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Publisher's Summary

Earth is fast crumbling from the pressures of not only the invaders, but from nature itself....

Zac has managed to secure his island for the time being, growing into a true powerhouse through his endless struggles. However, becoming the strongest man in the world does not come without complications.

A target has been placed on his back. Natives, aliens - everyone has their eye on the throne. Even the System itself seems intent on forcing him into one desperate situation after another.

Zac knows he is running against the clock in his mission to find his family, prompting him to set out to New Washington in search of answers. Meanwhile, powerful beings from a long-forgotten cult gather in the dark, their goal unknown.

Don't miss book two of the hit Defiance of the Fall LitRPG series with over 20 million views on Royal Road.

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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A Must Buy Immediately Series

Like *He Who Fights with Monsters* and *Dungeon Crawler Carl*, this LitRPG series has become one I anticipate purchasing and listening to immediately upon the book's release. Like those books, the author does a great job with plotting, narrative, and progression.

Unlike those books, JF Brink is merely adequate at characterization as I don't truly feel like I know or particularly like Zach. The character I enjoy most is his conniving demon friend and advisor, but even this relationship does little to make the main character more likeable because Zach rarely engages in any kind of human behavior toward other characters and is often cold and judgemental even with those he should be at least beginning to trust and, more than that, befriend. I'd love for Zach to return Ogras's jokes with his own jokes and to respond to just generally have a personality. Even if he was socially inept, that would be something, but if we didn't have the narration of what the character was thinking, he'd come off as a weird, unnecessarily secretive, and paranoid robot who coldly calculates his relationships. Maybe that is the character, but it isn't a likeable one and it seems like the author doesn't really intend the character to be an unlikeable weirdo because the other characters don't respond to him negatively despite this behavior - and I don't want them to because that's tiresome, but I certainly would like for the character to simply become more relaxed and mature in the way he interacts with others. J.F. Brink knows how to write likeable characters and wise characters, so it is strange that Zach is such a lonely island.

Having said all that, I'm still giving the book 5 stars. If I was a professional reviewer, the above obvious and fairly severe criticism which I totally believe in would probably prevent me from giving a perfect score, but I really enjoyed myself and I'm looking forward not only to the next book but re-listening to the series the week before the next book releases. That's what gets 5 stars from me.

The narration only gets 4 stars because I have to listen to it at 30% speed up even on a fresh listen and while the narrator is absolutely adequate in his performance, that feels like he's being paid for recorded minute or something.

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Good to the last drop

This series is dope. The quality is there from start to finish and its a nice meaty book too, so you'll have hours n hours of fun.
Highly recommend. If you haven't read the first one, hurry up make it happen, ur in for a treat.

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Couldn't put it down!

You know that feeling you get when a great book is about to end and you realize that the next book is not out, 0.o

I need the next book! Take my money! Pavi kills it on Narration!
Do yourself a favor and start the series but be warned its addictive.

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one of the best litrpgs out!!

this series is probably one of the best litrpgs here simply based off the fact the mc isn't stupid and makes obvious mistakes and the story concept is awesome can't wait till the next book mad I read it when it first came out

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Best “System”

I have listened to quite a few litrpg’s and what I find so incredibly about this particular series is the thoroughly thought out system mechanics and history.
Many authors of this genre don’t possess such attention to detail when laying their foundations, and that can create inconsistencies. This forces the reader to ignore glaring flaws in logic, taking away from the experience.
But that is far from the case here, the lore of this book and the previous one make perfect sense. It’s easy to see how much thought was put into world building and I really respect the author for giving me a proper fantasy litrpg that actually makes sense.

Another thing that sets this tale apart is the characters development. Nothing is handed to Zac, he has to fight tooth and nail for every advantage. He never holds anything back or “forgets” skills for plot development. Zac deserves his spot at #1 and I can’t wait for book 3 to see what he’ll do next!

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overall, ok. consistently bad editing/writing

I think the author is quite imaginative, and really has some cool ideas. The premise for this series is awesome, however there are myriad issues that just drag me forcefully out of the story.

The author repeats a lot of words, both throughout the series and in quick succession. For instance, you'll hear 'actually' a lot. And sometimes, you'll hear 'actually' within the same sentence or breath.

He does this with a lot of words, and it drove me crazy. The premise was the only thing sustaining me through this madness. Like, my man, buy a damn thesaurus and hire an editor. Jesus.

Another gripe is the use of vague language, making a lot of the characters feel the same during conversation. Some more effort could have been made and this wouldn't be a problem. Damn shame.

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I love this series!

This is the best new series I've read in some time. I can't wait for the next installment!

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I Love the story, but...

I love the story and the narration. If there is one thing I hate though, is just nerfing the MC for almost half of the book. It seems like an often used trope for sequel books. I love the story besides that. Can't wait for the next book.

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Love this series plenty of action!

This is one of my favorite audio books. The mix of cultivation and litrpg is awsome, the narration is great . Its fast paced and over 20 hours long, whats not to love.

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The world evolves, main character stays the same

Pro
-There is a fascinating world in this book with things developing and a lot going on.

Hit or MIss
-The main character is OP and creates a power fantasy. If you like that you probably enjoy this book more, however, I don't and thought it made the struggles and powering up short, simple, and generic.

