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The Last Battle

by C.S. Lewis
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia #7
288 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Jeanne

A majestic, fantastic allegory suitable for ages both young and old.

Plot

In this last book of "The Chronicles of Narnia," King Tirian, Eustace, and Jill fight to save Narnia from the hands of a tyrannical ape and a donkey masquerading as the Great Lion Aslan.

Morality

As in the rest of the books, none of the characters are perfect, but the protagonists try to do what is right. They fight for Aslan and maintain their faith in him, though they are tempted to stumble. Some characters deny the very existence of Aslan and the Ape does what he does for profit.

Spiritual Content

The Chronicles of Narnia are allegorical works based on Christianity. The lion Aslan represents Christ, as the god Tash represents Satan in this work.

Violence

Someone attempts to cut off a unicorn's horn, and there is a non-graphic battle at the end of the story.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Wine is mentioned occasionally through the story, but there is no drunkenness.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

The Last Battle, along with all of the Chronicles of Narnia, is an allegory second only to Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. The plot is simple and suited for children, but it has been found by many to be an ageless book with equally ageless messages. As one grows older and reads this book over again, details that younger eyes will miss will be clear.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: 8-10

Review Rating:

Average rating: 4 stars
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