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Minimum Wage Magic 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 I m a Cleaner a freelance mage with an art history degree who s employed by the DFZ to sort through the mountains of magical junk people leave behind It s not a pretty job, or a safe one there s a reason I wear bite proof gloves but when you re deep in debt in a lawless city where gods are real, dragons are traffic hazards, and buildings move around on their own, you don t get to be picky about where your money comes from You just have to make it work, even when the only thing of value in your latest repossessed apartment is the dead body of the mage who used to live thereTHOR S NOTE This is the first in a new series set in the same universe as my Heartstrikers books, but you don t need to have read those stories to enjoy this one MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC was written to stand by itself, so if you haven t read the others, don t worry I wrote this book with you in mind I hope you ll give it a try, and thank you so much for reading ❮Reading❯ ➵ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas ➭ Author Paul W. Zitzewitz – 9facts.co.uk the metropolis formerly known as Detroit ❮Read❯ ➵ The Beautiful Disruption ➸ Author G.G. Renee Hill – 9facts.co.uk is the world s most magical city with a population of nine million and zero public safety laws That s a lot of mages ➶ [Read] ➲ Games Rednecks Play By Jeff Foxworthy ➾ – 9facts.co.uk cybernetically enhanced chrome heads [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Magic Cottage Author James Herbert – 9facts.co.uk and mythical beasties who die ➽ [Lireing] ➿ Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) 1, Sandi Metz, eBook - Amazon.com Par Sandi Metz ➲ – 9facts.co.uk get into debt [Epub] ➚ Eski Yunanca - Türkçe Sözlük Author Güler Çelgin – 9facts.co.uk and otherwise fail to pay their rent When they can t pay their bills ✅ Dont Leave Me Alone pdf ✈ Author GG – 9facts.co.uk their stuff gets sold to the highest bidder to cover the tab That s when they call me My name is Opal Yong ae ➜ [KINDLE] ❆ I Won a Spaceship By Harrison Park ➦ – 9facts.co.uk and I m a Cleaner a freelance mage with an art history degree who s employed by the DFZ to sort through the mountains of magical junk people leave behind It s not a pretty job ➻ [Reading] ➽ The Black Mask Boys By William F. Nolan ➰ – 9facts.co.uk or a safe one there s a reason I wear bite proof gloves but when you re deep in debt in a lawless city where gods are real [KINDLE] ❁ Born to Ride (Sons of Chaos MC, ❅ Eva Grace – 9facts.co.uk dragons are traffic hazards [Download] ➺ Evangelical Hermeneutics And The New Testament Use Of The Old Testament By Rynold D Dean – 9facts.co.uk and buildings move around on their own ➟ [Epub] ❤ May and Amy By Josceline Dimbleby ➩ – 9facts.co.uk you don t get to be picky about where your money comes from You just have to make it work ❰Download❯ ➾ The Tale of Miss Berta London Author Jihan Latimer – 9facts.co.uk even when the only thing of value in your latest repossessed apartment is the dead body of the mage who used to live thereTHOR S NOTE This is the first in a new series set in the same universe as my Heartstrikers books ➳ [Reading] ➶ personality development By rajiv k mishra ➩ – 9facts.co.uk but you don t need to have read those stories to enjoy this one MINIMUM WAGE MAGIC was written to stand by itself ➳ [Reading] ➶ Interpretations of Calamity from the Viewpoint of Human Ecology By Kenneth Hewitt ➩ – 9facts.co.uk so if you haven t read the others ❮EPUB❯ ✻ The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again Author Nancy Thayer – 9facts.co.uk don t worry I wrote this book with you in mind I hope you ll give it a try ❴EPUB❵ ✹ Angel Landing Author Alice Hoffman – 9facts.co.uk and thank you so much for reading


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  1. carol. carol. says:

