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Mimus is as luminous and entertaining as Cornelia Funke's Thief Lord or Inkheart , yet Lilli Thal has created a dramatic and spellbinding universe all her own. The dark Middle Ages jump to life in blazing color in this world of adventure and imagination.

Two mighty kingdoms are engaged in endless, merciless war, but change appears imminent. King Philip is meeting his archenemy, King Theodo, to sign a peace treaty. But King Philip and his men are tricked and consigned to the squalid dungeons of King Theodo's castle. Soon, his son, 12-year-old Prince Florin, is lured to the castle, where the same horror awaits him.

On a whim, King Theodo decides to make the captive crown prince his second Fool, trained by Mimus, an enigmatic, occasionally spiteful, and unpredictable court jester. To add to Florin's misery, he and Mimus are fed a daily portion of gruel, forced to live in a dark, damp tower, and required to entertain the court on demand. But events ultimately turn for Florin and the other captives. They escape and it is Mimus's intervention that helps make it possible.

Mimus is a stunning novel that will take readers in its grip and hold them until the last page is turned. Through the brilliant rhymes, jokes, and wordplay of Mimus, the unceasing action and compelling events are sprinkled with lightness and humor.

Publisher: Toronto : Annick Press, c2005
ISBN: 9781550379259
Branch Call Number: THAL
Characteristics: 394 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Brownjohn, John


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Nov 04, 2012

It went on a bit, but was fairly good. I mean, I finished it and it was worth the time. So it was ok.

VenusJade Aug 22, 2012

One of the best books I have ever read. The author spins a tale of courage and wits. Mimus's character is so very compelling, like no other character before. This book will leave you astounded and satisfied.

May 17, 2012

One of the greatest translations I've read so far.

Jul 22, 2011

I was at first put off by the cover illustration, however once I began reading it I was hooked!
Prince Florin who was forced to become the court jester of an enemy king at the risk of the lives of his father's and his own. The book gives the readers a chance to see how Mimus (the enemy king's jester and the captive prince's mentor) uses his wits and talents to survive in the court of a harsh ruler.
If you love stories of middle ages and a bit of intrigue this one is probably for you.

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