Goodreads: The Dovekeepers
Author: Alice Hoffman
Published: 4th October 2011 (Simon and Schuster)
Rating: 4/5 (Really liked it)
Official Summary: “Over five years in the writing, The Dovekeepers is Alice Hoffman’s most ambitious and mesmerizing novel, a tour de force of imagination and research, set in ancient Israel.
In 70 C.E., 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 horrifically brutal 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 an 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.” – Goodreads
Review: When it first switched to a different narrative, I was a little annoyed. I had gotten so sucked in with the main character, Yael. But then the more I listened, the more I again got sucked into a different angle to the story. Each new narrative just added a whole new layer to the story already created with the first character.
I was really surprised I enjoyed this book as much as I did. It wasn’t all action, there was very little of the action I am used too. Swords/fighting and what not. But the character building, the background information and just everything about this story just sucked me in from the first chapter. I was rooting for all the characters that were narrated. I wanted to see them survive, I wanted to see them happy.