REVIEW: The Diamond of Darkhold

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Diamond of DarkholdTitle: The Diamond of Darkhold

Author: Jeanne DuPrau

Series: Books of Ember #4

Genre: YA/MG Sci-fi Dystopia

Pages: 293

Edition Read: Kindle library book

Dates Read: January 15-17, 2023

Blurb: 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.


This book was such a fitting send off for this series! Can I just say, I am so glad I went back and read all of these books because they were absolutely a delight.

Unlike book #3, this book puts us back with Lina and Doon and their new home in the village of Sparks. Things are not going terribly well, as you can imagine, considering that Sparks was a very modest place barely getting by, and now they have an influx of mouths to feed. I think that’s one of the things I’ve enjoyed best about this series. It can seem very fantastical – an entire city underground – but there is enough details to explain all of it in a way that just feels very real. It’s excellent worldbuilding.

I loved having Lina and Doon back again as characters and I was super excited to see what had happened to Ember after everyone left it. Despite living there nearly all of their lives, there is so much that Lina and Doon don’t know about their old home. There are more mysteries to discover, more twists to figure out, and someone who wants to keep all the secret treasures of Ember to themselves.

As I said, this series was really wonderful. Definitely aimed more towards younger readers, but a fun adventure that older readers will also enjoy.

GoodReads rating: 4 stars

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