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The last battle is the greatest battle of all. Narnia... where lies breed fear... where loyalty is tested... where all hope seems lost. During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge - not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruc The last battle is the greatest battle of all. Narnia... where lies breed fear... where loyalty is tested... where all hope seems lost. During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge - not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruction of all they hold dear in this, the magnificent ending to the Chronicles of Narnia.


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The last battle is the greatest battle of all. Narnia... where lies breed fear... where loyalty is tested... where all hope seems lost. During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge - not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruc The last battle is the greatest battle of all. Narnia... where lies breed fear... where loyalty is tested... where all hope seems lost. During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge - not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruction of all they hold dear in this, the magnificent ending to the Chronicles of Narnia.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I think this is the first book I've ever hated. And that list is pretty short. As a child, it really distressed me - I didn't understand much of it, and it confused me why its tone was so very different from the other Narnia books. Then, when I reread it a few years ago, it just pissed me off. The message about religious pluralism is refreshing, sure, but the book just plain reads wrong, and I will probably never get over Lewis's treatment of Susan. I guess if you don't believe in God, you deser I think this is the first book I've ever hated. And that list is pretty short. As a child, it really distressed me - I didn't understand much of it, and it confused me why its tone was so very different from the other Narnia books. Then, when I reread it a few years ago, it just pissed me off. The message about religious pluralism is refreshing, sure, but the book just plain reads wrong, and I will probably never get over Lewis's treatment of Susan. I guess if you don't believe in God, you deserve to lose your entire family in a train crash. Awesome. I suppose there is some hope in that Susan did not die - maybe her family's gruesome deaths will help her find God, and then a train will kill her too, and she'll join Peter, Edmund, and Lucy in Aslan's country! Bleargh.

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 f 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 racist parallels once more) parading around a false Aslan. Thank goodness those pure white children are called upon once more to put things right! Oh, except for Susan, of course, who is apparently slutting around the real world because she can think of nothing but 'nylons and stockings' and as Peter says gravely, "She is no longer a friend of Narnia." And that is the dangerous fundamentalist thought throughout this book. Susan, who seems to be discovering her sexuality, is denied entrance to Narnia. She was a Queen of Narnia, and saved it many times in battle. But, no, piss off, Susan. You're not good enough anymore. But the 'deathbed conversion' of the false Aslan still allows him to go to Narn - I mean, Heaven. I just can't let the fate of Susan go, even days after finishing this book. All the Pevensy children (bar Susan, of course) discover they and their parents are dead at the end of the story and with a final 'yay!' like a brainwashed Rod and Todd Flanders, skip merrily up the steps to heaven. No chance at life for them. But Susan is left in the real world, with her siblings, parents and cousin all wiped out. This is the final message you want to leave to your kids? No wonder this book is so popular with fundamentalists. In the end, their rhetoric is 'you're either with us or against us'. It doesn't seem very Christian at all, does it?

  3. 5 out of 5

    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 really ann 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 really annoys me is the way that foolish, deluded Puzzle, who acts as front man in a religious coup by agreeing to don the lion skin and impersonate Aslan, is somehow given a free pass. Why, exactly? He was only obeying orders? It seems to me that this is reductio ad absurdum, taking the notion of Christian forgiveness to its logical and extremely nasty conclusion, and I still have no idea what C.S. Lewis thought he was doing. If George W. Bush could read, he would probably find this book rather comforting. ____________________________ [Update, Oct 2014] The following passage from Knausgård's Min kamp 6, which I read yesterday, expresses the point I wished to make rather better than I did (my translation):Grace removes all distinctions, in grace we are all equal. The radicality of this idea is so great that we can hardly grasp it. But it is this, and nothing else, that Christianity is about. There are no differences between people. The worst person is worth just as much as the best. Jesus said: if someone strikes you, turn the other cheek. He is a person like you, he is you. It is an inhuman thought, because it is thought outside our social structures. It is indeed a godlike thought. Adolf Hitler has just as much worth as the Jews he gassed to death. It dissolves our identities, they have been created by difference, and that is what makes Christianity unrealisable, we cannot think ourselves away, it is too much to lose, it is all we have.____________________________ [Update, Aug 2017] If I understand him correctly, Donald Trump is saying the same thing in his already-famous 'many sides' speech. No one is worth more than anyone else, Trump apparently wants to tell us. The neo-nazi who drives his car into the crowd of protesters is worth just as much as the woman he kills, because we are all children of God. But as Knausgård notes, this is a difficult idea for mortals to comprehend. And to be honest, I believe Trump could also have phrased it better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Josie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. WORST. ENDING. EVER. I mean, seriously? The happiest ending possible is for everyone to die and go to heaven? At first I thought that since Susan had stopped believing in Narnia and Aslan, she didn't get to go to "heaven", but then I realised she wasn't actually on the train so she's still alive. How absolutely horrible, losing her siblings and her parents. But you know, better that than being dead. Sorry, C.S. Lewis, I'm not converted.

