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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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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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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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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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  • Ryan
  • 15-06-2021

Wannabe LitRPG

Seems to be yet another in the line of books trying to get the litRPG demographic of readers without actually doing justice to the genre.

In the case of this book, it reads very much like fantasy with litRPG elements sprinkled in hindsight. Here are a few examples, with minimal spoilers.

Despite dumping practically all of his stat points into strength, the MC has no trouble whatsoever dodging attacks. His primary method for taking down particular common creatures was to dodge out of the way during their charge and counter attack in the instant after the dodge. This would make sense if he had put anything into Dexterity but he avoids it explicitly. His dodge tactic even works against mobs that specialize in dexterity.

There are no experience points. No mana points. No stamina. It's all just, how the MC feels. Without Any basis to determine his resources, it's hard to gauge how much stronger or weaker he is to other creatures, especially with how little his stats affect him.

If I'd known how loosely this book played with the stats and their impact on the character, I wouldn't have picked it up. So hopefully this helps others make a more informed decision

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  • Clay
  • 14-06-2021

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
  • 09-06-2021

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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  • Jacob young
  • 08-06-2021

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-06-2021

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
  • 12-06-2021

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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  • Some Random Guy
  • 20-06-2021

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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  • A Vaughn
  • 11-06-2021

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-06-2021

Nifty Magic System & MC Development

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-06-2021

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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  • Callum McDougall
  • 10-07-2021

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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  • Noiz
  • 01-07-2021

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
  • 09-07-2021

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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  • Nikki piggott
  • 08-07-2021

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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  • S. Reid
  • 07-07-2021

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
  • 07-07-2021

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-2021

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
  • 27-06-2021

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
  • 21-06-2021

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
  • 21-06-2021

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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