    Every now and then I ve seen one of Rachel Aaron s books come across my feed, and I usually pause to consider whether or not I want to read it trying to keep my TBR somewhat realistic here I was finally tempted by her DFZ series, and by the lure of minimum wage Because who doesn t want to read about trying to make it in a magical world as low wage jane, right Come to think of it, many of the ones I ve read have minimum wage protags a merc, a tour guide, a mechanic, and a waitress.Anyway, Every now and then I ve seen one of Rachel Aaron s books come across my feed, and I usually pause to consider whether or not I want to read it trying to keep my TBR somewhat realistic here I was finally tempted by her DFZ series, and by the lure of minimum wage Because who doesn t want to read about trying to make it in a magical world as low wage jane, right Come to think of it, many of the ones I ve read have minimum wage protags a merc, a tour guide, a mechanic, and a waitress.Anyway, the hook is that Opal is a Cleaner, meaning she basically is one of those people from Storage Wars, bidding on evicted or empty properties, earning money by selling the stuff and cleaning the unit She s been very good at it, until today, when she discovers a dead person in her latest acquisition Desperate for money, she agrees to take whatever she can, which includes a set of complicated magical formulas Before long, she s in a race against time to identify the formula and protect herself from the goons trying to kill her.With a chase plot and a formula McGuffin, Aaron keeps the pace moving quickly, so it s easy to get sucked into the book Opal seems pretty pragmatic, and as she s tracking down leads to the dead man s other properties, she has a fortuitous run in with Nik Kos, a competitor and co worker of sorts Though the relationship seems antagonistic, there is clearly some spark there But this isn t a PNR storyline by any means Opal is focused on her financial objective, as well ostensibly staying focused on isolating herself for her longer term independence.It s good that the plot and characters are interesting, as theI learned about the world, thepuzzled I became It s apparently a blend of both technology and magic tech enough that Opal can have an AI, Sybil, that uses her goggles to interface with the world and be a virtual emotional support AI, and magic enough that Opal has her own brand of magic that doesn t conform well to how magic is currently practiced The A.I is occasionally shrill, often funny, and occasionally orients the reader, so it s generally an useful device here Oh, and there s a serious cyborg lady in here, cyborg enough that she doesn t eat like a human.As far as concrete surroundings ha, ha , there is the city of Detroit after a couple of big events, it now has it s own goddess who is prone to moving buildings and skyways around on a moment s notice It s not clear how this is done without severe loss of life, only inconvenience, because, magic, but I confess I was extremely curious It s a fun concept Events require Opal and Nik to go deep into Underground at first I expected something on the order of the Labyrinth, but it turns out it wasan M.C Escher painting crossed with Martha Well s floating islands in the Raskura novels I.Don t.Even.I think Aaron started to lose me here Although this might have tied to something from another one of her series, what it mostly seemed like is that she wasn t squaring her world up It s funny, because I had just been in a brief discussion bemoaning how some authors seemed to be choosing fantasy, perhaps because they think the world building rules are easier to follow than sci fi I m not saying they have to go Brandon Sanderson on it, but as discussed in tvtropes, the author pushes the suspension of disbelief too far.The ending was decent, with some good and bad There was an extended soliloquy, for those that might miss The Message, but I agreed with it, so preaching to the choir, I guess I like that Opal talked something out with Nik I felt like resolution regarding a revelation was poorly done, and could have been problem solved, but since it becomes the basis for the next book, I guess I get what Aaron is doing She s a curious author, that s for sure Some parts I like, some parts I think are too simple, and some parts seem to be thought out, while others don t seem to be thought out at all Perhaps that s because there sahead Two and a half quarantine masks


  2. Montzalee Wittmann Montzalee Wittmann says:

    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 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 scenes, emotional connection between characters, a snappy AI, and an alternative world that is fantastic The narrator is magnificent at performing all the various voices needed and all the emotions Great job Loved this Will have to getbooks by this author


