The Bronze Bow

      Some Jews, like Daniel, hate Romans because they killed his parents. Most Jews are submissive to the Romans. Daniel cannot understand this. He grappels with his hatred and want for vengeance, so he joins in the brutal raids of the outlaws living in the hills. His grandmother’s death forces him to move home and care for his sister, who is possesed of demons. He continues his dangerous life by leading a group of boys in spying and plotting, waiting to force the Romans out of Israel.

       Daniel hears of the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth, but turns away again and again, confused by his lack of action towards the Romans. Jesus teaches him that vengeance cannot conquer vengeance, but love can. The loyalty of Daniel’s friend Joel, the love of Joel’s sister, Thacia (Malthace), and the innocent needs of Daniel’s own sister, Leah, helps him realize that a sword for a sword will take not his own life but another’s, but love for vengeance can conquer.

       I, personally, loved this book. I actually cried at the end, and when you read this, it feels like meeting Jesus face to face. You feel for Daniel, who’s surge of hatred is so strong, he cannot bear the sight of a Roman, just like he cannot understand Jesus’s parable of the Good Samaritan (Jews and Samaritans hated each other). Daniel is a very well-rounded character with depth and meaning. As protagonist, we not only want to hear his story but feel with him as he struggles to understand love. All the characters have depth and meaning.

       The characters vividly real, the story gripping, and plus, it takes place in Jerusalem at the time of Christ.This is a five-star book and needs to be read right now. If you are looking for a book with depth and meaning, this is the perfect book for you.


About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

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