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Summary

Zac was alone in the middle of the forest when the world changed....

The whole planet was introduced to the multiverse by an unfeeling System...or God. A universe where an endless number of races and civilizations fought for power and dominion. 

Zac finds himself stuck in the wilderness surrounded by deadly beasts, demons, and worse. Alone, lost and without answers, he must find the means to survive and get stronger in this new cut-throat reality. 

With only a hatchet for his weapon, he'll have to seek out his family before the world collapses...or die trying. 

Experience the start of the hit LitRPG series with nearly 20 million views on Royal Road. For the first time, Defiance of the Fall is now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Audible, narrated by Pavi Prozcko. 

About the series: Jump into a System Apocalypse story that merges LitRPG elements with Eastern cultivation. Class systems, skill systems, endless choices for progression, it has everything fans of the genre love. Explore a vast universe full of mystery, adventure, danger, and even aliens, where even a random passer-by might hold the power of a god. Follow Zac as he struggles to stake out a unique path to power as a mortal in a world full of cultivators.

©2021 Aethon Books (P)2021 Aethon Audio

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Really enjoyable, Definitely recommended!

I liked this first book alot, Its always great to find a series that stands out against so many other books that are the same old carbon copys of each other. The "Game" mechanics are intresting and there's no constant 5min long stat read outs, The story and world building is good and is very engaging/enjoyable and dose stand out from others in the genre. Another great thing is there's no dumb romances Or Harems, Just one dude being awesome in the wild. Even when there are town building mechanics later on in the story, As another review said it stays true to heart and never drags or feels boring. Overall really great, I'm looking forward to the next book!.

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just amazing

cannot rate highly enough, loved the setting the characters, both initially and the development, the length fo the story was fantastic and allowed for pacing that never felt rushed. the rpg elements are kept minimal which is what I prefer but honestly if you sre even slightly considering buying this stop hesitating and do it, one of the best story's I've listened to or read and cannot wait for the rest of the series

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I enjoy the book

The book have quite a lot of funny stuff in it as well an interesting system in it.

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Can't wait for the next installment

well built world without realms of explanation - they get added as you go along. it's definitely a saga though as it finishes mid story with lots of loose ends. Looking forward to the next book.
Oh, the American version of the British accent from northern England made me laugh!

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Surprisingly Entertaining

Although i found this needed a bit of a push at some stages and perhaps more of an early exploration outside the Island and more human characters this really caught my attention.
By the time Zac was forced to go on the defensive I was enjoying this a lot and am now waiting on the 2nd book to come out whilst i wait for the audio to be done.
Overall a good 4.5 stars as the first 3rd could maybe have been a bit more enticing.

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a Lite LitRPG

This would be a good intro to the genre. It does not crush you with constant stats and numbers, which can leave new people to the genre with their heads reeling. If I have a criticism, it would be the overuse of the word Decimate. There are other Verbs out there.

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nothing exceptional but enjoyable.

Not the best litrpg out there but definitely not the worst. Overall a enjoyable listen. Will keep an eye out for the next installment.

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Defiance of the fall

I thought only enjoyed this book from start to finish can't wait for the next one What a refreshing change to have a book of this lends Rover them just 4 hours Or 8 hours When the other short it seems like a short story to me

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Good litrpg

A good take on litrpg without an excessive amount of stat reading which some books suffer from. Also the beginning of some kingdom building

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Way better than first impressions

Usually with these kinds of litRPG's there is a big drop off in quality after the start but the book moves from strength to strengths every new chapter building and playing off the previous chapters I look forward to the next book and plan to follow this authors other works too.

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  • 14-06-21

Stick with it, you won’t be disappointed

This whole book is action packed, but the first third was a bit much for me. Only one character, very little dialogue, just fighting and leveling up. That being said, the rest of the book is awesome. I’m glad I didn’t stop listening. This is a very well executed litrpg. It’s vibe is closest to “he who fights with monsters” or “codename freedom”.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-21

long and satisfying

Zack grows in power at a steady stable rate no instant god mode or nothing he has to earn most of his power sure he starts off lucky but so do all litprg characters but the author strikes a good balance between luck and effort

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  • 08-06-21

fantastic take on an system apocalypse

from beginning to end and interesting story with unique and well thought out characters and solid narration

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  • Some Random Guy
  • 20-06-21

Solid Litrpg

Solid post apocalyptic/dystopia event litrpg/gamelit story. No Harem. No agenda. Just an MC with a bit of an advantage dumped into an uncaring world with might and magic. The book primarily focuses on character growth and completing quests. Later it gets a bit of town simulation but still sticks to its roots which can be defined as, Axeman vs World.. Yes he's a bit op but it's a fun little ride. I'll be buying the next one fore sure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-21

can't wait!

I did already read this when it was on royal road and couldn't put it down then either! I can't wait for people to see what's coming next. this is definitely one of my favorite litrpg/ cultivation stories for sure.

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  • Bobsquatch
  • 12-06-21

Lucky

I feel lucky that I found this book but the mc is even more so. Just try the book. I believe the mc's growth as a person will start soon. He is taking in humans and I'm sure will be trying to find family.

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  • Miles
  • 18-06-21

Shoddy LitRPG

The MC has a level, rank/grade, class, rarity, attributes points, dao, cultivation, noble title and achievement titles to determine his arbitrary strength. There is even a town building system thrown in. The author has gathered every LitRPG system I can think of from this genre and blended them together with zero care or depth. I could go into detail about all the problems with the systems in this book but its just not worth untangling this mess. Eventually you will just lose interest because of how unreliable or unimportant most of the story is.

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  • Sailfish
  • 16-06-21

A Fantastic Start of a new Series!

JF Brink has crafted one of the best epic fantasy books that I've listened to in the past few years. There are many I've listened to that are extremely good, Cradle by Will Wight being very high on the list, as an example. However, At 23 and a half hours, this tome is on a level of Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings. Also, this being a litRPG genre, it is very hard to find a book that runs that length without a lot of exposition, repetitive filler sections and stat-bane poisoning. None of that exists here.

Furthermore, with almost 1200 titles under my belt, I have ended up finding that I have many authors on my "favorites" list and I find I am reluctant to take chances on new or unknown authors. I took a chance on this book because of the sample audio and what seemed like credible high reviews. I wasn't displeased and highly recommend it as being well worth the cost of a credit.

Pavi Proczko's performance was superb for this type of novel. His dispassionate approach to the narration is similar to Travis Baldree's, another fantastic narrator and as with Travis, I find myself picturing them reading books to their children or grandchildren, lighting a flame within to enjoy more books. It's a gift I am very envious of.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-06-21

Nifty Magic System & MC Development

Congrats on a story well done with more story for your buck. Keep the value.

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  • David W Nicholson
  • 17-06-21

moronic mc

Once again the author makes the MCA moron so things can be explained also the author must think the readers are stupid as the author explains everything in excruciating detail Then add on top of that the MC is a Mega baby constantly complaining about everything think Stereotypical millennial

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