Some books makes your heart sing. The Dovekeepers (Duevokterne på norsk) is one of those books!
It's one of those books you both want to read in one sitting and one you want to last forever.
I read this book over several weeks so I would not miss a single beautiful poetic word. The book is devided into four parts and told my four women. And it combined my three favorite themes: Strong Women, Historical Fact, and Magic.
This is the first book I have read by Alice Hoffman, but I know I have to check out some of her other books.
Description from Goodreads:
Blends mythology, magic, archaeology and women. Traces four women, their path to the Masada massacre. In 70 CE, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived.
Four bold, resourceful, and sensuous women come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father 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 twin grandsons, rendered mute by their own witness. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman, who finds passion with another soldier. Shirah is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The four lives intersect in the desperate days of the siege, as the Romans draw near. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets — about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.