Book review for the book The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
An engaging read that kept me tied to the story until it was finished.
The story is set around the historic events surrounding the Masada massacre, which up to now I knew nothing about so I became very interested in the historic events and feel I’m going to look more into that.
Masada a rock fortress built in the Judean desert by King Herod and where some 900 Jews retreat to as their towns and villages are destroyed by the Roman army who were systematically hunting down the Jewish population and slaughtering every man woman and child, any who were not killed were taken into slavery.
We follow the lives of four very strong females, Yael the lioness, Revka the bakers wife, Aziza the warrior and Shirah the Witch of Moab and their journeys to Masada and how they all end up working in the dovecotes, side by side.
As the ending was based on true facts and according to the historian, Josephus, two of these women and five children survived the horrendous event you know whats coming. Does it make it any the less horrendous, no, and you could certainly guess what was going to happen.This isn’t a bad thing.
I have two complaints really about this book.
I would loved to have had the females with more differentiation between them as towards the end I felt like they were all the one voice.
The other complaint was I felt it needed a good editor to shave perhaps a 100 pages or so off it as I really was just wanting to get to the last meaty part of it. By the time I was reading the last story about the Witch of Moab I felt I nearly knew enough about her already, which is a shame as she was interesting and I felt the one who tied them all together.
Over all though a really good read and one which has sparked my interest in finding out more about Masada. This book heads the list of one of the best I’ve read this year so far.
This book was not for any of my challenges on the blog but was the book this month for the book club I’m part of..if your interested check the club out HERE
This book would rate 4 Toadstools on my rating (see right hand side)
I’ve now moved onto something a lot more light hearted, not my usual style but then its good to break out of our reading moulds every so often. This is a library book so will be counted towards my library book reading challenge.
When her father becomes ill, single city girl Laney Barwell moves to the Cotswolds to look after him. She’s been looking for fireworks in her love life ever since she broke up with her predictable ex-boyfriend Giles, but she has no thoughts of kindling the spark she’s looking for here. If she can’t find love in a big city like London – with all its internet dating, singles nights, and socials – how can she ever hope to meet the man of her dreams in the tiny village of St Pontian? But there are two prospects when she gets there: Martin who can always be depended on for a kind word of advice. And Toby, who is distant, but who sets her heart ablaze. When it comes to love, should Laney trust the logic of her head or the racing of her heart?
Book review from myself when its read.
Book Count totals:
Whats in a Name 6 challenge : 3/6
To Be Read Challenge : 1/12
Library Book Reading Challenge : 1/12
Total Books Read Personal Challenge 2013 : 4/12
For this post I’m linking up with Book Journey