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Beyond the dam lies certain death—this is something every citizen of Sunrise Valley knows well. Yet, when a poisonous black tidal wave carries Pig, Fox, and Hippo over the dam and into the wastelands, they don’t find death. Instead they find bustling cities, each with their own dams. Pig can't help but wonder, who is the mysterious dam keeper behind it all? But he doesn't h Beyond the dam lies certain death—this is something every citizen of Sunrise Valley knows well. Yet, when a poisonous black tidal wave carries Pig, Fox, and Hippo over the dam and into the wastelands, they don’t find death. Instead they find bustling cities, each with their own dams. Pig can't help but wonder, who is the mysterious dam keeper behind it all? But he doesn't have time to unravel this mystery. The wave of deadly black fog will return to Sunrise Valley in four days, and its dam can't withstand another assault. In a stolen truck and with a deranged lizard leading the way, Pig and his friends are in a race against the clock. but can they reach home in time?


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Beyond the dam lies certain death—this is something every citizen of Sunrise Valley knows well. Yet, when a poisonous black tidal wave carries Pig, Fox, and Hippo over the dam and into the wastelands, they don’t find death. Instead they find bustling cities, each with their own dams. Pig can't help but wonder, who is the mysterious dam keeper behind it all? But he doesn't h Beyond the dam lies certain death—this is something every citizen of Sunrise Valley knows well. Yet, when a poisonous black tidal wave carries Pig, Fox, and Hippo over the dam and into the wastelands, they don’t find death. Instead they find bustling cities, each with their own dams. Pig can't help but wonder, who is the mysterious dam keeper behind it all? But he doesn't have time to unravel this mystery. The wave of deadly black fog will return to Sunrise Valley in four days, and its dam can't withstand another assault. In a stolen truck and with a deranged lizard leading the way, Pig and his friends are in a race against the clock. but can they reach home in time?

30 review for The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness

  1. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    I loved the first book in this series. The art was stunning and the story had me in it's grip. The mystery was intense. With this second book, the art is beautiful, but it feels less crisp and the story was not as solid. It's good, but this second book let me down. I wonder if this is simply the set-up for the 3rd book. I don't know how many there will be. There is still mystery, but it is not as well sculpted and doesn't hold me as well as the first. Of course, I need to continue this and see w I loved the first book in this series. The art was stunning and the story had me in it's grip. The mystery was intense. With this second book, the art is beautiful, but it feels less crisp and the story was not as solid. It's good, but this second book let me down. I wonder if this is simply the set-up for the 3rd book. I don't know how many there will be. There is still mystery, but it is not as well sculpted and doesn't hold me as well as the first. Of course, I need to continue this and see where it goes, but I hope the story comes back into focus. I feel a little let down by this one after the stunning debut of the first one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    The second volume of a graphic trilogy based on the authors' Oscar-nominated film. Both of the authors are former Pixar artists who have begun their own multi-media production company, and this is their first graphic novels series, which some say is YA, but I think is really middle level, a pretty simple allegorical tale about a Pig who was trained to be a dam keeper, keeping out the darkness, until he and two other animals go over to the dark side to explore it. As everyone knows, beyond the da The second volume of a graphic trilogy based on the authors' Oscar-nominated film. Both of the authors are former Pixar artists who have begun their own multi-media production company, and this is their first graphic novels series, which some say is YA, but I think is really middle level, a pretty simple allegorical tale about a Pig who was trained to be a dam keeper, keeping out the darkness, until he and two other animals go over to the dark side to explore it. As everyone knows, beyond the dam lies certain death, but. . .that doesn’t happen. And just who is the damn dam keeper?! The second volume, as is typical, advances the story a bit and sets up volume three, but there wasn’t much that happens in this volume—they went to the dark side and now they need to get back! A lot of traveling. Not that much intrigue, frankly. Cute animals in peril in a dark watercolor Pixar world. But you know? Because I haven’t yet seen the film, I will still probably read the last volume.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I still don't have a clue what's going on but it's pretty to look at.

