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The Diamond of Darkhold Book Review

The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
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The Diamond of Darkhold Book Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Feb 03, 2009
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

With winter fast approaching, Lina and Doon wonder whether leaving their underground city of Ember was such a good idea. Check out the last book in the Ember series—The Diamond of Darkhold—by Jeanne DuPrau.

Author: Jeanne DuPrau

It’s been months since the underground city of Ember faced a permanent blackout. Thankfully two young Emberities named Lina and Doon helped the citizens escape. When they arrived aboveground, the people of Ember couldn’t believe their eyes—the sky was bright blue instead of black[/kwlink]! The aboveground world was recovering from an apocalypsetowns were rebuilding from scratch, meaning food and supplies were in high demand. And when the hundreds of Emberites settled in the town of Sparks, supplies became even scarcer. Now they’re facing winter, and the people of both Ember and Sparks fear for their lives.


An Ancient Book

Lina and Doon discover an ancient book with most of its pages either ragged or missing. But the remaining pages talk about a strange object that the builders of Ember left behind to help protect the underground city from its blackout. Unfortunately, the knowledge of this object was lost over time.


A Dangerous Journey

Lina and Doon must embark on a cold and dangerous journey back to their lost city. But once they get to Ember, how will they know where to look? The object, whatever it may be, could be anywhere, lost in the darkened city. And more importantly, what if they can’t find their way back to Ember at all? The aboveground is a dangerous place. They could get lost or mugged…or worse.


The Bottom Line

The Diamond of Darkhold is the fourth and final book in Jeanne Duprau’s bestselling Ember series (which includes The City of Ember, The People of Sparks and The Prophet of Yonwood). While the story is fun and adventurous, it doesn’t have the most climactic ending. It’s the second best book in the series, the first being The City of Ember, in which readers can experience life in an underground city. If you enjoy science fiction or adventure stories with brave characters, then you should definitely check out this series.


The Diamond of Darkhold Rating:4


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