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The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia) Paperback – August 22, 2000

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (August 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002LITS66
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Chris VINE VOICE on November 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
As suggested by the title, The Last Battle is the dramatic conclusion and final book of the Narnia series. Looking at the religious corollaries often found in the Narnia books, you can look at this as the Narnian equivalent of a Christian Armageddon and has numerous parallels to the prophecies of Armageddon as found in the Bible.

I'll give a quick plot synopsis of the first portion of the book. It will hold some minor spoilers so feel free to skip ~3-4 paragraphs down to get my reactions.

The story starts out focused on an Ape and a Donkey in Narnia. They find the skin of a lion (its origins are alluded to but quickly dismissed...and that part of the story still has me a little confused and troubled, especially given the direction the skin came from and the direction the characters go in the end of the book). The Ape (Shift) suddenly has a plan for grandeur. He drapes the skin over the Donkey (Puzzle) and presumes to disguise him and present him to the inhabitants of Narnia as Aslan returned. His intentions are not altogether malevolent but based more out of greed. Comparing with the Christian allegory, Shift (through Puzzle) takes a position as a sort of "False Christ" figure who leads the people through deception and subterfuge.

Shift's main intent is to have the animals gather food, clothing, supplies and riches for him but as time goes on, he finds himself making uneasy alliance with the Calormenes (people from a neighboring country to Narnia, introduced in The Horse and His Boy). It's quickly obvious that the Calormenes have their own agenda and they begin subtly using Shift and Puzzle in ways that Shift doesn't necessarily want but is powerless to stop without admitting his own mistakes.
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A Kid's Review on January 28, 2010
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It is fitting that the review should come from my fourth grade granddaughter for whom the book was purchased: "Hey G-ma, The last Battle Was Really GOOD And I MEAN REALLY GOOD and That it had GOOD Pictures And It Really Will Take and Replenish My SPIRITS FOREVER!"
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While wandering around the woods, Shift and Puzzle come across a lion pelt. Shift had a wonderful idea to fashion the pelt into something that Puzzle could wear and pretend to be Aslan. Soon, word gets to King Tirian that strange things are happening. The woods are being chopped down and decimated, killing nymphs, only to be sold for money to the Calormen. Horses, talking horses, are being whipped into service to transport the wood. All this seems to fly in the face of Aslan, but it is in his name that the horrifying work is said to be done. While trying to set things right, King Tirian is captured and left chained to a tree to waste away. It is then that he is transported, as if in a dream, to a place where he sees seven kings and queens of Narnia. He comes to and realizes he hasn't gone anywhere. Before he can despair, he sees a girl and boy have come to help rescue him. Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole have returned to Narnia to assist the King.

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This story definitely felt different than the rest. There was a lot of story in Narnia before Eustace and Jill travelled there to help out, where usually the story jumps right in with the kids traveling from our world to Narnia. The majority of the story was about a false Aslan used to get one's own way. It was also a bit on the nose about gods, false gods, and heaven for me. Not really my cup of tea. That said, I actually did enjoy the ending of Narnia. Though it was a bit sad, it felt like the story came full circle with Polly and Diggory witnessing the beginning of a new world to Eustace and Jill and the others witnessing the collapse of a dying world.
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I have finally finished all the series as of 2013, but started years prior before the first motion film came out, and loved it. Ultimately, this was my favorite one out of the entire series!
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Every book in this series is beautifully written and my children love them as well. The illustrations make them that much better.
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