting to see how Harper wraps this trilogy up!
I really enjoyed this extract, it’s really intrigued me as a reader and I will definitely be buying it when it is published
I couldn't wait to read this extract, I've been longing to find out Amara's fate since her last appearance in 'The House with the Golden Door.' Although this preview doesn't give much away we learn that Amara is safely ensconced within the upper echelons of Roman society, using her talents to spy on behalf of her patron. I'm eager to read the rest as the extract was only ten pages but I'm guessing that this book will have an explosive ending.
This trilogy is a breath of fresh air, opening up an era in history that doesn’t appear that often on the popular fiction shelves
I have loved this series and can’t wait for the final instalment. Loved getting to read this extract and more excited than ever for book 3
This is a short review of an extract from Elodie Harper's latest book The Temple of Fortuna. This is the final book in the series which began with the outstanding book The Wolf Den.
Have you seen the gorgeous cover for The Temple of Fortuna? Stunning. Very visually appealing.
Chapter 1 begins in Rome in September AD 79. Amara is saying goodbye to Queen Berenice. Queen Berenice is being banished from Rome due to political reasons by her lover Emperor Titus.Amara is there are the request of her patron.
Whilst this chapter is mostly focused on Rome, there is the odd nod to the previous book.
"The wealth surrounding Amara is a different world from the darkness that shaped her in the Wolf Den, but for all the splendour here, there is still pain."
When Amara sees Queen Berenice she is unsurprised to see she has tears pouring down her face,
"Even the most powerful woman can be broken by love."
The reader gains little hints that all may not be well in Rome. Amara doesn't like the journey home and doesn't like venturing out in Rome at night.
"Who knows if a jumped up Greek courtesan might find herself attracting the violence the graffiti writers wanted to inflict in the banished Queen? Rome has always had an edge, under the surface like hot embers ready to burst into flame, but never more so than now."
I found it interesting as well that there was a brief mention of Philos. Hopefully we will find out more about Philos in this book.
"Against her will, Amara thinks of Philos, of what it felt like to be with a man who held her as if he never wanted to let her go. Whose love she never doubted. She crushes the memory, instead smiling at her patron, pretending she doesn't feel the ache of loneliness in her heart."
The extract of The Temple of Fortuna was superb and the wait for publication will be all the more torturous after reading this.
The continuing saga of Amara who is now living in Rome under the patronage of Demetrius.
The story starts with the banishment of Berenice, longtime lover of Titus. Titus has recently come to power on the death of his father. He is reluctant to release Berenice, and she is desperate to stay, but the powers surrounding the court have made it quite clear she has to go.
Amara visits Berenice, along with many others, to say goodbye. The details of the people she meets and who she sees have to be relayed back to Demetrius so that he can keep abreast of the comings and goings of the court.
This is as well written as the previous books in the series, and the reader is immediately drawn into the Roman world of the time. Beautifully descriptive, the author’s slant on the lives of both the rich and the poor of Rome is outstanding.
A very short sample to judge, but it really whetted the appetite for what’s to come. I have no doubt that the work will be as excellent as the rest in the series.
Thank you NetGalley.
I have loved the Wolf Den Trilogy ever since I read the ARC of the first book back in 2021. The Temple of Fortuna is out this November and is the stunning conclusion to Amara’s journey. As the book is set in Pompeii we are sure for an explosive ending!
This is just an excerpt of the book, meant to whet the appetite and the publisher has chosen to give us just the first chapter. Not too much happens, and it doesn’t really end on a cliff-hanger but I know fans such as myself are so excited for the full book, so we don’t really mind! Can’t wait to read this when it comes out in November and thank you to NetGalley and Head of Zeus – Apollo for the sneak peak!
I just finished reading the extract, and even though it’s a short chapter, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Elodie has a way of describing beautiful scenery that is enchanting for the reader. I find her ability to hook the reader with just a few pages fascinating. I am very excited to read the full book, and you should too!
Well this definitely doesn't disappoint, other than its only a taster! The third in this stunning series, we are all waiting in anticipation for the full version - eek!
I've loved the previous two books in this series and - having read this extract - I'm really looking forward to reading the final instalment of the Wolf Den trilogy and continuing with Amara's story. Elodie Harper really manages to bring the ancient world alive with her well-researched and extremely entertaining novels.. It's been a wonderfully well told tale from the very beginning and based on this extract, my expectations are high for the finale.
With thanks to the publishers and Net Galley for an ARC of this extract.
Thank you for the extract. I was waiting for the whole book to read but the curiosity got the better. Now I’m too intrigued and can’t wait to read the complete masterpiece.
Thanks to Netgalley for the sample of The Temple of Fortuna. Based on the extract I will download the series.
Well, obviously I was going to love this. Full version please… *drums fingers impatiently*
After the brilliant first two books, I’m desperate to read the third. IN FULL. 😘
#ImWaiting #🤞🏼 #PrettyPlease
I would have been waiting to read the third book anyway but this definitely makes me want to read the full book. Very intriguing change of venue and characters.