  5. 4 out of 5

    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 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 Witch and the Wardrobe, but it wouldn't be as cutting or true as this "Last Battle".

  6. 5 out of 5

    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 o 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 world narrated in The Magician's Nephew.[a] A false Aslan is set up in the north-western borderlands and conflict between true and false Narnians merges with that between Narnia and Calormen, whose people worship Tash. It concludes with termination of the world by Aslan, after a "last battle" that is practically lost. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه ژانویه سال 2002 میلادی عنوان: ماجراهای نارنیا - کتاب هفت: آخرین نبرد؛ نویسنده: کلاویو استیپلز لوئیس 1898 - 1963 ؛ مترجم: امید اقتداری 1330 ؛ منوچهر کریم زاده 1328، کتابهای کیمیا، تهران خیابان ولی عصر، بالاتر از میدان ونک، شماره 1337؛ نارنیا دنیایی است، که در آن حیوانات سخن میگویند؛ جادو امری رایج است، و خوبی به جنگ با بدی میرود. آغاز داستان آفرینش نارنیا، در روز نخست با آواز اصلان شیر، و سخنگو شدن حیوانات، با جادوی اصلان است، و پایان آن در کتاب آخرین نبرد آمده است، تا سرگذشت نارنیا و ماجرای کودکانی را بگوید که نقش اصلی، در تاریخچهٔ دنیای نارنیا را بازی می‌کنند. در هر کتاب از این مجموعه (به جز اسب و آدمش) کودکانی از دنیای ما، به صورت جادویی به نارنیا میروند، جایی که از آن‌ها خواسته می‌شود، تا به اصلان شیر یاری برسانند. زندگی آنها در این جهان است، و تمام ماجراهایشان در نارنیای خیال انگیز میگذرد، حالا، سرانجام فصل نخست داستان بزرگ را، که هیچ کس بر روی زمین، آن را نخوانده است. آغاز میکنند، که تا ابد ادامه مییابد: و در آن هر فصل بهتر از فصل پیشین است. ا. شربیانی

  7. 5 out of 5

    Roya

    If I had the energy to describe how bad this is, I still wouldn't be able to describe how bad this is.

  8. 5 out of 5

    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 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 to be united with God.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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, 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 him altogether, it is left to the returning children from our world to save Narnia once again. Despite a similar running theme, this seemed aimed at a more adult audience. There was some dark imagery and an overall more sinister tone. However, as an adult reader myself, I enjoyed these new aspects. I adored seeing the return of old faces and, without them, this would not have been a proper conclusion. I am sad to say goodbye but I know I will be returning, probably soon, to one of my new favourite fictional lands.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karina

