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4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,094 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
Two mighty kingdoms have been engaged in endless, merciless war, but change appears imminent. King Philip is meeting his arch-enemy, 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, 12-year-old Prince Florin is lured to the castle, where the same horror awaits him.

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Hardcover, 397 pages
Published 2005 by Annick Press (first published 2003)
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May 19, 2016 Jiessie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any living creature. Including animals and plants.
Beautiful. There is simply no other words to describe what I felt after reading this book. When it ended, I felt as if my heart was ripped out of my body, and placed into a blender on high, while I was getting methamphetamine injected into my bloodstreams. Truly beautiful.

I had finished reading this book quite some time ago, but did not- no, could not write a proper review. Nothing in my bull**** ridden mind could come together to string a proper sentence to explain this, and do the book justice
May 03, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mimus is now one of my favorite books of all time, and will stay as one of my favorites. (And jesters are officially the best thing ever.) Here is why:

1. The plot is unique and intriguing. And the execution was splendid.

The two kingdoms, Moltovia and Vinland are at war. To end this, King Phillip of Moltovia meets his archenemy, King Theodo, to sign a peace treaty. However, he is betrayed. King Phillip and his men find themselves whisked to Theodo's dungeons, tortured and to be executed. Phillip
Jun 15, 2015 Qing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Brief premise: The kings of Moltovia and Vinland have long hated each other, and the people passes on stories on how undesirable and repugnant the other is.

It was strange then that the King of Vinland, Theodo, invited King Philip to a peace-offering banquet in his castle. Strange, but to Prince Florin of Moltovia that meant that there will be finally peace between the neighbouring countries.

When Prince Florin receives a missive from his father to join him at the banquet, he sets off eagerly and
Jul 28, 2009 Elisse rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mimus starts out as a classic fairy tale, with a prince and a king and a war. Luckily, it soon distinguishes itself from the other oft-trodden plot lines. Unluckily, it doesn't do much after that. There 's a big spot in the middle where not much happens at all and he just goes around jestering, and it gives the impression that with a bit less of that it could have made a good short story. Mimus is a fairy tale, and somewhat fun to read, with occaisional action bits and funny bits, but it just do ...more
May 31, 2015 Coenraad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lilli Thal skep met Mimus 'n uitstekende spanningsverhaal wat in die Middeleeue afspeel. Koning Philip van Monfiel en sy seun, kroonprins Florin, word deur 'n aartsvyand, koning Theodo van Vinland, in 'n lokval gelei en gevange geneem. Philip en belangrike adellikes van Monfiel word in die kerker aangehou, terwyl op Florin 'n besondere vernedering wag: hy word die hofnar se leerjonge. Gedurende die maande in Kasteel Bellingar leer hy dinge wat nooit van 'n seun uit die adelstand verwag sal word ...more
Michelle Pegram
Once you enter the world that Thal has created in Mimus, you will find it hard to leave.

The kingdoms of Moltavia and Vinland have been at war for years, but now they seem on the verge of peace that was brokered with the assistance of a neighboring kingdom. King Theodo of Vinland has invited King Philip of Moltavia and his advisors to a celebration of peace at his castle Bellingar. Florin, King Philip's son, has been summoned to the feast and is just beginning to think about a world at peace in
Aug 01, 2008 Eh?Eh! rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babble-added
teen fic. well written and a little more grim than I thought it would be. asks the question whether one can change emotional defenses built up over many years - in this case, no.
I'm not sure why I liked this book so much. But you know you're enjoying something when you're sad for it to end. I got to the last CD and felt a little forlorn. I actually looked forward to my commute.
The book takes place in medieval times, but has nothing of magic or fantasy. I think the real genius of this book is it's fully-developed characters and realistic details.
Be warned, the book is a little (okay a lot) depressing and has some ungodly language and a pinch of vulgarity. (I think this i
Jul 01, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read of this genre, Mimus is intense in its premise and probably one of the most engaging stories I've had the pleasure of reading. The best part about the story is, of course, the character of Mimus, the spiteful and dark-humored Fool that is the center of the story, despite not being its protagonist. The other characters actually seemed rather grey and unoriginal in comparison to him, which is the only part about this book that I found lacking.

