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The Diamond of Darkhold (Book of Ember #4)

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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, L ...more
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DuPrau, Jeanne. 2008. The Diamond of Darkhold.

The Diamond of Darkhold is the fourth in the Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau. It begins shortly after the close of the second book in the series, The People of Sparks. The Emberites--now on their way to becoming full citizens of Sparks--are struggling side-by-side with the people of Sparks (their former enemies) to survive the harsh winter months. In the midst of this struggle, a roamer comes to town. Maggs, a woman roamer, a shepherdess, comes to bart
I read this book because I liked "The City of Ember" and the "People of Sparks". I expected to be a little disappointed because I was with "The Prophet of Yonwood", however I wasn't. From the very first chapter it kept me reading. Doon and Lina decide to go back to Ember to see if they can salvage anything from their old city to help their new city through the winter, plus they believe the builders have left them something to help their future. I liked the fast pace of the story as I think it wi ...more
Jan 29, 2009 Val rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those reading the Ember Series
Shelves: 2009
I loved this book. I loved the City of Ember, and was less impressed with the other books in the series (though they were good and necessary).

This book captured the part of Ember that made it such a fantastic book for me. It had all of the adventurous elements and worked very well with the story line.
Brandi Rae
Just in time for the movie release of City of Ember, Jeanne DuPrau returns with The Diamond of Darkhold: The Fourth Book of Ember. Life in Sparks is becoming increasingly difficult for everyone; supplies are running low and people are starting to go hungry. With winter coming there is no relief in sight to the hardship.

Visits from roamers, who trade goods and information from town to town, have also slowed; people are running out of useful things to trade. A glimmer of hope comes when Doon spots
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This is an exciting addition to a popular series. Although I kept on reading, fast, because of the actions and the mystery, I was not blown away by either the crafting of the language, or the development of the characters and plot. Lina and Doon are Lina and Doon -- they have not changed from a year ago, even if so much has happened in their life. They came to the series fully developed and little room is left for them to grown into more mature or slightly different people. This is not really pr ...more
When I saw this one in the library, I knew I wanted to know more about the former residents of the City of Ember. I really enjoyed City of Ember and City of Sparks - Prophet of Yonwood was okay - but I liked this fourth installment, the Diamond of Darkhold better.

We are once again with Lina and Doon in the city of Sparks, as winter is closing in and life is getting very difficult. There is no medicine, food is limited, and the darkness makes life not only more challenging, but more depressing, t
"Trogg seemed to think that he knew everything, but strangely enough, it was exactly this that made him seem stupid to Doon. A person who thought he knew everything simply didn't understand how much there was to know."" (Doon,79)

Diamond of Darkhold, the final installment of the Book of Ember series marks the closing chapters of Lina and Doon's adventures. On the brink of a terrible winter, food is scarce and sickness has crept into the town of Sparks. If things were to continue as they were, ma
Janna Rice
Again, loved the first two books in this series, but this one is mind-numbingly boring. I kept skimming ahead, so while I didn't finish I did wind up skimming the entire book, and nothing happened that was interesting. The premise had the potential to be incredibly interesting, but instead it seems to have wound up ending with everybody finding magic electricity diamonds. Also, she keeps making the point that people don't care about jewels, but really, I don't think an apocalyptic war would make ...more
Have you ever been in a situation where you were given a ten page report to write but you only had about two pages of material? If you were like everyone, you'd try to make the material 'stretch' in various ways. Have a thesis paragraph that went on for 3 pages, duplicate that for the conclusion, change the font size to something that would take another page or two, and then you would pad the paper with immaterial exposition till the 'document' reached a respectable length. Oh. And with that, th ...more
This was great in the fact that it really did pick up after book 2, not a decade after. Given in book 2 there were a lot of major events and even though they settled out prior to it ending we as readers wanted to how things went about after. This is that.
So by now, book 4, you’re vested with the Ember books, opinions really don’t matter because you’ve got some time in these, regardless of their lengths. I felt that it was a great closure with extremely valuable new information and story. It’s h
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So I am truely a copulsive series reader. Even though I did not like the subsequent Ember books as much as the first I continued reading them and had to read this one, the last in the series.

In Diamond of Darkhold, we meet back up with Lina and Doon in the village of Sparks and follow their story for another year's time. This story does not have the same feeling as City of Ember, but it is engaging and easy to read. Times are tough in Sparks and Lina and Doon set out on a journey back to Ember t
Alex Watkins
This book had some promise but I think mostly squandered what could have been a very inspiring re-building of civilization story. It trades the first and second books slight suspension of disbelief requiring realism for pure utopianism. In new society that is created we will all use green energy! yay it's totally plausible. Also have a pony! Also Aliens! it totally ties in with that third book I swear! Was this all the authors fantasy of the world being destroyed but then being rebuilt totally m ...more
Santiago Navarro
Ok, first book of ember AWSOME, second book of ember GREAT, third book of ember COOL, but a fourth book really?

You could tell that DuPrau just ran out of things to write so she made this book by just filling in the pages with just plain bad stuff, it looked like she woke up at 3:00 am and then she wrote whatever she dreamt about, she has boring dreams.

