If you like realistic, action-oriented medieval pieces, you should like Mimus, a well-researched book by Lilli Thal. If you get a particularly sly smile on your face at the idea of jesters, then you should love this book. Imagine if your father’s greatest enemy, a neighboring king, enslaved you and made you the apprentice of a mean-spirited jester. The only thing keeping you alive is the malice-filled mirth the king gets out of your suffering.
The jester, Mimus, is an amazing character. He really makes the book…not that he is necessarily heroic, or, rather, even a good person, but he is a great character. This is definitely one of the better written teen books. The world is realistic, the characters go through believable emotional stress, the adventure is tense, and the prince is a character for which you can root. A really good read for fans of adventure, castles, and jesters. If you agree that there should be more jesters in books, a great bawdy read (it’s hilarious as hell and twice as dirty) about a jester is Fool by Christopher Moore.