Book Review: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

From the inside cover: After witnessing his father’s crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by a single passion: to avenge his father’s death by driving the Roman legions from the land of Israel. Consumed by hatred, Daniel joins the brutal raids of an outlaw band living in the hills outside his village. Though his grandmother’s death slows his plans by forcing him to move home to care for his younger sister, he continues his dangerous life by leading a group of boy guerrillas in spying and plotting, impatiently waiting to take revenge.

In nearby Capernaum, a rabbi is teaching a different lesson.Time and again Daniel is drawn to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, only to turn away, disappointed and confused by Jesus’s lack of action in opposing the Romans. Devoid of tenderness and forgiveness  headstrong Daniel is also heedless of the loyalty of his friend Joel; the love of Joel’s sister Malthace; and the needs of his own disturbed sister, Leah, dragging them down his destructive path towards disaster.

We read this in my Christian Studies class at school, and I must say, I greatly enjoyed it. The characters are real, the story is gripping, the facts are (to the extent of my knowledge) historically accurate. My favorite character was Thacia, twin sister to Joel and friend to Daniel and Leah.

I strongly recommend The Bronze Bow to anybody and everybody.

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Filed under Ages 10-12, Ages 13-15, Books I Liked, Historical Fiction

One response to “Book Review: The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

  1. ElloSweetie

    I read that i forth grade back then i thought it was the most boring book in the world, but im thinking of re-reading it.

    —Noelle

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