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- The main character hasn’t developed from the first book and is a murderhobo that the author throws things at to continue the story. He'll quickly jump to murdering, intimidation, or paying people. Then he’ll justify the first two with flimsy, and sometimes stupid reasons, and never gets punished. As for the town management section, he just does what other people tell him to do than wins more.
- Most other characters are just as flat
- Interesting people don’t show up much (Need more Ogras)
- He paints 99.9% of the world population as unimportant, lazy, and/or evil.

Last thoughts
I would have stopped listening by now as I find the book uninteresting, but I told my buddy I’d finish it so he could talk to someone about it. I just hope it doesn’t turn bad with the romantic stuff that seems to be coming down the pipeline.

Who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind, but I’m not holding my breath.

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  • robin
  • 02-06-22

waiting for he who fights monsters?

this was ment to be just a stop gap until the next installment of he who fights monsters comes out but I'm really enjoying this book and is a great listen in it's own right I'm going to listen to them all!

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  • Caique
  • 06-21-22

Continuation

Awesome continuation everything keeps going to high numbers and fearsome battle's
I hope that they keep pace and don't feel in repetition

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-22

The story comes together

This story has truly become much better. A wider range of situations, scenery and characters makes this book a clear improvement from the first one where most of it was located on a single island.
It never loses its core though, and keeps the focus on what it really wants. The narrator is still excellent as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-22

Slower

we continue our adventure and it is a little slower than the first book, it takes its time settleing what the first book started and places some interesting dilemmas on our heros path. Another great addition to this addictive series.

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  • Daryl peter lambrou
  • 12-29-21

Epic book

this book was so enjoyable I very much enjoyed the book the world is amazing and well done you get pulled in and want to dive deeper into the history and lore about the world the characters are very interesting there’s story’s are great they get more and more interesting as u progress and you see them grow and start to really like them and there storys the writing and narration was done very well i really can’t wait to start the next one

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  • Magnus Mjåland
  • 12-09-21

Highly recommended

Loved it.
Finished the next one in just a few days.
Highly addictive.
Can't wait for number 4.

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  • jack
  • 11-30-21

Just a really great book

This series takes a little time to get in to but so so worth it! Keeps adding new layers and avoids bug cliches. Books are nice and long so you will bet alot of enjoyment from then

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  • Ryan
  • 11-14-21

Just A Great Book!

Great story, doesn't stagnant like a few long running litrpg books I've listened to.
Great narrator and great editing!
Thank you, can't wait for the next installment!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-21

An enjoyable listen.

This was an enjoyable listen, I have listened to both books 1 and 2 so far and can't wait for the most recent.

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  • Peter D
  • 10-15-21

Continues to deliver

Not sure if it is possible to keep the story and not fall into the trap of having to jump the shark with each new chapter but I really enjoyed this and look forward to the release of the next book.

The quality of the writing and the narrator ensures I feel more than happy with my purchase. My only problem is waiting for the next realease.

Thanks :)

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  • travis
  • 05-26-22

pretty pretty . pretty good.

I am a picky reader, I will hate on anything that takes away from the verisimilitude of the story for me. Two books and I haven't hated a thing. Book ticks every box I could want and more. Repeatedly finding out you're smaller and smaller as the mc because of the expansive universes is exciting af.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-21

Great addition

This was a great addition to the series with great progression for our MC and the story as a hole with intense moments that had me on the edge of my seat. The voices were great and I couldn’t ask for more. Overall 15/15 give the series a try

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  • Owen Smith
  • 08-12-21

Loved it once again

I listen to a lot of Litrpg books and there are a lot out there that are very ordinary, but this is not one of them. We’ll worth your money at 20+ hours. I loved every second of this and I can’t wait for the next instalment.

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  • Charm Harris
  • 04-29-22

"Unhesitantly" is not a word afaik

.. and it's getting really annoying. A reasonable story marred by basic grammar errors that are quite jarring. I know it's not exactly meant to be high literature, but still. Distracting and reduces the overall enjoyment for me. But ah well .. heading into the next one anyway.

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  • Penuser
  • 03-29-22

it just keeps getting better!

having listened through a few times I can really appreciate the flowing progress of the plot and all of the character building. I'm in for the long run! Bring on the next 80,000 years of strengthening and galaxy wandering!

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  • NeitherSoldier
  • 03-04-22

Better story

I had trouble starting the first book but this one I had trouble not listening to it I just couldn’t wait to hear it all

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  • Don Hogben
  • 12-31-21

I really enjoyed this book.

I thought the 2nd book of the series was better than the 1st one. Zak is consolidating his power. He still seems to be crazy strong, but at least he is challenged by supremely stronger characters in the multiverse.
I found myself not wanting to stop listening because I had to find out what was happening. I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Raodarcas
  • 12-06-21

Got me hooked

So glad there are 4 books already because I need more. You can get some dodgy litrpgs but this series is top tier

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  • Maria
  • 09-14-21

Perfectness

A very well proportioned story that never lets you get bored in over blabber or excessive information. Great character’s each with their respective personality traits, extremely well captured with the demon Ogros especially. Overall a worthy listen, as well as the first book Defiance of the Fall.