THE LAST BATTLE is the seventh and final book in the Chronicles of Narnia. The story begins when an ape named Shift and his "friend" (though actually more of a slave) Puzzle the donkey discover a lion's skin floating in a river. Shift decides to use the skin and dress Puzzle up as Aslan. Puzzle is against the idea, but Shift convinces him that it is what Aslan wants: they wouldn't have found the skin if Aslan hadn't wanted them to and he wanted them to do this to be his mouthpiece to the Narnians. Of course, Puzzle has no idea that Shift has already made plans with the Calormenes to slowly invade and take over Narnia. A grand scheme is concocted and slowly the animals, dwarves, and other free creatures of Narnia give up their freedom and liberty and submit themselves into slavery under the Calormenes. King Tirian learns of this news and though he is brave, he is also rash. He and his friend Jewel the unicorn attempt to confront Shift and set things right. Unfortunately, they end up causing trouble and killing some Calormenes unprovoked. Instead of fleeing to gather their forces Tirian and Jewel turn themselves over for not only are they brave, but they are also honorable.
Tirian is tied to a tree and in his distress he cries out to the children from another world that have helped Narnia in times of great distress in the past. Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole are sent in answer to his cries. They release Tirian and together they free Jewel the Unicorn and Puzzle the Donkey. It is this small band that leads the Narnians against the Calormenes and blasphemers in the last battle of Narnia.
As THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE is to the Gospel story and THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW to Genesis so is THE LAST BATTLE to Revelation. It is the story that tells how Narnia ends.
Out of the seven books about Narnia, THE LAST BATTLE is my favorite. Many people seem to prefer either beginnings or the middle parts of a story and therefore find THE LAST BATTLE to be their least favorite book. Personally, I like endings. I've read the book of Revelation more than any other book in the Bible. RETURN OF THE JEDI is my favorite Star Wars film and INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE is my favorite film in the Indy trilogy. My favorite episodes of a television show tend to be the well written series finales. When I first start reading a book I'm tempted to jump to the last few pages first (though I rarely ever do) because if the story has a bad ending I know I won't like it. Granted, some of the issues raised in THE LAST BATTLE don't have the deep philosophical and spiritual overtones that most of the other stories in the series do. Nevertheless, those philosophical and spiritual overtones are there; they just aren't quite as overt. Whatever the case, THE LAST BATTLE is a book that all Narnia fans have to read because it's the only way to know how the story will end.
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Grade 6-8-With Eustace and Jill at his side, the King, the noble unicorn Jewel, and a few remaining loyal subjects must stand fast against the powers of evil and darkness and fight The Last Battle to decide the future of this once glorious kingdom. Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.