That aside, however, t
Jul 05, 2013 Cassandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most intriguing and enigmatic YA books I've encountered--the kind that your mind keeps turning over and over afterwards. There's an unfathomableness, a moral ambiguity to the character of Mimus which is mildly unsettling, but in a slow creeping sort of way that hits you unawares while your attention is elsewhere.
It's the sort of book that's difficult for me to frame an opinion of: there's some humor, and some action-adventurey bits, and a driving, well-paced plot, but that's not what
Nov 26, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it
I'm not sure why so many people shelved this under "fantasy" - there aren't any fantasy elements to it. The book takes place in the Middle Ages, but it's a fairly realistic Middle Ages. If you're looking for magic, elves, or witches, you won't find them here.

It's not every day that you read a complex, engaging YA historical fiction book about the Middle Ages that doesn't incorporate fantasy elements, but Mimus is just such a book - and because of its realism and its moral ambiguity, it's a book
Alisa Kester
Jul 03, 2009 Alisa Kester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
We start with a pretty basic fantasy plot: One prince, captured by an evil king, who against all odds must somehow escape and save not only himself, but his father and the entire kingdom. But just when you think you've got the plot all figured out, it twists itself into something more interesting. The 'evil king' isn't actually any more evil than the prince's own father - they are simply two arrogant rulers with a history of mutual deception and dishonor. It's actually rather difficult to feel s ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Katja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mimus is a great book that contains many different elements that draw you into the story and keep you there.. Something that I found particularly enjoyable is how you can never predict what is going to happen next, and if you think you have it all figured out you are thrown a curve ball that sends the story in a completely different direction.
At the beginning of the book when Florin receives the letter supposedly sent by his father you never imagine the treachery in wait for him when he arrive
Beth Ann
Jul 22, 2013 Beth Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like many, mistakenly, I first had Mimus marked as fantasy. I suppose I am so used to anything set in the Middle Ages including dragons and unicorns and such, but I had to take a step back and say HOLD ON! This book has more in common with Catherine, Called Birdy than Ella Enchanted (though I love both of those as well.) Mimus doesn't even have a Merlin-ish wizard like Camelot. The counties of Moltovia and Vinland might not have existed, but the story presents them in a realistic way and puts th ...more
Okay so it took about 6 months be we finally finished this. It was good. I mean I wouldn't read it just for fun but reading it with my son WAS fun. It may have been a bit beyond his 11-year old reading level but that's another reason it was good to read this with him. He didn't ever seem to get bored so that's a good sign.

It's basically a medieval "fantasy" with no magic, set in a world with christianity but different countries. It seems kind of strange to mix the two becuase for a while you're
Apr 03, 2009 Lorie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grabbed this book at the library because the cover and story line looked good. Read it and could not get the storyline out of my mind. Even though I had to get over some of the language, I found it very entertaining.

A prince is forced into becoming a court jester after a rival king's betrayal of peace, leaving his father in a dungeons. He has to endure the torture and humiliation to buy time to save his father and himself. While his country is crumbling without a king and the numerous misfortun
Dec 02, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Treason, trickery and Midieval mischief are the ingrediants with which Lilly Thal invites us into her world, a place full with shifting wall panels, dread and poison, a time in the history of the world where tomorrow was always doubted and honesty was always compromised by the aftereffects of a night on the street.

Unfortunately for poor Thal, this novel didn't gain so much as a few kind words from newspapers and teens afar, and was left on the shelves for adventurous readers, such as myself, th
Apr 05, 2016 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slmta
Prince Florin is awaiting word of his father's negotiations to end the protracted war between Moltovia and Vinland. When the boy is summoned to Vinland for the celebration of the war's end, he finds treason and trickery, as King Philip and other Moltovian leaders are now prisoners, and he is apprenticed to Mimus , King Theodo's jester. Florin's former life of luxury is over as he lives in the same tower as the king's menagerie, faces near-starvation, and is not permitted to leave the castle. His ...more
Yuki Nagato
Aug 05, 2015 Yuki Nagato rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
"Mimus" by Lilli Thal had a very interesting story. It was fun to see such a high standard prince become the lowest of the low- become a jeseter.

I feel I must give it 3.5 stars (they can't make a half star) because there was so much more that could've been done in order to improve the story more. I simply expected more. But I put it a .5 instead of a solid 3 because honnestly, if there was a second book, I would read it!

The filler chapters where Prince Florin jests is good sidetrack from the
This is definitely a one-character book, the way The Dark Knight is a one-character movie.

