Minimum Wage Magic (DFZ #1) by Rachel Aaron

Minimum Wage Magic (DFZ #1)

The DFZ, the metropolis formerly known as Detroit, is the world’s most magical city with a population of nine million and zero public safety laws. That’s a lot of mages, cybernetically enhanced chrome heads, and mythical beasties who die, get into debt, and otherwise fail to pay their rent. When they can’t pay their bills, their stuff gets sold to the highest bidder to cover the tab. That’s when they call me. My name is Opal Yong-ae, and ...

Details Minimum Wage Magic (DFZ #1)

TitleMinimum Wage Magic (DFZ #1)
Release DateNov 9th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Science Fiction, Dragons

Reviews Minimum Wage Magic (DFZ #1)

  • TS Chan
    I would to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read and review an advanced reading copy of Minimum Wage Magic.Rachel Aaron has become one of my go-to authors when I need a pick-me-up. She has such an uncanny knack of writing stories that are just so effortlessly engaging, immensely enjoyable and just plain fun. Minimum Wage Magic is the start of a new series taking place in the DFZ, a huge metropolis setting first introduced in her ...
  • Mihir
    Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic Overall rating = 3.5 starsOVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Rachel Aaron is a special talent and it has been highly evident with all of the sixteen books she has written so far. With this book, she does something unique as she writes a sequel series for the very first time since she started writing professionally nearly a decade ago. While also making this new series more grounded within its genre and less of the eclectic...
  • Shree143
    The most under rated author in urban fantasy genre. Her works need more recognition. Heartstrikers series is one of my favorite books in urban fantasy.DFZ series takes place in the same world as Heartstrikers. The story is kinda simple in it's essence but the narrative is awesome. Anyway it's a strong debut in the new series, hints at even more interesting things to come in the future.
  • Lukasz
    I missed DFZ and dragons. It‘s good to have them back in my life. In Minimum Wage Magic Aaron revisits and develops the world. We discover the city and its secrets through eyes of Opal Yong-ae - prestigious magical university graduate who works as a Cleaner. If you’ve ever watched Storage Wars, you already know what Cleaners do. They sort through all sorts of junk hoping to score a great deal. Opal used to be the best in the business. But re...
  • Maja
    While it feels so so good being back in DFZ, I kinda miss having a first row seat in the dragon drama in Keeping up with the Heartstrikers, also missed our favourite Nice Dragon™ a lot. I almost screamed at the bus when he was mentioned first time in the book. Could have been more dragons in general. But I'm not going to be petty and knock of stars because of that and hopefully the future books holds more dragons. Other than that though, I ado...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart This book answers the question what if Storage Wars was mashed up with a world where ‘gods are real, dragons are traffic hazards, and buildings move around on their own’. Minimum wage magic is a spin off series set in the DFZ (Detroit Free Zone) of the Heartstriker Series. You do not have to have read the prior series to enjoy this, it is completely new and set after all the events of the...
  • Jodie Martin
    One of the things I love about Rachel Aaron is that you can trust her.You can trust that the plot begun in the first book has a plan to finish in the final book. That the world will expand and the characters will be challenged and grow. That you won’t be left too long wondering what’s gonna happen.I got to read MWM as a proofreader and it was lovely to return to the DFZ of the Heartstriker series and see another angle. This is Aaron’s first...
  • Narilka
    Formerly known as the city of Detroit, the DFZ is a place where anything goes. It's the most magical city in the world and home to 9 million people. Sometimes when those people can't make rent, or an apartment is otherwise abandoned, the landlords make back their fees by putting the place up for auction. Cleaners then bid for the right to go through the apartment and sell whatever they can for profit. Opal Yong-ae is a Cleaner and she's hit an un...
  • Linda
    Whether writing as Rachel Aaron or as Rachel Bach, this author knows how to tell a good story.When Aaron recently wrapped up her Heartstrikers series, I was disappointed that Julius and Marcy’s story was over. So when I saw that she created a new series set in the same world, I was all in.The DFZ (Detroit Free Zone) series takes place twenty years after the events of the last Heartstriker book. Julius, now known as The Peacemaker, makes his hom...
  • Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
    Review pending.
  • Karsyn
    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!Wow, it was soooooooooooo good. I shouldn't be surprised, as I really enjoy the Eli Monpress books, they are quite enjoyable but this one was just sooo sooo sooo good. I loved almost everything about it. I loved Opal, she's strong and quirky and knows what she wants and will sacrifice everything to get it. I really liked Nik. There's more to the story there and I can't wait to find out what it is. It's gonna be something big.I...
  • Lucille
  • Beani D'Andrade
    Loved 'Minimum Wage Magic'!Great book! Wonderful world building! Kept my interest the whole way thru, & my only disappointment is that I have to wait awhile until book 2 of the DFZ series comes out! :)
  • Martin Harrington
    A great startThe final book of Rachel Aaron’s Heartstrikers series wrapped up the story neatly... but it also gave a hint of fascinating things to come, so much so that I was angry Aaron wasn’t immediately working on a new series set in the DFZ. Well, about a year later, surprise! We get Minimum Wage Magic, the first in a new series set years after the Heartstrikers finale. Is it everything I hoped for? No—but it’s certainly a step in tha...
