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Minimum Wage Magic

(DFZ #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,089 ratings  ·  139 reviews
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 cov ...more
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published November 9th 2018 by Aaron/Bach
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Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Minimum Wage Magic by Rachel Aaron and narrated by Emily Woo Zeller is a fantasy book with magic, gods, and dragons. The world building is fabulous and so original! The characters are well developed and amazing. There is a lot of magic in this book, a sentient town where the town shifts around, and powerful Dragon families. There is a magic puzzle that needs solved that could lead to something important and people and mages are trying to kill for it. This book is witty, has suspenseful action sc ...more
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 HeartStriker Series.

Minimum wage magic explores the
TS Chan
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review-copy
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 self-published Heartstrikers series - my current f
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[4.5/5 stars] Minimum Wage Magic was such a delightful read!

Even though it’s a spin-off of Aaron’s Heartstrikers series, it felt completely fresh, going a long way towards reinvigorating my love of this author (the last two books of HS were a bit too repetitive and drawn out for my tastes). I loved the premise – “cleaners” in the DFZ (magically altered Detroit) buy abandoned/reclaimed living units and turn a profit from what’s left inside. If any of you have spent entire days binge-watching Stor
Esmerelda Weatherwax
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m a die-hard fan of the Heartstrikers series, the first series set in this world known as the DFZ, or the Detroit Free Zone. It’s a rebuilt version of Detroit set about a hundred years from now and it’s overflowing with ambient magic allowing for the largest group of mages, magical creatures, dragons etc in the world. This is set after the events of Hearstrikers and can be read totally on its own, there’s a whole new cast of characters and despite references to the first series, you definitely ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

Overall rating = 3.5 stars

OVERVIEW/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 genre mixes that she’s known to write.

The story
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 recently, everything she touches turns into a disaster. T
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yay! Loved it! When is the next one out? Hahahah. Full review to follow shortly. :)
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full review is here, on my blog!

This book/series takes place in the same world as Rachel Aaron's Heartstrikers series (which I loved. Like... a lot.), which means I could hardly wait to get my paws upon it. It takes place about 20 years after Julius and Marci's story ended, and shows the city that came to exist because of them, but it's not at all necessary to have read the Heartstrikers series first. This one makes mention of things that are... perhaps resulting from those events, but never in
Blodeuedd Finland
I miss the Heartstrikers! I must sadly say that there are no cameos. But people from the series are mentioned. Yes I kept hoping someone would pop up, even if it had made no sense. Cos I miiiiiss them!

But to this book then. Opal is a cleaner. She cleans out places and sell the good stuff. She studied magic at College, but she needs money, and fast. It takes a while to learn why. She also has a troubled family relationship (I was sort of right, but not quite.) She just wants to do her own thing a
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 adored the book. I fell in love with Opal immediately a ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
If it makes sense: a solid 4-stars that I think is totally turn into 5 stars in letter books in the series! The audiobook is goooood!
Jodie Martin
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ‘second’ series - until now she’s always jumped to a ne
Timelord Iain (Eeyawn)
Bit of a rocky start, but I was fully on-board by chapter 5...
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
Minimum Wage Magic was a whole lot of fun, and I expected nothing else of a Rachel Aaron novel! Her work would likely appeal to fans of Ilona Andrews, as this book is a fast-paced urban fantasy novel with excellent world building and a strong heroine at its center.

Although Minimum Wage Magic takes place in the same world as her Heartstriker series (start with Nice Dragons Finish Last), this series has an entirely new cast and is set twenty years after the previous series. You could read Minimum
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 home in the constantly-changing magical city that once
Nov 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, fbr, read-in-2018
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 unlucky streak. Her next debt payment is due at the ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: uf

The city where everything is allowed and anything is possible, lawless mash of new and old, wrapped up in crazy and random. As Marci Novalli said in Nice Dragons Finish Last: "The DFZ is dangerous and unfair and full of weird magic, but if you’re willing to brave the risks, you can win big.”
I know dragons are cool, in this world they are inhuman in the most hilarious* of ways, but Aaron wanted to go back to that initial idea, that premise of elusive possibility for a success, the chance
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent start to a new Heartstriker world spinoff series with a very likeable heroine and an apparently complex hero. I'm looking forward to the next ones.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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 hated Opal's father, but I was supposed to. I may
Devyn Jayse
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, fantasy, dragons
Liked it (but must admit I prefer the Heartstrikers series). Book on my Kindle ended at the 80-ish% mark which made me think I had more to read but it turned out to be a bunch of samples of other books. Would read next book in the series.
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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I was scared to start this series since I've basically adored the other two series (Paradox and Heartstrikers) that I've read by this author and didn't want to ruin the streak. What if this didn't live up to my expections? What if it was terrible and soured me on all future books by this author? In hindsight, I needn't have worried. Case in point: this kept me up until 3 am this morning.

This book occurred in the same world as the Heartstriker series and that was a plus in my book. It not only be
Zel Polev
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Lori S.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up.
Opal Yong-ae, determined to pay her way out of a debt to her father, works as a Cleaner, a person who buys up abandoned or repossessed houses/apartments/etc. and then essentially cleans those places out for a profit. Up until recently, she's had excellent luck, able to pay her monthly installments and eat decent meals.

Now, however, she's out of money and down to the wire on her payment, as just about everything she's done has gone bust (view spoiler)
Jan 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is not a bad book.

I picked it up on KU because I saw Esmerelda Weatherwax was reading it and the premise grabbed me. It's a well-written book in the class that I call "working author". It feels like a younger, family friendlier version of the Evanovich style of realism-merged-with-fantastic writing. There's the mysterious self-interested hulk who keeps pulling the heroine out of the fire. There's the perky heroine who has grit, determination, and more talent than she lets on. There's a gri
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, magic
I was a big fan of Heartstrikers series, so I was super excited that Rachel Aaron decided to go back to this world. While I was sad that my no characters from the previous series did not make an appearance, I enjoyed the chaotic atmosphere of DFZ and the adventures of another underdog. Plus, I felt like this book gave a tiny nod to Storage Wars a tv show I like.
Looking forward to the sequel.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
My first foray w/ Rachel Aaron. It was some nice world building and I really enjoyed the two main characters. Very reminiscent of William Gibson's Bridge trio...if you like the AR goggles/living in tin storage containers suspended from bridges, check out Gibson's: Virtual Light, Idoru, and All Tomorrow's Parties.
I think this was a good start of a great friendship between Nik and Opal. I am looking forward to the next installment.
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Hello, my name is Rachel Aaron, and I write the Heartstriker books, a new Urban Fantasy series about misfit dragons, starting with Nice Dragons Finish Last. I also wrote The Legend of Eli Monpress fantasy series for Orbit Books about a wizard thief and the poor bastards who have to try and stop him. PLUS I'm also the author of the new, rolicking fun Science Fiction romance Fortune's Pawn under the ...more