The protagonist of the book Mimus is not the title character for a reason. He fulfills the trope of Too Stupid to Live to a T and only occasionally gets a funny line or self aware moment. He's a spoiled prince through and through and somehow comes off as overly whiny even in a situation that should make you feel sorry for him. Overly suspicious yet can't take a hint, wallowing in self-pity yet unbearably co
Jun 10, 2007 Annie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens who like historical fiction
jordan's telling me that this isn't fantasy because there are no magical things, creatures that are unexplainable by science. i maintain that it is merely because it isn't happening on earth. i don't know who's right. I loved this book because there was excellent character development. As a coming of age story goes, it really got to the meat of how you define yourself when you have nothing material to your name and the few things you do have define you in a way that isn't true. So there.
May 27, 2016 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up at my local library after falling in love with the cover (and being intrigued by the premise), and was entranced from page one. Not only was the world compelling and realistic (not surprising given the authors' degrees), but the characters were also sympathetic and complex (Mimus especially, Florin and Theodo too). The pacing was nearly perfect, each page drawing me farther into the story, with the only problem being that it ended at all (the ending felt slightly rushed as ...more
Thoroughly entertaining yet subtle and sophisticated characterizations. Compelling plot. Set in medieval times, tells the story of Prince Florin, captured along with his father the king and his father's nobles by a rival king. Florin is given as apprentice to the sour and complex court jester - Mimus. How will Florin escape and save his father? Great narration by Maxwell Caulfield. Presents as fantasy,but really historical fiction.
Feb 10, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My friend recommended this book to me, and when I first saw it I was kind of reluctant to read it. But after I started reading it I couldn't stop! It was a great book! It's probably one of my favorites now.

When it started out it was just kind of the basic fairy tale story line, with the two kingdoms at war, but then after he was made into the jester it got really good. I really liked this book especially because of how different it is from a lot of the books I've read. A lot of the books have a
Jun 01, 2016 Remagamer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a peace treaty is betrayed, a prince finds himself whisked away from his comfortable life to entertain his enemies as a jester's apprentice. Lilli Thal creates a compelling and well-developed world within one castle, with interesting characters such as the titular Mimus. I liked the constant wordplay that the book engages in, the interesting characters and their complex personalities, and especially the ending, which is spectacular in its simplicity. I recommend this book to those who like ...more
Hamda Almuhairi
This book is so criminally underrated. I've had this book on my shelf for over three years and I only got it on a whim in the first place.

Mimus has a very strange tone, perhaps something was lost -or gained- in the process of translation that made this book so different. It doesn't read like typical English books. Translators are rarely given their dues but John Brownjohn deserves a tip of the hat here. There were so many poems and songs and witty pieces of dialogue that I absolutely loved, and
Sep 30, 2009 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mimus by Lilli Thal is an excellent fantasy book set in a mythical world of many kingdoms. There are two kingdoms in war with one another. The main character is Florin, a prince of one of the kingdoms. The conflicts and problems in this book are simple. The other kingdom's king uses a dirty trick to capture Florin where upon capture, he is to become Mimus's apprentice. Mimus is the Jester and Florin must learn to be a jester and try to save his father who was also captured. I felt the author rea ...more
Feb 02, 2011 Krystle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t actually know anything about this book before I read it – more of a by chance prowl through my library’s shelves and saw the intriguing cover art and snapped it right up. And I was not disappointed.

The wordplay in this book is fabulous. It’s what I love the most about it. The puns, riddles, and clever puzzles used by carefully chosen words have you pondering them long after you’ve turned the page. They’re playful, dark, and quite genius. Some I would have never been able to think up on
El Templo
"Estas navidades encontramos dos libros con portadas similares en la sección de novedades juveniles. Uno de ellos, Sebastian Darke, príncipe de los bufones, publicado por Alfaguara, llama la atención por su colorido y el alegre cascabel que cuelga de él. El otro, Mimus, cortesía de la editorial Anaya, muestra en su portada a un bufón de sonrisa inquietante y hasta siniestra. ¿Qué es esto? ¿Dos libros de temática similar que salen casi a la vez? ¿Casualidad o contraprogramación editorial? La curi ...more
Sep 29, 2012 Tyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I'll make it simple. This book is depressing for a long time. The reason I liked it is because of the hints of the start of a romantic relationship between two characters. It has some scandalous language as people say, and there are parts I skip. I would be very selective about who reads this book.
For those who wish to know more, this is a book about twelve-year-old Prince Florin. He is the crown prince of his kingdom which has been at war with the neighboring kingdom of Bellengar from
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German-born in 1960, Thal was educated in medieval history, information technology, and multimedia before beginning her freelance writing career in 2002. That same year she won the "Martin" award for the best children's mystery story and has continued earning prizes for her work. Thal lives and works from her home in Germany.
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