  • Sarah Jane
    Another fantastic Rachel Aaron book!This was so different than what I was expecting. It was a great mix of old (the DFZ in all her glory, dragons, kick-ass magic) and new (characters, places, cybernetics!). And I'm not going to spoil anything, but I loved the end! Like, the end of their adventure and also the way the book ended! I usually hate endings, so this is a big deal for me.The quirky genius writing we've come to know and love is here (why...
  • Pygmy
    I really liked this author's Heartstriker series, though I was wary of some of the characters feeling recycled the way I felt her FFO book was. Luckily, in this book, everyone felt fresh, and it was such a fun, guilty pleasure. This is the first time I ever read a book twice in a row (as in, I re-read it right after I finished it the first time)!! This is all due to the secondary male character, Nik, who starts out as the heroine's scary rival an...
  • Moros
    It could have been a stronger book.This book had some flaws which the rest of the series did not and I think the first issue is that it attempts to shy away from the other series references so no characters related to Julius's world are allowed but the book moves right into the central location of the previous books. It's as if the rich description of the DMZ was reduced to a simple prop in an attempt to not be like the other books. It makes the ...
  • Anita
    I love the Heartstriker/DFZ universe! Rachel Aaron is a fantastic writer with a very clever imagination. The characters are believable within the magical version of Detroit they inhabit, the plot is engaging, and the mystery conclusion is very satisfying. Loved. It. Read this under-the-radar urban fantasy author - it's worth the time. And this book is even on Kindle Unlimited! Opal is working as a cleaner in the DFZ (Detroit Free Zone), just bare...
  • Llaph | No Frill | No Shill
    I wasn't sure if I would like this new series since I'd miss the old characters from the Heartstrikers, but omg I did.I really liked how the new mortal spirits now have their own niches. I was giddy about Ghost having his own "screen time" for a bit near the start of the book. I loved seeing how he has at least one priest. :) I love the idea of being a cleaner. It sounds so cool. I wasn't sure if we'd get to see a dragon in this book, but I was n...
  • Lucie Ondrušková
    Rachel just doesn't disappoint. She is great at writing compelling stories that are difficult to put down, and creating characters that are easy to like and root for. I enjoyed seeing what happened with DFZ after the events of Heartstrikers - and if Heartstrikers read like urban fantasy, this book read more like cyberpunk... with dragons (aka awesome!). There was one minor thing that bugged me, that everyone was always mentioning what was legal o...
  • J
    Roller coaster ride of an adventure!Excellent world building and deeply complex characters are just some of the great things about this book. The plot is fast paced and seems straight forward, but kept taking quick turns that glued me to the edge of my seat. There was good closure at the end, but more than enough loose ends to make me eager for the next in this series. I heard this might be a trilogy, but after reading this book I’m hoping for ...
  • Calla Felicity
    Willing suspension of disbeliefReadable and placed in an interesting created universe. Formulaic but the author's fans truly love her works so I may have missed something. Possibly a believable motive for the main character's behavior. Also the discrepancy in the value of currency now and relative to the story as the amounts used were too slight to believe.
  • Hisham El-far
    The first in a new series by Rachel Aaron. It is set in the same universe (and City) as the Heartstriker series - but doesn't require the reader to have read that series first. This book is a great intro point to the world.Think futuristic Urban Fantasy with a dash of Storage Hunters.Amazing fun to read and you will read it fast.Cannot wait for the next book. :D
  • Zachary Schillinger
    Very engaging!This story benefits greatly from sharing the polished setting of the authors previous series. With recognizable style this story is fast paced and high stakes while delivering relatable and interesting character. This was a fantastic start to a new series. I can hardly wait for book 2!
  • William Howe
    This has promiseAlmost dystopic, almost Shadowrun, and all possibilities. Rich girl with an expensive graduate degree trying to break free from her father works as a ‘Cleaner’, buying the right to empty apartments ala “Storage Wars”.The characters and ideas...this is going to be a fun series.I will pre-order the next book without hesitation.
  • Milan
    I loved Julius and the Heartstrikers series and it was nice to return to the same world even if the Nice Dragon and others didn't appear and were just mentioned. Characters in this novel were interesting and I'm looking forward to more.
  • Emma Fearon
    Really goodI haven't read anything by Rachel Aaron previously and just picked this because it appealed to me. What a great find!It's quick and sharp with great dialogue and action. I'm looking forward to the next in the series. Really great and original!
  • Erienne
    I liked this a lot. I love Rachel Aaron, and I was a fan of the DFZ in the Heartstrikers series. So it was nice that I recognized the characters by name and reputation even though they weren't in this book at all. Opal is a good character, and I'll definitely read the next.
  • Sam H.
    Loved this. Makes me wat to re-read the Heartstriker books. The urban gritty fantasy plus Ms Aaron's excellent style of writing make this book a winner. My only complaint is I wish the book had been longer.