Defiance of the Fall: A LitRPG Adventure Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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|Listening Length||23 hours and 29 minutes|
|Author||TheFirstDefier, JF Brink|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 08, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,082 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#15 in Cyberpunk Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#40 in Adventure Science Fiction
#42 in Cyberpunk Science Fiction (Books)
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Cons include support characters getting limited to no development; I often feel this is an opportunity lost as it keeps a certain level of the story at arms length. The support characters seem interesting but we never really know. This lack is tied to wanting to like the MC more but the doctrine of ‘greed with a limited moral compass’ moves from a survival necessity to just being a 2-dimensional character as you get deeper into the books. Without the larger ensemble figuring deeply into the MC development in a meaningful way, the MC’s arc remains shallow.
I don't want to spoil the story but if you are a fan of litrpg or otherwise overpowered main character stories this is for you.
As a new order enters the universe humanity has to contend with great changes, first their technology no longer functions and second magic is real. Zac doesn’t have time for all that as he finds himself alone on an island with none of the people he was with there anymore. It’s him versus an Incursion of demons. Thousands of demons. He’s probably dead already but he has a hand ax and a deep desire to survive. He decides to follow the quests and grow stronger, one chop at a time, because who doesn’t love a good axe story?
He was wants to find his family and friends but being on an island with no idea where to go doesn’t help. See the Ruthless Heavens believes in growth through adversity and will throw heaps of it at everyone to ‘help’ them grow to their potential or kill them and churn their energy into someone more useful.
A great new entry into the genre that I really enjoyed over the last days, I’m off to read the next and see what troubles Zac can find!
Zach was stabbed in the arm, but he fought through the pain.
Zach was stabbed in the stomach, but he fought through the pain.
Zach took an arrow in the shoulder, but he fought through the pain.
The closest thing i can come to is listening to an emotionless voice on the radio describe things and in the fighting scenes this is especially bad. Alot of these chapters are written in such a fashion that it seems the author wrote one third of the chapter, then came back a week later not knowing what he wrote in the first part and just restated everything again for the second third of the chapter, then took another break and restated everything again in the final third of the chapter. It is bad, really hard to read, and honestly inconsistent in many situations. A prime example is a fight the MC has where he gets stabbed several times and then at the end of the fight has to run full speed after a dexterity based archer and catches and kills her after a chase. The author then goes on to so that the MC can barely walk and has to limp back to where he killed several other people after chasing a speed based character through the woods. So many inconsistencies in the story telling makes this book very hard to read in the first half.
In the midst of the early bad chapters there is an interlude type chapter were it switches to the point of view of an invader and this chapter is written in such a better way. It is almost as if a completely different person wrote it. About 40% of the way through the writing gets better and the story telling improves a great deal with the book hitting a stride about 60%. Since the story telling became so much better during the later half of the book i honestly started to enjoy it where i think the book on story telling alone moves from 1 star in the beginning to 3 stars in the end.
My reason this book goes to two stars over all is although the writing improves throughout the book the system mechanics do not. LITRPG is mostly about the systems and mechanics that make up the world or its just another fantasy or sci/fi book, which is fine but if you want to market it as LITRPG then you need to take these systems into the rating of the book. The author starts out with a basic leveling system which is fine but then after we get into the book he starts wanting to make a cultivation system. The Author tries to then blend these two systems and just puts together a horrible Frankenstein joining in the combination of the two. we start getting cultivation mechanics out of the blue, that are horrible explained (which may be more to the poor writing than anything) and adding things that are not well explained. I read many cultivation books and i am still really confused on the system the author is trying to use in his books.
Finally i realize that it is hard to have an OP main character and also try to make him struggle for his success but the Authors attempt in this book was the most unsatisfying experience i have seen in a long time. Continually saying that your MC was horrible injured but "Zach fought through the pain" does not an interesting story make. i found myself skimming through the battle scenes especially near the end of the book because they were just so boring and emotionless.
I will say i pre-ordered the next book in the series since the writing did improve so much and once i got about 60% into the book i did start enjoying character development that started to take place. I just think this book was such a missed opportunity that it claims to have 20 million views on Royal road but the author didn't take the time to improve the first half of the book. I don't know maybe this book is the group effort of several people which is why the beginning is so bad and the end is a good book. I just think if you are going to move a webnovel to sell on amazon you should make sure the product is well written and consistent over the whole book rather than just copy and paste it from the web. Again a missed opportunity to turn a lackluster book into a great book.
Top reviews from other countries
The MC is a well-rounded, interesting character who, while way over-powered, has equally fearsome adversaries (by the second book, anyway). One of the main strengths of this series, however, is the depth of detail that goes into creating the System - its background, its rules, and how Earth is really only protected from the super-old powerhouses who have had eons to develop their own strength by the anonymity granted by the System...and even that is under threat.
In short, this story starts with a single character and his personal struggle in the new reality he finds himself, and very quickly develops into something where his actions may determine the fate of the entire planet.
Thoroughly recommended if you enjoy epic LitRPG stories.