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The Last Battle

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

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  201,006 ratings  ·  5,398 reviews
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, 288 pages
Published June 20th 2005 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published September 4th 1956)
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Maria
Sep 13, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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Sean Kennedy
Dec 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Manny
Dec 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Josie
Apr 14, 2007 rated it did not like it
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Luke
Dec 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7), C.S. Lewis
The Last Battle is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by The Bodley Head in 1956. It was the seventh and final novel in The Chronicles of Narnia.
The Last Battle is set almost entirely in the Narnia world and the English children who participate arrive only in the middle of the narrative. The novel is set some 200 Narnian years after The Silver Chair and about 2500 years (and 49 Earth years) since the creation of the
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Roya
Feb 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awful
If I had the energy to describe how bad this is, I still wouldn't be able to describe how bad this is.
Annie
Jul 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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Dannii Elle
This is my seventh journey into the fantastical lands of Narnia, as I have chosen to read the series in chronological rather than publication order.

What a fitting end to such an epic series! Despite having a darker message and more serious tone than the other stories, I enjoyed this just as much as the previous books.

It has been centuries since the last sighting of the mystical Aslan and his name has turned from legend to myth. With some falsely using his name and status, and others denouncing h
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Karina
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
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.
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
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Adrian
I've pondered long and hard over this review and the rating. To be honest, it seemed a little short and a little sparse on storyline and (view spoiler)
That said on reflection it was still a good read, we met a few great new characters Puzzle; Poggin; Jewel and Farsight, as well as King Tirian, and we did get to (view spoiler)
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Kimberly Dawn
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

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In the final days of Narnia, many of the Narnians have been deceived by a false prophet, an evil ape named Shift, who devises a plot to turn the people and animals against Aslan, the Great Lion. Eustace a
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Devout Christians? Those Who Want to be Culturally Literate
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Angela R. Watts
I'm at loss for words. Just... wow. This was incredible. One of my top favorites in this series. It was... Epic. The writing was gorgeous and the characters were amazing and the ending... Fantastic.
Amber
May 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
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Piyangie
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This final book in the Chronicles is a bittersweet tale. In The Magician's Nephew, the first book of the series in its chronological order, we see the creation of Narnia and in The Last Battle we see the end of it, at least the end of Narnia as we saw created (if that makes any sense). We meet the last King of Narnia, King Tirian, who as a true Narnian fights with valour, although it is a losing battle. It is kind of sad to read the end of Narnia as it was so true and alive to us readers through ...more
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! :)
Jenna Leigh
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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Cindy Rollins
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well." Julian of Norwich

Here is CS Lewis's attmept to comfort us with visions of heavenly truth. I think he succeeds. The first time I ever really desired Heaven was after reading this as a 19yo young married girl. Today as I finished reading it to my student, I felt my heart ache again longingly. I ache for that heavenly realty.

As I read off each of the people the children were finding in the "further up and further in"
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Daniella
May 08, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  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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MissBecka
This is narrated by Patrick Stewart, all my favourite characters make an appearance and there is a Unicorn in the book!
Not even Eustace can ruin that combo.
Elaina
Whew....those last couple pages though 😯😅

It feels like such a long time since I first got into this series....



Initially, I was thinking this was only going to be a 4 star read, but once I started getting near the end I enjoyed it a lot more. I was hoping that the Pevensies would have more page time, but I was happy they were at least in it for a little while. (view spoiler)
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Allison Tebo
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is only a partial review - someday - I will give this book the full review it deserves.




There are very few books that move me to my core. The depths of sadness and the heights of exhilaration captured in this book never fail to carry me with them.

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis stirs a part of my soul so deep, so unknown - I can barely explain it. It awakens a desire for a place I have been searching for all my life. Hope soars through me as I stare into utter darkness, and I find myself know
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Jehan
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I dislike the conclusion of this series but still, it deserves a 5* rating for me since I base it to the wisdom I got and not because of the emotions that left in me after reading the last word at the end.

In my opinion, this book tells not just about Christianity but also as a human being. Why? It’s because Christians are not the only people in this world who have faith. Just like the dwarves in this book, they lose faith after they’ve been deceived once. And like Susan who simply turns her bac
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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
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Kelsey Marie
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*****For my full review, click here.*****

Wow! I have finished The Chronicles of Narnia. I can't believe it. I definitely dragged it out, I think I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for the first time in 5th grade maybe, but even reading it through this time, I wasn't ready for it to be finished, because you can't read a book for the first time again. But, it's finally over.

This book is strangely moving and depressing all at the same time. I feel like Lewis might have just been extremely
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Jennifer Tse
Jul 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Meg
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
This was a re-read and I own a physical copy of the entire series!

ACTUAL RATING: 3.5 stars

We have reached the end! And what a blooming emotional climax it was, to conclude an epic and adventurous series that had put a spark into my childhood many years ago. There were lots of characters present and for the majority of the time, I got confused with who was speaking and which books past characters had been a part of. Pacing again was a little choppy. The ending was rather heartbreaking but ultimat
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Clive Staples Lewis 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
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The Chronicles of Narnia (Publication Order) (7 books)
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1)
  • Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Chronicles of Narnia, #3)
  • The Silver Chair (Chronicles of Narnia, #4)
  • The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)
  • The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia, #6)
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