  3. Robin (Bridge Four) Robin (Bridge Four) says:

    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 wheregods 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 th 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 wheregods 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 DFZ in an entirely new way through the eyes of Opal a cleaner She basically bids on units based on pictures hoping to clean out the stuff left behind in hopes of making some money so the housing can be turned around and rented againThe Master Key was a sacred object and a Cleaner s only real identification It had been made for me by the Spirit of the City, and it could open any door in the DFZ if the city believed you had a right to be there That last bit was the tricky part Unlike every other city in the world, the Detroit Free Zone was alive Literally alive, with her own soul, mind, opinions, and, occasionally, off the books real estate dealsOpal might be a mage but she has struggled with conventional magic Here style is a bitslapstick, but hey it gets her by Or at least it did until she bid on a unit that might have a bitof a mystery tied to it when she also finds a dead body.I really enjoyed this book There are mages, dragons, humans and some augmented humans that s cyborg right I think there are cyborgs Anyway, Opal NEEDS a lot of cash, fast, and she has stumbled onto something that might pay out huge if she can solve the mystery and find the magical treasureI think you re letting your optimism run away with you again Even if you re right, and there is a pot of gold at the end of this wild goose chase, the DFZ is a hundred and ninety four square miles that move around The chance of you finding one mage s circle in all of that is practically zeroGood thing she has found someone who knows the underbelly of the DFZ and is willing to help her for a price that is Nik is another cleaner who usually acts as Opal s competition but he might just come in handy and with the deadline she is on, she ll needhelp than her virtual reality assistant As they work together both learn an appreciation for each other and although there is no smooching in this book, that doesn t mean in the long term that won t happenOh, honey, Rena said, giving me a wink He s got features Not surprised you haven t seen them, though Nikki likes to keep his cards hidden, but I d bet he d show you if you asked nicelyThere are a few mentions of The Peacemaker, The Spirit of the DFZ and the Nameless Wind for those of you who have read the Heartstriker series but this is definitely a new bag of tricks and those were just bonuses for the readers of the other series I really enjoyed the new character Opal and Nik and how each brought something to this new forged partnership I also enjoyed the premise of the story and what Opal is trying to escape from This was an entertaining story of trying to find the missing treasure with the clock ticking I m looking forward to seeing what Opal and Nik come up against next as there arebooks to come in this world


  4. Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller says:

    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 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 Storage Wars guilty , you ll understand why this concept is incredible appealing to me lol.I really liked Opal as the main character She had a lot of YA fun infused into her personality, but remained sophisticated enough to pull off the lead in an urban fantasy I especially loved her backstory and how pieces of it came together throughout the book Discovering the many surprises was the highlight of the experience, and I can t wait to see what s in store next.Although this can definitely be read as a stand alone, you d be missing out on the cool magics behind the DFZ a living entity in its own right , and a lot of the significance surrounding the dragons and how they affect the world around them Heartstrikers gives MWM a lotdepth and robustness However, without it, it s still a fun, if slightly lighter read.Series status I waited an extra few months for the audio release worth it , so I m hoping this time next year I ll have another installment to dive into I loved it enough that I will be continuing as soon as the audio comes out.Recommendations within this world Rachel Aaron has created a fun fusion of genres fantasy elements dragons, magic , urban fantasy plot and settings, all told with an exuberant YA feel without any unfortunate YA tropes or issues If you re sick of the same old stuff, let this author give you a breath of fresh air Via The Obsessive Bookseller at my link text Other books you might like


