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


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.




  • 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 OriginNew Zealand
    Reader Age8-12 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. 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to the past, making full use of the flexibility of the graphic-novel format to help the reader navigate everything from historical documents to edge-of-your-seat action sequences.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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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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