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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.

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

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A nicely paced post-apocalypse story

This suite of books deals with a post-apocalypse situation (with book 3 actually a prologue story). Like John Wyndham's famous suite of aplcalypse and post-apocalyse stories it follows the fortunes of a few people who are dealing with re-defining their world and their place in it, with minimal technology support. The concept of putting a remnant population in a time capsule I found novel, and interesting. I found the main characters engaging and was continually interested in how they dealt with their new world. Yes, the target audience for this series is pre- and post-puberty children, but looking at the stories from the perspective I have outlined above, gave this old reader/listener much enjoyment. The presenters did a nice job of reading the stories and keeping me interested.
While I haven't listened to it, I would recommend listening to Book 3 first.

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Our kids really enjoyed the story and its ending

Our kids really enjoyed the story and its ending, made a long trip in the car go s lot quicker

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  • Kaui
  • 13-11-12

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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  • Spencer
  • 06-02-12

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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  • Heather
  • 05-10-10

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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  • Emalee R Pope
  • 07-05-21

I love this book series in general

I do prefer the person who read the first book but this book is just excellent. I find it so easy to immerse myself into the story every time.

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  • Molly ingram
  • 17-10-20

LOVELY BOOK

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

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  • Half Pint
  • 14-01-20

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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  • Nate Wiegand
  • 05-01-20

Great way to wrap up a series.

Jeanne Deprau does a real great job with this one tieing it all together especially including more details from the third book, "The Prophet of Yonwood."

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  • Rebecca Schaeffer
  • 09-10-19

To be read again and again!

One of my favorite stories (the whole series) to be listened to or read over and over! I would recommend to anyone young or old who enjoys a good story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-04-19

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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  • Bill H
  • 20-10-18

Was great

I thought it was interesting that the City of Ember was viewed at from the people that were on the surface during the wars. I liked the way this book somewhat ties everything together.
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