  5. TS Chan TS Chan says:

    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 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 favourite urban fantasy of all time In Heartstrikers, the author s characterisation was possibly the best part of the storytelling Couple that with the most interesting worldbuilding in urban fantasy that I ve come across, and you will get an addictively fun ride with great characters that you either want to root for Or alternately, strangle with your bare hands.In this new book, we are introduced to Opal Yong Ae, a young Korean woman who is a freelance mage working as a Cleaner This means that she bids for contracts to clean out abandoned apartments and profit from the sale of any valuable items found within Down on her luck with all her recent deals, Opal is running out of money and has a debt coming due very soon to a formidable and dangerous individual When her latest apartment only availed a dead body and a potentially lucrative secret, she followed her instincts in a desperate attempt to seek out the hidden treasure.Even though this is a fairly short and fast paced book, I feel that I ve known Opal quite well by the end of the story Written in the first person perspective, Opal s character is well fleshed out and developed as the narrative gradually teased out her backstory Stubborn, reckless, and determined, her personality is the sum of her unusual past While I found Opal likeable and quite funny at times, the character that I found most compelling was a supporting one, Nikolas Kos Ruthless but with hidden depths and sensitivity, I love characters who appear morally grey but is deep, deep underneath a pretty decent guy His is a backstory which I am dying to find out.The worldbuilding of the DFZ post Heartstrikers does remind me a bit of what Sanderson is doing with Scadrial post Mistborn Coming from an obsessed fan of Sanderson, this is a compliment Twenty years have passed since the epic and climactic event in Last Dragon Standing, the conclusion of the Heartstrikers Instead of taking the tricky path of extending the stories of the characters in Heartstrikers, their presence in the narrative only comes in the form of references of past deeds, and by titles instead of names.The continuity and progression from the after effects of Heartstrikers are executed excellently in my opinion The manner in which human technology has continued to advance after the return of magic seem fitting and natural It is like a futuristic science fiction fantasy The DFZ is also portrayed in vivid descriptions of the fascinating and chaotic vertical metropolis from the dense slumlike Underground to the dizzyingly modern Skyways As much as I would like to talk about the unique aspects of the DFZ, some of these may be considered spoilerific for those who have not finished Heartstrikers.In conclusion, I love what Rachel Aaron has done with this novel to expand her stories within this unique world of her creation I have developed a trust in her ability to write engaging stories of great characters which I feel most comfortable and eager to spend time with, and this book is no exception You can purchase a copy of the book fromYou can also find this and my other reviews at Novel Notions.


  6. Emma Emma says:

    I never really got on with the Heartstrikers series but this was fantastic Very impatient for the next in series.


  7. Esme Esme says:

    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 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 don t have to read the first series to get into the second series.Opal is a cleaner , or someone who comes through after tenants break their payment agreements and she sorts through all of their stuff searching for things she can sell at auction to make money She still relatively new to it, she s only been in the profession for about a year and a half She grew up in Korea and to escape her father s extremely controlling ways, she moved to the DFZ to get a degree in Art History She s been forced to ostracize herself from past friends to keep them safe as she owes a debt to her father, and he s not to be trifled with.She s been on her own for a while, and she s just hit her first slump after a series of bad luck incidents that left her broke She gets a gig for an apartment that s been defunct on payments for 30 days and is pretty happy about it since it came so cheap, she s bound to make her money back and then some When she goes into clean the apartment, however, she finds a dead body Furious, she calls her booker and gives him an earful cleaners can take what s in the apartment if the tenants are still alive and behind on payments, but once people are dead