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The Last Battle (The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) #7)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  144,977 ratings  ·  3,101 reviews
Many Narnian years have passed since Eustace and Jill helped ensure the Royal line. But when they are jerked back violently into this strangest of lands they find the present King in danger and Narnia facing its darkest hour. With Eustace and Jill at his side, the King, the noble unicorn Jewel and a few remaining loyal subjects must stand fast against the powers of evil an ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published 1988 by Macmillan Publishing Co. (first published September 4th 1956)
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Lewis understands the way the world works better than any other writer I have ever read. It's likely due to his appreciation for story and powerful imagination fed by scripture. This book was eye opening for me to feel truth about how deception and our societies work in rebellion to God, through a fictional story. It was painful to recognize the major battle and struggle that is so slippery and subtle in our own lives. It would feel better to feel the stark good vs evil contrast in the Lion the ...more

A dismayingly poor conclusion to the series... I honestly don't understand why a fair number of people apparently like it. (I believe it even won some kind of award). The writing is flat and uninspired compared to the earlier volumes, and the preaching has completely taken over the narrative. Oddly enough, a lot of it also comes across as extremely immoral. Let's not even get into the question of whether the treatment of the Calormenes and their god Tash is racist or bigoted. The thing that real
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The first part of this book was so difficult for me to get through. I hated how Narnia had become so tainted. Everything was so utterly depressing, but thankfuly, things did not stay that way. The last half is so wonderful. I hardly knew what to do with myself after reading it for the first time.

Of any of the worlds I've read about, Narnia is the one I would most like to visit or better yet, live in forever. I think that speaks to C.S. Lewis' ability to understand the longing of the human soul t
Sean Kennedy
When I used to read the Chronicles as a kid, I would usually stop at Dawn Treader or Silver Chair. Now I realise that as a kid I was a lot smarter than I gave myself credit for, for "The Last Battle" is an absolute shocker of a book. It is racist, sexist, fundamentalist rhetoric disguised as children's literature.

Those 'darkies' (yes, that's how they're referred to in the book, along with stinking of 'onions and garlic') are invading Narnia again, at the guidance of a monkey (groan for obvious r
Rachel Caroline Deacons
Warning: Spoilers.

Okay, before I begin I need to add that I am not Christian or religious. Not even a little bit. That's not to say I completely dismiss the notion that there could be a God, just that I personally do not believe in one.

I loved the Narnia books, especially the ones that centred around the Pevensie children. As a child I'm not sure what my reaction was to The Last Battle, when I was a teenager I read it again and felt a little...uncomfortable.

Now this isn't going to be a slander
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 11, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Devout Christians? Those Who Want to be Culturally Literate
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May 29, 2008 Amber rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
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Shannon (leaninglights)
I finally saw how it all ended. After almost 20 years it feels amazing. I thought CS Lewis' interpretation of the end times was beautiful. The story was definitely more focused and serious in tone than many of the other books but I have to tell you that I loved it. Overall, I would probably give it a 4.75 stars! :)
Karina E
Once I started thinking about racism and degrading other religions I couldn't take this anymore. There was no way to unsee those things and just read it as a fun children's book. What a waste of time. Sorry not sorry.

Oh, and the story itself was boring and aggravating.
2.5 stars Spoilers

It was okay. The best part was seeing all the characters (bar Susan) together again at the end.

-The plot was pretty interesting but it did get a bit nonsensical in the last half (with that weird demon/devil thing). The whole fake!Aslan + mastermind!Ape trying to take over Narnia was actually quite entertaining… Although, I thought it was dumb that Aslan didn't appear sooner and put a stop to things.

-Eustace and Jill were yet again the main characters… I was expecting more of t
I recently reread this series. I was very worried that my added perspective as a religious studies major and adult would mar my childhood love of the books, but honestly, this is the only one in the series that I found unpalatable. Maybe it's because I find the rapture/end-times story to be more annoying that the sacrificed God story adapted in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, I don't know. That said, given the choice of reading this again and reading Left Behind again, I'd choose Left Behi ...more
May 14, 2010 Daniella rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: die-hard Narnia fans.
I agree with the reviewer who said this was the worst ending ever. Not only does it have the worst ending, but the book itself is the worst ending to any series that I have ever read. Period.

