22/02/2004

The Last Battle

This is the seventh and last of the Narnia series by CS Lewis. It's an exciting children's adventure with a fairly overt underlying message about the Christian doctrine of the End Times.

Shift, a manipulative and selfish talking Ape, persuades the gentle donkey Puzzle to don an old lionskin and pretend to be Aslan, King of the world. Then Shift begins to organise destruction of the forests and slavery of the other talking beasts, claiming that Aslan has ordered this. King Tirian tries to stop him, and meets Jill and Eustace, come from our world to help. The ending is beautifully written and encouraging, bringing this series to a satisfying ending. I've written a longer review of this book called 'End Times for Narnia'.

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