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*****The Last Battle

Book 7 of The Chronicles of Narnia

by C. S. Lewis

Reviewed May 7, 2004.
Scholastic, New York, 1995.  First published in 1956.  211 pages. 
Available at Sembach Library (JF LEW).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2004,
#3, Young Adult and Children's Fantasy Old Favorites

The Last Battle is the seventh and last book of The Chronicles of Narnia.  In this book, Tirian, the last king of Narnia, must combat a false Aslan who is deceiving and enslaving his people.  With the help of Jill and Eustace from our world, he tries to combat the evil.

The wonderful part of this book is the glorious picture C. S. Lewis paints of heaven.  I love his idea of  “Further up and further in,” that heaven will not be sitting around on clouds playing harps, but that we will still be able to learn and grow and become wiser.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading these books to my second son and sharing the wonders of Narnia.  He enjoys them now for their stories.  I know that as he grows, he will find more insights in these simple books, just as Aslan grows bigger when Lucy grows bigger.

Review of the audio version of this book, performed by Patrick Stewart.

Reviews of other books by C. S. Lewis:

Book 1 of The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Book 2 of The Chronicles of Narnia:  Prince Caspian
Book 3 of The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Book 4 of The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Silver Chair
Book 5 of The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Horse and His Boy
Book 6 of The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Magician's Nephew

Out of the Silent Planet
That Hideous Strength
Of Other Worlds
Till We Have Faces
The Great Divorce
A Year With C. S. Lewis

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