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    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 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 on C.S.Lewis and how racist/misogynist some of his tales were, (because in some cases they were.) Because I don't think it's fair to scrutinize him with the logic of someone who lives in 2013 when at the time he wrote the books it was only 1956. The Last Battle should be something you immediately love, all of our favourite characters return to Narnia and not just the Narnia that we all fell in love with, but a new, better Narnia. Amazing, wohhoo! Except someone is left behind. I am of course, talking about Susan. Susan is left behind and alive in our world, not being able to return to Narnia because she no longer believes and is more interested in "lipstick, nylons and invitations." Now I understand the message Lewis was trying to give, that you shouldn't cast aside your spirituality or faith for more frivolous superficial things, that you should always remain faithful despite where life takes you. I get the message and I think I could have lived with it if it were for one thing; No one seems to care. They discuss Susan for a total of what, a minute? Calling her silly before Peter abruptly says something along the lines of "let us talk of more pleasant things...oh look a tree, let us taste it's fruit." WHATTTTTTT?!? This is where it gets me, these kids have all been through magical adventures together, grown up together and have that bond that only siblings have. They've just been told that they have died in our world and are going to live forever happily in Narnia while Susan is...(well it's implied) going to hell for essentially liking lipstick and nobody blinks. Her siblings act as though they don't care, or worse that they are angry; "Our sister Susan," Answered Peter, shortly and gravely, "Is no longer a friend of Narnia." This is the Susan that throughout all the other books looked out for her brothers and sisters safety, ruled over Narnia as Susan the Gentle and nobody cares that she has more or less been condemned? The hypocrisy here is that in The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, they all went through such desperate lengths to save Edmund but apparently Susan was just not worth the trouble. Lewis did state that Susan might find her way back to Narnia later in life, "in her own way." And you know I hope she does, but when she gets there I'm not sure her family deserves her. Anyway, the writing for the Last Battle is just as vivid and beautiful as the rest of the books and of course the Christian allegory is still there. The battle scene itself is incredibly well-written and the ending is just that...An end to a wonderful series. It's just a shame that the end for Susan wasn't nearly as nice as it should have been.

  12. 4 out of 5

    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)[ the last battle, was hardly a battle. (hide 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)[ reemit some of the previous visitors to Na 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)[ the last battle, was hardly a battle. (hide 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)[ reemit some of the previous visitors to Narnia and their Narnia friends later in the story; the appearance of Reepicheep brought a tear to my eye (hide spoiler)] . So all in all I feel justified in giving it 4 stars in line with its fellow Narnia chronicles. I cannot believe I have now read all 7, and whilst I realise they are meant for children younger than me ("lol") I really enjoyed them and as with all great series', I wish there were more to read. I know some people have accused C.S. Lewis of being racist (duh !), and of the books having too many religious overtones (or undertones) but in my view they are good stories that have a message that all humans should agree with, that of understanding, respect, tolerance and above all love for one's fellow man.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Dawn

