War has cast its cold shadow over the kingdom of Moltovia, but finally, peace appears to be at hand. Prince Florin races to join his father at the joyous banquet in the court of their former enemy, but is greeted by betrayal. Spared the dungeon that is the fate of his father and his loyal followers, he is enslaved as a lowly apprentice to the spiteful and wily court jester, Mimus.Banished to a damp tower and forced to play the fool alongside Mimus, Florin despairs. How can he, a mere boy, save his father, the kingdom, and his own life?
Bristling with wit, Mimus is a gripping and suspenseful saga of medieval deception and cunning.
"[A] well-realized adventure." (School Library Journal)
"A sophisticated and engrossing historical tale by a writer who brings exceptional attention to detail, character development, and theme." (Booklist)
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Not only for children
As a keen listener and a reader of fantasy books, I've learned that many of these genre books do not live up to expectations. Many ideas in fantasy books tend to repeat themselves. Others simply lack the capability of describing a fantastic reality and ideas.
To my utter surprise, Mimus does not fall into these pitfalls.
The story is well written. The characters are convincing, the narrative is delicious.
You certainly don't have to be a child to enjoy this book.
I enjoyed every minute of it.
Mimus tends to keep you on edge. You can relate with each and every passing moment the main character- the young prince is experiencing.
The downfall of a young pampered prince into a court gesture is not an easy one, and Lilli Thall magnificently illustrates the torments of this fall.
I would certainly recommend this book to anyone I know of.
- Gil Kleinert
Neatly Packaged Young Reader