  4. 5 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first installment. It's still a beautiful-looking graphic novel with a unique style, dreamy and colourful. But this one felt a little more aimless. I couldn't remember what the three friends were supposed to be doing, and the story didn't really remind us. They're trying to get back home, yes... but I can't really remember why they left in the first place. This book ends with a tantalizing hint of what's to come, but getting to that point felt like sl I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first installment. It's still a beautiful-looking graphic novel with a unique style, dreamy and colourful. But this one felt a little more aimless. I couldn't remember what the three friends were supposed to be doing, and the story didn't really remind us. They're trying to get back home, yes... but I can't really remember why they left in the first place. This book ends with a tantalizing hint of what's to come, but getting to that point felt like slogging through a whole lot of nothing. The mole princess (who's a rhino... I don't get it) and her weird little cult felt juvenile; that whole sequence was just a setup for the next installment in the series, and I could've done without it. Van the lizard is probably my favourite character, but he wasn't used as much as he could've been. Overall, I was a bit disappointed. I've just come off of reading the first two books in the 5 Worlds series, and their complexity makes this one look weak in comparison. It's a pretty book to look at, and I'm sure when the series is complete it'll fit in nicely with the rest... but, on its own, it just doesn't seem like quite enough.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adela Cacovean

    Review with pictures and the link to watch the animation here: http://vanillamoonbooks.blogspot.com/... The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness is the second book in a graphic novel series for children, something I wish I had researched before requesting an e-book copy to review from NetGalley. I must admit, I was drawn into it by the amazing artwork on the cover - something which can be said about the graphics of the inside of the book as well. However, that is the only aspect I enjoyed about it. Review with pictures and the link to watch the animation here: http://vanillamoonbooks.blogspot.com/... The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness is the second book in a graphic novel series for children, something I wish I had researched before requesting an e-book copy to review from NetGalley. I must admit, I was drawn into it by the amazing artwork on the cover - something which can be said about the graphics of the inside of the book as well. However, that is the only aspect I enjoyed about it. Despite having not read the first volume, I managed to grasp the story from reviews. This book continues the adventures of Pig, Fox and Hippo after they got lost in the mysterious fog, who are trying to get back home. The story is fast-paced, with scenes running one after another with little to no explanations, and you are left to wonder what is happening now. I am not a fan of the characters' names, but must admit it made it easier to remember who is who, since everyone is named after their species. I learned this was based on a short animated film, and this makes me wonder why I've even bothered to read this confusing graphic novel when the animation might've been a lot more easier to follow. The story will definitely continue in a follow-up volume, as this book ends in a cliff-hanger. Not a fan of that either. I guess this could prove to be a lot more enjoyable for a child who needs to be constantly entertained and gets bored easily, since everything happens so fast and there are a lot happening at once. I really hoped this would prove to be more original than it was - I was disappointed by the superficiality some themes were dealt with, such as sacrificing live beings, pollution, theft, disability (the blind creature).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    The first volume didn't do much for me, but it was a quick read, and I had this second volume on hand from the library, so I just went ahead and slammed through it on a walk during a break at work. It was just more of the same: generic young adventurers meet what are supposed to be colorful characters and hit several detours during a quest to return home. The murky coloring may set a tone for this series, but I still find it a hindrance to appreciating the art. I could almost see checking out the The first volume didn't do much for me, but it was a quick read, and I had this second volume on hand from the library, so I just went ahead and slammed through it on a walk during a break at work. It was just more of the same: generic young adventurers meet what are supposed to be colorful characters and hit several detours during a quest to return home. The murky coloring may set a tone for this series, but I still find it a hindrance to appreciating the art. I could almost see checking out the third book if it is the conclusion, but if I never come across it I certainly won't feel like I'm missing out on anything. Maybe it would help to watch the short film this is based on?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I can't believe that I failed to write an actual blog review for the first entry in this series, because I fell for it hard. Kondo and Tsutsumi have created this beautiful world that is also filled with darkness. It's a world that pits cute, sometimes fuzzy, lovable characters against an entity that is so mysterious that it's terrifying. I never thought I could have as many feelings about a pig as a main character as I do now. It's absoutely wonderful. Before anything else, I have to commend the I can't believe that I failed to write an actual blog review for the first entry in this series, because I fell for it hard. Kondo and Tsutsumi have created this beautiful world that is also filled with darkness. It's a world that pits cute, sometimes fuzzy, lovable characters against an entity that is so mysterious that it's terrifying. I never thought I could have as many feelings about a pig as a main character as I do now. It's absoutely wonderful. Before anything else, I have to commend the illustrations in both these books. They are more of a watercolor style, so everything is gorgeously blended and has a mystical feeling. I fell in love with the art style before, and I fell in love with it all over again this time around. It sets the mood beautifully, especially as this particular volume is very much about the journey these characters are part of. Kondo and Tsutsumi have captured my heart fair and square. I'm all in. As for the story of The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness, Pig, Fox, and Hippo ended the last book lost and on a mission to get back home. The huge cliffhanger ending of the last book had me ravenous for more, and so I was more than eager to get started with this installment. Although I had an inkling at the back of my mind that this book would be a little slower than the first, it still set me back for a bit. As I said above, this book is very much about the journey. A lot of traveling, a lot of discovery, and only a little of the intrigue that I loved the first time around. This installment takes patience to get through, although the illustrations definitely help. I warn you all, there is another massive cliffhanger ending. Be prepared now, and then settle in with me to wait for the next part of the story! Was this installment perfect? Perhaps not, but that doesn't negate the fact that I am utterly in love with this whole story. When Pig, Fox and Hippo are ready to move on to their next adventure, I'll be here waiting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Second installment is gorgeous and perhaps almost ethereal. The story line remains mysterious and it is not really clear what is going on in this world. For me this adds to the intrigue but may not always work for young readers who often prefer their plotlines to be crystal clear. Bring on the next one!!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    World Without Darkness is definitely a middle book. The art is still beautiful, but our characters are travelling at a brisk pace, making it hard to sink into the mystery of the series until the very end. Still a fun adventure, but lacking the dark atmosphere of the first book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Westen

