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

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This edition of Lewis's classic fantasy fiction is packaged specifically for adults. Complementing the look of the author's non-fiction books, and anticipating the forthcoming Narnia feature films, this edition contains an exclusive P.S. section about the history of the book, plus a round-up of the first six titles.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1955)
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Maria
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Luke
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
Annie
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...more
Josie
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Manny

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...more
Amber
May 29, 2008 Amber rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
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Meg
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
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...more
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...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 11, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Devout Christians? Those Who Want to be Culturally Literate
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Mark
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Ferdy
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...more
Liz
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lia
Sep 04, 2007 lia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: y-a
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...more
Werner
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!
jzhunagev
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 se...more
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.

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In many wa...more
midnightfaerie
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
Jennifer
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
Ivonne Rovira
How often we allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good! Nothing in The Chronicles of Narnia equals the most famous, first-published, and most magical of the books, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Last Battle is no exception. But while The Last Battle is not as good as some of the earlier novels, Narnia fans owe it to themselves to enjoy the resolution to the saga.

In the final installment in the seven-book series, rash King Tirian — referred ominously as “the last king of Narni...more
Ann
Jul 22, 2008 Ann rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Nikki
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...more
Michelle E. Kobus
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.
Britt☮
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Daniella
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...more
Chris
These books may only be about 200 pages long, but Lewis sure packs a lot into those 200 pages. Love, death, despair, hope, redemption.... It's all there, and it's in this book in spades.

This is, of course, the last book in the series. A good author knows how to name his books properly. If this had been the first book, the editor might have tweaked the title a little, although I do think it would be funny to call the first book in an epic fantasy series "The Last Battle" and then have the next si...more
Jess Michaelangelo
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
Nielson
This was a FABULOUS ending to the series! I love the very last page...the idea that this whole series was just the title and cover page and that their real story is just beginning with Aslan in Narnia. It was the perfect ending and was an inspiring, spiritual ending. I love how Narnia is portrayed and can picture its great beauty in my mind. I have really fallen in love with this series and am so glad that I read them. Fantasy is such a great genre to open your mind to new heights and wonders.
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...more
John Yelverton
A return to excellence for the author in his book series with this allegory for the "Book of Revelation", sadly it's the last one too.
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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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