The story is long, so incredibly detailed, why? "the wood in the fireplace was cut down in a winter day, aproximatly 20 degrees and the lumberj
Amé este libro... Pero la puntuación es 4.5/5 (y al final verán porqué)

Después de la terrible lectura que fue The Prophet of Yonwood (totalmente ignorable... En serio, pueden saltarlo) regresamos a la fascinante aventura y tensión que tuvimos en los dos primeros libros.

Y más importante aun: ¡Regresan Lina y Doon!

El dio dinámico esta de vuelta, listos para salvar el pueblo de Sparks y a sus habitantes de las desgracias del invierno.

Nueve meses después de los sucesos de "The People of Sparks" las
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At first I had hopes that this book would prove to be a dark and rather creepy installment. Doon and Lina return to Ember! What has happened to it since then? Who has moved in to claim the ruins after the evacuation? What terrible secrets now lurk in the dark? When Lina and Doon first return to Ember, my hopes seemed to be confirmed - it was eerie, dark, and mysterious. But when Doon meets the new occupants of Ember, my hope soon crumbled into disappointment. There's nothing scary about the Trog ...more
Ross Bussell
The City of Ember was one of those books that was just a great story all around, I enjoyed every page of it. Its sequel, The People of Sparks, while interesting, didn't have the same intrigue as Ember did. It was the same people, Lina and Doon, already fully developed as literary characters, and a continuance of the same story.

Well, along comes The Diamond of Darkhold, a book that relies fully on the developed plots, character relationships, and that same "everything will happen to Lina and Doo
Amanda Edwards
The Diamond of Darkhold is about Lina Mayfleet and Doon Harrow going to go back to see they're underground city, The City of Ember. The setting is around the 23rd century and is around a big open valley of where The Village of Sparks and The City of Ember is. Lina's internal conflict is she is so scared to go back because they all left Ember becuase the generator was old, about more than 200 years and after a while it would shut down and restart but it took longer periods of time after the first ...more
Thankfully, The Ember Series ended on a high note! "The Diamond of Darkhold" brought back much of what originally attracted me to the series. In fact, Darkhold" salvaged the series for me after the slightly disappointing "People of Sparks" and the totally misfired "Prophet of Yonwood".

Doon and Lina are back together again for an adventure just as exciting as their first. Once again, they displayed maturity and ingenuity beyond their years and set a great example for any young adult reading the s
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After I finished The City of Ember, and before I realized there was an Ember series, I spent a few days wondering what, exactly the builders were thinking. Their whole setup seemed great for 200 years, but there seemed to be no plan for how the people of Ember would survive above ground without the collective knowledge of human history. I myself have a smattering of knowledge of how to grow food and consider myself handy, but I'm not sure if I could make it through a winter on my own, and I was ...more
Lina and Doon are struggling through winter when they obtain a book meant for the people of Ember. Only most of the pages have been torn out, and only eight pages remain, mostly graphs. And Sparks is running out of supplies, so Doon and Lina return to Ember to learn and gather what they can. But there's a new danger in their underground city...

I love The City of Ember and The People of Sparks. I skipped the prequel, The Prophet of Yonwood, but the only reference to that is in the epilogue here.
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This is the final story in the People of Ember series, and I think it was supposed to show how the human race could rebuild itself after a disaster, but they didn't really get very far in this book. The builders of Ember seemed to have a lot of insight into what the people of Ember would need (though not into what the people NOT of ember might do with it). They decided that the people might need electricity after they left Ember, so instead of teaching them how to use electricity when they were ...more
The more books in this series that I read, the less I feel that Jeanne DuPrau is a decent author. This book was back to the main story at least. I found some parts of the story pretty far fetched and contrived, however. Honestly...why is it that Lina and Doon can NEVER talk to an adult before running off to do something that would be much easier to do with the help of others? Ugh. It was just getting annoying. And how old are Lina and Doon supposed to be? 13? And, honestly, if you are the creato ...more
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What an interesting end to the story. I like how it teaches the younger readers to continue to use their brains and trust their instincts. I like how it foreshadows a future for the main characters so we aren't left wondering what might become of them. And I like how everything wasn't automatically saved and wonderful, but that we can see that perhaps in the future a better world could be possible with hard work and patience. This is a very good dystopian series for fans of the genre.
As Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet make peace with the People of Sparks, the same problem happens again. Their village is in danger. People are getting sick and hurt and there are no cures. Supplies are low once again. It's up to Doon and Lina to solve the problem. The adventure all the way back to Ember to find more supplies, medicine, and anything the village may need that they left behind. But when they return to their beloved city, it was no longer Ember, it was Darkhold… The city they once lo ...more
Still not as good as the first 2 books and I was confused by the ending. I felt like the story had built up to make for a great ending and the ending was just okay. It did have a lot of action and suspense which kept me turning pages, but the ending was just not that fulfilling to me. But at least now I understand the purpose of the third book, which was even less enjoyable than the last.
Danielle Katz
This is the forth book in the Ember Series. It's a wonderful adventure story full of hope and suspense. In this book Lina and Doon go back to Ember for much needed supplies and danger, obstacles and other challenges ensue. It's as good as the first book, The City of Ember and I enjoyed it much more then book 2 and 3.
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Jeanne DuPrau spends several hours of every day at her computer, thinking up sentences. She has this quote taped to her wall: "A writer is someone for whom writing is harder than it is for other people" (Thomas Mann).
This gives her courage, because she finds writing very hard. So many words to choose from! So many different things that could happen in a story at any moment! Writing is one tough de
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