Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

The Dovekeepers

This book is a hauntingly beautiful masterpiece of suspence, love, and history.  It follows the stories of 4 women on their journeys to Masada,their joys and sorrows, their loves, their hopes and dreams and their lives at Masada and it's horrific end.  Based on extensive historical research, this book brings the people of Masada, their lives and deaths and their fate, to life and reality sharing the faith of the people who lived and died there in a heart wrenching and captivating story. 
We follow the stories of Yael, the daughter of an assassin,who goes to Masada with her father after an ardourous journey through the desert; Revka, a baker's wife who goes with her grandsons and son-in-law to Masada after seeing her daughter murdered by Roman soldiers; Aziza, daughter of Shirah, who was raised as a boy and is an excellent warrior, and her mother Shirah, a witch from Alexandria.  Their lives are intertwined even before they all became dovekeepers in Masada as they live out their fates together.
The author spent 5 years researching the history behind this story and visited Masada and it shows in her writing.  Totally uber-fantastic! 
This is the first book that I have read by Alice Hoffman and it certainly won't be the last.

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