He Who Fights With Monsters

by Shirtaloon

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy High Fantasy LitRPG Magic Portal Fantasy / Isekai

Jason wakes up in a mysterious world of magic and monsters. He’ll face off against cannibals, cultists, wizards, monsters, and that’s just the first day. He’s going to need courage, he’s going to need wit and he’s going to need some magic powers of his own. But first, he’s going to need pants.

Follow Jason as he makes a place for himself in a world that is strange, yet sometimes strangely familiar. He’ll meet crime lords and aristocrats, gods and monsters on his path from would-be victim to heroic adventurer. At least, he tries to be heroic. It’s hard to be good when all your powers are evil.

Release schedule is 5 chapters per week, Monday-Friday.

Please note: I am Australian and this story is written in Australian English, so there will be less of the letter Z and more of the letter U.

 

This web novel is also available at scribblehub.com

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Zethuron
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A very enjoyable story with good litrpg mechanics.

Great start so far, im liking this story, certainly a different kind of litrpg that i can recommend others to come read.

The MC, well hahaha. Jason is just such a enjoyable and fun character to read about. Its sort of to be expected from a Australian character. And the other characters arent that far behind in how well written they are. Overall their interactions are fun to read.

The story seriously starts off strong, and only gets better, as Jason is thrown in more dangerous situations.

So far the world this story takes place in, has been shown to be interesting and well developed, with so much more left to be unveiled over the course of the story. The author sort of went for his own kind of unique world, that uses common elements from Fantasy, but also goes in a original direction. Theres the litrpg aspect of this story, which i find to be quite interesting, the author has made his own kind of litrpg system, borrowing ideas from many different sources, and combined that into the system used in this story while avoiding adding stats to the story. Especially the way the abilities and skills are done, is quite different and unlike most stories, i wonder how the author will go with that, without making the MC go absurdely powerful from that system.

Ill be fair that grammar is sort of a problem, overall it is fine, with there being few spelling errors, but there are quite some mistakes overall, with missing words and thus odd sentences because of that, this story could use a good editing round to edit those out, and make it even better in quality. The recent chapters are better in terms of grammar, even if there are still the occasional mistakes that appear, normally they get spotted and corrected quite fast.

Nice style here, no obvious flaws to be found with it. Overall good pacing, even if fast at times, but i dont mind personally. Its pretty easy to keep reading this story without getting bored at all.

A great story, with much potentional yet left to be uncovered, This can be something actually good and fun, if the author can keep writing and not burn out, especially with the current release speed of chapters.

Recommended for fans of litrpg, you will most likely really like this fun story thats of a good quality.

 

tarakis
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Nice Different Game Mechanics

This a Funny and enjoyable story so far. The style and grammar are Very Well done. The MC is not OP but almost clueless but has a good knack for learning.The other characters are also well done. The Baddies are definitely Hateable. It is definitely very well written and I look forward to reading more.

:D CHEERS (c)

Forever_King
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Interesting take on LitRPG

Not your standard system for litrpg. There aren't hard stats but the system is quite cool so far. I mean the first two rewards for the guy were some clothes. Can't wait for more updates

 

Ulvlar
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Non standard litrpg is a plus for me and I personally find the story funny at times.

aleast the all the g'day's and shovels

Darius
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Who knew garden implements could be so dangerous?

Great new story, love the comedic stone so far and the snark. Also the extessive use of remarkably dangerous Garden impliments.

I am looking forward to what happens to Jason in the future. Sign me up.

Dusknimbus
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Interesting take on stats and magic

I like the writing no grammar issues. Has solid character development and design. Relatable in a lot of ways as far as people interacting.

Tranquilmoth
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I'm loving the characters and the power system. The story is progressing well and I'm truly enjoying it. Good stuff, keep up the good work please.

Galedeep
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“Oh no,” Jason said, shoulders slumping. “You’re one of the cannibals.”


 That line is both my favorite, and also indicitive of the story as a whole. 

 Just a delight to read.

KoboldPatrol
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Funny and comfy isekai with interesting litRPG system

(as of chapter 28)

'He Who Fights With Monsters' tells the story of Jason who suddenly wakes up in a world where stats, magic and monsters are normal. Through luck and panicked perseverance he manages to survive the cultist den he was transported to and meets helpful adventurers who explain the world to him. Avid RRL readers know this kind of story and will think: "Now with such a successful start, he'll surely become the next great hero like in all the other stories on this site!" Well, in theory yes and the MC tries, but the ability domains he receives start with "dark" and "blood" and then do not exactly get more good/pure/holy...

Style/Grammar: The story is told in third-person internal style from Jason's point of view. The descriptions are good (but not too wordy) and the literary devices are varied, letting you binge the story without hiccups.  There are few typos in the later chapters, just some slips of the pen or missing words (some of which could also be Australian slang?).

Story: While many things are similar to other isekai stories, some stand out positively in this story. One thing is the litRPG system: As usual there are system messages and stats and skills, but they are more on the descriptive side rather than raw numbers ("casting cost: medium amount of mana per second"), leading to a more relaxed atmosphere and smoother reading compared to the often-seen long long boxes full of numbers and "X has increased by 0.1" mentality (while that is not bad per se, this variation is very welcome). Progression is less grindy as well because it uses special magic items instead of just XP. The messages are unobtrusive grey text instead of blue boxes and they are rather snarky. In general there is a large amount of humour, be it in the descriptions, in the MC's thoughts or in the dialogue. 

Characters: On one side Jason is a lighthearted and friendly fellow, taking many things in stride, a helpful guy with his heart in the right place. On the other hand, he is thrust into a very brutal situation in a hard world. This combination usually doesn't end well, but here it's looking good so far. Jason has a reasonable moral compass and killing doesn't come easy to him (as is expected from a normal person), as yet he has been able to keep his personality, which we have seen described nicely, intact. The other characters are also shown to be well thought out, with different personalities that are mostly likeable. The bad guys are a bit cliché though.

I really like this story and I can recommend it wholeheartedly. After having read more than a hundred stories on RRL alone with a large number of them isekai stories, I often get a feeling of "same old, same old". In this story, the "lighter" take on the litRPG system and the strong humorous elements (I even laughed multiple times) make for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Jdrocks000
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Great job and some thoughts on the novel

I am enjoying to story so far, the main character is powerful in his own right however the author has kept in check the balance of the story making it an enjoyable read, with the reader looking forward to what comes next.

The story so far stays true to an adventurous spirit and I look forward to the development of comradery between the main characters.

I believe there is potential for an underlying romantic subplot to be implemented into the story and hope that if done so the author will take into account that often times the enjoyable part of a romance is the journey and often not the final destination, especially with an adventure focused story such as this one.

All in all, I recommend this as a quality story on royal road and thank the author for the hard work he/she has been putting into it. +Respect