    Just as beautiful and engaging as the first one. But the next one isn't coming out until next year ;-; *grabby hands*

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah N

    Some of the plot in this volume danced on the edge of unbelievable, but heck, the art is still top-notch and I’m still quite invested in this story. I’m definitely pre-ordering Vol. 3!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Siina

    The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness isn't as strong as the first part, but it's still good in its looming darkness. I'm so amazed how well Kondo can pull this off and combines cute animals with such a heavy feeling. You can taste the sadness and peril while reading this and it's plain amazing. Pig, Fox and Hippo are travelling and going through cities just as their own only to notice they have experienced the same fate. The fog is back and our trio has to save Sunrise Valley and everywhere Pi The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness isn't as strong as the first part, but it's still good in its looming darkness. I'm so amazed how well Kondo can pull this off and combines cute animals with such a heavy feeling. You can taste the sadness and peril while reading this and it's plain amazing. Pig, Fox and Hippo are travelling and going through cities just as their own only to notice they have experienced the same fate. The fog is back and our trio has to save Sunrise Valley and everywhere Pig sees these dam keeper markings and the mystery just thickens. The reason why this isn't as strong is mostly because we don't get anything out of our characters here. It's as if they are on the sidelines, which is a bummer, since they surely are the heart. The atmosphere is the same though, and overall this is a good continuation, even if falling somewhat flat. The art is still great and how it combines candy colors and cute animals to this doomsday feeling and Kondo is a master at that. The comic is slow and suffocating, but still light in a weird way. I love it how this makes me feel, I've never encountered anything like it. I really enjoy this mystery and I hope it will be something awesome, since The Dam Keeper series deserves nothing less. I still give this four stars, since albeit the content is three, everything else is four and the series is awesome and Kondo still has time to make this better (like it was).

