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Publisher's Summary

Book five of the hit Defiance of the Fall LitRPG series is coming. Pre-order today!

About the series: Jump into a story that merges Apocalyptic 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 passerby 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.

©2022 Aethon Books (P)2022 Aethon Audio

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Not a bad story

I'm not a gamer, but find I'm enjoying the trope. Not exactly high-brow, but fun. When's the next one due?

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I just can't get enough!

I love this series. I will be listening to it and reading it forever.
Now let me gush in peace...

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Best LitRPG series out there

This is a brilliant series. Likable characters with an intriguing and interesting story line. Can’t wait for the story to continue!

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Epic

I’ve listened to books 1 to 4 five times and I’ll have to listen to this one again right now, if that’s any indication on how good they are.
The best litrpg out there hands down in my opinion. The combination of excellent writing from J F Brink and Pavi Proczko’s narration is truly epic.

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  • Papa Skeletor
  • 22-05-2022

Nothing Of Substance Happened

The entire first half of the book was spent inside the tower, which was entirely unnecessary and did nothing for the progression of the characters or the story.

The tower arc could’ve easily been broken down to the start, the group separation, the Fate challenge, and the events that occur upon exiting the tower…the rest was literally pages of internal supposition which boiled down to guesses, and soooo much filler.
The fights were terrible at best…and this is me trying to be kind.


**Spoiler, maybe**
There’s a fight/scene outside the tower where Zack uses a cursed sword to launch a Getsuga Tenshou at the enemy…then it’s as if the skill pauses in mid-air and waits for several enemies to stop have a conversation (I shit you not), decide upon a course of action, then launch a bevy of powerful attacks in order to counter said Getsuga Tenshou.

Also, while trapped in a array by the most dangerous of his enemies he releases his axe spirit to go ham-what’s wrong with that you may ask-nothing, except instead of attacking the individuals who has him trapped, it instead attacks the weak enemies in the background who are of no threat to him.

But wait there’s more: while on a spaceship, in space, he tries to use his Loam Walker and realizes, Oh No! This is space and I can only use this skill on earth…then just a few sentences later, he uses the skill at will with zero explanation.
And don’t tell me Axeman’s Spirit allowed him to JF. Don’t you dare drop a mcguffin on my plate and call it creative writing. You need a good/better editor.

The first three books were awesome. You seemed to have a plan (4 & 5, not so much). Because of the first three, I’ll read number six. Hopefully, you can get back on track because this world you’ve built has so much potential for great storytelling.

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  • Retrac47
  • 23-05-2022

Please Get a Better Editor

While I still enjoyed the story overall, the first half was full of constant internal monologs. It felt like the author was trying to meet a minimum word count without actually progressing the story in any significant way.

The biggest problem, which has only gotten worse in each successive book, is the author's habit of repeating phrases and clauses in close proximity: "however", "the situation", "the energy", "in his body", etc. This is one of the first things writers are taught to avoid, and it is especially jarring in audio book format.

I will most likely still get the next in the series, but after the incursion arc is completed I will be setting this series aside unless the quality picks up.

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  • Trayvion L
  • 21-05-2022

Amazing!

I've been waiting for this. I'm not disappointed in the slightest. Can't wait for the next book. Keep doing a good job.

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  • kyx
  • 23-05-2022

Next Book Release Date

Book 6 release date: 08/16/2022

I have a calendar on the wall filled with book release dates. I hate finishing a good book, but at least it is a small comfort to know when the next book is coming out. I just want to say thanks to JF Brink for always posting the next books release date.

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  • Laughing Bear
  • 23-05-2022

Good, but a smidge to long

This was a good story but it had a bit too much filler info. Overall I enjoyed the story.

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  • Raymond Howard
  • 23-05-2022

loved it

it was amazing and I want the next book , it had some pretty good revelations about his family and a host of new interesting people were introduced

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  • Foster
  • 23-05-2022

Amazing

An amazing continuation of my current favorite series. I greatly await the next book. Shoutout to Pavi for bringing the characters to life.

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  • Benjamin
  • 23-05-2022

Great Continuation

This was a good continuation of the series, I love that the books are long you really get your money’s worth. The author is able to portray the characters as real people with complex lives and desires. The world building is very complex and still has room to grow, but is still consistent with the previous books. I look forward to seeing where the story goes.

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  • Ryan
  • 23-05-2022

Why did I pick this series up again

I give up. This series is just not good in audio form anymore. Hours of stretches of talking too people puts you to sleep. If you do purchase put on 2x from the start

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  • Jenjuro
  • 23-05-2022

Great story and Narrative

Very entertaining with nice character progression. It goes into the details of the worlds system facts without making it boring or repetitive. Can't wait for the next one. A must have for your own collection to say the least.

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  • Maximilian
  • 23-05-2022

wonderful next step in the story

realy enjoyed this next step in the story cannot wait for the next installment.

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  • Bernard
  • 23-05-2022

Amazing

Amazing as usual. Can't wait for the 6th book in this series. 5 stars!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-05-2022

Great stuff

This series just continues to be great. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Kehinde S.
  • 22-05-2022

Awesome as always

My favourite LitRPG book, absolutely awesome storyline that captivates you from beginning to the end. 5 stars

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-05-2022

Fantastic and gripping

I just love this series, the characters are amazing, Zac is just epic. Cant
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  • Scott
  • 21-05-2022

Meh, skipped swathes of the first half of the book

Got bored of the first half of the book in the tower, just got tedious dragged on far too long, from 10 hours on it picked up but didn't really go anywhere, it's a series that would benefit drastically from abridging.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-05-2022

Not the same standard as the privious books.

this book was not quite to my liking compered to the other books, i actualy skipped a good deal of the time in the tower. i got tiered of all the time spent in the tower, even if some of the levels was good. i think almost half the book was spent in the tower... maby more. there was also to many new side caracters of "huge" power making links in some (to Zack) unwanted way. also little to no progression on some side caracters and plotlines. the last part of the book was good tho! it had the same feel as the previous books. I hope the next book bring some clousure to the spiderweb of old and new things in the story.

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