The Temple of Fortuna
By Elodie Harper (Author)
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The Temple of Fortuna
by Elodie Harper
Amara's journey has taken her far; from enslavement in Pompeii's wolf den brothel to her new life as a high-powered courtesan in Rome, but 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 79 CE, and mighty Mount Vesuvius is about to make itself known . . .
Readers of Jennifer Saint's Ariadne, Natalie Haynes books like A Thousand Ships and Stone Blind, and other novels based on Ancient Roman and Greek mythology—as well as fans of inspiring feminist historical fiction exploring the worlds of Ancient Greece and Rome—will love Harper's acclaimed Wolf Den Trilogy. Anyone looking for a book that centers women’s perspectives on the historic events of Pompeii will be captivated by Amara’s story, which starts with the first book in the trilogy, The Wolf Den, a Barnes & Noble Our Monthly Fiction Pick, a Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month, and a critically acclaimed UK bestseller.
PRAISE““[A] fierce, vividly imagined, and deeply feminist saga that pushes the boundaries about what historical fiction is supposed to be and do . . . [The Temple of Fortuna] cements Harper’s place alongside other game-changers in this genre space like Hilary Mantel and Ken Follett. A series ender that’s immensely satisfying on every level, the book once again wrestles with complex questions of agency, morality, and survival, even as it spins a compelling story of romance, politics, and unimaginable disaster.” —Paste Magazine
“[A] thrilling and devastating conclusion to this series.”—Red Magazine (UK)
“The conclusion of Harper’s magnificent Wolf Den trilogy has been keenly anticipated, and thankfully, it’s every bit as good as its predecessors . . . . Harper evokes ancient Rome with a classicist’s authority and a storyteller’s pace and intrigue, skillfully combining pathos and humour with plot twists. The tough and canny Amara remains one of the most fascinating characters in contemporary historical fiction.”—The Observer (UK)
“Amara must fight, once again, to save herself and those she loves. Elodie Harper’s description of the most famous volcanic eruption in history, and of the attempts of those caught in it to survive, is brilliantly done. The Temple of Fortuna is a thrilling conclusion to one of the best historical fiction trilogies since Hilary Mantel sent Thomas Cromwell to the scaffold.”—The Times (UK)
“Elodie Harper has concluded this trilogy in the most perfect way imaginable. She sweeps the reader into the world of ancient Rome and Pompeii so effortlessly—we are there, utterly absorbed in every detail. . . . [It is] unbelievably beautiful, emotional, and powerful. . . . I was on tenterhooks to see how her story would end. Now I feel bereft that the series is complete and there is no more.”—Jennifer Saint, bestselling author of Ariadne
“Once again, Elodie Harper has delivered a truly captivating novel where the destruction of Pompeii is vividly realized amid the epic and satisfying climax to Amara's powerful journey. A stunning final installment and an absolute triumph! I loved it.”—Susan Stokes-Chapman, bestselling author of Pandora
“Utterly original, vibrant, and unflinching, this is one of my favorite trilogies ever written. Harper has done something extraordinary: she has shown us a world we thought we already knew, but through the lenses of characters whose voices we had never heard. Her research is richly detailed, bringing to life a world where beauty and brutality always coexisted. Amara, Britannica, Philos, Victoria, and Berenice will stay with me for a long time.”—Costanza Casati, author of Clytemnestra
“The perfect balance of tension and hope make The Temple of Fortuna an unputdownable read. With Harper's trademark eye for character, dynamic, and drama, readers are sure to enjoy this triumphant conclusion to one of the most original historical fiction trilogies of our time.”—Luna McNamara, author of Psyche and Eros
“Combines the breakneck pace of an unputdownable thriller with the heart of a love story in which Elodie's female characters remain fiercely and resolutely themselves within a society and geography that seeks to crush them. Although steeped in the sex, violence, and decay of Pompeii, the characters leap from the page with all the fire and fury of modern women without ever feeling anachronistic. The conclusion was perfect. I loved it.”—Caroline Lea, author of Prize Women
"Is Elodie Harper a time traveler? It would help explain The Temple of Fortuna's brilliance—the meticulous level of detail, how richly the world of Pompeii is brought to life, the vivid reenactment of the disaster which befalls it. This book is superb—I couldn't put it down.”—Louise O'Neill, author of Idol
“This series has completely consumed me. Elodie Harper conjures the ancient world onto the page in vivid, immersive detail and weaves a thoroughly compelling story of courage, hope, and bonds worth fighting for.”—Bea Fitzgerald, author of Girl, Goddess, Queen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Elodie Harper is a journalist and prize-winning writer. She is currently a reporter and presenter at ITV News, and has also worked as a producer for Channel 4 News. Elodie studied Latin poetry, both in the original and in translation, as part of her English Literature degree at Oxford, instilling a lifelong interest in the ancient world. The Wolf Den, the first in a trilogy of novels about the lives of women in ancient Pompeii, was a number-one London Times bestseller.