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Beautifully drawn but incredibly slow. One volume a year, which takes about 15 minutes to read, is not enough to build an engaging story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    We make leaps of progress from book 1 (re-read before starting this one). Again - the stand out of this book is the art. Its soft, its hard, its bright, and its fluid.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    The Dam Keeper is such an intriguing series and features some of the most appealing, unique art I've seen in a long time. But each individual volume barely stands on its own. Here we have Pig and friends stealing a van with a crazy lizard and booking it across the desert to find the lizard's people. A ghostly dam keeper frequently appears to Pig, reminding the reader that there's a greater mystery here. But since each volume includes a tiny portion of the story, it's safe to say that most reader The Dam Keeper is such an intriguing series and features some of the most appealing, unique art I've seen in a long time. But each individual volume barely stands on its own. Here we have Pig and friends stealing a van with a crazy lizard and booking it across the desert to find the lizard's people. A ghostly dam keeper frequently appears to Pig, reminding the reader that there's a greater mystery here. But since each volume includes a tiny portion of the story, it's safe to say that most readers will have forgotten what that greater mystery is unless they read volume one moments before reading this second volume. I guess I shouldn't complain about how the story is broken up since that might not be an artistic decision, but The Dam Keeper strikes me as a series that really needs to be read in one go.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    The art is beautiful but I found some of the action a little hard to follow this time. And the repeated hints of Pig’s missing father do create interest, but I expected a little more resolution or clarification of where we’re going than this volume provides.

  17. 5 out of 5

    orangerful

    Oh yes, this is definitely the book you give to the 'Amulet' readers who need something for their to-read pile. In book 2, we get to explore the world along with Pig, Fox, and Hippo. Things get creepy but also there are several surprises that make you wonder where this whole story is going!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Faith Tydings

    I love this series. The illustrations are beautiful and the story line is intriguing, fast paced, and fun. Can’t wait for the next one!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Witscher

    I enjoyed this. It was a little confusing but it turns out that’s since it’s the second in a series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Crimson

    I received an e-Arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This book picks up where the first did. Pig and his friends are still outside Sunrise Valley and trying to find their way back home. They have about a week left before the next wave of Fog hits and in that time they've come to visit villages and nomads who have been surviving against the Fog. Something Pig notices is that there are Windmills just like the ones back home. Not only were they not expecting people to be outside the wa I received an e-Arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This book picks up where the first did. Pig and his friends are still outside Sunrise Valley and trying to find their way back home. They have about a week left before the next wave of Fog hits and in that time they've come to visit villages and nomads who have been surviving against the Fog. Something Pig notices is that there are Windmills just like the ones back home. Not only were they not expecting people to be outside the walls of Sunrise Valley but they even found more advanced technology The art for this little series continues to be Beautifully rendered. While the first book felt very dark and ominous, there's more joy in this one. Yes, Pig and his friends are still trying to get back home before the Fog arrives, but they also start to get along better and Hippo, who was more of the bully character, is starting to grow from the journey. Foxy is as joyous as ever, and Pig is starting to discover some things about his father. Or who he and I assume must be his father (something that had been hinted at in the first book) I'm really curious as to where this is going to lead, especially with the ending we get! I imagine the next book is going to focus more on Pig and his development and quite a few discoveries.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Fohl

