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Book Review: The Last Battle

The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis (5 star review)

The Last Battle // written by C.S. Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia series

184 pages // published in 1956 // Christian fantasy


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.

My Review...

5 Star Rating

This series is the best of the best. And this book is a phenomenal way to end The Chronicles of Narnia.

I love how C.S. Lewis brought back our favorite heroes and heroines of Narnia, just one last time. The writing in this volume is vivid. And the Christian allegory is perhaps the most intense it's ever been in the entirety of the series. This is where we get into the "real" Christianity, in permanent, life or death matters.

In this last installment of the series, Narnia is polluted with phony commands from Aslan. The rumors are dividing the land, much like politics. But very few who live there, the ones who show true faith search for a different answer -- that Aslan would never combine his power with a god from the another religion -- they are not the same! Instead, we find that he does give grace to those who need it... and for those who are lost, there is still hope for them to find the way.

The contrast between good and evil is harder to define in this final volume, especially when compared to The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe -- we knew exactly who had the evil gene and who did not. Not so with The Final Battle, the epic finale of Narnia. The lines are blurred. Of course, there may be a few characters who decidedly are on the evil side, such as Swift the Ape, who takes advantage of the good name of Aslan himself...

There's so much packed into this one book to make you think.
About heaven.
About our religion and how we believe.
About the book of Revelation.
About the end times that approach us.
About the day we see our Savior.

This book ranks high on my list of favorites. Now, I still can't decide if I can actually like The Last Battle better than The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, but together they are definitely my favorites in the whole series. One day, I'll have to re-read them all again.

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1 comment:

  1. I appreciate your post and review of this book. I definitely want to read the entire series. I read the Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and I had always planned to read it again. Great stuff!