inheritance laws comes into effect Due to her extinuating circumstances, she s been given the go ahead to search the apartment anyway and grab what she can that doesn t look sentimental She comes across an enchanted box that has a recipe for a massive conjuring hidden away under the bed She has no idea what sort of thing this recipe would conjure, but since the ingredients alone cost about 200,000 dollars she figures this is a big deal She goes to investigate and finds further clues as to what this may entail and why someone would come up with a recipe with such a high cost It leads her into a lot of danger and she s forced into teaming up with a guy named Nick who saved her from some assassins who were watching the apartment she was cleaning out Together they try and unravel the mystery of what this professor left behind while trying not to die The audience only knows how much Opal knows, so it keeps us guessing what s going on with the recipe, what does it make, why would anyone take the time to put that many expensive ingredients together, who this dead professor was etc.I liked Opal, she s spunky and independent and is trying her best to be ethical and also make a living in a less than ethical city There certainly is a theme of shitty moms in her books, Opal s mother is a biiiittcchhh She gets her clothes a size too small for encouragement and her father is a manipulative sociopath who s doing his best to make sure she goes defunct on her payments to him that way she s forced to move back to Korea as was their agreement Opal has an AI that s very human like, she has an advanced emotional response system that although isn t genuine, sounds genuine enough to Opal for her to get attached, despite her knowing it s just a program I liked Nick theI went through the book, he s a very stoic and quiet character so it takes a bit to get to know him but he comes in handy and together they make a good team, watching each other s backs as they navigate the dangers of the DFZ It looks like Aaron is going for another slow burn romance as well, and if I m going to read and enjoy a romance it needs to be slow going so that was a big plus for me This book has a rather small cast, and I m wondering like in the first series if that cast will expand with each subsequent book It does allow you get to know the characters really well and get behind them and their journey.The world building is basically the same as the first series but just a little further into the future The biggest change from the first series is that the spirit of the DFZ is running the show now, and not Algonquin, the spirit of the Great Lakes Algonquin was an insane water spirit that smashed the original city of Detroit out of anger since they polluted her waters so badly The spirit of the DFZ took a different approach and started building larger than life skyscrapers some of which are a quarter mile across at their base There s also a dragon help running the DFZ known as the Peacemaker It s a place where dragons who are feuding and typically would rip each other apart upon crossing paths can sit down and try and come to an agreement The Empty Wind comes back for a couple brief cameos as well he was a big part of the last series and is in charge of keeping the souls of the forgotten safe So, there are tie ins to the first book I was hoping for a littlein that department, but who knows, maybe in the next one, I ll get to see some of my favorite characters again Or, maybe not, I guess we ll find out.This is a really fast paced book, there s not a lot of side diversions or fluff since this one clocks in at less than 300 pages It kept the reading light and I got through it in just a few sittings People looking for quick books that work as palate cleansers should take a look at this one Like many other Aaron books, the main character was very moral, worried about ethics, and was overall a good person It s a running theme in her books for characters to try and talk it out rather than kill everything that moves and ask questions later.I really liked the audiobook for this one, at first I was a little disappointed it wasn t Vikas Adam, but it wouldn t make sense since this was a single pov from the viewpoint of a 26 year old woman Emily Woo Zeller did a great job with it and I definitely recommend it to people fond of audios I will definitely be continuing on with the rest of this series.Audience Dragonsurban fantasylots of magicquick books less than 300 pagesaudiobooksfemale main characterAI charactersslow burn romanceRatings Plot 12.5 15Characters 12.5 15World Building 13 15Writing 12.5 15Pacing 13.5 15Originality 12 15Personal Enjoyment 8 10Final Score 84 100 4.5 5 stars recommended


