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Publisher's Summary

Earth is fast crumbling from the pressures of not only the invaders, but from nature itself....

Zac has managed to secure his island for the time being, growing into a true powerhouse through his endless struggles. However, becoming the strongest man in the world does not come without complications.

A target has been placed on his back. Natives, aliens - everyone has their eye on the throne. Even the System itself seems intent on forcing him into one desperate situation after another.

Zac knows he is running against the clock in his mission to find his family, prompting him to set out to New Washington in search of answers. Meanwhile, powerful beings from a long-forgotten cult gather in the dark, their goal unknown.

Don't miss book two of the hit Defiance of the Fall LitRPG series with over 20 million views on Royal Road.

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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Good to the last drop

This series is dope. The quality is there from start to finish and its a nice meaty book too, so you'll have hours n hours of fun.
Highly recommend. If you haven't read the first one, hurry up make it happen, ur in for a treat.

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Couldn't put it down!

You know that feeling you get when a great book is about to end and you realize that the next book is not out, 0.o

I need the next book! Take my money! Pavi kills it on Narration!
Do yourself a favor and start the series but be warned its addictive.

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A Must Buy Immediately Series

Like *He Who Fights with Monsters* and *Dungeon Crawler Carl*, this LitRPG series has become one I anticipate purchasing and listening to immediately upon the book's release. Like those books, the author does a great job with plotting, narrative, and progression.

Unlike those books, JF Brink is merely adequate at characterization as I don't truly feel like I know or particularly like Zach. The character I enjoy most is his conniving demon friend and advisor, but even this relationship does little to make the main character more likeable because Zach rarely engages in any kind of human behavior toward other characters and is often cold and judgemental even with those he should be at least beginning to trust and, more than that, befriend. I'd love for Zach to return Ogras's jokes with his own jokes and to respond to just generally have a personality. Even if he was socially inept, that would be something, but if we didn't have the narration of what the character was thinking, he'd come off as a weird, unnecessarily secretive, and paranoid robot who coldly calculates his relationships. Maybe that is the character, but it isn't a likeable one and it seems like the author doesn't really intend the character to be an unlikeable weirdo because the other characters don't respond to him negatively despite this behavior - and I don't want them to because that's tiresome, but I certainly would like for the character to simply become more relaxed and mature in the way he interacts with others. J.F. Brink knows how to write likeable characters and wise characters, so it is strange that Zach is such a lonely island.

Having said all that, I'm still giving the book 5 stars. If I was a professional reviewer, the above obvious and fairly severe criticism which I totally believe in would probably prevent me from giving a perfect score, but I really enjoyed myself and I'm looking forward not only to the next book but re-listening to the series the week before the next book releases. That's what gets 5 stars from me.

The narration only gets 4 stars because I have to listen to it at 30% speed up even on a fresh listen and while the narrator is absolutely adequate in his performance, that feels like he's being paid for recorded minute or something.

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one of the best litrpgs out!!

this series is probably one of the best litrpgs here simply based off the fact the mc isn't stupid and makes obvious mistakes and the story concept is awesome can't wait till the next book mad I read it when it first came out

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I love this series!

This is the best new series I've read in some time. I can't wait for the next installment!

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Best “System”

I have listened to quite a few litrpg’s and what I find so incredibly about this particular series is the thoroughly thought out system mechanics and history.
Many authors of this genre don’t possess such attention to detail when laying their foundations, and that can create inconsistencies. This forces the reader to ignore glaring flaws in logic, taking away from the experience.
But that is far from the case here, the lore of this book and the previous one make perfect sense. It’s easy to see how much thought was put into world building and I really respect the author for giving me a proper fantasy litrpg that actually makes sense.

Another thing that sets this tale apart is the characters development. Nothing is handed to Zac, he has to fight tooth and nail for every advantage. He never holds anything back or “forgets” skills for plot development. Zac deserves his spot at #1 and I can’t wait for book 3 to see what he’ll do next!

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I Love the story, but...

