In The Bronze Bow, Amalek is a blacksmith to whom Daniel is bound as an apprentice. He was a cruel man and treated Daniel harshly, but Daniel's grandmother knew that her grandson needed to learn a trade, plus she needed the money that Daniel's indenture brought. She was ill and had no resources to buy food for herself, Daniel, and his sister. But Daniel feels that his grandmother had sold him into slavery.
By the time the story starts, Daniel has long since run away from Amalek. He has been living in the mountains with Rosh and his band of men for five years. He serves as blacksmith for them, using the skills that Amalek taught him, for despite the harsh treatment, Daniel did learn, and he became an excellent blacksmith.
Daniel remembers another boy, older than he, who was also apprenticed to Amalek. He is named Simon, and by the time the story starts, he is known as Simon the Zealot. After Daniel meets Joel and his sister, Simon comes to visit him on the mountain and tells him that Amalek is dead. Daniel can return home, but Daniel isn't sure that he wants to. He has found a life with Rosh and his men, a life that he believes suits him. Yet he agrees to go with Simon and visit his family now that Amalek is no longer a threat to him.