Jonathan brings together a film-maker’s skill for dramatic narrative with a classic and distinctive drawing style to create a page turner with children’s innate sense of what is right at its heart.

Julia Marshall, Publisher

The Inkberg Enigma


The Inkberg Enigma is a graphic-novel mystery adventure for eight- to twelve-year-olds in which a girl and boy uncover the secret that has corrupted a town.

Written and illustrated by Jonathan King

Ebook available wherever you buy your ebooks


  • Description

    Miro and Zia live in Aurora, a fishing town nestled in the shadow of a mysterious castle. Miro lives in the world of books; Zia is never without her camera. The day they meet, they stumble on a secret.

    With Zia determined to discover more, a reluctant Miro is pulled into a real-life adventure.

    The Inkberg Enigma
    is an exciting adventure with a strong filmic narrative. Jonathan King’s ligne claire drawing style nods to the Belgian and French classics alongside a modern storytelling sensibility drawn from his background in film.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 8-12 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Red Reading Hub

      Driven by a powerful narrative, exciting, humorous and scary in parts, this plot twisting page-turner is skilfully delivered in graphic novel style by Jonathan King who has a background in film making; indeed it would make a smashing film. What’s not to love, especially since, for one of the characters, books play a vital role in the story. KS2 readers and beyond, especially those with a preference for visual story-telling will simply gobble it up.

    2. Kids BookBuzz, Ellis – age 8

      Kids of any age can read and enjoy this book. The art is good and the story is exciting. Miro and Zia make an incredible team!

    3. The School Reading List

      A gripping mystery set in a sleepy fishing town with dark secrets…With stylish graphics and fast-moving dialogue, this is ideal for years 5 & 6.

    4. The Spinoff

      Toby – “The story is fantastic – there’s a town with secrets, sea creatures, an overbearing mayor, and a whiff of the supernatural in the air. King builds a great world and the story is pacy with some excellent twists and turns.”
      Max – “I thought it was SO good. It’s a mystery … adventure … a bit of a mix. It hooked me in and I wanted to keep reading.”
      Iggy – “It had the best twist at the end”

    5. Midwest Book Review

      An original and impressively interesting graphic novel that will be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to elementary school, middle school, and community library collections for young readers ages 7-11

    6. School Library Journal

      Vivid artwork reminiscent of the Tintin comics makes for a detailed setting

    7. Poetry Box Review

      This is an ultra imaginative, perfectly scary, sublime read with great drawings, especially when you need a gloomy day diversion. Imagine a big road sign: take the paths in this book if you want time out from boredom or anxiety, or if you are a fan of graphic novels and slightly scary stories.

    8. Magpies

      There are so many elements to love in this fast-paced, contemporary read that is full of adventure and heart… I would confidently place this in the hands of bookish 8 year olds to reluctant teens, and any adults that enjoy a graphic novel.

    9. Trevor Agnew, The Source

      The Inkberg Enigma is a great New Zealand comic, able to bridge the generations and bring reading enjoyment to young and old alike.

    10. My Best Friends are Books

      Reading this made me feel like I was 10 years old again, devouring Tintin and wanting to be him…The Inkberg Enigma is filled with adventure, mystery, and secrets. It’s also just the right amount of spooky and sinister that keeps you turning the pages. I flew through the story the first time and have since read it again to fully appreciate the story and the artwork.Jonathan’s illustrations are fantastic…[he]doesn’t let the panels limit the story either, with some really clever sections where the illustrations move out of the panels.The Inkberg Enigma is one of my favourite kids graphic novels of 2020 and I’ll be recommending it to everyone. I really hope there will be more stories with Miro and Zia.

    11. Kirkus

      While the two kids get support from a community of helpful adults, the real stars of the story are the books that drive the action, as the protagonist expands his life both beyond and deeper into the world of books. The narrative itself swings back and forth from the present to the past, making full use of the flexibility of the graphic-novel format to help the reader navigate everything from historical documents to edge-of-your-seat action sequences. With an array of blended, multilingual, and multiracial families and diverse gender representation, this book is beautifully inclusive … Villains, magical books, and creatures from the deep combine for a fast-paced, rollicking graphic mystery.

    12. Booklist

      King’s dramatic poses and square jaws recall the golden era of pulp action comics but with a modern feel and diverse cast; the purely black-and-white sections denoting flashbacks are some of the most dynamic art in the whole story…a diverting tale and an interesting pair of odd-couple kid detectives. Hopefully there will be more opportunities for Miro and Zia to uncover mischief in the future.

    13. Librarian, NetGalley review

      a lovely well told story that is reminiscent of Tintin but with a Lovecraftian twist. It will be on my recommends list for my library’s Teen Graphic Novel book club.

    14. NetGalley review

      This thrilling middle-grade graphic novel by New Zealand author Jonathan King will appeal to readers of all ages.

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