    “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.” —————————————— 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, t “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.” —————————————— 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 and Jill arrive in Narnia in response to King Tirian’s prayer for help. Jill and Eustace help Tirian and Jewel, the talking unicorn, and display much bravery and courage, but ultimately they are outnumbered. Shift the ape summons the demon Tash to Narnia. Those who worship Tash intend to make human sacrifices of King Tirian and his helpers. Instead, a door is opened to Aslan’s world. Those who love Aslan are ushered in immediately into Aslan’s world to forever live in his presence in a world without fear, pain, or sorrow. A world of beauty and abundance, youth, health, goodness, and love. The Chronicles of Narnia can be read on many levels, as there are many Biblical allegories to explore. Yet, first and foremost, the Narnia novels are meant to be enjoyed for the highly imaginative, adventuresome fantasies they are. So magical, mystical and fun, Narnia is a world not to be missed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (Harmonybites)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I might be giving this 3 or 4 stars were it not for the penultimate paragraph of the book. My first Narnia book was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I did think the imagination and imagery striking but found the Christian Allegory too blatant. Friends told me however, that with the exception of The Last Battle, those aspects aren't so prominent in the later books, and that much of the series is wonder-full. So I found it from then on up to this book. Well, it could be said I'd been warned--but i I might be giving this 3 or 4 stars were it not for the penultimate paragraph of the book. My first Narnia book was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I did think the imagination and imagery striking but found the Christian Allegory too blatant. Friends told me however, that with the exception of The Last Battle, those aspects aren't so prominent in the later books, and that much of the series is wonder-full. So I found it from then on up to this book. Well, it could be said I'd been warned--but it actually wasn't the allegorical aspect per se that threw me. Maybe it's just I'd grown inured to that aspect by this book, or maybe that I'm not as familiar with Revelations as the Gospels, so I didn't feel like I was ticking off, oh, this is Judas, this is the crucifixion, etc. The story is rich in ideas, imagery and symbolism. I loved the echoes of Dante and Plato. On the whole, the issue of that last page aside, what disturbed me most was how the Calormenes were described. There have been accusations Narnia is racist because of how Lewis depicts this southern adversary of Narnia, and I think that unfair. I think we overuse the accusation "racist" so it loses it's impact when we use it other than to mean the belief that race defines character and ability. Lewis clearly does not believe this given positive Calormenes characters like Aravis and Emeth. In fact, I rather loved the message Lewis sends through Emeth--that it doesn't matter in whose name we do good or evil, whether Muhammad or Jesus--only that the act is good or evil. Nevertheless, it was disturbing to have Calormenes described this way: Then the dark men came round them in a thick crowd, smelling of garlic and onions, their white eyes flashing dreadfully in their brown faces. And then there are the repeated cries of "darkie" from the crowd of dwarfs. (Admittedly those particular dwarfs are villains in this book--not people to emulate--but I imagine reading those passages aloud to a child and I cringe). There's also, to borrow Gaiman's phrase, "The Problem of Susan." Susan, we find out early in the book, is no longer a "friend of Narnia" because she denies Narnia exists now and cares these days only about lipstick and nylons and such. I can rather forgive Lewis this. He's trying to make a point I think that even those who once knew the right way can drift away and forget what's truly important. I don't see misogyny in choosing Susan for that role anymore than it's anti-male to choose Edmund for the traitor role in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Moreover, given the strong female characters in the Chronicles (especially Jill in this story) I find cries of sexism less than convincing. But then there's that last page... **SPOILERS BELOW*** This is the next to last paragraph in the book and series: There was a real railway accident," said Aslan softly. "Your father and mother and all of you are--as you used to call it in the Shadowlands--dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning." This reminded me of when my Grandmother died, the priest turned to me, my mother and aunt and rebuked us for weeping--because "she's now in a better place than you are." I know what I felt towards that priest in that moment as I looked at my mother's and aunt's stricken faces--rage. And then I thought of Susan--no longer "a friend of Narnia" dealing with the sudden violent deaths of her friends and family and I felt the same kind of rage at Lewis. Yes, I know--Christians believe Heaven this wonderful thing. And within the book and series the ending has its logic. But I for one felt slapped by that paragraph--I can't imagine wanting to give this to children, that one paragraph seems so malignant in its celebration of death. You guys giving this book five stars--you really want to give a child a book where dying young in a trainwreck with your entire family--parents, siblings, a cousin is the happy ending? Really? A friend told me about Gaiman's counter to this "The Problem of Susan"--it's in the short story anthology Fragile Things. That story has some disturbing imagery, and I know some that love Narnia have called it disgusting and "blasphemous." (Definitely not a story for children--adults only here.) All I can say is having come to the end of this series I found it cathartic. (And going back to reading Gaiman and Pratchett's Good Omens, about an angel and demon working to stop the apocalypse, can only help...)

  15. 5 out of 5

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is my favorite of the Narnia books. I love how it begins, and especially how it ends. I enjoyed it immensely as a child, but as an adult it strikes a much deeper cord. The Christian allegory of these books is really summed up and finished here in a beautiful way. I really enjoyed all of Lewis' subtle hints about what he believes, and was surprised by how many things I agreed with. I love that the Taarkan is told that all who do good in the name of Tash are really doing it to Aslan, and thos This is my favorite of the Narnia books. I love how it begins, and especially how it ends. I enjoyed it immensely as a child, but as an adult it strikes a much deeper cord. The Christian allegory of these books is really summed up and finished here in a beautiful way. I really enjoyed all of Lewis' subtle hints about what he believes, and was surprised by how many things I agreed with. I love that the Taarkan is told that all who do good in the name of Tash are really doing it to Aslan, and those who do evil in the name of Aslan are really accepted by Tash. The only thing I didn't like was the loss of Susan- and her unwillingness to believe in Narnia anymore. But, I think that was also foreshadowed in Prince Caspian, and I think that Lewis had another point he was trying to make there, as well, about where our hearts and focus are in this life. So, even though it made me sad, I understood some of the reasoning behind it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Piyangie

