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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 there. 

Author’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 heard those stories to enjoy this one. Minimum Wage Magic was written to stand by itself, so if you haven’t listened to the others, don’t worry! I wrote this book with you in mind. Thank you so much for listening!

©2018 Rachel Aaron (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Blodeuedd
  • Finland
  • 2019-01-13

The DFC is back

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 and I can respect that.

She also has the coolest AI sidekick called Sybil, who is in her phone, or whatever electronics she can be in.

I do not want to say too much about the story, but there is a magical mystery to solve. And she will have help.

The DFZ is such a freaky place, and the story never gets boring. But yes I missed the old gang. Who wouldn't! I also really wonder if the next book is about Opal too or someone new...I certainly look forward to more! It was a good book, and I hope it will be as great as a certain other series

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I have only listened to her once before and I think that was goo. Now Emily brought in another world and I felt she was Opal. Since all those others I have talked about, well to hear their voices I would have to hear THE voice.

Fun, exciting.

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  • Elisabeth K.
  • 2019-01-12

too short

another slice of the heartstrikers world, please and thank you. definitely going to look forward to this new series.

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  • MammaMac
  • 2019-01-17

Awesome book

I Loved the Heartstrikers series and was excited to see the next adventures set in the DFZ. This is a very fast paced book and I couldn’t putt it down!!!

Opal finds herself in several sticky situations with many twist and turns.
I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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  • Crocus
  • 2019-01-17

Can't wait for the next book!

I'm not sure how I ended up with this book. I wasn't familiar with the author or the world that it is based in but it sounded interesting so I went for it.

I am in love with this book! I'm going to start on the author's other series in this world, but I am definitely wanting to read more about Opal and Nik!

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  • Robert staves
  • 2019-01-16

Great

The story was fun, had a lot of things happening it could even make a great game in the future.

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  • M.L.L.
  • 2019-01-16

Fabulous!

Fabulous narrator. Fabulous story.
But why weren't there any cameos from characters from the Nice Dragon series? It has only been 20 years and it is the same location. It would be easy and satisfying.

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  • Cheekyreviews
  • 2019-01-15

NEW CHARACTERS AND NEW STORY

This is not the dragon and spirit filled universe that we fell in love with in the Heartstrikers series annnnd that's ok. I will be honest, this took a while to get going for me and I think its because I loved the series this one is based on so so much more. This book has a dark tone and lacks much of the joy and excitement for me. I love the world this is set in and am glad to see Rachel is keeping the spirits alive...I was bummed we didn't meet any new ones...but maybe we will in the future! We still get dragons though!...well one dragon but we still get some good daddy issues and a better look at what a real dragon is and how they treat their mortals. Which I liked and found to be the most interesting part of the book, the rest of it was a little flat to me.

I didn't find the same charm in the characters this time around...I wasn't very happy with our main two as they seem a bit flat and their partnership a bit slapped together. I don't feel the same chemistry that Julius and Marcie had and I think my problem is that I am trying to compare this series with that one. Rachel said that they two were set in the same universe and that's were most of the similarities end...and it does. I am not as excited for the next installment of this series but I will pick it up because I love Rachel and her work. Plus, I know its going to be good!

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  • Clara
  • 2019-01-15

I missed the DFZ

The start was a little slow, but then I got sucked in and before I knew it, I was back in the DFZ. I miss my Heartstrikers, but these characters were just as much fun, and I loved how the relationship between the characters developed over the course of the story. Another thing that kept it interesting was the way Opal’s backstory was revealed in little pieces at a time rather than in giant info dumps. The ending isn’t a cliffhanger, but there’s just enough unresolved stuff for me to already want to start counting the days until the sequel.

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  • Jackie
  • 2019-01-15

Pleading for the next book!

A- Love the enemy turned friendship between the main characters. The world setting brought over from Last Dragon Standig is unique. The city is a charater of its own. I want to hurry the relationship along and I wish the magic was explained more. #standing up for yourself, # independent, # enemies to friends, #dragons.

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  • Brian
  • 2019-01-13

Fun story.

Way too many good things to say about this story that I cannot, because it would be spoilers. If you want a cyberpunk/fantasy cross-over, this is an awesome book.