The Dovekeepers: A Novel

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An ambitious and mesmerizing novel from the bestselling author of Rules of Magic. The Dovekeepers is “striking….Hoffman grounds her expansive, intricately woven, and deepest new novel in biblical history, with a devotion and seriousness of purpose” (Entertainment Weekly).

Nearly two thousand years ago, 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 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 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.


  • Dovekeepers 01 Opening

    Duration: 38s
  • Dovekeepers 02 Yael

    Duration: 26min
  • Dovekeepers 03 MyFatherHad

    Duration: 21min
  • Dovekeepers 04 AtNightWe

    Duration: 23min
  • Dovekeepers 05 WeWereNearly

    Duration: 20min
  • Dovekeepers 06 WhenAtLast

    Duration: 24min
  • Dovekeepers 07 TheNightsGrew

    Duration: 26min
  • Dovekeepers 08 OnTheMorning

    Duration: 25min
  • Dovekeepers 09 AtTheStart

    Duration: 23min
  • Dovekeepers 10 WeWentWalking

    Duration: 28min
  • Dovekeepers 11 OneEveningA

    Duration: 23min
  • Dovekeepers 12 ASuddenCold

    Duration: 07min
  • Dovekeepers 13 WhenIWent

    Duration: 27min
  • Dovekeepers 14 MyBrotherLed

    Duration: 16min
  • Dovekeepers 15 ITookTo

    Duration: 29min
  • Dovekeepers 16 TheRainySeason

    Duration: 12min
  • Dovekeepers 17 Revka

    Duration: 12min
  • Dovekeepers 18 BeforeYaelCame

    Duration: 18min
  • Dovekeepers 19 IKnewSomething

    Duration: 28min
  • Dovekeepers 20 ThatTerribleDay

    Duration: 27min
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