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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 (Dam Keeper)

  1. 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emily

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

  3. 5 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).

  4. 5 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.

  5. 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!!!!

  6. 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).

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)

    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books When I started this comic, I have to admit I was very confused, because I didn't know that this was the second book in a series. The title and info on Netgalley, had nothing about this being a sequel, so when I started it, it was clear that I was missing a few pieces.I wasn't really sure what had happened in the previous book to understand the peril that the characters were in or how they got there. So I started this one in a This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads Books When I started this comic, I have to admit I was very confused, because I didn't know that this was the second book in a series. The title and info on Netgalley, had nothing about this being a sequel, so when I started it, it was clear that I was missing a few pieces.I wasn't really sure what had happened in the previous book to understand the peril that the characters were in or how they got there. So I started this one in a funk, and not really sure if I was going to like it. I would have liked to read the first book just to have some more background, but I feel like I got enough from this second book to understand this world and the characters in it. It was very fast paced as the characters are moving quickly from one place to the other, but it seems like they are just doing a lot of traveling. Some of the panels don't even have speech bubbles, so you kind of have to guess how the characters interacted when they came across new people in their travels. You had to really pay attention to the art, which didn't really bother me, but it just felt like some of these panels were pointless. I did find the visions that Pig had really interesting and I wanted to get to more of that, but I think I will have to read the next one to get it. I wanted to know more about what exactly a Dam Keeper was, and why everyone seems to live behind walls of a dam. I just feel like this graphic novel was missing some pieces that I would have liked to have been filled in. I do want to say that I loved the artwork in this one, and it's what made me want to continue reading it. I really loved the saturated colors, and I'm curious how the finished product looks in print. My digital copy was a little low-res, but I still thought the style was well executed. If you do read this, I definitely recommend picking up the first one so you are not as confused as I was! *I received a free egalley copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kimberlee

    I received a free digital copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Somehow I didn't notice that this was actually the second book in this graphic novel series! I think I'll go back and try to read the first so I at least have some idea of what's going on and how the characters got to where they are. From what I can judge, this is a solid graphic novel. Nothing much happens in volume two except travel and meeting new people. Pig is obviously the main character and having I received a free digital copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Somehow I didn't notice that this was actually the second book in this graphic novel series! I think I'll go back and try to read the first so I at least have some idea of what's going on and how the characters got to where they are. From what I can judge, this is a solid graphic novel. Nothing much happens in volume two except travel and meeting new people. Pig is obviously the main character and having "visions" of his late father and contemplating the mysterious sign of the Dam Keeper. The characters work out some sort of animosity they had towards each other and escape certain death a couple times. Pretty standard. The art in this graphic novel could be really special. I would have to see a finished copy of the book to judge for sure, but the use of bright, saturated colors and soft lines is really great. It wasn't the style I would have preferred, and automatically skews this GN towards a younger audience, but I suspect that was the intention. Intriguing read. 3/5 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    The adventures of Pig and his friends continue as they follow Frog, who claims to be able to get them back home before the next great wave. Along the way, they encounter other towns and villages who are able to survive from the wave...and all have the mark of the dam keeper. Everywhere Pig goes, his father seems to have been before him...or is something else going on? While I absolutely loved the first book, this one fell flat, mostly because the plot went absolutely nowhere in this second instal The adventures of Pig and his friends continue as they follow Frog, who claims to be able to get them back home before the next great wave. Along the way, they encounter other towns and villages who are able to survive from the wave...and all have the mark of the dam keeper. Everywhere Pig goes, his father seems to have been before him...or is something else going on? While I absolutely loved the first book, this one fell flat, mostly because the plot went absolutely nowhere in this second installment. More questions are raised, the overall story is more tell than show (ironic in a graphic novel), and little is revealed about the mysteries of this world, the dam keepers, the whereabouts of Pig's father or the cause of the wave. The artwork, however, continues to be a delightful combination of cutesy and dark. I will stayed tuned for book three, which hopefully is a little meatier in nature and reveals some answers. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Pig and his friends continue their adventure from the first graphic novel in this series. They travel together through their world, finding other dammed towns, each with their own specific characteristics. They continue their quest to get home, meeting peril along the way, all while strengthening their friendship. This volume seemed less driven than the first, more episodic and focused on the travel of the friends. Anyone who enjoyed the first book will like to read the continuing adventure alth Pig and his friends continue their adventure from the first graphic novel in this series. They travel together through their world, finding other dammed towns, each with their own specific characteristics. They continue their quest to get home, meeting peril along the way, all while strengthening their friendship. This volume seemed less driven than the first, more episodic and focused on the travel of the friends. Anyone who enjoyed the first book will like to read the continuing adventure although there is not a lot of meat to this one, but certainly reinforcement of book one and the individual growth of a few of the individuals. A quick, fun read. 2.5 stars. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC for this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Crain

