In 70 A.D. the Roman army continually attacked Masada, a fortress in Judea housing nine hundred Jews. An ancient historian claims only two women and five children survived the ultimate massacre. This is that tale.
The Dovekeepers follows four Jewish women forced to flee their homes and journey through the desert in search of refuge. Each woman tells her desperate, courageous story with her own voice: the assassin's daughter, the baker's wife, the warrior's love, and the Witch of Moab. The women begin in solitude and end intertwined as dovekeepers at Masada.
Hoffman weaves history, magic, mythology, and religion into an inspiring novel. This book is the opposite of chick lit fluff. It is well-written and elegant. I can honestly say this was one of my all time favorite novels. I give it five out of five stars. Simply amazing.