I really enjoyed Minimum Wage Magic, so hopped right on over to listening to the audio book of Part-Time Gods. Is it as good as its predecessor? Yup! Rachel Aaron knocks it out of the park with this sequel to the story. She does a good job of keeping this story wrapped in its interpersonal relationships, while still having a bigger picture in play with the plot. I think Aaron does a fantastic job of showing us the multiple sides of the story in this one. As much as I like the Heartstrikers series, there was a clear divide of who was in the right, and who was in the wrong. Julius just had to show them there was a different way of doing things and problem solved. But in the DFZ series, you see both sides of this problem: I found myself agreeing with Opal’s view point, and her Mother and Fathers. Both have valid feelings, and both have the same problems of not wanting to listen to either side. Eventually, they’re going to have to talk it out and come to an understanding with each other. I think it’s a really great way to show the differing lives of people who would be living in the DFZ, and the cameos we got in this book from the Heartstrikers series were great, and added to the story, didn’t feel shoehorned in at all.
The plot ramps up hardcore in this book, and I marathonned the 2nd half of the book in one sitting. Like it was that good: I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened next. I read some people saying the end of the book was a cliffhanger, but I didn’t find that to be the case. The book had a conclusive ending, but at the same time the book was leading to a bigger plot that is going to be concluded in the final book.
Everything came to a head in this book, and Aaron’s previous problem of filling the book with too much exposition for world building seems to have been curved overall. It may help that the world of the DFZ is pre-established, but either way it’s refreshing to read a concisely written story. The last 2 books of the Heartstrikers series were a bit wordy for me, so this is a really nice change. It’s just a fast paced, super enjoyable read, that continues right where Minimum Wage Magic leaves off, so you’ll want to read that first before jumping into this one.
But yeah, needless to say, I super enjoyed this book. I regret reading them both now only because I have to wait for the third book to be released, and I’m bursting at the seams! I can’t wait to see what happens in the final installment of the DFZ books, and what will happen to Opal!
I’m mostly excited to see how Opal and her Dad will make a mends. Like we saw some super interesting dynamics between the two – Opal is more like her Dad than she’d like to admit – and I really can’t wait to see more of their relationship in the next book. I also really hope we see what happens between Nick and Opal (get together please) and all in all, seeing every relationships final conclusion is something I’m thoroughly looking forward to when the third book is released.
The DFZ is a great series, and a wonderful extension of the Heartstrikers universe. I really hope Aaron writes more in this universe, because she has such a good grasp of it and seems to super enjoy it. I know I do!
I’d like to end this review praising the audio book narrator, Emily Woo Zeller. She does such a great job voicing Opal, and all of the other characters in this book that it gets me even more invested in the story even more than just reading would have. I do miss the previous narrator when old characters from the Heartstrikers series pop up, but that’s really just my preference because it took me a while to pick this one up because I loved the narrator for the Heartstrikers books so much. Getting over that though, and having time away from those books, she really does an excellent job capturing the grittiness of the DFZ, and all the different facets of Opal’s character. I’d highly recommend picking up the audio books, you won’t regret it!
Have you read Part-Time Gods? Let me know what you thought in the comments!