    This review will be short, but not necessarily sweet. I’m really sorry to say, but I did not care for this book at all. I wasn’t really a fan of book one either, yet stuck with it because of the illustrations. The story was just passable, in my honest opinion, and like a glutton for a punishment I decided to stick with it for round two to see what happened. If anything, I think it got worse. The art was still the best thing this series had going for it. I appreciate the author, publisher, and Ne This review will be short, but not necessarily sweet. I’m really sorry to say, but I did not care for this book at all. I wasn’t really a fan of book one either, yet stuck with it because of the illustrations. The story was just passable, in my honest opinion, and like a glutton for a punishment I decided to stick with it for round two to see what happened. If anything, I think it got worse. The art was still the best thing this series had going for it. I appreciate the author, publisher, and NetGalley giving me this review copy and opportunity despite my less than stellar feelings about the book itself.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Marvelous illustrations, with a delightful balance of beauty, darkness, and quirk. They are somehow epic, haunting, and silly all at the same time. Just as with the first book in the series, I wanted more weight and substance to the story--all of the right elements are there, it's just this chapter of the saga is so brief it feels unfulfilling. I want the whole story now.

  13. 5 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)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    While I enjoyed the addition of Van and seeing the first "other city", and the weird mole city, I felt like nothing else happened and the plot didn't really advance any - at the cliffhanger ending I feel like we were right back where we started. But I am still excited to see how it all plays out in the next installment!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is graphic novel book 2 of The Dam Keeper series. I really enjoyed book 1, but I did not like book 2 nearly as much. Still beautifully illustrated, the book felt much more dark, and I did not like the mole god kingdom storyline at all. The ending was quite the cliffhanger, and I'm definitely still looking forward to book 3 Return from the Shadows.

  16. 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elia

    The story of pig and his friends continues as they travel with Van, their new crazy lizard friend back towards their home. They much reach Sunrise Valley within the next 7 days or another wave of the smoke will sweep through the town, which is unprotected... on the way they find life in other towns, and meet other dam keepers... and one very unusual "mole."

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    An amazing story that leaves the reader with questions to continue to ponder as we await the final book in the series! Outstanding storytelling and illustrations make for fantastic reading experience that students and adults are sure to love!

  19. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Adam Di Filippe

    Paper cutouts and a watercolor background make for an interesting style.

  21. 5 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*

  22. 4 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    The adventure continues. Visually striking but not as compelling a story as the first.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Young At Heart Reader

    I still want to know what kind of witchcraft went into making this comic so beautiful.

  26. 5 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!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    Pig, Hippo, Fox and Van must get back to their town before the wave hits. But they’re a long way from home. Following Van’s advice for transportation leads them to some very interesting other towns. And Pig can’t help but notice things that remind him of his father in each and every one of them. He also starts to wonder about the source of the darkness that comes. The illustrations in this are amazing. The plot of this book suffers just a teensy bit from middle-book-itis. Don’t look for answers i Pig, Hippo, Fox and Van must get back to their town before the wave hits. But they’re a long way from home. Following Van’s advice for transportation leads them to some very interesting other towns. And Pig can’t help but notice things that remind him of his father in each and every one of them. He also starts to wonder about the source of the darkness that comes. The illustrations in this are amazing. The plot of this book suffers just a teensy bit from middle-book-itis. Don’t look for answers in this book. It is primarily picking up from the first book and setting up for the next book. However, it does serve a very important purpose of deepening the mystery of what is causing the destruction in this world and what happened to Pig’s father. I had forgotten just how crazy Van is. He helps lighten the seriousness of this dystopian mystery. Now to eagerly await the next volume in this series. Recommended to middle grade dystopian fans, animal story fans, and mystery fans. Notes on content [based on ARC]: No language issues. No sexual content (though Pig gets embarrassed by seeing a lady’s bloomers). Some dangerous situations but everyone makes it out ok. Van has a very vague sense of ownership and it appears he steals a vehicle at one point that doesn’t make it back to its owner. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Margie aka The Bumble Girl

  30. 4 out of 5

    Molly

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