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Book Review: The Diamond of Darkhold (Monday, September 15, 2008)

Title: The Diamond of Darkhold
by Jeanne DuPrau
Release Date: August 26, 2008
When Read: September 15, 2008
Review: 3/5 Stars

The Diamond of Darkhold is the fourth novel in Jeanne DuPrau's Books of Ember series. Despite starring two clever and mature teenagers, and a heavy post-apocalyptic setting, and potentially disturbing plot elements, the writing sadly only rises to the level of perhaps a bright nine year old. DuPrau has the unfortunate task of writing novels for children in a post-Rowling world, where we've come to expect each book to become more complex and more mature than the one before — one where we expect the reader to grow as the characters grow. One would particularly expect it from these novels, considering the totally un-subtle morals of the story — be curious, be kind, and read as much as you can, because books and learning will save the world!

—Brian (9/15/2008 9:10 PM)


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