The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

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. Four extraordinarily bold and resourceful women have each 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, brings her young grandsons to Masada following the brutal murder of her daughter. Aziza is a warrior's daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and an expert marksman. Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets - about who they are, where they come from, and whom they love.

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