    The story continues. More mysteries. I think that frog is behind everything. This should all be one book. What I learned: pigs can pass for moles?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Continues to be a solid, enjoyable series. The story doesn't move forward too much and the action scenes are still a little difficult to follow, and those flaws are once again almost completely made up for by the beautiful artwork.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Another fascinating installment in this gorgeous series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Beautiful art, just like the first, but the pacing is waaaay off and and rushed.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    This is the second book in The Dam Keeper series and was a very well done continuation of that series. I continue to really enjoy the illustration, the adventure, and the mystery behind the Dam Keepers. Our characters have ventured outside of Sunrise Valley into the great unknown. As they follow around a deranged lizard they meet a plethora of intriguing characters and find out that there is a vast world outside the one they know. They also struggle to get home in time to warn Sunrise Valley of t This is the second book in The Dam Keeper series and was a very well done continuation of that series. I continue to really enjoy the illustration, the adventure, and the mystery behind the Dam Keepers. Our characters have ventured outside of Sunrise Valley into the great unknown. As they follow around a deranged lizard they meet a plethora of intriguing characters and find out that there is a vast world outside the one they know. They also struggle to get home in time to warn Sunrise Valley of the impending attack. It was fun to venture out to the world outside of Sunrise Valley. I continue to really enjoy the illustration style and the story. I love the adventure and am curious to see where all the “hints” Pig is finding lead to. My only complaint about this book is that it is a bit slow. Overall this is a very well done continuation of the Dam Keeper series. I enjoyed it a lot and plan on continuing the series!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Beautiful, just like the first one. I can’t get over this artwork. This volume is much more colorful and bright, and not as scary, than the first one. Pig, Fox, and Hippo continue their journey, grow closer, and survive an epic encounter with a smoke monster as they try to get back to Sunrise Valley before the next wave. I really enjoyed it, and can’t wait for more. Why are these books so short?!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one, but it doesn't stop me from wanting to read the next book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ben Smith

    As beautifully illustrated as the first, and the story really starts to depart from what we’ve seen in the world of the Dam Keeper so far and heads further in a fantasy direction. This issue feels darker and more mysterious than the graphic novel and short film before it, and the ending left me eager for the next installment.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness is a graphic novel written by Robert Kondo and illustrated by Dice Tsutsumi. It is currently scheduled for release on July 10 2018. It is the second book in the series, and I have not read the first. I think that reading the series in order is recommended, but if the art draws you in, most readers could pick up the story to a certain degree. However- those that have read the first volume or watched the short animation it was based on will get much more from The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness is a graphic novel written by Robert Kondo and illustrated by Dice Tsutsumi. It is currently scheduled for release on July 10 2018. It is the second book in the series, and I have not read the first. I think that reading the series in order is recommended, but if the art draws you in, most readers could pick up the story to a certain degree. However- those that have read the first volume or watched the short animation it was based on will get much more from it than those of us that jumped in here. Beyond the dam lies certain death—this is something every citizen of Sunrise Valley knows well. Yet, when a poisonous black tidal wave carries Pig, Fox, and Hippo over the dam and into the wastelands, they don’t find death. Instead they find bustling cities, each with their own dams. Pig can't help but wonder, who is the mysterious dam keeper behind it all? But he doesn't have time to unravel this mystery. The wave of deadly black fog will return to Sunrise Valley in four days, and its dam can't withstand another assault. In a stolen truck and with a deranged lizard leading the way, Pig and his friends are in a race against the clock. but can they reach home in time? The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness is a graphic novel that I was tempted into reading because of the art. Even when I had no idea whatsoever about what was happening I fully enjoyed the artwork. The story lost me more than once, there were flashbacks and references to the past, which mostly went over my head because I missed the first book. However, the majority of this book felt like a buddy or roadtrip movie with some interesting twists and turns, some suggestions of secrets, and meeting new characters. As the group tries to make it home, assuredly to save their families and friends, they find themselves in some very weird situations with stranger characters, but I never really felt like I got to the meat of the story. There is a good climax, and hints to what is next for Pig, but since I was so uncertain about what was going on I never got invested in the characters or the story. The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness is a well drawn and colored graphic novel for middle grade, and perhaps younger and older, readers. I think readers that have read the first volume and enjoyed it will definitely want to pick this one up. I prefer series with a more complete feel to each of the installments, but that is just my personal preference and I know others are not as bothered by this.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Another entry in this quirky series. I liked the movie short and first book so decided to keep reading. Of course it had to end on another cliff hanger ... Interesting characters and some enjoyable illustrations. (I am not trying to pad my books read this year numbers, I promise, just tracking the books I read)

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