The Diamond of Darkhold (Books of Ember Series #4)

The Diamond of Darkhold (Books of Ember Series #4)

by Jeanne DuPrau
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The Diamond of Darkhold (Books of Ember Series #4) by Jeanne DuPrau

A modern-day classic. This highly acclaimed adventure series about two friends desperate to save their doomed city has captivated kids and teachers alike for almost fifteen years and has sold over 3.5  MILLION copies!
Lina and Doon escaped the dying city of Ember and led their people to the town of Sparks. But they soon discover that winter is harsh aboveground. When Doon finds a book with torn pages that hints at a mysterious device from the Builders, it doesn’t take much for him to convince Lina to join him for one last adventure in the city of Ember. But what—and who—will they find when they return?
Praise for the City of Ember books:
Nominated to 28 State Award Lists!
An American Library Association Notable Children’s Book
A New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Selection
A Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice
A Child Magazine Best Children’s Book
A Mark Twain Award Winner
A William Allen White Children’s Book Award Winner
“A realistic post-apocalyptic world. DuPrau’s book leaves Doon and Lina on the verge of undiscovered country and readers wanting more.” —USA Today
“An electric debut.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“While Ember is colorless and dark, the book itself is rich with description.” —VOYA, Starred
“A harrowing journey into the unknown, and cryptic messages for readers to decipher.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375855726
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Series: Books of Ember Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 121,059
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.77(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

JEANNE DuPRAU is the New York Times bestselling author of the City of Ember books, which have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms. She also wrote Escape the Vortex, part of the multiplatform sci-fi adventure series Voyagers. Visit her website at

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The Diamond of Darkhold 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 323 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great ending book for the Ember series. Answers many questions and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Makes you wonder about the future and what will happen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Diamond of Darkhold is a thrill-shocking book that makes it feel like you are there! Doon and Lina get into big troubles and have to try to take their city back, Ember. Doon saw a book and a roamer sold to him. The book contained all different information about Ember. Doon and Lina love to go on adventures but this time they get into BIG trouble. If you are a fan of Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember then you would love her new book The Diamond of Darkhold. It looked like a lot of people did not like The Prophet of Yonwood, once you read The Diamond of Darkhold you would want her to write another book. Doon and his best friend Lina want to go back down to Ember to see what is so important. Doon finds himself in a lot of trouble down in The City Of Ember. This is the best book that DuPrau has written so far because she only wrote a small amount of books so far and Ember was good and cool how it took place in an underground city. The People of Sparks was good because they found the way out. The Prophet of Yonwood took place before Ember was built (which would be a prequel). And The Diamond of Darkhold mixes in with all the other books and is very cool. DuPrau wrote The City of Ember, The People of Sparks, The Prophet of Yonwood, the latest book The Diamond of Darkhold. The Diamond of Darkhold is good for kids of all ages. Everyone would love this thrill-shocking book. Jeanne DuPrau has not won any awards yet but soon she will. After you read The Diamond of Darkhold you will learn how important teamwork is, and how to trust friends to help you with all different things in life.
Inocencio_Aniceto More than 1 year ago
Many people don’t think about disastrous world event that kills or affects millions of people. In the 4th book of the City of Ember series, a disastrous world event occurs. The last book in the series is called The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne Duprau. The Diamond of Darkhold is a great ending to the City of Ember series and you should read it if you liked the first two books in the City of Ember series. These two kids, Doon and Lina, are from the city called Ember. They had to leave Ember because it was running out of electricity. When they left, they joined a little city named Sparks. Doon and Lina later found a book from a roamer. A roamer is a person that travels to many places to find interesting objects to either sell or trade to people in different cities. When Lina and Doon got the book, they noticed it was in bad condition and there were many pages torn out, but when they looked at the cover it said,” For the people from Em.” Even though the rest of the “Em” was cut off, Doon and Lina both knew what it was supposed to say. So Doon and Lina tried many things and went to many places, including Ember, which is very far from the city of Sparks just to find out what this mysterious book is about. This 3rd person omniscient fiction book was really hard to put down because of the continuation of suspense throughout the book. As the story goes on, the author reveals a good amount of the plot that also increases more and more suspense that makes it hard to stop reading, or put down the book. This book is one of my favorite books I have ever read. The characters in this book all fit nicely with the events that happen. The main characters in this book are Doon and Lina. Doon is a boy that is curious and loves to create and repair things. Lina is a girl that is adventurous and determined until the end. Both characters would do anything to find the truth about the mysterious book that may have something to do with the city they abandoned, the city of Ember. If you have not read the books before The Diamond of Darkhold in the City of Ember series by Jeanne Duprau, try to read those first .I recommend this book to all ages.
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
Lina Mayfleet, Doon Harrow, and the other Emberites that escaped their dying city only months ago, are still living in Sparks, but in harmony with the villagers. One day, a roamer came to town with some unusual things, including a eight-page book. Trading for it with a match, Lina and Doon buy it, in hope that they can read and understand it. They discover that it is yet another set of guidelines for the people of Ember, which states about a special ¿jewel¿ and ¿diamond¿. Lina and Doon decide to go back to Ember to find what the book describes. When they arrive to their dead city, they discover one thing more: someone is living there.