  8. L.L. L.L. says:

    It gives me physical pain that I am unable to rate this any higher than five stars This Was My Jam.Wait, I m British This Was My Cup Of TEA Wondrous world building, compelling characters, p perfect plot Okay, so it wasn t perfect, but it s been a long day and my alliteration game isn t quite up to par right now.I love world building, characters, and plot in that order I can deal with a plot full of holes as long as I like at least one or two of the characters I can deal with un It gives me physical pain that I am unable to rate this any higher than five stars This Was My Jam.Wait, I m British This Was My Cup Of TEA Wondrous world building, compelling characters, p perfect plot Okay, so it wasn t perfect, but it s been a long day and my alliteration game isn t quite up to par right now.I love world building, characters, and plot in that order I can deal with a plot full of holes as long as I like at least one or two of the characters I can deal with unlikeable or unrelatable characters as long as the world building tickles my fancy and themagical or fantastical the better.Rachel Aaron has now become one of my insta buy authors I discovered her Heartstrikers series last year and became so engrossed, I refused to wait for my next Audible credit when I d finished one, and simply paid full price for the next book.It was a similar story with Minimum Wage Magic Sleep became an irritation, because I had to pause the story I listen to audiobooks during my commute to and from work as it s a drive of reasonable length More than once, I ended up sat in my car on my driveway, refusing to go inside, because I was listening.There s something about her writing style that just sings of intrigue Whatever happens, there s always something else you have to know For me personally, Rachel Aaron has this down to an art form.It s a short read that s faced paced and full of action, suspense, and emotion Despite being less than ten hours as an audiobook, there s SO much packed into it It s my own fault that I wish it were twice or three times as long, just so I could spendtime with the characters and the world.Having read the Heartstrikers series, I immediately found the DFZ to be familiar ground although there s so muchto it in Minimum Wage Magic You re discovering new places, jobs, myths, and as it s set a little while after the end of Heartstrikers, there are some great nods to that series, too, which were just beautiful.The ending provides plenty of closure, but also an uncontrollable urge to find outSo many questions need to be answered, so many details need to be revealed, and I ll be buying the second book as soon as it drops.There are two three, really main characters and a handful of side ones They re all given perfect voices that are unique, fully fleshed out, and utterly compelling I sympathised with an AI, I screamed at the speakers when characters did or said or almost did or almost said things I was gripped from the first sentence until the end, and never did I feel bored.Opal is a fantastic protagonist She has plenty of spunk, sass, and determination She s also flawed in so many ways not all of her own doing and my heart went out to her so many times Her recent run of bad luck five months worth has left her bank account precariously low, and she takes riskier and riskier steps to get back into the black She s got 10,000 to find by the end of the week, or she ll be screwed Things spiral out of control when she finds a dead body in a unit she buys, and it turns out the deceased professor had a very interesting project on the go Thus, Opal is thrown into a spiral of a hunt to find out what the work was, if it s worth anywhere near enough to cover her debt, and why on earth there is now a team of mercenaries shooting at her.Sybil, her AI and I apologise for any typos, I had the Audible version , is a fantastic companion who spoke so much sense and also irritated me at certain points, but I couldn t help but love her A social companion AI, Sybil tries to keep Opal on the straight and narrow or at least keep her safe while she gets herself into deeper and deeper problems She was fab.And then there s Nik, who I think has shot up to the top of my favourite characters list I m DYING to knowabout him and his story A fellow Cleaner withthan a few secrets of his own, he complemented and clashed with Opal in brilliant ways Although appearing at first as a cookie cutter character, the amount of depth and mystery that builds around him as the story progesses is entrancing.Rina is also an interesting side character whosecybernetic than human, and even though we only spent a few minutes with her, she has so much presence that I m keeping my fingers crossed she reappears in the sequels I can t not mention the Empty Wind, God of the Forgotten Dead, one of the multiple death gods now roaming the world, who was fantastic A favourite character of mine from Heartstrikers, having him reappear and play a role in this fiasco was brilliant.I don t want to give too much away as far as the other characters go for fear of spoilers or ruining the twists and surprises two of which I predicted, the rest were all holy shit moments , but I cannot recommend this read highly enough.I ve found urban fantasy especially with well timed, well written humour is fast becoming a favourite sub genre for me, and I implore you to pick it up or the Heartstrikers series if you want a light hearted, fast paced, fun read They work well as palate cleansers after denser stuff, too.Absolutely superb and really kept me going during some tough days at work where I felt rubbish.Love Love Love