The Temple of Fortuna is set to be another mesmerising addition to The Wolf Den series, It immediately sets the scene, reintroducing Amaras character and bringing in an atmosphere of anticipation.
I've been approved for and sent the full edition - thank you so much!
I loved The Wolf Den and The House With The Golden Door, so I was very thrilled and honoured to be able to read and review this final instalment.
Thank you so much Head of Zeus and NetGalley.
A really interesting extract. Makes me want to read the book
Was very binge worthy and I am sure that the book will be popular. Its definitely a must buy with me.
I cannot wait for this book to come out! This has got to be one of the most brilliant historical series I've read in recent years and this taster just left me wanting more!
I loved this sneak peak into the most anticipating book of 2023!!!
I have also now read an advance readers copy of the whole book and it completely fulfilled my high expectations.
Elodie's writing is just beautiful.
The small extract was beautifully written, I didn't actually realise that this was part of a series when I wrote it so I definitely need to return and read the other two!
I cannot express to you how excited I am to be returning to Amara's world! It appears as though Amara is developing her skills in espionage as she shakes off the life in the slums she left behind, though she is clearly still plagued by thoughts of what she has had to sacrifice to get here. From this extract, it looks like we are entering more into the world of political intrigue and court scandal, but I hope we don't lose what I loved about the first two novels - the gritty fight for survival, what price a person will pay to stay alive, and the comradery which comes from destitution.
The final book in this series can’t come soon enough!
Great to be back with Amara, the extract has got me even more excited for its release. I’m especially intrigued about how the eruption of Vesuvius will be covered and whether Amara will be back in Pompeii by then.
Perhaps my most highly anticipated #ancientworld read of the upcoming year, to have the opportunity to read a sample of Elodie Harper’s finale in the Wolf Den trilogy was devastating, as it has only left me impossibly impatient for the full volume. As a Classics Editor at a major academic publishing house, I have to say Harper writes about the ancient world in a way that is unparalleled (and perhaps only matched by Robert Harris’ outstanding Imperium trilogy). Ancient Rome, Pompeii, is *tangible* in Harper’s writing. This is stunning work, as expected, and I can’t wait for the full work to be released.
Thank you ever so much to NetGalley and Head of Zeus for this absolute privilege.
A brilliant read and one I really enjoyed. The characters are loveable and varied, the plot is one that is engaging and medium paced. I found myself completely drawn into the story and enjoyed the writing style.
I cannot be more excited about the final book of "The Wolf den" trilogy.
Harper has managed to make me love a character not because I identify with her, but because of how human she is. The good, the bad and the worst.
Harper creates an unlikely heroine, he does not sugar the cruelty of the life Amara experiences in Roman Italy, and finds the perfect balance between tragedy and small moments of calm and even victory in all this chaos.
I have always had a fascination for the classical world, but these books still managed to teach me more about the reality of their lives and immerse in that world in a way I had never done. You will not find the romanticised birthplace of "democracy" and western philosophy: you find the struggles of people trying to survive in a brutal world, where nothing is for granted.
This extract follows Amara after she has moved to Rome to find a better life, and seems to continue using her intelligence in the best way she can, gathering intelligence and using it to improve her situation.
I cannot wait for the rest of the book and, If you have not yet, I recommend you give the first of the books "The wolf den" a go!
You do not understand...
I NEEDED this book!
After reading the previous two in 4 days, and finding out the third comes out way ahead, in November (aka a lifetime away), I polished my NetGalley profile and submitted a request for the full book.
I got accepted for the excerpt- but beggars can't be choosers, and when a story makes me cry, you can bet I will take (and devour) whatever I can get my hands on.
And I devoured this first chapter - and found myself miles away from Pompeii, and from all other characters, except Amara. It still felt familiar.
Ans guess what? It left me just as mesmerized as the previous books.
I will be frank - Elodie's writing style does not impress me - give me Pat Barker, give me Madeline Miller, Crystal King, hell...give me Elisabeth Storrs and Colleen McCullough and I will pour through page after page as if cutting with a hot knife through butter.
But, if a sentence, or an idea, touches something inside me and draws a tear, - you have me - as a reader - you will have me forever. So after the masterpiece that was The House with Golder Doors, I have pledged myself as an Elodie Harper's fan. Amara's story lives in my pores, is responsible for me watching hours of Pompeii docuseries.
It is the reason I am here.
I question everything when reading a book, my speciality being Historical. The insights I found in Harper's series left me awe-struck. I was there. Her characters were living people. I looked for them, in the Pompeii articles I read, in the doc series I watched since.
So I went through this excerpt, like a hot knife cutting through butter. And again I was there. The beginning, although it starts far away from where the House with the Golden Doors ended, captivated me. New characters felt like old friends.
The knowledge that this last instalment will describe the Vesuvius eruption leaves goose bumps on my skin. November can not arrive quicker.
Can not wait to read the full book. And not having it my hands NOW, it hurts, people. It hurts.
