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The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel: “striking….Hoffman grounds her expansive, intricately woven, and deepest new novel in biblical history, with a devotion and seriousness of purpose” (Entertainment Weekly).

Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. Based on this tragic and iconic event, Hoffman’s novel is a spellbinding tale of four extraordinarily bold, resourceful, and sensuous women, each of whom has come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father, an expert assassin, never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her young grandsons, rendered mute by what they have witnessed. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman who finds passion with a fellow soldier. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power.

The lives of these four complex and fiercely independent women intersect in the desperate days of the siege. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets—about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

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    Excellent Read

    This book provides an excellent perspective of the time and events that took place. The characters are well-developed and the storyline was captivating. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

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    One of the best books I have ever read. Beautifully written.

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    Fantastic read!

    A deep and emotional story with many layers waiting to to unveiled by the reader. Author managed to portray the many faces of women and their sacrifices.

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    The Dove Keepers

    Awesome book. So nice to get a take on what the Jewish women went through during the Roman Rule. I've read other books regarding this topic and enjoy everyone of them. The book was well written and definitely well resouced by the author. Wonderful reed. Keep me interested every page :)

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    Great story line

    Wonderfully written tale of the last refuge of the Jews as they sought refuge from the Roman army. As dictated from various females you are gradually introduced to the characters of the book and the intertwining of their story lines. This gives you an appreciation for their sacrifices, their loves and their incredible strength as they dealt with faith and the realities of war.

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