1 title per month from Audible’s entire catalog of best sellers, and new releases.
Access a growing selection of included Audible Originals, audiobooks and podcasts.
You will get an email reminder before your trial ends.
Your Premium Plus plan is $14.95 a month after 30 day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy for $29.95

Buy for $29.95

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's 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

What listeners say about Defiance of the Fall

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5,021
  • 4 Stars
    886
  • 3 Stars
    175
  • 2 Stars
    61
  • 1 Stars
    29
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4,583
  • 4 Stars
    722
  • 3 Stars
    152
  • 2 Stars
    30
  • 1 Stars
    21
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    4,356
  • 4 Stars
    847
  • 3 Stars
    200
  • 2 Stars
    56
  • 1 Stars
    36

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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”.

83 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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

41 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

fantastic take on an system apocalypse

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

39 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

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.

29 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

22 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

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.

21 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

20 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars

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

17 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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.

16 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Nifty Magic System & MC Development

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

15 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Yutta
  • Yutta
  • 07-01-21

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!.

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Callum McDougall
  • Callum McDougall
  • 07-10-21

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

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nikki piggott
  • Nikki piggott
  • 07-08-21

I enjoy the book

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

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for dunpony
  • dunpony
  • 07-09-21

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!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for S. Reid
  • S. Reid
  • 07-07-21

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.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Stephen Bond
  • Stephen Bond
  • 06-21-21

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.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Paul Lawley-Jones
  • Paul Lawley-Jones
  • 11-09-21

Not the worst, but definitely not the best

While the story itself is OK, being standard LitRPG fare, it is let down by bad writing. This book really could have benefited from a good Editor and Proofreader. The overall impression is of being written by a non-native English speaker trying to impress with their knowledge of English, using five words where one would do. Even simply removing all instances of 'actually,' 'suddenly,' and cliched similes would significantly improve the narrative.

The first half of the book, time-wise and story-wise, is just too long, consisting of the MC killing stuff solo, developing his stats, learning a couple of skills, doing a couple of quests, and discovering the System. It doesn't really get going until the second half of the book when other characters are involved. Again, good editing would have corrected this.

The MC has little in the way of character and moral compass. He gets enraged only when he needs to break through some ability limitation. At all other times, he appears to have no emotions at all. His two redeeming qualities are his goal of rescuing his family after the fall, and his rescue of a young girl from abuse near the end.

The narrator, while adequate overall, needs to learn how to pronounce certain words correctly, e.g. differ and castellan.

I won't continue with this series.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mardigann
  • Mardigann
  • 07-07-21

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.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mr Andrew Scobie
  • Mr Andrew Scobie
  • 06-29-21

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

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-21

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

2 people found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Samuel
  • Samuel
  • 07-02-21

Improving LitRPG's by defying convention!

I rarely review novels these days, as a lot of people who "know better" are willing to shitcan good work because it didn't meet their expectations.

This met all of mine, and more. Genuinely worth the credit.

Yet expectations are not the point of a review. They're subjective and worth nothing to YOU!

So here's an objective assessment of Defiance of the Fall.

The story is well laid out and begins with a bit of a surprise, but moves quickly to the more comfortable narrative of a fairly standard LitRPG Apocalypse/System fare. Guy stuck in dungeon/tutorial/area overcomes adversity and kicks ass.

The significant difference here is that for almost the entire novel, the MC has no idea at all what's happening, no way to "phone home" and is forced to intuit his way to progress. The adversity comes fast and thick in the form of a demonic invasion, and the audience is drawn into the conflict with the understanding that to almost everyone involved (except the still learning MC) it's "Just Business".

This provides a nice divergence from the moralising which so many other LitRPG's get bogged down with.

Defiance of the Fall excels in exploring LitRGP systems with significant cultivation aspects, and the author's style manifests in a way that exploring those systems is tied to character action and reflection throughout the story, not letting it get bogged too much in a quagmire of uninteresting exposition.