    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 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 seven books. But it is inevitable the story should be so. We are to witness the creation as well as its end. The story of The Last Battle is in a way good against the evil and the losing battle is an indication how evil through greed, trickery and lies corrupt the mind of the forces that allies with good. To me, this was the most thought provoking story of the chronicles. I was very much impressed by the message the author was trying to convey through the fall of Narnia. But to get to the happy side, we see a reunion of all Narnian friends. All the human friends of Narnia from the first king Frank and queen Helen, Digory and Polly, Peter, Lucy and Edmund to Eustace and Jill return to Narnia. And the beasts, from Reepicheep to Fledge, the flying horse are returned too. All these humans and beasts now live happily with Aslan in his kingdom and we all know where that is in our hearts. With the read of The Last Battle, I have completed the Chronicles of Narnia. Through these seven books I lived in the wonderful world of Narnia and really enjoyed living there. I had wanted to read the complete chronicles for years and I'm pleased to have done so. And I'm very happy to say that Mr. Lewis certainly didn't disappoint me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    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! :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    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. 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 is going to be faced with the fact, that in the real world, her entire family was killed in a train crash, and that type of grief will cause her to rethink her worldview. I never had this problem, other than just being sad that Susan was no longer a part of Narnia, but other people have had a problem with Susan being lost because as J.K. Rowling once said: "There comes a point where Susan, who was the older girl, is lost to Narnia because she becomes interested in lipstick. She's become irreligious basically because she found sex. I have a big problem with that." I don't think the reason that Susan was lost was because she "found lipstick", I think it was meant to illustrate in a way that was easier for a child to understand—these are children's books, remember—that Susan had, at some point, made a decision to turn away from what she knew to be true and good in favour of shallow, temporal things that would never fill her. She basically chose to turn away from the blessings that Aslan and Narnia would give her. It wasn't that she wasn't good enough to be accepted, it was that she felt she was too good to accept what was being offered to her. Well, that's my two bits.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Rollins

    "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 "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" Narnia, Drake, my student, would jump out of his chair and hoot for joy. You gotta love a 12 year old boy! I found myself happiest to see Puddleglum again. I hope I am not saying goodbye to Narnia forever. Gotta figure out a way to have Zoom read alouds with my grandchildren.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Daniella

    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 decide 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 decided he was done writing Narnia stories, and instead of leaving it open for fans to imagine what adventures might've come after, he figured he could cram some more Christian allegory in there and thoroughly traumatize his young audience by killing off every single character they'd come to love. Except Susan, because we shun the nonbeliever, shuuuunnnn. Whatever. It was completely unnecessary, and the "but it's okay because they went to heaven" ending made me roll my eyes so hard they were in danger of falling out, but it didn't piss me off half so much as the convoluted End Times theme. What the fuck? There was absolutely no rhyme or reason to it whatsoever, at least that I could pinpoint. Basically some jerkass old ape (I see what you did there, Mr. Lewis) dresses up this gullible ass in a lion skin and starts ordering the Narnians around as the mouthpiece of Aslan, so instead of punishing Shift for his wickedness, Aslan DESTROYS THE WORLD. Because that's not overreacting or anything. Apparently Lewis ascribed to the angry, vengeful God of the old testament. I mean, wow. Was it because the Narnians were so easily deceived by the false Aslan and their love for him turned to fear and revulsion? Because it seems to me to be largely a result of Aslan's long absence, combined with the apparent inherent stupidity of Narnians, that made them susceptible to the lies of Shift and the Calormenes, which Aslan in his omniscience would've known would happen if he stayed away. So, in other words, he punished THE ENTIRE WORLD for something that he could've prevented and chose not to. Nice. But maybe I just don't get it, wicked atheist that I am. Anyway. Unless you're a hardcore fan of the Narnia series, or OCD like me, I recommend skipping this one. It's not worth your time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    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)[I'll admit, I teared up a l 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)[I'll admit, I teared up a little at the end...but it wasn't necessarily in a bad way, just bittersweet ya know? I'm also a little more emotional right now for certain reasons xD lol (hide spoiler)] I'm really gonna miss reading about the Narnia world for the first time though :/ Definitely going to be rereading the series in the future though!! Might even read the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe again around Christmas. That was the first time I read it, on Christmas Eve a few years back and it made the experience more enjoyable to me :) Y'all have probably heard the news about Netflix making a series or movies out of the books, right? I'm both excited and nervous to see what they do lol What are y'alls thoughts on that? 😝😂😅 Quote just because :) “All their life in this world and all their adventures 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.”