  9. Mihir Mihir says:

    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 seriesgrounded within its genre and less of the eclectic genre mixes that she s known to write.The story 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 seriesgrounded within its genre and less of the eclectic genre mixes that she s known to write.The story opens up with Opal Yong ae, a sub contractor for the DFZ s Habitation Management The DFZ being the Detroit Free Zone which was created by Algonquin the spirit of the great lakes She was brought back to life by the sudden reappearance of magic after a millennium in 2035 She razed the city of Detroit and in its place stand the DFZ, a city state that was ruled by Algonquin for the next sixty years Things however have changed thanks to the events seen read in the Heartstrikers books and now DFZ is its own beast wherein Peacekeeper aka the Dragon of Detroit also resides readers of the Heartstrikers saga will know who this is Set twenty years after the events of Last Dragon Standing, the readers are introduced a completely new DFZ wherein things are wilder and crazier than before.Opal is one of its nine million residents, a cleaner who basically buys up delinquent properties in a city wide auction and then proceeds to sell of the possessions to make a profit This being the DFZ, things are zanier than usual and one never knows what one might unearth Opal s most recent acquisition has a dead body of a mage rotting in the sub subbasement that she bought in an auction Unable to find anything of value and needing to pay ten thousand dollars as part of her debt within a week s time Things look very dire for Opal but there might be a way and it might involve getting her hands dirtier than usual However faced with resolving her debt or losing an important part of her life, Opal will try do the impossible, but soon she finds out how much of a big quagmire she has landed in.This is a super fun entry in to the city of the DFZ and marks a return to the world of the Heartstrikers While this is also the first time that Rachel Aaron has written a sequel This book is a complete standalone story that doesn t require any background knowledge of the events showcased within the Heartstrikers Saga The author purposefully set out to craft a tale that would explore the craziness of the DFZ and she does this very strikingly.Featuring a mystery of a murdered mage, and the main mystery of to whom Opal owes a debt Minimum Wage Magic is a solid urban fantasy thriller that excited me and kept me turning the pages The plot pace was smooth all the way as we along with Opal slowly get to know who the murdered mage was and what he was up to I consider Rachel Aaron to be one of best storytellers alive and she doesn t disappoint with this low key as compared to her previous works thriller plot that is all about living in a hyper capitalistic city wherein anything and everything is allowed This book came with a very high set of personal expectations as it was set in the same world as the Heartstrikers and being one of Rachel Aaron s creations Though the author wonderfully cuts these expectations by making this book a very different read than any of the Heartstriker titles and alsoof a traditional urban fantasy read The plot focus is very tightly kept on Opal and her misfortunes Unlike all her previous books wherein the plot usually explodes to an end of the world scenario This one stays on a personal level through out and the stakes while being raised aren t the world shaking kind.This book also explores the DFZ and I mean really explores it We get to see its subterranean grottoes, the newer formed religions and cultures it cultivates and also how traffic is bungled when several buildings and locations get moved magically Plus dragons who now are welcome in the DFZ can cause several log jams and manyzany things Previously the author had mentioned how she always wanted to give the readers aon the ground look into the city and we get it in spades in this opening volume Opal as a protagonist is an interesting person, in the start while we don t know much about her except that she s of Korean descent and in a huge debt I really didn t understand her motivations and was annoyed by her pertinacity as it seemed that she s just making things harder for herself unnecessarily It s only when the main reveal goes down, that s when you realize her line of thinking and I for one, really enjoyed her character arc Unlike Marci Novalli, who has a similar strange background, Opal s persona is much different than Marci s and maybe unconsciously I was comparing them both Opal even while being reckless and foolishly stubborn, has reasons and once they are made clear The readers will truly root for her as she strives to overcome Herculean odds.The best side character was Opal s AI Sibyl as she it frequently tries to provide help, comfort even scold Opal for her silly mistakes There are two other characters Peter and Nik who are introduced within the plot and are equally intriguing I would love if the author further explores their background in the future sequels Peter is a priest for the Empty Wind and Nik, who is also a mercenary cleaner and a Luddite to boot Their interactions with Opal add to the comedic tones and also introduce some interesting romantic set up There are a few other characters introduced but we don t get much about them Now onto the big question, are there any cameos or appearances from the characters we love and have read about before I m not saying anything but you will be surprised when they are referenced or make their appearances This book is quite on the smaller side and comes with a solid dose of comedy as is the precedent with Rachel Aaron s writing This book was a much different read than what I was expecting but it was one that I enjoyed reading I hope the author exploresof the DFZ geography and showcases its unique nature.Things that didn t work for me were just a couple of things, primarily the protagonist is slightly unlikeable and does redeem herself by the end but many readers might find her a bit jarring from all the protagonists come before Secondly this story structure and plot focus is very narrow and sometimes I wanted it to expand beyond its tight structure Lastly I miss the characters who we have read in the Heartstrikers saga and here I was left bereft of their presence while only hearing or catching glimpses of them.CONCLUSION Minimum Wage Magic is a lively start to a brand new series in a world that s very familiar to her fans The story, the plot and setting are refreshing so that newer readers will find things get excited about Rachel Aaron and older readers will jump along for the ride because they know how awesome her books are A catchy title, a plucky protagonist and a maximum effort by the author, honestly readers can t ask forin the urban fantasy genre


  10. Anna Anna says:

    This was fun Exactly what I needed to get out of a reading slump Technically, AIs don t have actual emotions, but Sibyl was a top of the line social companion bot, and she did a good job of sounding legitimately horrified You can t start digging through a dead guy s stuff while he s still lying on the floor Why not I asked It s not as if he s going to complain


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