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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nifty Magic System & MC Development

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

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A Gem Worth Every Moment

I am glad I took a chance on this title. This was a fun romp with likeable/interesting main characters and lots of action.
I didn't have to suffer through page after page of the main character being stupid or women swooning all over him because he's the universes gift to woman kind.
If you are looking for lots axe swinging blood and gore with a storyline that keeps moving forward then place your token here. You won't be disappointed.

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One of the best

Great take on A SYSTEM APOCOLYPSE genre and system rules and interface explained in such a way that it allows for future growth.

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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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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Noiz
  • 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!.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • cameron
  • 06-21-21

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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  • 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.

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  • 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. 👍

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-01-22

Killing fatigue

Hours of listening and the story was 95% constant killing. I persevered, hoping it would get better but it didn't. Not my idea of entertainment.

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  • Beekee
  • 10-20-21

Had to ReSub for the next book.

MC is soft for plot reasons but still tolerable. i like that its a lengthy book that doesn't repeat itself with internal monalouges and morals that then leads to the obvious choice.

World is set at a galatic level that helps keep this book open to infinite possibilities.

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  • Shannon P.
  • 10-12-21

awesome first book in would suggest it to anyone

awesome book one would suggest it to anyone who likes RPG great story line great characters

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  • Brice Pennicott
  • 09-30-21

Great story

An entertaining story with a likable MC! It’s a nice mixture of being a badass and also making mistakes through having no idea what is happening. Can’t wait to see where the series ends!

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  • Maria
  • 09-03-21

Awesome RPG style story

This story singlehandedly has influenced me into wanting to design an RPG game based of its storyline.

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  • Ben Riggs
  • 08-28-21

Cant wait for the third instalment

Read this if you love an OP main character.

The mix of levelling and cultivation feels perfect to me.