Friends, I'm not going to lie, this is a weird book. But I remember liking it the first time I read it. I stayed up late to finish it. There's something about the descriptions of the new lands at the end that I found captivating. Same thing happened to me on this reread.
But the rest of the book is so strange. For some reason I thought the bits with the shed were a lot longer than they actually are. Basically from my first reading I only remembered the shed and that people go into it and it's really dark (I don't think these count as spoilers as it's only kind of sort of what actually happens in the book).
The allegory gets pretty heavy handed in this book. Moreso than any of the others. And there's that whole bit where
Susan doesn't end up with the others at the end of it all which is bs.
Both of the most common reading orders end with this book, which makes sense (the title is literally The Last Battle), but I'm glad I'm not ending my Narnia journey here this time.