I herby plage that -as an aspiring author - I will grant access to everyone requesting my book on net galley - only because I have been in the trenches my friends, and it hurts.
I really enjoyed Elodie Harper’s writing style in this extract and found that it made Greek mythology very accessible. Having not read the previous two books in the trilogy I did feel slightly overwhelmed by the number of characters introduced in the first chapter.
I’m excited to read this when it comes out and will definitely catch up on the two other books in the Wolf Den trilogy before then!
Eagerly awaiting publication! The first 2 volumes were terrific. Appreciate the preview chapter an look forward to reading the final chapters in Amara’s story.
I love this series, having read the previous two books in the series, I can’t wait to pick up the full title on publication.
I loved this book! Having read the other 2 books in the trilogy I knew the characters and the back story but this book could be read as a stand alone to the others. Elodie Harper brings Roman living to life, the sounds the smells, the unambiguous position in life which imprisoned some. Amara, in this episode of the trilogy looks to have everything she ever desired, but wealth is not everything as she still does not have her daughter with her. Will her patron accept her daughter and bring her to Rome? Will she ever escape from the blackmailer Felix? Fantastic read highly recommended!
Having read the other two books in this series I was really excited to read a snippet of the final book!
I throughly enoughed reading this as I knew I would. And I will definitely be picking this up when it’s finally released.
Elodie Harper continues her poignant and captivating storytelling in the next iteration of The Wolf Den Trilogy.
My most anticipated release of the year, so I cannot wait for this to come out next month!!
Waaaa, SO GOOD! I can't wait to read more from this incredible book, which so far seems to be living up to the very high expectations I had from the earlier titles in the series!
My thanks to the author, NetGalley, and the publisher for the advance extract to review.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishes for the extract ARC. I will preface this by saying I have not read the earlier books in this trilogy. I enjoyed the extract provided and it has inspired me to start the series from the beginning so that I can placebthis third book.
I am SO excited to read the full book! This extract was great and left me wanting for more! One more week to go until I can continue on their adventure and read the final installment of this exciting trilogy
I loved this and was itching to read the rest. I’m so glad I was approved for it. It’s a great preview of what’s to come in the book and book 3 is an excellent conclusion to the series. I’m going to miss these characters!
An evocative and beautiful end to the trilogy. This is only going to be a short review as I only had access to a short sample of the novel. I was hooked from the very first page, the writing style was poetic, the developing plot engaging, and the characters exceptionally well rounded. The writing style was immersive, the world created was like artwork and the historical accuracy allowed you to completely immerse yourself within these pages. This is a book that I will be reading as soon as it is published.
Thank you to Head of Zeus for an advanced reader sample via NetGalley of The Temple of Fortuna by Elodie Harper
Now I've had a taster I want to read the whole book, Ive loved the first two books in this series so much
Now that I had a sneak peak, I’m dying to read the rest. I have really enjoyed the writing style so far and can definitely see myself buying this book as it comes out.
One of my all time favourite series, I loved this excerpt and I can not wait to read the full novel, eagerly anticipating receiving my copy!
I absolutely adored this! Not only because it was just as riveting and jaw dropping as the first two instalments but because it managed to have the best and most fitting end, leaving me feeling satisfied with my commitment to the series.
If you have not started The Wolf Den, then please do because The Temple of Fortuna has brought the emotion of the first and second books and brought it full circle and given a conclusion that is emotional yet liberating.
Amara continues to be the ambitious and determined woman that we know from the previous books and while i understand so many of her motives, her ever present and undeniable snobbery really irked me. I understood all she went through, all she did to rise above her station but there were some moments in this and the other books that i really wanted to punch her for being, basically, a stuck up bitch. I cant say much without spoilers but my only criticism would be that even at the end, for me, Amara was very unlikeable. There is the knowledge that she is aware of her selfishness which can almost allow her some redemption but her thoughts towards an old friend at a pivotal stage in her survival, really made me dislike her.
Her attitude took nothing away from the story for me though and that was a major reason for loving it all the way through. As with the other books, there was always the sense of doom that you couldnt quite shake which made it so exciting. Not just for the obvious eruption of Mount Vesuvius but all the other dangers surrounding Amara's life.
The descriptions of the destruction of Pompeii was really immersive and the way people grabbed at the chance to essentially reinvent themselves while others wanted to continue in the old ways, was so heartbreaking for me.
In short, I loved it and cant wait to hold the official copy in my hands.
The Temple of Fortuna is out November 9th
Thank you to the beautiful and amazing, Elodie Harper and Head of Zeus for this ARC.
All opinions are my own.
One of my favourite series of all time about the ancient world.
I’m terribly sad for this to end, as i haven’t found anything quite like this that truly captures the raw emotions felt by the women that were enslaved and wanting to progress for safety in the ancient world.
I can’t wait to see what further projects Elodie Harper works on in future. I seriously hope we may get some of these characters again.
This extract confirmed that I need to read this ASAP!