I love the story and the narration. If there is one thing I hate though, is just nerfing the MC for almost half of the book. It seems like an often used trope for sequel books. I love the story besides that. Can't wait for the next book.

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Love this series plenty of action!

This is one of my favorite audio books. The mix of cultivation and litrpg is awsome, the narration is great . Its fast paced and over 20 hours long, whats not to love.

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what a ride

that was a fun book. takes book one and turns it to 11. more fighting. more.stats more game system. worth the credit and time

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phenomenal

loved it, cant wait for next book in the series. most definatley in my top 5 favorite series out of hundreds I have.

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  • james mcadam
  • 08-31-21

loved it

Great series love the m'c great story and love the action can not wait for the next in the series

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  • andrew
  • 08-31-21

Yep, still enjoyable.

I have like 3hrs left of this title and I'm disappointed that there isn't anymore in the series yet, so, author dude, pull your finger out please !.

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  • dunpony
  • 08-25-21

Loved the narrator!

excellent narrator, easy to listen to and good accents for different people. The story continues from book 1 and loses nothing in the sequel. the only fly in the ointment is the cliff hanger at the end

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  • chefrock
  • 08-24-21

One of thee best books I have listened to till dat

This book just kicks off off with action, world building, character progression and not just violence but hulk with an axe level of destruction. No talking with enemies to drag the book on, no whining, no sparing enemies to be stabbed in the back later just the satisfaction of angry battle and vengeance.

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  • S Taylor
  • 08-22-21

Very enjoyable

I have enjoyed the second installment of this series and was really sad when I got to the end even though this is a very long listen. Not complaining about length, the longer the better! Some LitRPG titles keep giving stats quite often but I don't find that with this book.
I really found the concept of the world very interesting. Looking forward to more!

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  • Jennifer Deeley
  • 08-18-21

Great story that keeps getting better

loved every minute of the book and found it hard to stop listening. Great story that keeps getting better and the performance is fantastic. I can't wait to see what happens next :)

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  • Jim Brodie
  • 08-17-21

Another Great Story

Most of my concerns regarding the first book are improved in the sequel, the characters are more deeply developed, the world building has expanded beyond earth, and character interactions feel more meaningful.

The character growth feels natural, Zack slowly grows into the sort of person he needs to be to survive,

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-21

Worse than average

1. Not LitRPG, items, loot, treasure, monster drops, crafting & trade almost non existant! Those things are mentioned so so just kinda here and there, but they are the main thing.

2. Boring as a f... duck, you cant multitask with this book, becauae its impossible to understand wtf is going on, really messy book. It needs 100% of your attention. Great idea shitty execution author does not even know what is LitRPG.

Kinda wanted more probably will listen to book 3 but its barelly above average.. :/

Do better author. Now hes doing the absolute minimum

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  • Mardigann
  • 08-12-21

Keeps getting better

If you enjoyed the first book in the series you will most likely enjoy this one. Great story with excellent narration. Bonus alot of book for you credit. Hopefully the next book will be heading on the same trajectory.

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  • Morris
  • 08-10-21

My new favourite LITRPG series addiction!

This book has a capable MC. Definitely one of my preferred MC's in this genre. JF Brink has written a well fleshed out story and includes badass side characters.

I'm hooked, I honestly can't wait for book 3 to be released!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-21

Great addition

This was a great addition to the series with great progression for our MC and the story as a hole with intense moments that had me on the edge of my seat. The voices were great and I couldn’t ask for more. Overall 15/15 give the series a try

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  • Owen Smith
  • 08-12-21

Loved it once again

I listen to a lot of Litrpg books and there are a lot out there that are very ordinary, but this is not one of them. We’ll worth your money at 20+ hours. I loved every second of this and I can’t wait for the next instalment.

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  • Maria
  • 09-14-21

Perfectness

A very well proportioned story that never lets you get bored in over blabber or excessive information. Great character’s each with their respective personality traits, extremely well captured with the demon Ogros especially. Overall a worthy listen, as well as the first book Defiance of the Fall.