Natalie B.

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The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis

[Choosing the Book]

I really loved reading the Chronicles of Narnia series as a kid, so when it came to thinking of a book cover to redesign I felt like this would be a good one to choose. 

"The Last Battle" is one of the lesser known books in the series and also withstanding as the last book in the 7-book series too. Although, unlike the other which were written towards a yonger audience, "the last battle" has more darker series of events unravelling through the course of the book. 

As the book appeals to such a wide spectrum of ages from children to adults, I imagine it's could have been quite challenging for past book designers to design a cover that appeals to both audiences. Some cover designs I feel like have been in the past haven't truly captured everything in the book and some have been totally unsure which audience they are appealing to. 

Here's a little from what I found online. There are a lot of different book cover designs that I couldn't fit it all in so I found some of the better known cover deisngs. 

My favourite is the first one which was done by the cover artist Chris Van Allsburg who was able to not only appeal to a younger audience but, also capture the eeriness of what the books entail. 


[The History & A little bit about the Author]

According to web resources such as pluggedin and many others.

The synopsis goes as follows.

[The Last Battle is a high fantasy novel for children by C. S. Lewis, published by The Bodley Head in 1956. It was the seventh and final novel in The Chronicles of Narnia (1950–1956).]

{"The Last Battle" begins with a talking donkey, Puzzle, and an old ape, Shift. The The Last Battle is set almost entirely in the Narnia world and the English children who participate arrive only in the middle of the narrative. The novel is set some 200 Narnian years after The Silver Chair and about 2500 years since the creation of the world narrated in The Magician's Nephew.[a] A false Aslan is set up in the north-western borderlands and conflict between true and false Narnians merges with that between Narnia and Calormen, whose people worship Tash. It concludes with termination of the world by Aslan, after a "last battle" that is practically lost.} - Wikipedia


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