• The Diamond of Darkhold

  • The Fourth Book of Ember
  • By: Jeanne Duprau
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (683 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's been several months since Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and, along with the rest of their people, joined the town of Sparks. Now, struggling through the harsh winter aboveground, they find an unusual book. Torn up and missing most of its pages, it alludes to a mysterious device from before the Disaster, which they believe is still in Ember. Together, Lina and Doon must go back underground to retrieve what was lost and bring light to a dark world.

In the fourth Book of Ember, best-selling author Jeanne DuPrau juxtaposes yet another action-packed adventure with powerful themes about hope, learning, and the search for truth.

Don't miss Lina and Doon's other adventures in The City of Ember.
©2008 Jeanne DuPrau (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"An electric debut. Lina and Doon's search parallels the universal adolescent quest for answers." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Satisfying conclusion to the Ember series

This is book 4 of 4 in the "Ember" series which describes a post-apocalyptic earth in hopeful terms. I like that part of the series' approach, though the overall style can be a little pedantic (in my adult opinion) for moral lessons. However, the target audience is juvenile readers so I think the clarity and overt description of moral connections is likely appropriate. All middle and elementary schoolers I have spoken to about this book have really enjoyed it.

SPOILER ALERT: This book starts out roughly where ThePeople of Sparks (book 2) leaves off, with winter in full swing and people struggling to get along and survive the winter. The two protagonists want to (again) save things by going back to their abandoned City of Ember. Their adventures are interesting and of course hold many moral lessons. The story telling is skillful and writing is also well done. I would say as an adult I am more accustomed to loose ends left for the reader to fill in according to the reader's inclinations which sometimes can be unsatisfying - other times it is an excellent way to get the reader to continue to ponder and discuss the book long after finishing it. Here, the tying up of details will satisfy all juveniles and any adult who gets frustrated by open endings.

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Bad Ending

What did you love best about The Diamond of Darkhold?

The story was amazing, but it had a poor ending.

Has The Diamond of Darkhold turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Which scene was your favorite?

Going back to the city.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really

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Finally Back to the Action

You'll be happy to hear that in this final book we get to go back to the original action and locations. There are many many holes in this story. It goes beyond suspension of belief (how can canned food last that long, for one). However, we get to see Ember again with the old gang and more new discoveries from the builders which was a relief. The ending is oh so lame I'm afraid. She tries to wrap it all up neatly and it goes off as a....huh? However, I think if you liked Ember (the first book) you'll enjoy this one well enough.

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LOVELY BOOK

Very good I give this an A+ lovey voice and great interpretation of characters amazing

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Loved this book!

I loved books 1 and 2, but then came book 3. I really didn't care for that one. I was so glad when this book started and it was like the first two of the series!

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All lose ends tied up in a nice, beautiful package

This series as I've said before continues to remind us that there is truly a circle of life. That with curiosity, a desire to improve the world around you in any way possible and some adventure thrown in for spice, you can make the changes even if they don't seem to happen right away.

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5 kids, aged 12-5

Listened to this book with children of varied ages and all of them were riveted. A really great end to the Ember series, 10/10!

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Book was good but we felt like the end was a cop out

Book was good but there was absolutely no need to add a ufo at the end.

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every one of her books were amazing

top 5 best book series ever. fell in love instantly! so sad yet so good

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The True Ending for the Series

This book truely caputres the new future that was expected by the readers. The wonderful new discoveries and the brand new idea's that sparked life into this book. Not to spoil, but this really was he diamond crown to top of the crown of the series, the city of ember.

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