The Last Battle
Publication Date: March 5, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperbound
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A mass-market paperback edition of The Last Battle, book seven in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia, featuring cover art by Cliff Nielsen and black-and-white interior artwork by the original illustrator of Narnia, Pauline Baynes.
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.
The Last Battle is the seventh and final book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. A complete stand-alone read, but if you want to relive the adventures and find out how it began, pick up The Magician's Nephew, the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia.
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, when 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 thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include Out of the Silent Planet, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, and the universally acknowledged classics The Chronicles of Narnia. To date, the Narnia books have sold over 100 million copies and have been transformed into three major motion pictures.
The seventh and final book in the Chronicles of Narnia Series, The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis is the epic and grand finale to end this enchanting fable known as Narnia. The story is about the last Narnian king fighting against false gods, Calormens and their armies, and the ultimate end of Narnia. It is an epic tale that one must read for oneself and my attempts to relate the story takes away the very essence of it. However, the classic Lewsian symbolism is what really captures the readers attention in this novel. The main focus revolves around the End Times. From false gods, to unbelievers, to Rapture and the Final Victory of Good over Evil; Lewis does sure pack a lot in this book. So much so that it's quite breathtaking. The parallels between what Lewis writes and the Christian themes he takes after are clear as day and are the main foundation for this book. Finally, since this is quite literally the end, Lewis brings back so many characters and makes it feel like one big reunion. So please if you are interested in reading this book, I highly recommend reading the previous six installments to get a much more satisfying ending. 5 stars for taking my breath away.
One word. Wow. As I mentioned above, the way Lewis handles the End is quite remarkable. While it may not reflect what the Catholic Church fully teaches about the End Times, there is no doubt that this book contains a large amount of elements that the Church does teach. In fact, it's hard to come terms with the fact that Lewis didn't convert to the One True Faith after reading this book. From how Narnia is betrayed by false gods and prophets, to its utter destruction, to a somewhat interesting take on the Final Judgement, to its joyous conclusion and the eternal happiness at the end. But personally the elements that stood out to me was how (spoiler alert) Queen Susan didn't make it at the end (by becoming an unbeliever) and a random Calorman finding eternal happiness (by his seeking to know the true god). Like what?!? How Lewis wrote this conclusion, made for children, to work I will never know. Overall, a fitting ending that brings out many emotions and will hopefully galvanize ones belief in the One True God.