900 Jews holding out against the Romans on a mountain in a place known as Masada. This story is about the two woman and five children who survived.
The author manages to bring the characters and the situation into raw, awe inspiring life. She combines historical detail, life, drama, and magic in a book that I can only fully recommend you read.
After reading the book I wanted to visit Masada. It’s a place I’d heard about as a child, but never given much thought to. Like so many of the best books of this sort, one of its strengths is that it is primarily about people, but also full of detail on the situation in the middle east in that time.