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The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau

The Diamond of Darkhold

by Jeanne DuPrau

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Interesting characters and an engaging mystery. A light read for adults, as the reading level is between middle-grade and YA. But it works well as an audio book for the car. It's not one of the Harry Potter clones that are on shelves now, but it is like that series in its joyful spirit. The last chapter made it clear that the author doesn't wish to continue the series, and she wrapped up all possible storylines rather quickly. But overall, this book left me with a smile on my face. Recommended for all ages. ( )
  Malora | Jan 18, 2016 |
I liked this book a lot more than the second and third book in this series, about as much as the first book. There was more explanation of why the City of Ember and its people were important, and the main characters got to save everybody. However, I wish the "diamonds" of the title could have been more important than they turned out to be. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
OK, so...sometimes an author needs to be OK with not turning a series of two books (is there a word for that? I should probably know) into a trilogy. Sometimes, there really just is not enough story left in the characters for a third book, and "Diamond" is a prime example.

At best, this was a short story, dragged out to novel-length boredom. The characters didn't develop in any way, the plot was really just a riff on the first book, and the new characters were ripped out of the story almost as quickly as they were introduced. The whole thing just felt...soulless. We won't even talk about the rushed "happily ever after" ending.

Two...maybe 2.5 stars. Stick with books one and two, and forget this one. ( )
  fefferbooks | May 12, 2014 |
overall, i quite enjoyed this series. it had a nice ending to it. ( )
  jodiesohl | May 8, 2014 |
Winter is proving to be the season of discontent in the city of Sparks. Since the citizens of Sparks took in the citizens of Ember, rations in that area have lessened and all the people are suffering from hunger and illness. Doon and Lina are convinced they might be able to do something to help all the people, but this includes a trip back to the city of Ember. Their decision to return to Ember is made firm, when a roamer comes to town, bearing a book that includes a note, "To the people of Em...." ( )
  laurensx | Jul 18, 2013 |
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Around the middle of the twenty-first century, when it seemed a great catastrophe was about to engulf the world, an underground city was built as a last refuge for the human race.
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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, bestselling author Jeanne DuPrau juxtaposes yet another action-packed adventure with powerful themes about hope, learning, and the search for truth.

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When a roamer trades them an ancient book with only a few pages remaining, Lina and Doon return to Ember to seek the machine the book seems to describe in hopes that it will get their new community, Sparks, through the winter.

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