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Night Shift Dragons

Detroit Free Zone, Book 3
Written by: Rachel Aaron
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: Detroit Free Zone (DFZ), Book 3
Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

They say family always sticks together, but when you're your dad's only lifeline and the whole world - humans, dragons, and gods - wants you dead, "family bonding" takes on a whole new meaning.

My name is Opal Yong-ae, and I'm in way over my head. I thought getting rid of my dad's bad luck curse would put things back to normal. Instead, I'm stuck playing caretaker to the Great Dragon of Korea. That wouldn’t be so bad if he wasn't such a jerk, or if every dragon on the planet wasn't out to kill him, or if he was my only problem.

Turns out, things can always get worse in the DFZ. When a rival spirit attacks my god/boss with the aim of turning the famously safety-optional city into a literal death arena with Nik as his bloody champion, I'm thrust onto the front lines and way out of my comfort zone. When gods fight, mortals don't usually survive, but I'm not alone this time. Even proud old dragons can learn new tricks, and with everything I love falling to pieces, the father I've always run from might just be the only force in the universe stubborn enough to pull us back together

©2020 Rachel Aaron (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Exciting, genius!

A good ending, but not undeserved. I couldn't stop listening with one twist after the other (some a little predictable), and seeing Opal's growth so far was plenty refreshing. And with the stakes for this family at its height, this book has been the most wholesome, while maintaining a balance of realness from the heart. Awesome end to an awesome series, and I only wish there is an epilogue to properly say goodbye to the characters I've grown to hold dear. Zeller's performance is also at its height, bringing the most humour and range of voices to her narration. I was even blown away by some more complicated combinations, but she nailed it. I only wish that she could have yelled when she needed to, and brought something more guttural to some dire situations. But nonetheless, amazing job!

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phenomenal

just as all the other books I've enjoyed from this author the world sucks you in the characters grab your heart and the overarching story captivates your mind the narration was enjoyable and there were no character voices that we're grading to hear as so many audiobooks have

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Great Finish

If you made it this far, there is good pay-off in this book.

Opal has the most growth in this installment. Performance makes the book (as always).

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The author treats Opal and Nic as a sure thing so there is only a small portion of the book dedicated to their relationship.

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Loved It!

This is the third and last book to the DFZ series, and it does not disappoint. The story is beautifully wrapped up and totally satisfying to listen to. The tone is similar to the last two books, so if you enjoyed those then this should follow suit. Emily Woo Zeller does an amazing job yet again and I loved her narration of Opal. Highly recommended series for those who want some light hearted, cheeky fun with a well imagined world and great action.

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DFZ I want more

this is the last book of two series written in the Detroit Free Zone. I found it a beautiful look at relationships mixed with the awe of dragons.

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  • DragonMama
  • 2020-05-09

Most satisfying conclusion to any fiction series

I don't say this lightly. I am a longtime and deeply committed Harry Potter fan. Rachel Aaron's Heartstrikers and DFZ series have earned their place next to those beloved stories. Potter fans that have been looking for other stories to fill some of that niche in their need for fiction, with a content/character interaction maturity level a little higher (but nothing that wouldn't make it onto Prime Time network TV quite easily - which makes it easier to get time to listen when we are stuck in the house with kids compared to some other fiction options) will love these books. This isn't just an escape from the current real world traumas, it is a reframing of things we go through on the macro and micro social levels that can help give the emotional framing to make progress.

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  • LMS
  • 2020-07-11

A lot of info dumping

This wasn't as good as the previous book thanks to all the info dumping, but still an enjoyable listen. Will definitely be listening to other books from this combo!

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 2020-05-24

Love, anger, pride, and acceptance!

Love, anger, pride, and acceptance. It's all rolled up into one book. Night Shift Dragons is the third installment of the DFZ trilogy. Our main character, Opal, is finally forced to make a real attempt at working on her relationships; like her new relationship with the DFZ, her shaky relationship with Nick , and the dreadful scraps of a father-daughter relationship.

Rachel Aaron does an EXCELLENT job with pacing the events in this book. Everything gets just enough page time. Issues aren't resolved in the snap of a finger, but also arent dragged out so that you stop caring. A perfect pace.

The dialogue between Opal and her father is just what I imagine a younger me would have had with my father in this situation.

There is a chapter in the book where I thought I knew what was coming. Because of that, I put the book down so I wouldnt get depressed about some sad ass scene. It turns out that I need to shut the hell up and just read the book 🤣 it went nothing like I assumed.

Every character changes by the end. Every character learns something about themselves and the others they are involved with in the series. Character Development and a good story arc. You can check that off the list.

Listen up folks. This is how you write a final fight scene. How many books build up and then leave you hanging. Though this isnt an action book, the final conflict is perfect for the tone of the story and characters traits. Gosh I love when writers give their all... these rare results are the reason I keep pushing through books until I find a gem.

I did have a few questions:
What happened to the sister? Should have had an epilogue about her. Did she still get what she wanted in the end? ... and why didnt Bob see any of this? Or did he??? That sneaky dragon 🤣

The narration by Emily Woo Zeller was perfect.

5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A-freakin-mazing Story! I laughed, I cried, I loved someone, I hated someone. I debate with myself how happy or sad this author has made me. I will talk to my boyfriend about what happened to the characters as if they are real people (and he will pretend to listen). The story telling is great and this book is one I'll return to in my time of need for something good to read.

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  • Deneb
  • 2020-05-07

Stellar finish.

Rachel Aaron and Emily Woo Zeller concluded this series perfectly. This might even be better than the Heart Striker conclusion.

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  • Andrew
  • 2020-05-06

excellent conclusion

utterly enjoyable and a nice conclusion to a nice spin-off series. just wish there were more cameos from heartstrikers other than that it's good, so is the narration as always

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  • A. C. 7
  • 2020-08-08

Good Job!!

This was a great series! I laughed several times, and the narrator was SO good, I am planning on listening to other books she has narrated.

The conclusion to the series was not a disappointment. I will say that there were times I did NOT know how she was going to get out of the situations she was in.... So nice "on the edge of my seat" moments.

I will be checking out more Rachel Aaron books, for sure!

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  • lucas
  • 2020-08-06

More more more

I love this universe created by Rachel Aaron, please write more books like this. Even if it's a new character it'll still be amazing I'm sure of it

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  • David Osler
  • 2020-08-05

Great continuation of the DFc stories in the Heart strikers universe

I very much enjoyed this book one of the more brilliant books in the series I will say Emily Voice turned me on to racheal Aaron and the reason I read most of her books the only reason for the drop on one star absolutely annoying job done attempting to voice Amilea everything else was great even though I don’t understand the lack of other tie ins to The earlier books

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  • Ben Smith
  • 2020-07-21

Another great title

I love the DFZ and basically everything about this world. It was nice to get a little more insight into Jung, and I'm glad the writer didn't hold back on his character flaws.

CW: This novel involves attempting to reconcile with abusive family members, and those with personal experience on the subject may find that unpleasant.

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  • David L
  • 2020-07-17

The story continues

This is a seamless continuation of the previous volume with edge of your seat action and plenty of magic. Do not attempt to start with this book. Start with the first volume, then the second so you don't get lost. It also helps if you read the other dragon series first to learn the history of the DFZ but not as essential. I am waiting for the next Book.