The Bronze Bow
There are so many good books out there today and a fantastic one is The Bronze Bow, written by Elizabeth George Speare in 1962. The definition of a historical novel is a novel that has as its setting a period of history and that attempts to convey the spirit, manners, and social conditions of a past age with realistic detail and historical fact. The Bronze Bow is a great historical novel for many reasons, but the main ones are that it is set in a great time and place, has real historical people in it and it has a amazing story.
The historical setting in The Bronze Bow has a lot to do with the whole story. The setting combines with the people and the time. It took place in and around Capernaum, on the northern bank of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. The time was the first century when the Romans had power over the Jews. The Jews did not like being slaves for the Romans and that is the conflict in this story. It really helped me understand how the Jews lived and worked. The setting was really interesting, but wait till you hear about the characters.
The characters were all interesting and played a big part in the book. Some historical people in this book I know from the Bible: Jesus, Simon Peter, and some of Jesus’s disciples. They were a big structure of the story and it made it a lot more interesting having a story mixed with Jesus’s life. Knowing the background characters helped make Daniel and Joel sound more real. Daniel was the main character and he left his family to join a group that were going to fight against the Romans. Joel was a rich Jewish boy and became friends with Daniel, but Joel’s father was a priest and didn’t like Daniel very much. Their adventures made me want to be a part of the story.
The storyline of the book was really great and it was written in a very easy way to understand. A strength of the book were in the details. The author didn’t just explain what Daniel was doing, she explained what he was thinking and how he was feeling. The rebels had a big plan to go against the Romans but it didn’t work out the way they were expecting. Daniel was impatient so he left the rebels and started making a plan to fight the Romans that were invading his land. Jesus healed Daniel’s sister and made him hate the Romans less. It had some really intense parts and a few slow parts that always kept you interested.
All around The Bronze Bow was a good book for many reasons: it had a excellent setting, characters that pulled you into their lives and a great story line. I liked how it all flowed together and was easy to read. I have read a lot of historical novels in my lifetime, but this one really stood out. I would recommend this book to everybody, especially if you are interested in the Jewish and Roman conflict of the first century. Another book that I read by Elizabeth George Speare was The Sign Of The Beaver and that was great, so after reading these two historical novels it makes me more interested in reading her other novels.