  24. 4 out of 5

    Allison Tebo

    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 da 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 knowing that I was born to fight - with everything in me - to the death for my Lord. That I am called to stand in the shadow of the Stable Door. It also features one of my favorite male heroes of all time - King Tirian. Tirian could have ignored the call, he could have hidden at his hunting lodge and carved out a semblance of pleasure and prosperity - but he ran to the battle, he ran to his people, he ran to Aslan. And he was the only person in Narnia that JUMPED through the Stable Door. May I also run to the battle - may I someday jump through that door - mocking defeat and death and dragging the enemy in with me because I KNOW: "We all rest between the paws of the Lion." “The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.”

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jehan

    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 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 back and stops believing. (Honestly, I still feel the injustice of how the author treats Susan’s character.) Also, I couldn’t forget how King Tirian loses the faith in his own as he compared himself to the previous Kings and Queens of Narnia. Hours later after I finished reading, another point that struck my heart. Aslan is a symbol of Narnian’s faith. They feared him and yet they didn’t know and understand who he really is. Their fears and lack of understanding are the reasons why they’ve been easily deceived and do what was being told even if it is inappropriate. That fact is no difference from the rest of us.

  26. 5 out of 5

    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 expect 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 the original gang (Lucy, Edmund and co), but for some reason they only had small roles even though they were the main protagonists of the series. Eustace wasn't quite as endearing in The Last Battle… He lost all his grumpy charm and was the usual goody-two shoes character who occasionally whined. Jill was no better. -What a WTF ending - Narnia ceased to exist, and all the characters died and ended up in a Narnia-esque heaven. I wasn't impressed that Lucy and co died and lost out the chance to grow old on Earth and have a normal life. Yea, they were happy in Narnia-heaven but they still lost out on so much. Most of all, I was pissed at the whole Susan thing. -Seriously, what about Susan?! WTF?! What did she do to deserve being left behind? Why did everyone think she deserved to live with the pain of her WHOLE family dying? Why were they cool with her having to grow old on her own? WFT?! Just because she lost interest in Narnia and started to have other likes/dislikes didn't make her a bad person. Will she even end up in Narnia-heaven when she dies? Or will she go to hell or something? Why weren't her family or Aslan bothered about her? Didn't they miss her? Didn't they care she'd be on her own? I never liked Susan as a character but the way her story arc ended was unfair and depressing. -There was quite a bit of racism again. Basically brown people = bad, evul, stupid and greedy and white people = good, intelligent, fair and just. It really pissed me off. All in all, I enjoyed the series. As a whole it wasn't as good as I thought it'd be but I was still mostly entertained. Although, I'm always going to wonder and fret over Susan's fate.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Marie

    *****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 bee *****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 done with society and he let it all out in the book. I think that was really obvious when he said: (view spoiler)[ "Oh Susan!' said Jill. 'She's interested in nothing nowadays except nylons and lipstick and invitations. She always was a jolly sight too keen on being grown-up." (p. 169) (hide spoiler)] I find that somewhat insulting, but I get the point that he is trying to make. The focus of society is on less important things, no matter which world they we're talking about. Even looking outside of the Christian perspective that Lewis refers to in his books, society isn't what it used to be, just like how Narnia isn't what it used to be. (view spoiler)[I find it completely depressing that everyone dies in the end. It was like Lost all over again; getting attached to all these people and places only for it to all come to an end so tragically. I'd almost want to be Susan if it meant that I got to live. (hide spoiler)] I'm sad it's over, but not as sad as I have been for the ending of other novels, because like I said, I knew it was going to end. And there are definitely a few Narnia novels I would read again. "And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after." (p. 228)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Tse

    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 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 read the book to find out what it is...! It really shows how wondrous Aslan is and how he always has the right & just punishment for all. Even though this is a fiction, specifically fantasy story, it really tells you a lot about the truths and reality of our own world & heaven. Favorite Quote: "You see," said Aslan. "They will not let us help them. They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their own minds, yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out. But come, children, I have other work to do." (P. 169)

  29. 4 out of 5

    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 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 Behind. I suppose Lewis thought he had to end off his great Christian fairy tale with the end times narrative, but he could at least have written it better.

  30. 5 out of 5

    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 h 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 ultimately, C.S Lewis has crafted a series that I still think about and will do for many years to come.

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