22 Oct 2021

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fridays: PART-TIME GODS by Rachel Aaron

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Author: Rachel Aaron
Series: DFZ #2
Source: Purchased from Audible
Publisher: Aaron/Bach
Publication Date: June 9, 2019

Life in the magical mess of the Detroit Free Zone is never easy. When you’re laboring under the curse of a certain prideful, overbearing dragon, it can be down right impossible.

My name is Opal Yong-ae, and I’m a Cleaner. At least, I used to be. Thanks to the supernatural bad luck that turns everything I do against me, these days I’m more of a walking disaster. Getting rid of this curse is the only way to get my life back. Unfortunately, dragon magic is every bit as sneaky and deadly the monsters behind it, and just as hard to beat.

But I’ve never been one to take her doom at face value. Cornered doesn’t mean defeated, and in an awakened city that rules herself, dragons are no longer the biggest powers around. 

Before I get started, I love this series. I think the worldbuilding, the magic, and the characters are all fantastic. I am eager to read NIGHT SHIFT DRAGONS and then every other book that Rachel Aaron has written because, honestly, SO good.

One of the coolest things about this series is the setting.  The DFZ is a city run by a magical God, it has buildings that move and change.  If you default on your rent, then your place goes on the auction block, for someone like Opal and her newly acquired partner, Nick, bid on it against others, for the opportunity to make money on anything left inside and clean it up for the city to rent out again.

Opal has a few problems in her life right now.  She tried to outwit a dragon, who just happened to be her father (long story) and ended up with a huge loan to pay off to him.  She was doing really good at it too until said Dragon put a curse on her to make it even harder for her to make the money to pay him back.  Dragons. Now with the help of Nick, a cybernetically enhanced human with a questionable past, Opal is trying to find a way to not default on her load so she can be free from under anyone’s control.

I do like Opal for the most part.  She has a lot of magical power potential and has tried her entire life to do anything with it but unfortunately most of the time it just ends up blowing up in her face.  Girl also has some HUGE daddy issues, probably to be expected when you know you were named Opal because you are seen by your father as a pretty stone of little worth .  Opal has a huge chip on her shoulder and she is going to prove to everyone that she can do it all on her own.

Good news is there is a smidgen of a romance happening between Opal and Nick.  It has a few kinks in it but I liked the start up of a possible relationship between them. We also get some time talking with the Spirit of the City and we get to see some of the motivations of a god walking among the people.  

The downfall is this story doesn’t wrap up at the end, we are left with a bit of a cliffhanger and will have to wait until the next book to see how all of the events play out.  

I enjoyed Minimum Wage Magic just a little more than Part-Time Gods, just because of the situation Opal was in, how laser focused she was on the tree she missed the forest.  Still a lot of things happened and I have some big hopes for the next installment. 

TLDRI am so in love with this series. So many different elements that work together in an interesting way. I think this is such a fun series that takes a look at family dynamics, curses, and magic in a way that doesn't make me want to bash my head against a wall. Highly recommend!

Have you read this one? What was your favourite part?

1 comment:

  1. Your enthusiasm for Rachel Aaron's PART-TIME GODS is contagious! The magical mess of Detroit Free Zone, dragon curses, and dynamic characters have me eager to delve into this captivating series. Fantastic review
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