The character development is solid, providing a MC who lives in the present and actions his quests in a thoughtful sequence, allowing the reader to observe the world as he sees it.

The few deviations in character perspective are well constructed and additive to the way the reader views the MC.

Audio performance is on point as usual, from Pavi. He is - as always - a pleasure to listen to!

Overall, a must-listen for fans of LitRPG's and cultivation novels.

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Owen Smith
  • Owen Smith
  • 06-16-21

Purchase this one. I loved it.

I didn’t expect much out of this book as there were not many reviews yet. But from the start it engaged me and kept me wanting more. You don’t see many books that go for over 20 hours. Can’t wait for the next one.
Easily in my top ten. 👍

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for The Keyboard
  • The Keyboard
  • 09-30-21

A good story hampered by basic writing

This story is fine if you don't expect too much. I enjoyed the situation the character found himself in - your basic 'the earth has been taken over by aliens and now you've got to survive' setting - but there's no... finesse to the writing.

For example, the similes are basic and repeated often - 'flattened like a pancake,' 'green with envy,' 'bit the bullet' and 'steely eyes with a steely glint' spatter the text with little effort at originality. And words are often repeated two or three times in the same sentence / paragraph, especially in action scenes - almost like the author was so invested in writing everything in his/her head down that they forgot to go back and edit. 'He heard rustling in the bushes ahead. He crouched down and looked in the bushes ahead' or 'finally the last remnants of the wolf pack fell finally asleep.' That sort of thing.

The MC is OP as heck, so the story isn't really about him surviving. In fact, the fight scenes are kinda boring. There's a lot of them, but they're all lackluster events that are pretty much forgettable. There was no emotion and no tension, and never any doubt the MC would survive. Think 'historical records of a battle' and you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

So, the writing is a little amateur. And I almost put the book down several times because of this. But something kept me listening... the storyline, I think. It's more about 'what's he going to do next, and what would I do in the same situation.'

I did enjoy the litrpg elements, and there was some town building toward the end as well. If you've got nothing else to listen to, give this a go. But it's not a series I'm going to continue.

4 out of 5 stars by litrpg standards
3 out of 5 stars if comparing to the best of wider fiction

If you found this review useful, please click 'Helpful' so it can help other people too.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Penuser
  • Penuser
  • 07-01-21

This story!

It seems I've been trawling substandard stories merely in the hope to find this story. It is so VERY VERY good! I can't wait for the next installment.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for ObioneJZ
  • ObioneJZ
  • 09-12-22

Fantastic Book

What a great opening to a series Great world building and law
An MC who is likeable and reasonable
Interesting use of game mechanics
A fascinating story
Thank you

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Austin
  • Austin
  • 08-13-22

Great story, poor narrator

Hard to listen to due to lack of emotion in narration.
Narrators voice is nice, but he needs to work on his performance as the lack of change in tone at dramatic points in the story means important sections are easily missed if you dont concentrate solely on listening

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-22

great

this is a very good bool with loads of info withought getting boring at all. great progression and the series seems like it could go forever

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-22

Best book I've ever listened to. Full stop.

So unbelievably entertaining. Like an incredible video game come to life with something new around every corner. The concepts and inclusions in this book have made it my favourite read or listen ever. Would Recommend to anyone.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-22

Top 3 in genre

I’ve read quite a few litrpgs. This one and dungeon crawler Carl are the best I’ve read. The serious atmosphere and focus on realism really make it more believable and immersive. I’m sick of the VR trope. Just get this book you won’t regret it

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for zwiebly
  • zwiebly
  • 06-23-22

A book about nothing

I feel like I got tricked by the high score. First i thought maybe it is just a really long buildup for something but nope there is no payoff at any point. The worst point for me is that there is nearly no interaction between characters. Which then results in a lack of emotion and motivation behind his actions. The whole story is just him getting stronger for no particular reason .