This book was even more delightful than the previous two in the Book of Ember series. It was full of action and emotion, which kept my fingers crossed for the characters. Whenever something new came out of the blue, my nose was practically glued to the book. I am still amazed that this was one of Jeanne DuPrau¿s first works as an author. The ending wrapped everything up perfectly: what happened to the characters, how they changed the future¿ but the last two pages baffled me. It did not go along with the story and completely threw me off course, but I still highly recommend the book to everyone. 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good. But I recomend reading the first two before this one.
ElvesAteMyRamen More than 1 year ago
I think that this is a very good book. I have several friends that have borrowed the book from me and they have loved it as well. It is a great end to a great series. Personally, as with most books, I think the first book is the best, but the fourth is definately a good succeder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect ending to the series, everything resolved but still left much to your imagination
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book love it. I love the city of ember series and the movies too. I can not wait to read more of her books. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did a book report on this story. I think that if my report was good than the book is very good. The ending is the conclusion to the first book mostly, the second... not really. But it was REALLY good. Read the first two books so it would make more sense. ***** that means the book is 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one is the best in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books i have ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great boo with a surprising twist at the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was reading chapter 7, I was wondering how can there be light when nobody is in the city? (P.S only in the beginning.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the 4th best book I have ever read!!!!!! It was amazing!!! If you have read the books of ember, then you should agree that this one is the best. I am telling you to read this, you will NOT be dissapointed!!!!! Doon and Lina are both cool, but personally, I like Doon better. Read this book!!!! It is amazing!!! If you haven't read this, READ IT!!!!! It's the best one in the whole series!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started this series, I was amazed. Duprau had invented a future world that had fallen. It was interesting. The second book was all of these things as well. But as the series went on, it became less action-packed and lost the captivation of attention that readers had first recieved from this series. In the last book, the ending was overly simplified, and very predictable. All of the characters lived happliy ever after, and there was no depth to the story. Overall, I was very dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing i wish i could just jump into the adventure whith Lina And Doon and all the charectors also it seems if lina gets maried but dint mind that i think that the way the book ends could be a bit better but i still think this is awesome
Gladys Vargas More than 1 year ago
I havent read the book yet, in fact, I just finished the second. Which was awesome! So I am very excited, I just love this series so much! So far I think that they should make the second book into a movie, is it? If so I am totally watching it!
Charlotte Murphy More than 1 year ago
I love the way Jeanne gets me reading it cover to cover! I really reccomend it! I love the whole series! It really ties up the ending, and pulls it all together in an excellent way! It's just an amazing series! I really like that author!
AnnaCatherine More than 1 year ago
a shocking conclusion to the Ember Series. Although the Emberites an People of the sparks are at peace more mysteries rise. Two flamiliar 12 year old heros discover that a device was left in there completly dead,214 year old underground city that was built afrer the 2012 distaster they had recently escaped from. And they need to find the back and and retrive it before it is to late. Although one will not make it out...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He just finished it for his summer reading list. He loves action adventure and thrilling stories and now is reading a book called, Smitty's Cave Adventures. He really likes that book too! Good summer reading material.
-_Jordan_- More than 1 year ago
I thought it was pretty good. Not my favorite, but cool. (My faves are The Prophet of Yonwood & The People of Sparks.) I love the book. I don't like the way it kept switching characters' points of views (Doon & Lina) right when you adjusted to it, but then again, what other way would it be? Lol. Love it, and I recommend it whole-heartedly.
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
The fourth (and last, I hope) book in the City of Ember series. What started off as a strong series has petered out to a happy ending in a most unsatisfying summary. This book was the "peak" of the action in the series (except maybe their exodus from Ember in the first book), but it left something to be desired. I am a huge fan of young adult and children's fiction, but I think this last book was overly simplified. Lina and Doon have grown up some and gone through many hardships, but they don't seem to have aged emotionally. There were some good action scenes and some great new characters, but after the boring intermission of the Prophet of Yonwood, I was expecting a little more from DuPrau. The very end of the book was very Harry Potter-esque with all the loose ends being tied up and everyone living happily ever after in this post-apocalyptic world.
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ncpower More than 1 year ago
Another good addition to the Ember series. I am reading The Profit of Yonwood now which actually is a prequel to them all.
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
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.