The Last Battle Background

The Last Battle Background

The Last Battle (1956) is the seventh and final novel in the high-fantasy classic Chronicles of Narnia series by author C.S. Lewis. Illustrated by Pauline Baynes, The Last Battle is set almost entirely in Narnia and from the middle of the novel on, features a group of English children as they journey through Narnia and deal with the trials and tribulations the once peacful nations go through as the children simaltaneously try to cope with the world that they know and love falls apart right in front of them. Although the novel stands alone from the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia series, it is still very much a key part of the series.

Upon release, The Last Battle was met with tremendous critical acclaim. Says Floyd C. Gale of Galaxy Science Fiction that the book "is a delightful fantastic fable of the type which the English have excelled since—or perhaps because of—Lewis Carroll". The novel won several awards, including the annual Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, which recognizes the year's best children's book by a British person. At the time of writing, the novel holds a 4/5 rating on book feedback aggregator Goodreads.

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