Seriously, Mr. Lewis, what the hell is this though? Aside from the phenomenally craptacular ending--where we're supposed to believe that the very best thing that could possibly happen is for everybody to die--this book was just a whole lot of suck. It seemed to have no point whatsoever, except that Lewis dec
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This is one of the best books in the Chronicles of Narnia series! The beginning got me so frustrated, as I can't stand how the ape Shift treated the donkey Puzzle; also how "puzzled" & dumb Puzzle can really be. The climax & the ending is VERY exciting! This really give me a glimpse of how heaven will be like, as I can't stop smiling and laughing in the end. What really surprised me is how the ending is so unpredictable, but is THE best happily ever ending I've ever heard. You have to re ...more
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Mar 25, 2012 jzhunagev rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who would want a good book to read during Lent.
Recommended to jzhunagev by: the "Voice"
So Long, Narnia
(A Book Review of The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis)

Right from its opening sentence C. S. Lewis’s concluding book in The Chronicles of Narnia series homes in that matters are off to an ominous start. News of the appearance of the great lion-deity Aslan on the edge of the forest near Lantern Waste spread like wild fire throughout the land. And who wouldn’t be elated by this knowing it’s been two hundred years since the King of Beasts and the son of the Emperor-Over-The-Sea was last s
I hated this book. I hated it so much. I'm glad I didn't finish the series as a child (I petered out some time after the 3rd or 4th, in publishing order), because this book would have scarred me for life. As impressionable as I was as a wee bairn, I would have either run around crying for a week over the way everyone *insert spoiler here* at the end, or I would have traipsed about hoping for Armageddon so I could go play with the pretty lion. Not cool. Not cool at all. Either way, I would have b ...more
I actually hate this book. I can't say that often.

All of the worst elements of Christian media (not just literature) are present in this book. Lewis rejects religious pluralism, bases antagonists on rampant xenophobia, and falls once more into the trap of allowing Aslan to take over the story, even though the beginning was so good because of the marked absence of Aslan.

At first I thought that the Calormenes and their god Tash were definitely Lewis's idea of Muslims and Islam. They're dark skin
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I think I liked The Last Battle even less, this time round, than I usually do. It doesn't have the Narnia magic: it has barely any characters to sympathise with, and the tone is all wrong. I do like the universalist sentiments, i.e. that anyone who does good deeds, no matter whose name they're doing them in, is serving the one true God. But I dislike that there is a one particular true God, and I dislike that it's so strongly divided on racial terms.

The treatment of Susan is... annoying, too, t
Michelle  (Crazy Cat Lady)
As it is known that Aslan represents Jesus Christ, I didn't like the way the other god and his followers were depicted as villians; I am a Christian, but the idea that "my way is the only way" is rather disgusting and demeaning. >:-C

I liked the rest of the series, though, to varying degrees.
I just recently re-read this and the Horse and His Boy on the recommendation of a friend. I haven't read the Narnia books in a really long time, but had been wanting to, after reading some of CS Lewis' theology writings, and figuring out that all of those lions and daughters of Eve were morality tales in disguise.
I still enjoyed the story, but was overwhelmed by the now obvious religious undertones to everything. Intolerance of those who worship an ugly hawk faced god (brown people in turbans no
After reading a book or series of books, sometimes thinking over time about what you've read, mentally comparing it to other literature in the same genre, and being involved in discussions about it will lead you to value it more highly, and to give it a higher rating. That's what's happened to me with the Narnia series; my appreciation for it has steadily grown!
Crystal Starr Light
"Would it not be better to be dead than to have this horrible fear that Aslan has come and is not like the Aslan we have believed in and longed for?"

One day, a mean, old, nasty ape named Shift spots a lion's skin and forces the obedient, somewhat witless donkey, Puzzle, to wear it and imitate the great Aslan. The ape's deception ends up turning Narnia around, and King Tirian desperately calls out to the children of Narnia (the Pevensie children, Eustace, and Jill) to save them.

I Liked:
In many wa
Jenna Leigh

SPOILERS! Don't keep reading if you don't like 'em!

Gosh, I love The Last Battle. As a Christian, Aslan's compassion and mercy in all of the books is moving, but it is especially highlighted in this novel.

Some people may not like the ending. I know my sister didn't, especially because of the fact that Susan isn't brought into the new Narnia with the other Pevensie children. My thought has always been(and this is purely my own interpretation/speculation) that Susan will eventually be saved. She i
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis is one of the books in his series, the Chronicles of Narnia in which Christianity is portrayed through various fantasy creatures. God, for instance is portrayed as a talking Lion. What a wonderful series! What child hasn’t climbed into a closet and explored the back cracks in hope of finding an entrance to a new and exciting world after reading this book? I used to sit in a closet with the door closed and a flashlight reading my favorite books aft ...more
This book started out with adventure right from the beginning. I loved the whole Shift/Rishda/Tashlan thing that went on. It was so frustrating, but not in a bad way...frustrating in the sense that you just wanted to shake the Narnians that were falling for this because you knew what was actually going on. I didn't really King Tirian as much as I liked some of the other Narnian kings. He seemed a little cold and I didn't like how he was always trying to make the children feel like children in th ...more
Jul 22, 2008 Ann rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Narnia fans!
I'm always torn on what rating to give the Narnia books. I think if you take the series as a whole, it is - in a way - better than the individual books.
I did enjoy "The Last Battle" quite a lot! And, unfortunately, took longer to read it than I would have liked (which probably didn't help the flow of it). But, for the most part the good and the critiques are the same as always.
The world of Narnia is beautiful! Aslan is always magnificent! What we learn of the characters is enjoyable, and often f
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CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954. He was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. He wrote more than th ...more
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The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) (7 books)
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